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Ready to Row: FHS Crew 2021-2022!

April 23, 2022 - Rhyz O. Regatta

Excellent conditions for racing and spectacular performances by all crews.  It was a very long, but rewarding, day with all boats going from heats to finals.

 

The Women's Jr 4+ kicked things off with a great performance, finishing 3rd in their heat behind Stonebridge and Lake Braddock, advancing to finals.  This was immediately followed with the Men's 2nd 4+ finishing a very convincing 1st in their heat, besting Stonebridge, Lake Braddock, Norfolk Academy and Broad Run.  The men's 1st 4+ is becoming more and more consistent each week and has been closing the gap on their main competitors, Robinson and SoCo.  They took it a bit easy in their heat and finished 3rd to Norfolk Academy and Robinson.

 

We had a brief break in racing until the Women's Novice 4+ raced at the noon hour.  They were rowing very well and fought it out through the sprint to the finish line.  They finished a close 4th behind Lake Braddock, Oakton and Justice.

 

Our 4s had a better recovery period between heats and finals, allowing them to adequately rest before launching for finals.  This is some of the toughest competition we have seen this season and we can expect it to become more intense each week.

 

The Women's 4+ had a disappointing 5th place finish in their final, but all should be proud of their performance and the perseverance to sprint hard to the line.  The Men's 2nd 4+ came next with an impressive sprint to finish 2nd behind Stonebridge.  The Men's 1st 4+ had a very hard fought sprint to walk through some boats for a 3rd place finish - a fraction of a second out of 2nd place.

 

Our final event of the day was another great performance by the Men's Novice 8+, finishing 3rd in their flight with a fraction of a second difference between them and SoCo in 2nd.

April 16, 2022 - Ted Pheonix Regatta

What a day at the races for Fairfax Crew! 

 

Congratulations to all our athletes for fine performances.  This is typically the point in the season where we really begin to see progress with efficiency and technical skills, resulting in the ability to pull harder at higher stroke rates.

 

Our Men's Jr 8+ started us off with a nice 3rd place finish in a "full" heat - time of 5:25.  First place SoCo with a time of 5:13 and Second place McLean with a time of 5:15.  Hats off to our novice rowers that have really gelled with our three sophomores to create a competitive men's boat.

 

The Women's 2X of Emily Wells and Leah Warshavsky raced a 2X after only a few days to learn how to scull together and prepare for the race.  The typical sculling entries are from sculling programs like Hylton who had an amazing 1st place row.  The Fairfax ladies fought hard the entire way to win a second place ribbon!  We're excited to go forward with this boat every week to States!

 

The Women's Novice 4+ overcame adversity to win their race after colliding with the starting platform and stroke's shoe stretcher disconnecting from the boat!  It takes a tremendous amount of focus and perseverance to push through for the top prize!

 

The novice men trained this week to race a 4+ which typically requires more skill and finesse to row well with pressure.  They crushed the competition (West Spfld) with a very nice 1st place row.

 

The Men's 2nd 4+ had some tough competition and a very tight sprint, coming in 4th behind Robinson, SoCo and WePo.  While it is disappointing for the rowers, the experience gained in these races will help shape their competitive future.

 

The Women's Jr 4+ continued the winning streak with a beautiful row and coming in second to Forest Park (Pr Wm Co).  Congrats to our novices for rising to the occasion to help make this boat competitive!

 

The Men's 1st 4+ were looking good (and long!) in their heat - finishing 1st.  We had to wait until the final event of the day where they were able to squeak by SoCo in the final for a 3rd place finish.  Great race, gentlemen!

April 9, 2022 - Darrell Winslow Regatta

What a beautiful day for a regatta!  NOT!

 

Our crews battled the wind and competitors today!  Tough conditions, strong headwinds, crews getting blown out of their lane or sideways on the dock . . . but they pressed on through and gave it their best shot.

 

Men's 1st 4+ had a very strong showing in their heat (1st), finishing close 4th behind SoCo in the final.  Men's 2nd 4+ finished 2nd in their heat and 2nd in the final behind Stonebridge.  Both fought very strong chop and headwinds, making it one of the most challenges events they have raced.  

