Tuesday, December 11, 2012

PRC Boathouse Break In Sunday 12.9.12

I'm sorry to report that our boathouse was vandalized some time on Sunday (12.9.12.) Only the large boathouse was damaged. Both doors were ripped off and smashed, all of the center racks and some of the side racks were destroyed, and a number of the vertical planks on the river side were kicked in and broken. The cost of the damage is not excessive - maybe a few hundred dollars - but it will take some time to make the repairs. What's worse than the damage is the sense of vulnerability, of violation.

The sheriff has been called and should make an appearance today (she was not on duty yesterday). Our security camera had been removed prior to Tropical Storm Sandy, so no pictures of the mayhem, alas. I will keep you apprised of any developments.

Oliver, PRC President

I drove down to look at the mess mid day and also noticed that the ramp was tipped over though I doubt it was damaged. There are beer cans all over the place including up by the docks. They must have been there a while, the vandals, not the beer cans, and I wonder if anyone saw them. Oliver is correct, the cost of the damage is not great but repairing the damage will take some time to complete. Had the boats been inside...? Too bad the camera had been removed. God, this makes me angry.

Jim, PRC Secretary

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Docks Out Saturday 11/10/12 at 10:00 a.m.~


Sincere thanks go to Kristin and all the students of the Putney School rowing team who helped this afternoon remove all boats from the boathouse and take down the roofs of both boathouses. Boats were de-rigged and loaded on the trailer, then moved to Graeme's shop. Roofs were removed, folded and transported to Potash. This flurry of activity was deemed necessary with prospects of several inches of snow mixed with rain due to be falling tonight and tomorrow. The smaller items left in the boathouse will be removed on Friday. 

One wonders if PRC should now stand for Putney Rigging Club.

That leaves the mere task of removing docks on Saturday. Because so much was done today we feel confident in moving our the start of PRC member's work on Saturday to 10:00 AM with Putney School students arriving around noon to help with the heavy lifts of docks onto and off of the trailer.

The docks require a great deal of people power so please make the effort to come and lend your hand on Saturday.

Thanks for all your help!

Secretary, Putney Rowing Club

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Last week to row out of PRC for 2012!

Today we rigged the Banash, Dietz, Poppycock, Kennett, Kookaburra, and Dimples.  

The river is moving quickly and there is a lot of debris coming down, so it looks like it will be another couple days before we can get back on the river. Mostly, it's fantastic to see that we weathered the storm without damage. (Thanks so much to the crew who worked so quickly and diligently)

These boats (and any private boats) will be available at the boathouse until November 9th, when we'll de-rig and empty the boathouse.

November 10th is still docks out and roofs off, so enjoy the last bit of rowing in Putney this season.

A reminder to club members that the Putney School will be using club equipment during our practice times: M, Tu, Th, Fri from 3:15 - 4:45 and Wednesdays from 1:45 - 3:15.  

Kristin Dawley

Sunday, October 28, 2012

UPDATE: Evacuation 2012!

Sunday October 28, 2012 ~ 
Oliver, Carol, Graeme, Kendall, Lies, Peter, Michael, Jim Sweitzer and Jim Robinson de-rigged all the boats and moved all except Python to the shop. There is one private boat remaining in the small boathouse, not sure whose boat it is. 

Monday (October 29th) morning at 9:00 Kendall and Jim R. will be at the boathouse to help Kristin and Putney School students put Python on the trailer. We will bring up the oars and the kayak. Looks like we have just about everything under control except the weather.

Please Remember:  
Docks out still scheduled for November 10 - SAVE THAT DATE
We will need all hands on docks!!

Thanks, Jim
Secretary, Putney Rowing Club

URGENT: evacuating boathouse NOW!


It has been decided to start evacuating the boathouses as of this afternoon (Sunday 10/28/12). We are concerned not so much about flooding as we are about strong, damaging winds causing damage to the boathouses. Please take this seriously.

