The spring NYMCRA print newsletter including the 2014 calendar is in the mail to all of our paid members. It will be posted on the website next week on 4/15/14.
Early registration has opened up for two of the biggest races in the north east. The Run of the Charles and the General Clinton Canoe Regatta.
The ROTC has an early registration discount, $40 instead of the usual $55, that runs until Feb 21st. The General Clinton is discounted from $130 to $80 per paddler until April 1st.
Details, links to registration forms and contact information can be found on the respective wiki pages for the two races
Saturday was a cold and snowy morning, but 25 race directors and paddlers made their way from around NYS to the annual Directors Meeting at the Van Auken's Inne in Thendara, NY. The meeting covered a number of pressing topics, pausing for an excellent lunch served by the Inne. Canoe racing's health as a competitive sport in NYS was a long discussion, but the outlook for the upcoming 2014 season seems positive.
Highlights of the meeting included:
- The new 2014 race schedule which will be published soon.
- Amateur points format was modified, and the races decided on.
- A new Pro Points series will be launched.
- Boat number system will be started for this year, good for all NYS races. Details will be available shortly.
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The annual Race Director's meeting will be held at the Van Auken Inn, Thendara NY on January 18th, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please RSVP with Kevin Berl or Ed Greiner beforehand.
Race directors , please forward the race date, distance, mileage and any other important information about your races to Ed Greiner by January 1st so that he has time to put a calendar together.
All paddlers are welcome to attend. We want your input!
For those wishing to attend the funeral services for Uncle Don, it will be at 10am, Saturday, at St. Margaret's Church in Rotterdam Junction on Route 5S. A reception will follow at the VFW Hall on Draper Avenue in Rotterdam.
Yesterday morning Don "Uncle Donnie" Patneaude a very long time member of our paddling community and a great friend to all of us passed away.
For more than 40 years Donnie has connected with generations of paddlers in many ways. His helping hand, jokes, easy going manner and love of nature and canoeing will be sorely missed.
A number of us are sharing our memories of Uncle Donnie on the NYMCRA Facebook group page so if you've got a great story to tell, please share it with us. I'm sure Uncle Donnie would want to tell the stories himself if he could.
For those who wish to attend, the wake will be on Friday evening 5-8 PM at:
DeMarco Stone Funeral Home
1605 Helderberg Avenue
Rotterdam, NY 12306
The Funeral Service will be at a time to be determined sometime today, most likely this Saturday.
St Margarets Church
1228 Main Street
Rotterdam Junction, NY
The burial will be on December 16 at Saratoga National Cemetery around noon.
- First annual Potluck Pie race was held!.
- NYMCRA agenda: membership numbers and activities inc t-shirts, bumper/boat stickers, checkbook balance.
- Points Series winners.
- NYMCRA Elections.
- Presentation by Mary Schlimmer on her trip to Hungry to represent the US in Dragonboat world championship racing.
- Gary Mclain's account of the Ausable Marathon.
- NYMCRA Raffle
- 200/400 mile club t-shirts awarded.
Thank you to everyone who attended, have a great off-season!
Full details and report.
New this year at the NYMCRA banquet: We are having a short, fun, free Potluck Paddle where everyone puts their name in a hat and partners are matched randomly. We will have pies for prizes. So bring a boat and a paddle and work up an appetite before the banquet! The Paddle starts at the Schneibles Inn at 10:00AM.