 

The combined women's squad raced as a Jr. 8+ this weekend in order to get everyone on the water.  They were placed in the 1st 8 event, had a fantastic start but fell behind against very experienced, strong women's crews.  This may have been a loss on the water but is definitely a "gain" in terms of the experience the ladies are getting.

 

The novice men and two junior rowers teamed up to race a Men's Jr. 8+, finishing 2nd behind St. Albans (DC).  They felt they had a good race, strong and consistent strokes after a bit of a shaky start.  A good sprint gave them a 2nd place finish.

 

Many of the races were a floating start - some just off the start platform, some a bit further down the course.  The wind gusts were exceptionally strong and cox/crews must be very aware and very responsive to make the necessary corrections to keep a correct line down the course.

April 2, 2022 - Walter Mess Regatta

Congratulations Team!

 

Today's weather was a very pleasant change to what we have been experiencing, creating excellent conditions for racing.  The coaches are very proud of everyone's efforts and performances.  We go into Spring Break in a very good place!  Be ready for the challenges you will be presented with this week - take all we have experienced this season and use that to fuel your motivation to improve.

 

The Men's Novice 8+ kicked things off for Fairfax Crew with a spectacular race, finishing 2nd (6:05) to Riverside (5:54) in their flight.  They finished 7th out of the 19 teams racing today.  

 

The fours raced in afternoon events, the first of which was the Women's 1st 4+ against some very tough competition.  I commend our varsity women on staying in race mode, developing mental strength every time they go down the course no matter the outcome.  We expect to use spring break to boat various categories, establishing the best lineups for racing.  Expect to be moved in and out of lineups this week, practicing alongside a newly formed women's 2X.

 

The Novice Women also had a spectacular race finishing 2nd (11:07) behind Briar Woods (Loudoun County).  The ladies had a great race and are very satisfied with their performance.  The reason for the "slow" time - apparently boat(s) left their lanes and the race had to be stopped for lane correction then re-started.  Ladies, excellent job on keeping your focus and not allowing yourselves to get distracted.

 

The Men's 1st & 2nd 4+s had heats and finals today - really bad scheduling gave them about 20 minutes of rest between finishing their heat and going out for the finals.  Both boats finished first in their heat but in finals they were bested by some fierce competition.  

 

Men's 1st 4+ finished 4th (5:42) - the teams in this final each shaved off anywhere from 2 to 14 seconds from their heats time.

 

Men's 2nd 4+ finished 3rd (6:06).  The teams in this final each shaved off anywhere from 8 to 30 seconds from heats.

 

Congratulations for putting it all on the line today!

 

The varsity men have some speed work to do this week in addition to changing things up with a few sculling sessions.  We go back to the drawing board - men can expect some seat racing to establish lineups for the next regatta.

March 26, 2022 - Regional Park Regatta

Excellent day at the races (except for the weather) and we started things off for Fairfax Crew with the M 2nd 4+, handily finishing first with open water in a very strong performance.  Their time 6:15.1, 2nd place went to Stonebridge with a time of 6:22.

 

Our M 1st 4+ was next up, trying to close the gap with Robinson.  Goal of the race was to maintain contact with Robinson which they were able to do through the entire race.  Robinson took 1st (6:09) with Fairfax in a respectable 2nd place with a time of 6:15.3.  Robinson and Fairfax had the two fastest times out of the flights.

 

The afternoon brought a drop in temperatures and increasing wind speed, causing chaos at the start and various places on the course.  Our M Novice 8+ race was delayed due to the wind preventing boats from getting lined up at the start platform.  They did not let this distract them from their goal of rowing a strong, competitive race.  They had a great sprint finishing 3rd (7:50) after Woodbridge and Yorktown.  The novice men raced as "exhibition" since we had a varsity cox and rower in the lineup due to absences.

 

As you look at the various finish times you can understand how the wind played havoc with our racing crews.  The times cannot be looked at as meaningful data.  What we do know is our team is well-prepared to race in any condition!

