Winter workouts

Winter conditioning will start Tuesday December 8.

Winter workouts are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30. No workouts on Friday.

Have your rowers invite a friend that might be interested in crew. No charge for winter workouts.

Regards, Greg

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Board meeting Tues Nov 10


All are invited to our next Board meeting , Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7:30 PM at my house, 202 Hodges Lane Takoma Park 20912. We’ll discuss the schedule going forward, team updates, and begin in earnest to organize the Board and volunteer committees for winter workouts, the Spring season and beyond.

I’m inviting folks who are not currently on the Board or on a committee to join us so we can share ideas and start implementing our plan forward. I strongly encourage you to attend.

PLEASE RESPOND with your intention to attend, so I can get a rough headcount.



Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Wreath and candle sales

Hi everyone, I’ve posted a new order form on the fundraising page. The new form includes a picture of a wreath.

wreath image



Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Wreath and Candle Fundraising is on

Rowers and Families,

The Blair Crew Holiday Wreath (and now) Candle Sale is one of our two largest fundraisers each year. The attached flyer explains how it works. It’s easy — folks are buying holiday wreaths and candles this time of year anyway, items are not more expensive than at stores, and they like to support Blair Crew. We have a short sales window, however — our final order to the supplier is due Nov 7 — so start now! Get your orders and collected checks to me by the 5th.
The full order will ship to my house in Takoma Park. You’ll come collect the number you sold and then deliver them directly to customers. Shipment arrives the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The order form is attached. I suggest opening the Word doc and adding your seller’s info before printing out copies for sales.
Please let me know if you have questions. I am out of town this week but checking email.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Latest News

Here are some quick updates on upcoming events:

  • Head of the Occoquan Regatta November 1, the day after Halloween. Rowers let Greg know your availability so he can start making up boats.
  • Tail of the Anacostia Regatta November 7. This Regatta is kind of a “pick up” Regatta with other teams that use the Blandensburg boathouse. There is no website for the race, so we will keep everyone updated via this site and the list serve.
  • Because of the Anacostia race, we are extending the season to November 7.

We will update the official schedule soon with these new additions and more information will be sent on all….


Go Blazers!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Help clean up our river!

Help keep our waterways clean by joining us this Sunday, October 18th, for a Blair Crew cleanup on the Northwest Branch!!

Where:  Kemp Mill Rd just before the turn-off to the stables in Wheaton Regional Park.

When: Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m.  It will likely last about 3 hours, but students can be picked up at any time.

Bring: All participants should come in clothes that can get dirty or wet, long pants and sleeves, closed-toed shoes and perhaps caps or something with a visor. They should also bring water to drink and sun block would be a good extra precaution as well.

Supplied: Bags, gloves, several “grabbers”, waders, and sheets to fill out for SSL hours

Parents are welcome to come and lend a hand. Hope to see you there!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Lots of action Columbus Day Weekend!

We have Saturday practice (10/10) from 9-12, and the Occoquan Chase on Sunday. Carpool sign ups for both are in the Links to the right.

Here is helpful information posted to the list serve about the race:

Dear Parents and Rowers,

Our next regatta, Occoquan Chase will be held on Sunday, October 11 at Sandy Run Park in Fairfax Station, VA. This is a really nice venue for racing and a great opportunity for novice and novice parents to come out and cheer for our varsity rowers.  This venue has a nice 20 minute walk through the woods and along the water to the Grandstands.  The venue also provides rides to the Grandstands for $2.00.  Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers, bring a lawn chair, blankets, something to read, and binoculars. No dogs are permitted on the park during regatta days. Below are some helpful websites:


There will be a parking fee and shuttles will be used when the parking area gets full.

The following Parking Fees will be used for the Chase:
FREE=buses and vans with 10+ people, volunteers, car-toppers, tow vehicles
$5=vehicles with 7, 8 or 9 people
$10=4, 5 or 6 people
$20=1, 2 or 3 people. This policy does apply to coaches as well.

Once the Parking Lots in and adjacent to Sandy Run are filled cars will park at the Vulcan Lot opposite the Occoquan Park entrance off Rte 123 and Shuttle rides will be provided back to the park [10 minutes]. The shuttle is free. Parking Information willed be sent via Twitter @GMUCrewClub

Address and Directions

The address for Sandy Run Regional Park: 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039.

Directions to Sandy Run:  To reach Sandy Run, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton Road at exit 163, turn right(west) on Lorton road, turn right on Furnace Road, right again on Ox Road (Route 123), left on Hampton Road, turn left on Van Thompson and follow it to the park entrance.  According to their web site you can anticipate parking in the Van Thompson Road field.  (Google maps says this takes approximately an hour from Blair)


Food, Drinks, and Volunteer Opportunities

Grilling is not allowed at this venue.  If possible please bring your food donation in a disposable/recyclable container, if it requires refrigeration please pack it in a cooler with ice packs, and if you’d like to have any left-over food back, please feel free to collect it during clean-up as well as taking left over food/snacks for the trip home.  Click on this link to identify your generous donation and volunteer opportunities on the Signup Genius website:


Arrival Times

The rowers need to arrive by 7:00 am.  Coaches and coxswains meeting will be at the boathouse at 8:00 am.   The race times have not yet been released.  We will provide updates as they are issued.


Finally, the Regatta FAQs are on located on the Blair Crew website.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized