We have been in Boston for just over 3 days now. Our trip here was pretty uneventful except for the 2 hour delay in Dallas because part of the plane was broken! But once it was fixed we were on our way, the only problem was that we got in in the wee hours of the morning and had to be at the sheds by 9:30 the next morning. So after about 3 and a half hours we were back up, showered and on our way to the Community Rowing Inc. sheds.
Wow, what an amazing shed with over 400 boats (not including all the singles which are housed in their own separate shed), it is an incredible place. They have 28 – eights alone and a small version of forklifts to actually reach some of the boats that are stored up high! The 2nd floor of the building houses not only change rooms but they have well over 50 ergo’s, a weight room and meeting rooms. The club has a huge Para Rowing program, learn to row programs and disadvantaged schools program (where they bus kids in to learn to row). During the winter they have “Get Fit” classes and a huge number of ergo classes at numerous times of the day. It really is an amazing set up.
We have hired a stern coxed 4 from them and all of the rowers have been more than welcoming. It had been a pretty quiet couple of days at the shed until today when a number of international crews have arrived, one being the Men’s Eight’s from France and Germany, so it has been interesting and fascinating to watch. We have also been blessed with the presence of Jenni the USA’s Para Rowing coxswain who has been assisting our coxswain Nell understand the river. It is definitely a technical race and she has given Nell some amazing pointers.