 

The W Novice 8+ capped off the day for Fairfax Crew with a beautiful 1st place, open water finish and very nice performance - time of 7:01, second place Langley with a time of 7:19.

 

Luckily we concluded our racing early today - a squall blew through with sleet/snow/hail at about 2:45 which caused the remaining races of the day to be cancelled.

 

Congratulations to our coaches and many thank to all the parents who volunteer and come out to support our team.  It takes a combined effort to make fast boats and happy athletes!

March 19, 2022 - Polar Bear Regatta

We have the first regatta of the season under our belts!  Excellent day for racing!

 

Our men's 2nd 4+ starting things off with a beautiful race right down to the finish line.  Coming in second to a very strong South County 4+. 

 

Our men's 1st 4+ followed with another very strong performance, finishing 3rd by .7 of a second!  South County's coach was not happy with the fact that you walked up on them by a significant length to almost steal 2nd place!  Note that Robinson will be racing 4s this year :(  Please note our cox, Devin, switched into the driver's seat and had his first race as a cox today - fantastic job!

 

The women's 1st 4+ had a tough race against two very experienced and strong women's 4+s, finishing 3rd behind SoCo and Broad Run.  We will regroup this week to train like we're in second place, but race like we're in 1st!  Please note our cox, Jack, is a novice and had his very first race ever today!!!  Excellent work on steering a beautiful line down the course.

Spring Season Begins February 21st

As winter conditioning comes to a close, we look forward to February 21st which marks the beginning of the spring season. It's finally time to get on the water!

We will be prepping for on water practice with a boathouse workday Feb 19th - 10 am to 2 pm at Sandy Run Park.  Boats will be made ready for the season and we will take our novice rowers on a tour through the facility to point out boats and equipment we will use.  We will also put one boat in the water to check for leaks. Volunteers needed!

Winter Conditioning begins November 29th

 

The coaches are finalizing conditioning plans for winter season to include erg workouts, body weight circuits and weight room training.  Expect a varied workout plan incorporating some new concepts, a focus on technique with video reviews and an effective weight training program. They are looking forward to working with an exceptional group of athletes!

 

Saturday Dec 4th there will be a team meeting and then squad breakout groups to review expectations, goals and season.  Please make every effort to attend practice.

 

The Row-a-thon fundraiser will cover the second week of winter conditioning.  In addition to getting some mileage in, our athletes will be earning funds for the upkeep and purchase of rowing equipment.  Row a Marathon (42,195 M) or Half Marathon (21,097.5 M).

 

Saturday December 11th we will have several “erg sprints” activities with relays, coxswain dash, parent/child relay, 3 minute crash 2X slides, and more.  Form your groups now and sign up with coach.

 

Fairfax Crew’s success for the upcoming season depends on “whole team” participation during winter conditioning – come to practice as often as possible, focused and ready to work!  Mark your availability on TeamSnap then meet at the erg shed directly after school to set up ergs outside or Hallway 23. Practice ends at 5:45 pm.  Students need to be picked up by parents in front of the school at Hallway 23.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!

Our crew activities begin with new student interest meetings and our learn-to-row on water sessions.  See below for dates and times.  If you are new to the Fairfax Crew club program please fill out the interest form here.  We will send you all the details for student and parent meetings and our Green Days schedule.  Please note a VHSL physical and emergency care form must be turned in to FHS through the student portal in order to participate.  Other crew forms must be completed and turned in to coach prior to attending any practice sessions. 

New Rowers Welcome until January 29, 2022, no experience necessary!

 

October Events

  • Green Days continuing with training at the erg shed (behind school next to ball fields) Oct. 19, 21, 26, 28 (3:30pm - 5:30pm) Click here for more information about Green Days.