All members with private boats are advised to remove your boat as soon as possible. If you cannot get down to boathouse to do so please let me know so 
arrangements can be made to get your boat out.

We need help from members doing the following:

1)  As of now we will be starting to de-rig boats down at the river. There will be a skeleton crew working this afternoon and more hands are needed.

2)  The trailer is presently away at the Head of the Fish regatta and will return later today. If in fact it returns before dark we can load boats onto it today. If not we will be doings so in the morning (Monday).

Additional information will be sent out later today informing you of what our needs will be tomorrow.

Please stand by!

Thanks for all your help.

Secretary, Putney Rowing Club

Monday, October 22, 2012

HOCR Participants

are due for PRC members and family members who participated in the 
2012 Head of the Charles Regatta on October 20 & 21.

Visit http://hocr.org/the-2012-regatta/2012-results/ to check out the results

Dan Sayner: 
Event: 7: Senior-Master Fours Men -Age Average 50+ (1980 Rowing Club)

Laurie Devitt:
Event 10: Senior-Master Doubles Women [50+]

Victor Altshul & Nick Daniloff:
Event: 33: Senior-Veteran I/II Singles Men (70+) 

Carol Cornella:
Event: 34: Vet I/II (60+) & Sr Vet I/II (70+) Womens Singles 

Graeme King: 
The King of King Racing (at their booth), that had multiple King Racing Shells racing in this year's regatta, not to mention all the handmade King Shells being rowed!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween "Pie Regatta" October 31st AND More!

The Putney School kids are heading off to the Head of the Fish on the weekend of October 27th/28th and we'll be taking two doubles and four singles from the PRC Boathouse.

I wanted to invite folks to join us for a Halloween "Pie Regatta" for fun on October 31st at 2 pm. We'll have a pie for the winner in the single and double event and there will be cider and donuts for competitors. We'll do the Green Mountain Head course.

November 7th we'll be doing a team Row to Brattleboro, leaving at about 1:45/2:00. We'll take mostly doubles and quads. The launch will accompany the boats and then we'll have a trailer in Brattleboro to bring boats back. Let me know if you're interested in joining us for the row.  

Kristin Dawley
The Putney School Rowing Coach

Thursday, October 18, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! Docks Out Saturday November 10th

It hardly seems possible but the 2012 rowing season is coming to an end. In the hope for a bit more 'just warm enough' rowing weather we pushed the Docks Out day as far into the future as we felt possible and not set ourselves up for a call to bring shovels to get the snow off the docks. So, without further ado the PRC Board at their meeting last Monday decided to call "All hands on docksfor Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 AM. That gives us a bit more than 3 weeks left to row. Rain date is the next day, Sunday.

So PLEASE save the date. Mark it in BOLD letters on your calendars. Remember, it is a requirement of all members to come and help for Docks Out.

Thank you all,  Jim
Secretary, Putney Rowing Club

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

4 Oar Rule now in effect . . . Cold water temperatures!

A reminder from the PRC Board that the 4 Oar Rule is now in effect. The water temperature of the Ct. river has dropped to 50 degrees therefore we strongly recommend not to row alone (4 oars). Singles should be traveling on the river in pairs.

Thanks, Jim
Secretary, Putney Rowing Club

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Only 360 days . . .

until the 2013 Green Mountain Head, which will be held on Sunday September 29, 2013.

Check out some photos of the 2012 GMH at 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Next RPC Board Meeting . . .

Next RPC Board Meeting 
5:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2012 
at The Putney School

All are welcome to attend!

A note from the PRC Treasurer . . .

Please remember when you purchase goods or services for GMH (or otherwise) that PRC (as a non-profit) is not subject to paying the tax on items.    

Tuesday, September 18, 2012



WHERE?  Putney Rowing Club
WHEN? Saturday September 29 at 9 am
Come to the annual CRWC’s Source to Sea Cleanup event and help clean up the banks around our club and landing.

