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									Minneapolis Rowing Club
Member Handbook
updated July 2003


General Information
Board of Governors
What to Know While on Land
What to Know on the Water
Ad. I: River Traffic Map
Ad. II: By-laws
                                  General Information
The Minneapolis Rowing Club (MRC) is a member of the United States Rowing Association and the
Northwestern International Rowing Association. The club also has an affiliation with Macalester
College, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota.

The MRC admits members of any race, color, sexual orientation, religion, gender, and national or
ethnic origin.

Underneath the Lake Street bridge off of West River Road in Minneapolis.

Mailing Address
PO Box 583102
Minneapolis, MN 55458-3102

Boathouse phone: 612.729.1541

Be sure to check out the club website, www.mplsrowing.org, for current information, including:
   • updates on cold-water rowing
   • contact information for committees, coaches, and captains
   • regatta results

All rowers MUST sign a waiver before rowing for the year/season. Waivers are good for the calendar
year only; a new one must be signed every year. Not only are waivers essential for the club's
insurance criteria, but they are used to update the club's membership information.

Dues are based on member type and are due early in the year. Paying dues on time not only saves
the treasurer from having to contact tardy members directly, but also allows for the purchase of
equipment in time for the start of the rowing season. If you have questions about your membership
dues or other fees, please contact the treasurer.

Member Type              Condition                         Season            Cost Due Date
Regular                  18 years of age or older          Full year         $300 1/3 on Feb. 1st
                                                                                  2/3 on June 1st
Novice                   18 years of age or older and      Remainder of       200 Upon
                         complete a Learn-to-Row (LTR)     the year after         completing
                         session in the current year       LTR                    LTR
Full Year Student        19-24 years old, full time        Full year          200 1/2 on Feb. 1st
                         student                                                  1/2 on June 1st
Summer Only Student      19-24 years old, full time        June 1st –         130 June 1st
                         student                           August 31st
Member Type              Condition                          Season            Cost Due Date
Junior                   Under 19 years old. 18 year-       Full year          130 Feb. 1st
                         olds must be full time students.
Coxswains                Non-rowing, cox only.              Full year         Free

* At the October 17, 1999, annual meeting the membership voted to approve a $100 annual
assessment to all regular members (excluding students and juniors) beginning in the year 2000 and
continuing through 2009. All proceeds of the assessment shall be used to finance the construction of
the Club's new boathouse, and for no other purpose. Funds raised for the Club by a member through
Club-approved fundraising activities in a given year may be credited toward the member's
assessment for that year. Thus, dues for regular members are $200 plus the $100 assessment for a
total of $300 per year.

Learn-to-Row Classes—$150/session (discounted to $125 if participant signs up during walk-down

Additional Coaching Fees
Occasionally a coach may be willing to conduct additional practices above and beyond the minimum
number they are required to conduct under their contract (which varies by program). If a rower
chooses to participate in additional coached practices, there may be an added fee required which is
paid directly to the coach.

Every member is responsible for volunteering time to help earn money for the club. Fundraising
opportunities will be announced as they are scheduled.

Occasional workdays are scheduled throughout the rowing season to maintain the facilities,
equipment, docks, and lawn. All MRC members are expected to participate in workdays so that the
burden of maintaining our boathouse and shells, etc., falls equally on everyone.

Volunteer Commitment
As the number of members has increased to near-capacity, and as the club has upgraded and
increased its fleet and facilities, the need has arisen for more participation from club members to
complete essential tasks around the boathouse. The volunteer committee has organized a list of
various tasks, and each member of the club is asked to sign up to take charge of a particular item.
Duties include changing light bulbs, filling gas tanks, washing towels, mowing the lawn, sweeping,
teaching Learn To Row classes, and much, much more.

There should be no bicycles stored in the boathouses—they could cause damage to rowing
equipment and are an inconvenience to others who have to move them to get their boats out. Please
use the bike racks on the river side of the boathouse. If you have a special situation, see the

Private Boat Storage Policy
Members may rent space for privately owned rowing shells in the boathouse at a rate fixed by the
board of governors. Fees for rack space are due April 1. Space is rented on a calendar-year basis

Rack fees for private boats:
  • single—$135/year
  • double—$185/year

The allotment of rack space is made by the commodore, who will consider the nature of the
equipment to be stored, the ease of access, the frequency of use, and the members’ contributions to
club. If a boat is rowed a minimum of six time per year (as reflected in the log book), the boat owner
will be entitled to renew his or her lease for the next year. The commodore may, in his or her
discretion, renew a lease if a boat has not been used a minimum of six times a year.