  • Membership Meeting October (details shared on TeamSnap once registered)

  • Parent Social 10/14 

  • Crew Family Picnic 10/30

Student Interest Meeting – September 2nd

 

Student Interest Meeting scheduled for September 2nd – 3 to 4pm – FHS Erg Shed

Want to find out what crew is really all about?  Want to meet the Fairfax Crew family?  Come to our interest meeting to meet our team members and learn about this amazing team sport. Refreshments served.

 

Parent Informational Meeting – September 8th

 

This informational session will cover the sport, details on joining, requirements, training, and the spring regatta season.

 

Boathouse Workday – September 11th

 

We need team members to prepare for our Green Days on-the-water sessions – includes cleaning, maintenance and repair of equipment.  Report to Sandy Run at 9 am on September 11th and expect to work until 12 pm.  Service points awarded.

Fairfax Crew Green Days Info and Schedule 2021

 

Green Days are off-season training sessions where we can train experienced and new team members.  We will utilize this time by training our experienced team members as well as a learn-to-row program for Fairfax High School students interested in learning about rowing and experiencing it first-hand on the water.  Crew has been described as “the ultimate team sport” and our team members are learning the importance of working together and supporting each other at the same time competing at the highest level.

 

Schedule:

 

September 14th through October 7th

Tuesdays/Thursdays – 3:30 to 5:30 pm at FHS

Tuesdays/Thursdays – 4 to 6 pm at Sandy Run (on water)

Saturdays – 8:30 to 10:30 am

Details:

 

September 14th – meet at Fairfax High School erg shed (behind school close to the ball fields) for first session where the program will be discussed, demonstrations of the rowing stroke, practicing the rowing stroke on the ergometer, videos, and some conditioning.  Dress for a conditioning session, wear running shoes, bring at least 32 oz water and bring the signed USRowing waiver, Fairfax Crew Liability waiver, copy of the emergency care form.

 

Make sure all required documents have been submitted to the school through the activities/athletic portal by September 5th.

 

  • Current VHSL Physical

  • Emergency Care Form

 

September 11th – Swim Test must be completed in order to participate on the water.  Specifics TBD.

 

September 14 to October 7th – On-land training at FHS erg shed and On-Water rowing instruction at the Sandy Run Rowing Facility, 10450 Van Thompson Rd., Fairfax Station. Drive through the entrance gate and park in the gravel parking lot on your right.  Walk down the road (down the hill) to Boathouse #2 on the left.  Students can be dropped off and picked up in the gravel lot to your left just after you drive thru the gate – exit through that parking lot.

NEW ROWERS MUST REGISTER AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THESE SESSIONS, SEND AN EMAIL TO CREWCOACH.GWEN@GMAIL.COM LISTING THE SPECIFIC DATES YOU WILL ATTEND.  PLEASE ALSO CONFIRM YOU HAVE SUBMITTED REQUIRED FORMS TO ATHLETIC OFFICE.  RETURNING ROWERS MUST REGISTER ON TEAMSNAP. 

 

Ready to Row: FHS Crew 2020-2021!

June 19, 2021 VSRC (State Championship)

This is what the team have been preparing for over the past two years!  A very long, but rewarding, day of racing.  This is where we put all our skills, understanding, explosive power, heart and soul into being the fastest boat on the river.

The Women’s Novice 4+ started the day with a tough 3rd place finish, just getting bumped out of finals.  They had the sixth fastest time overall in the heats.  Despite that, they were so incredibly happy with their race and felt that was the best they’ve rowed all season!

 

Our Women’s 2X (ranked 3rd) came to race today after illness kept them off the water for several weeks.  They knew they were the underdogs but gave it their all in their final high school race.  Lila Stern and Allie Romero are graduating seniors and four-year rowers.  They fell short in their race with a time of 6:49 but should feel proud of their efforts!

 

The Men’s Jr. 4+ knew their nemesis, Stonebridge, would be hard to beat but they were totally determined to best them.  They’ve developed much focus and composure through competitive racing and had their chance to put it to the test.  In the end they finished 2nd to Stonebridge (5:43) with a time of 5:53.  They were very proud to receive their Silver medals.

