Thursday, May 26, 2011

Newport Harbor High School Crowned Victors at Battle on the Bay 2011

Newport Harbor High School nearly sweeps the CdM Sea Kings in a 3-1 victory.  The pieces were 90 seconds long and brought some tight racing to the waters in Newport Beach Harbor today.  The first race of the day started out with CdM taking a quick jump off of the line and about 45 seconds into the piece they took a buoy under their port side riggers and lost their lead.  NHHS took advantage of this and scooped up the first win of the afternoon.  The next piece was very close off of the start with NHHS taking a slight victory in the closing seconds.  In a last ditched effort to turn the tides CdM threw everything they had into the next piece and narrowly edged out NHHS by about 2 feet.  The final race of the day NHHS athletes had a great piece and after about 50 seconds of close racing made a huge move to close out the day with a 3-1 victory over CdM.

The spectators from the OCC Boathouse were great and we are looking forward to a more much larger event next year!  Here are some pictures from Blair Box:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Battle ON The Bay 2011

The 2011 Battle ON The Bay is hosted by the Newport Aquatic Center and will take place on May 26th at 4:30pm. This will be the final showdown for the rowing program and will mark the end of an eventful racing year. This also marks the beginning of the new rowing season that will start in late June. All athletes that are interested in participating in the Junior rowing program (from any school in Orange County) are welcome to visit

All interested athletes are invited to come visit the facility and take a tour. Come down and see what this sport is really all about.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


The date of the banquet is May 20th!

2011 Boy's Banquet

We will be hosting the boy's end of the year banquet at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club on May 10th.  The event will start at 6:00pm and we will be having appetizers and drinks before the event really gets under way.  I would guess that we will actually begin around 6:30pm so no need to show up before 6:00pm.  We will recap the season and give out awards to the athletes as well as enjoy a video at the end of the evening.  The dress is semi-formal.  Collard shirts and closed toed shoes.

The address is:
720 West Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661-1123

Monday, May 9, 2011

Final Rundown

The weekend seemed to pick up speed and as events passed by and I became increasingly busy!  I didn't have a lot of time to make any updates so I will get it all done here.

Results for the weekend were mixed and there were some finishes that were really difficult for the guys.  It it is really hard to see a group of people work so hard and come up just a little short in the end.  The competition was fierce and we must be able to appreciate the speed that has come out of our region this year.  I feel like the southwest will be well represented at the Youth National Championships.  I would personally like to congratulate Marin on their program wide success this year.  Also honorable mention to Oakland, Los Gatos and Pacific who will continue to show the depth of our region 5 weeks from now.  Let's not forget Long Beach who will be holding their own in the sculling events.

On a lighter note, moral was high by the end of the bus ride home and the team is ready to hit the ground running this summer.  Out of the 18 on our roster we will be losing 3 from the Varsity 8+ and our coxswain,  3 from the lightweight 8 and one other coxswain.  The huge bonus is the large amount of novices that will be filtering in next year.  There are 40 on the roster to fill in the gaps and this will allow for a deeper range during inter-squad competition.

We will begin summer camp in the middle of June and anyone that is interested in participating should contact me at

We are looking for talented athletes ages 13-18 for our novice program and any serious rowers of any age for our advanced rowing program.

It's been an amazing first season and I am looking forward to working with all of the returning athletes this summer.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

JV Update

AM Varsity 8 Heat

Placed third in the heat and advanced to the final.

JV 8 races at 9:48.

Both the Varsity 8 and JV 8 will return to our hotel at 10:15.

I will not be able to get results for the JV 8 until I return to the course at 1:00pm.

Friday, May 6, 2011

At The Course

Long day at the course!  Traveling went well and all the boys had a great practice today. Looking forward to some great races this weekend. Here is a shot from our tent.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


 It's been a while since I've posted an update so this is my attempt at catching up.

Team Pictures:
Team photos were taken two weeks ago and are now available on our smugmug webpage at:

Boy's Team Banquet:
We will be hosting our annual team banquet at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club on the Newport Peninsula.  This event will take place on May 20th at 7:00pm.

Long Beach Recap:
Two weeks after Crew Classic we attended the Long Beach Invitational to get one final race in before Southwest Regionals.   In attendance were some of the top programs in our Region as well as a few programs from out of our region.  The days began with heats and finished with finals on Saturday we and captured our first win in the Varsity 8+ over Long Beach, Oakland, Los Gatos and Marina (respectively).  We were able to repeat the performance on Sunday in the Varsity 4+.  The JV 4+ also placed and narrowly lost a close race in their final to grab a few silver medals.

On to current news:
We will be leaving for Sacramento on May 5th (tomorrow) at 3:30pm.  Today will be our last practice on the water in Newport.  This will be the final practice on our home water for some of our athletes!  We feel like we have put ourselves in the best possible place to achieve our goals this weekend and the only thing left to do is race.

Expect a lot of updates from the race course on Saturday and Sunday!