It’s a great opportunity to spiff up the area for the regatta as well as keep our river healthy.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
See you then! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

September 15 Long Row . . .

We had a massively successfull row to Brattlelboro (BOC docks) and back Saturday September 15, 2012.

Carol, Basha, Chris, Eve, Linda, Johanna, Marie, Beth, Sally, Peter and Michael all participated. We were treated to a beautiful sunrise, with views of many swimming squirrels (swimming to NH, mainly, what up with that?) and a couple of circling eagles. 

We may be inspired to do another long row this fall before docks are out. 

More later, Michael

TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS: link to the album ishttps://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109448236250346447956/albums/5788469305995761009

Friday, September 14, 2012

Get up to row!

Beautiful days still with us for a while longer . . .
Get up to row . . . a wonderful way to start the day!

Photo Credit: P'tricia Wise

George Heller's Memorial Service on September 29, 2012

In Memoriam
George Heller 
October 2, 1924 - August 23, 2012
George Heller, aged 87, founder of the Green Mountain Head and what would become the Putney Rowing Club 
died peacefully at his home in Putney on August 23, 2012.
A memorial celebration will be held
The Putney School Currier Center
on Saturday, September 29, 2012 
(the day before the GMH) 
at 3:00 p.m.
barbecue will follow at 5 p.m. at The Putney School. 

(This barbecue will be in lieu of the traditional Saturday evening barbecue 
usually held at King Boat Works.)

Friday, June 29, 2012


Wednesday, July 11, 2012
6:00 PM
Putney School Administration Bldg., Room #2

Board meetings are open to all members who wish to attend. If you wish to add an item to the agenda please contact Oliver Brody by Tuesday, July 10. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

We are not the only ones with bad weather!

Japanese coast guard rescues Brit adventurer in Pacific

Sarah, Outen, London2London
Sarah Outen, 26, began her epic journey on April 1, 2011 and has already journeyed by bicycle from London, England, across Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia.
The Associated Press
Date: Friday Jun. 8, 2012 6:41 AM ET
TOKYO — The Japanese coast guard on Friday rescued a British adventurer who hit a storm while rowing solo across the Pacific. Another Briton on a similar trek was still awaiting rescue.
Sarah Outen's blog said she was hit by a storm during her attempted journey around the world, and that her boat rolled over and was damaged.
On Friday, she tweeted: "Hooray 4 Japanese always being early!" That was followed by an announcement that she was safe on the rescue ship. The coast guard confirmed her rescue late Friday afternoon, and said she was walking on her own and appeared relatively healthy.
She had signalled for help on Thursday morning 900 kilometres off Japan's northeastern coast, saying there was a hole in her boat and that water was seeping in, according to the coast guard.
Another coast guard vessel was headed to rescue Charlie Martell, who had been on a separate solo trek when he got caught up in the same storm. His boat, Blossom, was 1,100 kilometres off the northeastern coast of Japan, the coast guard said.
Outen embarked on her planned 2 1/2-year journey in April 2011. She is trying to circle the globe using only human power, cycling, rowing and kayaking more than 32,000 kilometres.
Martell said on his website that he planned to row "solo and unsupported" across the Pacific. The coast guard's ship was expected to reach Martell's boat Saturday.
Outen's boat was closer than Martell's, but she likely won't return to shore until Saturday, the coast guard said.

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20120608/british-adventurer-sarah-outen-rescue-120608/#ixzz1xCOkgEaG

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rowing boats begin to gather on the River Thames, London, during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant, Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rowing boats begin to gather on the River Thames, London, during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (Anthony Devlin/Press Association via AP Images)
(CBS News) It's a historic sight that's fit for a queen. Some are calling it the biggest gathering along the banks of the River Thames in 350 years, as both royals and dignitaries prepare for this morning's Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II is the the pageant's honoree . . . so from the great rivers and backwaters of the realm, boats are on the move to join The Queen in the Diamond Jubilee Royal River Pageant.

