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Sculling

Updated April 2015
CLRA is primarily a sweep rowing club.  We have some club sculling boats, as well as some members who own their own sculling boats, and we provide limited sculling activities. 

Sculling can complement and enhance sweep rowing : (i) by providing additional challenges and competitive opportunities to sweep rowers who also know how to scull; and  (ii) by allowing flexibility in boating so all rowers can go out on the water during sessions when the number of rowers is not a multiple of 4, the needed coaches and launches are available, and the conditions are safe for sculling.

CLRA does not teach novice scullers to scull; we only provide sculling opportunities to experienced scullers.  Members can learn to scull elsewhere, for example at Craftsbury sculling camp where a number of members typically go during the first week of June. Attendance of a week-long camp will qualify anyone to row a double. In order to qualify for a single, a person has to demonstrate the ability to safely handle a single alone; both off and on the water. Any club double that goes out must have at least one person qualified to row a single. The list of qualified scullers is maintained by the sculling captain(s).

Policies:
Only coxed club boats with bow and stern lights will go on the water during darkness.  Coxless boats may launch no earlier than the beginning of civil twilight in the morning and will return to the boathouse no later than the beginning of civil twilight in the evening.  Coaches, the captain, and the sculling captain may further restrict sculling when visibility is limited, or wind, cold or other factors make the conditions unsafe.  Sculling will only take place when the combination of water and air temperature reliably reaches 100˚F during the day; generally between mid April and the end of October.
All boats will stay within line of sight and earshot of the coach’s launch, so that the coach may provide immediate assistance if it is needed; any boat that gets ahead will slow down or stop to allow the other boats and the coach to catch up.  There will never be more than 8 small boats with each coach.

Logistics:
Rowers wishing to scull during regular rowing sessions should so indicate when signing up on-line for the session.  The coach making up the boatings may choose to put some rowers in sculling boats, provided this can be done without exceeding the four boats per coach limit.  Sometimes this might just be two extra rowers in a double who will “tag along” with a coach and a sweep boat or two, keeping close to them but not interfering with their practice.  In that case the coach would put two fairly fast rowers in the double, so that they can readily keep up with the sweep boat(s).  This could also be done with a fast enough rower in a single. 

Depending on coach availability, rower interest, and other factors, we may arrange extra sessions that are designated specifically for sculling in club and/or private boats. For this to work financially, these sessions will have a higher per-person fee than sweep sessions. 

Many club members scull in private boats in addition to attending club sessions. Private boats must launch from the public dock on the Kingston end; they cannot launch from the boathouse unless a special arrangement exists between the person and the University (generally only available for staff / students / alumni). These activities, unless specifically organized by CLRA as club sessions do not fall under the supervision or responsibility of CLRA. However, CLRA members are encouraged to abide by the following safety and courtesy practices:
·       Go out in groups or at least inform someone about your intent to go out on the lake. The CLRA Facebook group is used by many to organize going out with others.
·       Develop and practice a strategy for the event that you flip. Remember that the water temperature can severely limit your options. Generally you will need to be out of the water within 2 minutes when the water temperature is less than 40˚F.
·       Go out during daylight or use bow and stern lights according to convention.
·       Stay clear of University, National Team and CLRA practices. Most CLRA members will avoid the times when the University teams normally practice: between 7:00 and 8:30 AM and between 4:00 and 6:30 PM. When you do encounter a practice, give them the space they need. No need to get over-anxious: there have been very few problems here.
·       Maintain a presence around the lake that is consistent with CLRA’s reputation and relationships with the University and the community.
·       Do not go out during University or National Team events and regattas.

Please contact Veronique Oomen or Ali Vafaee, sculling captains, with any suggestions or questions.

Contact Info

Email: info@clra.com
Address: PO Box 330, Princeton, NJ 08542-0330


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