by Libby Peters
Our first full day in Florida is in the books! We awoke to warm but foggy weather. By the time we were ready to hit the water, the fog had burned off and we had a beautiful morning in front of us.
Coxswains are working on boat feel, steering, keeping boats together during practice, and are even learning the basics of rigging. In the sculling group, Michiel and Mark have about a dozen athletes working in singles. The novice scullers are working on the basics of how to carry their boat, shove off the dock, and the mechanics of the stroke. The more experienced scullers were able to get out in Osprey Bay and work on technique. The wind picked up quite a bit by the afternoon session, causing some of the scullers to “go for a swim,” but the good news is that they had the opportunity to learn how to get back in the boat after a flip, also a useful skill.
There were a number of dolphin sightings through the day, which delighted many of our campers (and coaches) from up north. The day ended with a great dinner and an excellent talk from our panel of coaches about the role that rowing has played in their lives.