Canaletto's "The Thames on Lord Mayor's Day," dating from before 1752 - a grand tableau of a royal river pageant organized for the then-King George II. 
(Credit: CBS News)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Black Fly Regatta June 23, 2012

Hiya flies,

My interns  have quit.  My EB -5 visas have expired.  And the SEC told me my IPO was really an IPA.

Things are looking up.  Time to get on with Fly XI!

I have once again “tweaked” the online registration system in an unyielding effort to make life easy for you.  We’ve been testing.  I hope to have it operational tomorrow.  And I hope that this will be the last time I have to make nay changes to it. Even so,  as always I expect mass confusion.  So here’s a primer:

You will find you have the following choices:

If you are an adult over the age of 26 (chronologically, not emotionally) then you can register on-line as an adult or use one of the handy-dandy pdf forms;  pay $40 and an extra $20 for the Special Edition Versace Encore 2d Inaugural Black Fly Regatta T-shirt;

If you are a “Student/Athlete Pupae” (aka SAPS) – age 18-26 and actively enrolled in post secondary education, i.e.  college, graduate school (Work Release does not qualify),  or training for the National Team or U-23 – then you have a special on-line form and pdf form – you pay $20  -- which I can loan you at thrice the interest rate of your student loans

If you are age 18-26 and don’t qualify as a SAP, then you qualify as a slacker and pay the adult rates and use the adult on-line form or pdf;;  sorry you don’t have good enough credit for a loan

Larvae under 18 pay $10 but you can’t register online – I gotta have hard copy of your entry with your mom’s , dad’s, or legal guardian’s John Hancock on the waiver – get the $10 from your folks

If you’re sculling a double then make sure you got the right paperwork and waivers – way too many permutations.

Be sure to click all the buttons on the Paypal so I get your registration info, ok?  I’ve attached a picture for you  -- you will see it when you get on-line, okey dokey?

If you feel overwhelmed just mutter “Morde Me!”

None of this applies to Alan Inglis who sends me a check with his age on the memo line.  Hippocrates . . .

I’ve been stocking up on eggs and bacon for weeks … my car’s starting to smell funny . . . Oh, by the way, the river is freakin’ awesome right now!


Monday, May 14, 2012

The next PRC Board meeting will be held at 5:00 PM on May 21, 2012 at Potash. Board meetings are open to all PRC members, so please come and join us. Meetings rarely last more that an hour and a half.

PLEASE NOTE: After June 1st PRC group emails will be sent only to current 2012 PRC members. If you are planning to rejoin the PRC but have yet to send in your dues, please do so before June 1st.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

              Ever thought about rowing?         Do you even know what it is? 
Learn all about this enjoyable sport on Saturday, May 12 when the Putney Rowing Club hosts an open house from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Come on down and have a look at the boats, ask questions from members, learn about upcoming beginner clinics—see what the fuss is all about. We’re located on the Connecticut River just south of the Putney Landing.

See you there!  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thanks to all PRC members who helped Saturday morning in setting the docks down at the boathouse. The 2012 season has been launched.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012
5:00 PM
Putney School - Administration Building, Room #1

Board meetings are open for all PRC members to attend and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Please join us.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Boat Race Halted by Protester

MORTLAKE, England (AP) – The Boat Race, one of England's most historic sporting fixtures, was brought to a standstill on Saturday when a protester jumped into the River Thames and narrowly avoided being struck by the oars of the Oxford and Cambridge crews.
Race umpire John Garrett halted the race around 2½ miles into the 4¼-mile course in front of thousands of shocked spectators along the river banks in southwest London, before the swimmer — who was wearing a wetsuit — was collected by a police boat and arrested on suspicion of a public order offense. "They almost took his head off," said Sergeant Chris Tranter of the Metropolitan Police.

After the race was restarted 31 minutes later halfway along the course, Oxford's German rower Dr. Hanno Wienhausen lost half of his oar after the crews clashed — allowing Cambridge to cruise to victory over effectively seven oarsmen. A margin of victory wasn't given by officials.