Members may store privately owned sculls, oars, or slings in the boathouse without charge, space
permitting. Members are urged to store all other equipment (such as covers and boat racks) off-site,
but may in certain circumstances keep such items at the boathouse with the express permission of
the commodore.

The commodore will maintain a waiting list of people who wish to rent boat racks. Waiting list
positions are not transferable. As rack space becomes available, the commodore will give preference
to people who have been on the waiting list the longest. However, other factors may also be
considered, such as the number of rack spaces an owner has already rented, the frequency of use of
the equipment to be stored, and the owner’s contributions to the club.

Members renting rack space may transfer the space when selling the boat berthed in that space.
Notification of any such transfer must be given to the commodore. The board of governors may deny
space in any case considered to be contrary to the goals of the organization. The board may
terminate any rental agreement with good cause.

The Minneapolis Rowing Club is not liable for any damage, theft, or personal injury resulting from the
placement of private equipment in the boathouse or from its use. It is suggested that members storing
equipment in the boathouse insure it against any loss.
                                         MRC History
Wishing to improve their physical condition as well as their social advancement, fifteen young men
founded the Lurline Boat Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 1877. They began rowing on Lake
Calhoun with a four-oared gig purchased from the St. Paul Boat Club. With an admission fee of $10
per year and a $1 monthly fee, they quickly enlarged their navy by purchasing two new pair oared
shells. According to newspaper accounts of the time, the rowing club was the most exclusive in the
city. Their Fourth of July regattas in 1879 and 1881 had as many as five thousand spectators lining
Lake Calhoun's shores. In 1885 the club hosted its first international regatta on Lake Minnetonka with
the Minnesota and Winnipeg Rowing Association. This association was the forerunner to the present-
day Northwestern International Rowing Association (NWIRA).

As the turn of the century approached, the Lurliners were affected by a series of setbacks. They were
forced to move their facility several times, their aging membership was developing an enthusiasm for
golf and service organizations, and interest waned to such an extent that they considered withdrawal
from the Minnesota and Winnipeg Rowing Association. Rather than withdraw, they reorganized,
inviting any male paying $5 to join the newly named Minneapolis Rowing Club.

The Spanish American War and World War I, though, were the death knell for the once prestigious
club. Between 1901 and 1903 the navy was sold to the Minikahda Club, which in turn sold it to the
Minnetonka Yacht Club. After WWI, in 1928, the Calhoun Beach Club advertised for rowers. Lee
Miller and Scott Duncan responded. Initially naming themselves the Calhoun Beach Rowing Club,
then the Minneapolis Crew Club, they finally restored the historic link to the original Lurliners by
choosing Minneapolis Rowing Club as their new name. World War II and city expansion forced the
closing of the Calhoun rowing facility. From 1958 through 1965 the members of the MRC were
landlocked. They may not have rowed, but they planned and constructed the Duncan-Miller
Boathouse on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The distinctive A-frame Duncan-Miller Boathouse tragically burned down September 28, 1997.
Everything in the house was destroyed, including club boats, private boats, oars, coaching launches,
ergometers, weight equipment, and regatta equipment. Though the exact cause of the blaze was
never determined, the fire was ruled an arson.

Despite the overwhelming loss, the club came together to plan, raise funds for, and break ground on
a new boathouse on the same site. The distinctive parabolic roof, intended to mimic the motion of an
oar pulling through water, as well as the distinctive wood ribbing in the interior, garnered a
Progressive Architecture Award from Architectural Record magazine for Vincent James Architects.
The new boathouse opened for official use during the 2002 rowing season.
                                   Board of Governors
The board of governors consists of seven officers and anywhere from four to eight members at large.
The club holds an annual general membership meeting, usually in October, to elect new officers. All
regular members in good standing may participate in the election. The term for each officer position is
one year. Members at large serve on the board for two years. Four new members at large are usually
elected by the new officers each year to add to four second term members at large and complete the

Board meetings are held once a month, with agendas e-mailed to the membership ten days prior.
Meeting minutes are likewise sent via e-mail to club members. All club members may attend the
board meetings and submit issues to be added to the agenda for discussion at upcoming meetings.