 

The Men’s Novice 8+ came in 1st in their heat with a time of 5:07. The final was another close and exciting race with Fairfax finishing 3rd (5:15) to Wakefield 2nd (5:11) and Riverside 1st (5:05).  Very happy to meet them on the awards dock to give them their bronze medals. 

 

VSRC was a great day of seeing friends and watching some amazing racing.  We are all so grateful for a really special season!  Congratulations to all our team members.

 

June 12, 2021 Al Urquia Regatta

 

This week’s racing allowed our rowers to experience heats and finals – another educational opportunity! And our team did not disappoint!

 

The Women’s Novice 4+ started off the day by finishing 2nd in their heat – moving on to finals.  They finished 5th in finals with a very respectable time of 7:42.

 

The Men’s Jr. 4+ had an excellent race finishing 1st with a time of 6:07.  Getting faster and stronger each week with the coxswain developing good calls and race strategy.

 

The Men’s Novice 8+ had a great race in heats, finishing 2nd with a time of 5:29 and moving on to finals. Finals race was very exciting with Riverside coming in 1st (5:20), Wakefield 2nd (5:28) and Fairfax 3rd with a time of 5:30. 

 

Our focus now is explosive power and speed in preparation for our championship regatta.

June 5, 2021 Ted Phoenix Regatta Report

Another great day at the races for Fairfax Crew!

Congrats to everyone for their excellent race results today.  All the hard work and determination is paying off.  All the blood, sweat and tears (and blisters) are now worth it!  All the uncertainties of this past year are gone!  We know where we stand and we know, without a doubt, where we are headed.

 

The Men's Jr 4+ is rowing as well as ever and looked great in their sprint!  Again finishing second to Stonebridge but nibbling away at that lead every week.  A video taken of their race will be uploaded to drive and link shared.

 

The Women's Novice 4+ had another stunning sprint in their race today, finishing second behind Battlefield.  They fought off Langley in the sprint to hold on to second place.

 

Finishing the day off was our Novice Men's 8 in a very strong race finishing second to a very fast Riverside.  

THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS WE MUST PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS AND GET EVEN FASTER!  TREMENDOUS FOCUS AND DEDICATION TO EXCELLENCE IN ROWING IS NECESSARY!  REMOVE THE DISTRACTIONS AND COME TO PRACTICE WITH YOUR GAME FACE ON!

 

 EAT, SLEEP, DRINK CREW!

May 29, 2021 Darrell Winslow Regatta

 

Another great (but soggy) Saturday of racing!  Congrats to all our crews that continue to improve technically and become faster as a result.

 

The Women's 2X had a great race this week - getting the stroke ratings up and increasing speed.  Note that Albemarle and Western Albemarle are serious sculling teams and are coming to Northern VA to "own" the sculling events.  Very happy with our women's performance.

 

The Men's Jr. 4+ closed the "Stonebridge" gap from 27 seconds to 11 seconds, finishing second again this week.  It's hard to compare heat to heat and week to week but they had a significantly faster race this week - going sub 6 to finish with a time of 5:51.9.

 

The Women's Novice 8+ was rowing well this week - much longer strokes - to come in with a second place finish and the third fastest time of all boats in both flights.  The goal will be to get their race time to sub 7.

 

Men's Novice 8 had fairly good conditions in the afternoon for a very tight 8's race. Congratulations to the men for fighting to the finish - coming in a very close 4th - within 1 second of the 3rd place time.

 

May 22, 2021 Walter Mess Regatta Report

 

We've got another exciting and successful week of racing under our belts!  Everyone should feel very proud of their accomplishments.  Our boats will continue to get faster each week - more composed - rowing well at higher stroke ratings.  Our coxswains are finding their voice and executing race plans quite well.

 

Today the Women's 2X kicked off racing in the first event - shaving 10 seconds off last weeks time. We will continue to see the double progress in both technique and speed. 

 

The Men's Jr 4+ finished 2nd in their flight with a time of 6:07.  There is a real bro-mance forming between our Men's 4 and the Stonebridge 4 that finishes just ahead of us each week! Next time save me a cupcake!

