Spring rowing can be a mixed bag and this year has been especially so. The river is finally settling down after continued rains and flooding to the north. This morning, while out rowing, I had the pleasure of spotting a moose in the river on the Vermont side. After some difficulty getting out of the water it swam across the river, 20 yards downstream of my boat, and hopped out on the New Hampshire side. A real treat for getting out on the river before 6 a.m.
On Wednesday morning The Putney School Rowers finished their season with an early row. Most of their time on the water was spent doing laps between the boathouse and the start of the Green Mountain Head, staying clear of the swifter waters. The Putney School team will pick up again in early September with the new school year and we look forward to calmer waters and more training time.
Be sure to come on down to the boathouse on Saturday from 8:30 - 10 when our club will host a National Learn to Row day event. Folks are invited to come tour the boathouse and, perhaps, try hopping in a boat.
As always, continue to practice caution when heading out. Consider rowing with a partner or in a double. The debris seems to be subsiding, but the current is still quite swift and their are some challenging eddies, especially right as you cross the river from the docks.