The fact that Cambridge extended its lead in the overall series to 81-76 was lost in all the drama of an eventful 158th edition of the race, which dates back to 1829 and is broadcast live or in highlights in an estimated 200 countries. The last time the race had to be restarted was in 2001 when there was a clash of blades and an oar was lost by one of the crews.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Docks In!

Prepare Docks for Repair
Monday April 9, 2012
4:00 p.m. Putney Rowing Club
Need 14 folks to flip the docks for inspection.
Should only take 15-30 minutes!

Saturday April 14, 2012 (rain date Sunday April 15, 2012)
8:30 a.m. Putney Rowing Club
Please come prepared to put the docks and ramp in place for the 2012 rowing season. Bring gloves, energy and a friend!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Plans for Diamond Jubilee River Pageant Unveiled

Palace officials Wednesday announced details of a massive pageant on London's River Thames to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year. Plans call for roughly 1,000 boats of various sizes to gather June 3 for an unprecedented tribute to the queen, who is marking the 60th year of her reign.

The flotilla will be over seven miles (11 kilometers) long and include barges on which original works composed for the jubilee will be performed. The event is planned to celebrate Britain's fabled maritime history. The queen, her husband Prince Philip and other senior royals — likely including Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton — will travel on board a royal barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, an opulent cruising vessel that regularly plies the Thames. The barge will be decorated with flowers from the queen's gardens, with an emphasis on the royal colors, red, gold and purple. Pageant Master Adrian Evans said the barge "must be a jewel — the most magnificent vessel in the flotilla."

Organizers say the flotilla, one of the largest ever assembled on the river, will include rowboats, working vessels and pleasure craft. All boats will be decorated, including kayaks and canoes.
The procession will cover about 14 miles (22 kilometers), from Hammersmith in west London to the Greenwich Royal Naval College in the east, and will include a vessel, the Amazon, used in Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Officials expect roughly 20,000 people to be aboard the various craft, with many more lining the river banks and an international audience watching the spectacle on TV and online. Big screens will be set up throughout London so people can watch the boats glide by.

Prince Charles will be patron of the event, which is being paid for by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, a privately funded charitable trust raising money for a variety of jubilee-related events.
Robert Salisbury, the foundation chairman, said major corporate partners are being sought, with the supermarket chain Sainsbury's already signed up. "This is a hugely ambitious project and it is gathering momentum day by day," he said. The river pageant will be a focal point of a four-day holiday weekend with festivities throughout Britain. A number of other celebrations are planned throughout the jubilee year, with the queen and Philip planning to travel throughout Britain.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Annual Meeting will be held on April 1, 2012


The Annual Meeting will be held on April 1, 2012
at George and Laura Heller's in Putney, VT
PRC Officer elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on April 1, 2012

If YOU are interested in running for any of these open positions, or wish to nominate someone, please let me know.

OPEN POSITIONS (two year):
President: Patty Johnson (2010-2011)  She is willing to run again . . .
Vice President: Kristin Dawley (2010-2011) She is willing to run again . . .
Member-At-Large: Lies Pasterkamp (2011) She is willing to run again . . .

Secretary: Jim Robinson (2011-2012)
Treasurer: Sara Kermenski (2011-2012)
Member-At-Large: Elizabeth Macalaster (2011-2012)
Member-At-Large: Michael Donahue (2011-2012)

February 26, 2012 PRC Board Meeting - hope to see you there!

COME AND LET'S PLAN the 2012 Rowing Season!

PRC Board Meeting
4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
at Patty's home in Newfane, VT
(638 Vermont Route 30, Newfane, VT)

Pot-luck supper to follow the 4-5:30 p.m. board meeting
Please bring something to share . . .

This board meeting is OPEN to ALL members.
If you have something you wish to see on the agenda, please send reply via email.
Please RSVP - so I have an idea how many to expect!