 

The W Novice 4+ duked it out on the water again this week in a tight race - great sprint in order to finish 3rd in their flight with a time of 7:57. 

 

The Men's Novice 8+ capped off the day, finishing 3rd in their flight with a time of 6:02.  They have consistently been in the fastest heat of the day and finishing with a very respectable time.  Out of 26 novice men's 8's, Fairfax finished overall 4th fastest time.  While you can't compare race to race or even heat to heat I feel confident in saying we have a talented men's novice boat.  In the 5 flights for this event we had several boat stopping crabs within meters of the finish line - heartbreaking.

 

Congratulations to everyone for a great race day!

 

May 15, 2021 Regional Park Regatta Report

WOWZERS!

What a day for Fairfax Crew and rowing/racing in general for Northern Virginia.  It feels great to be back to regattas, seeing friends and watching some good (and not so good) racing!

The Women's 2X kicked off today with the first event at 9 am.  Our women's 2X of Allie Romero and Lila Stern get stronger and faster each week - going head-to-head with more experienced scullers.

 

Our Men's Jr 4+ had a very strong race finishing second in their flight.  They are beginning to "gel" as a more cohesive crew - now we focus on getting faster each week while still rowing long and strong.

 

Our Women's Novice 4+ had a beautiful race today - the sprint was particularly inspiring!  Very happy to see them fight for the first place win!  And it was a fight!

 

Our Men's Novice 8+ capped off the day with some very exciting racing that was definitely worth waiting for!  They maintained contact with the top two boats throughout the race, finishing 3rd in their flight.  They are finding their rhythm and ratio! 

Congratulations to our athletes and coaches for a very successful race day!

 

May 8, 2021 Polar Bear Regatta Report

Fairfax Crew kicked off the spring racing season in Event #1 in the 1st regatta of the year!  Women's double put to the test first thing!  Lila and Allie are new to sculling and they rowed well, keeping a straight course!  This was their first race in a sculling event.

The Men's Jr. 4+ also had an early morning race - rowing against a Men's 2nd 4+ and Justice Crew's 4X (quad).   Congrats to the Jr. 4+ for rowing well, with power AND composure!  Finishing 2nd in their flight to the Justice men's quad (eight oars) with a time of 6:23.

We appreciate VASRA giving our boats a race! Typically there must be 3 entries in the event for the event to be raced.  Expect much more competition in the weeks to come - teams were mostly racing their eights this weekend.  I spent some time marshalling boats on to the course and can tell you that there were few boats really prepared to race.  This was a tremendous learning experience for all teams.

For those of you new to crew, please note that 1X, 2X or 4X represents sculling event while 4+, 8+ represents a sweep event, four with cox or eight with cox.  A 4- represents a four without cox.

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  • Team registration is open and we welcome everyone interested in learning about our rowing program to attend the Student Interest Meeting to be held March 4th from 4 to 5 pm. Please complete the interest form here. A zoom meeting link will be sent.

  • We will follow up the student interest meeting with a parent informational meeting on March 25th to be held virtually. Register for this meeting by completing the interest form here. The Zoom link will be sent to all registered rowers and their families.

  • We will hold our first boathouse workday at Sandy Run on March 27th (9 am – 12 pm) and, at the same time, hold a Regatta 101 for parents.

  • All Fairfax Crew registrations and forms must be submitted along with VHSL Physical and Emergency Care Form prior to participating in Winter Conditioning. Additional requirements will be completed as we approach on-the-water training.

  • The deadline for all requirements is April 10th.

  • On-water training expected to begin April 12th with racing to begin early May.

  • Fairfax Crew Winter Conditioning continues with a mix of in-person and virtual training sessions that began January 11th. Sessions are held weekdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm and Saturdays at FHS 9 to 11 am.

  • We expect Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday to be in-person conditioning based on students’ school schedules and when they can attend. Covid 19 protocols will be followed with temp check in, masks, distancing and 9 to 1 rower to coach ratio.

  • The training program (although mostly virtual through February) has been extremely successful. Our student athletes are progressing well and very well prepared to go forward with Spring rowing and racing.

  • The large part of training will be using ergometer (rowing machine) to learn and understand the mechanics of the rowing stroke and to develop aerobic endurance. Running and aerobic and strength circuits will be utilized to improve strength and aerobic fitness.

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  • Fairfax Crew Winter Conditioning will be a mix of in-person and virtual training sessions that begins January 11th - 3:30 to 5:30 pm and Saturdays at FHS 9 to 11 am.

  • Large part of training will be using ergometer (rowing machine) to learn and understand the mechanics of the rowing stroke and to develop aerobic endurance.

  • January 7th we will hold a virtual Intro to Winter Conditioning via Zoom – 4 to 6 pm.

  • All Fairfax Crew registrations and forms must be submitted along with VHSL Physical and Emergency Care Form.

  • On-water training expected to begin April 12th with the possibility of Green Days water practices early March.

  • First Regatta expected May 1st.

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  • Fairfax Crew invites all current crew team members to a Crew Kick Off meeting on Thursday, October 8th at 4 pm.  This meeting will be held via ZOOM.

  • Fairfax Crew invites all current and future team members to the Crew Informational Meeting scheduled for Thursday October 15th at 4 pm via ZOOM. 

  • Fairfax Crew invites all current and future team members to our Annual Fall Picnic to be held at the lower pavilion at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax on Saturday October 17th from 3 to 5pm.

  • Fairfax Crew will hold it's fall Informational and Registration Meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 7 pm via ZOOM.  An email invitation with meeting link will be sent prior to the meeting. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we have very important material to cover at this meeting which includes the Season Calendar, Fundraising, Rower Requirements, etc. Specific registration information will be covered at this meeting.

Students new to Fairfax Crew can register to attend meetings and receive updates using the interest form on the Contact Us page. Current team members will use Team Snap to register. The Zoom meeting invitations and picnic invitations will be sent in an email.

Fairfax Crew is excited to start planning for the 2020-2021 Crew season! The team has dedicated coaches, a team of athletes ready to row when it’s safe, and a board of parents providing excellent support.

 

While many of the details for the coming year are still being determined at the State and local levels, here’s what we expect:

 

  • September/October: Team kickoff; new athlete and parent interest meetings

  • October-December: Team Social and possible fundraising opportunities

  • January - March: Winter Conditioning (virtual and/or in-person)

  • Winter: Team Social and possible fundraising opportunities

  • April - June: On-the-water practice begins at Sandy Run Park

  • May - June: Regattas most Saturdays at Sandy Run Rowing Facility

 

Crew is an amazing opportunity to get in, and maintain, great physical shape and to learn how to work as a team to excel. Even more, FHS Crew gives athletes a chance to be part of a team that is more like family through practices, pasta parties, and more.  Please review our “Welcome” informational slides and look at the videos (see below) for some exciting videos of team rowing.

 

Fortunately for rowing, we can continue to train virtually and socially distanced.

 

We’ll continue to provide updates regarding dates, dues, and other decisions here and through email. Interested parents, click on the Learn More link to sign up and connect with our team.

FHS Crew End-of-Year Picnic

Fairfax Crew celebrated the end of our 2019-2020 crew season at an outdoor, socially distanced picnic on July 18, 2020. Once COVID-19 closed schools in March, the team buckled in to continue to work on conditioning in preparation for rowing on the water (whenever that may be) by having a virtual conditioning program via Zoom.  The team really came together to support our virtual training sessions and we salute them for their dedication!

 

Even with the coronavirus curveball and the loss of our competition regattas, FHS Crew had much to celebrate at the picnic this season: We assembled a group of strong coaches, we have a group of well-conditioned novices who will be fully prepared to go on water, many of the athletes set personal records on their timed 2K erg (rowing machine) pieces by our last practice at the end of May, and our 6 senior athletes have graduated and are heading to exciting futures. Our picnic gave us a chance to celebrate those accomplishments - and get excited for the 2020-2021 season!

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