President—the chief executive officer of the board of governors; heads board meetings and drafts
           meeting agendas
Vice-President—performs all duties of the president in the president’s absence
Secretary—custodian of all the records, books, and documents of the club
Treasurer—custodian of all funds of the club
Commodore—custodian of all the boats, oars, buildings, grounds, docks, and other equipment
Men’s Captain—acts as liaison between crew members and coaches
Women’s Captain—acts as liaison between crew members, coaches, and rest of club

     • See the club by-laws for a more detailed description of each position [ATTACHED? WHERE?]
     • See the website for a list of the current board members and their contact information


Any club member may participate in the committees below—in fact, it is highly encouraged for
members to be involved. A board member typically holds the position of chairperson for each

 •      Capital Improvements—directs development of boathouse facilities and grounds
 •      Coaching—identifies and approves coaches for all club programs
 •      College Liaison—acts as conduit for contracts and information between MRC and college
 •      Communications—routes information throughout club, publishes Currents
 •      Equipment (traditionally run by the Commodore)—oversees distribution of equipment to club
        programs, equipment upkeep, and equipment sales and purchases
 •      Finance—oversees club financial matters
 •      Fundraising—determines funding goals and methods
 •      Learn-to-Row—organizes registration, session schedules, and coaching
 •      Policy—reviews club rules and procedures
 •      Safety—reviews club safety standards
 •      Volunteer—maintains list of volunteer duties, organizes volunteer efforts
•   Way to Row—operates, advises program
Learn-to-Row Classes
Six learn-to-row sessions are offered per season for persons 18 and older. Each session—two each
in June, July, and August—consists of eight two-hour classes that meet three times a week over the
course of roughly two and a half weeks. Approximately ten people are introduced to the basics of
sweep rowing, rowing terminology, safety, and introductory sculling. (Following completion of a learn-
to-row session, students are able to register as a member of the club and participate in novice

Juniors Learn-to-Row Classes
Roughly two learn-to-row sessions are offered per season for persons between the ages of 14 and
18. Each session consists of a single day spent introducing students to the basics of sweep rowing,
rowing terminology, and safety. (Following completion of a learn-to-row session, students are able to
register as a member of the club and participate in the juniors rowing program.)

Juniors Program
This is a coached program for students between the ages of 14 and 18. Participants are required to
attend four to five practices per week during the competitive season. Junior rowers will compete in
several regattas over the course of the season, which generally lasts from June until the end of
August. Parents of junior rowers are strongly encouraged to be involved with their children's
competitive events and other rowing activities.

Way to Row
The Way to Row program is a specialized rowing course directed at teaching rowing to at-risk youth
between the ages of 14 and 18. The MRC partners with an established local entity that works with
this population of youth to provide a recreational and instructive element for participants. Practices
are held once to twice a week from June through August, and, depending on the season, may
culminate in participation in a regatta. Rowers are welcome to join the juniors program upon
completion of Way to Row.

Novice Program
The Novice Program provides coaching in sweep rowing and sculling three days a week for adult
rowers who have recently completed a Learn-to-Row course. Rowers will gain essential experience
and hone their skills in rowing technique, coxing, bowing, river navigation, equipment care, and boat
handling. Novice rowers can only take out MRC equipment independently after the Novice coach has
verified their competency with the aforementioned skills. (See information about the bow list under the
"Safety" section.) After completing a season in the novice program, rowers are welcome to transition
into the Sport or Competitive Program.
Sport/Recreational Program
This program provides coaching in sweep rowing and sculling three days a week for rowers who want
to row recreationally as well as for those who want to compete but cannot commit to the required
practice schedule of the Competitive Program.

Competitive Program
Experienced adult rowers can participate in either the Men's or the Women's Competitive Team.
Members are required to attend at least four to five of six scheduled practices per week during the
summer season (June through August) to participate in this program. Coaching for sweep rowing as
well as sculling in all boat sizes is provided.
                        WHAT TO KNOW WHILE ON LAND

Choosing a Boat

Beginning rowers need to get permission from their coach to row a boat unsupervised or to use
certain types of boats. Permission is, however, contingent on appropriate water conditions and club
safety rules (see "What to Know on the Water.") See your coach for more information on what boats
you can take out.

At times, particular boats need repairs; these boats will be marked with an orange "Do Not Row"
sticker. It should go without saying, but do not row a boat with a "Do Not Row" sticker affixed to it.
Comic mishaps—or worse—could occur.

Even without the sticker, some boats need maintenance. Before hitting the water rowers should
check for missing seats, incorrect rigging, and loose foot stretchers. If any piece of equipment is
questionable, bring it up with your coach before heading to the water.

Reserving Boats

Club boats may be reserved two days in advance on a weekly calendar posted near the door in the

Boats reserved for coached practices for all programs are also indicated on this calendar.

Please be courteous about showing up when you have reserved a boat or erasing your name at least
half a day in advance if you need to cancel your reservation.

Log Book

Before taking any boat out, either a club boat or your own private boat, you MUST sign out in the log
book. This holds true whether the boat is being removed from the boathouse for a row, to go to a
regatta, or to be sent away for repairs. This is mandated by our insurance policy, and the
consequences for having an accident on the river in an un-logged boat are great.

The log book is located near the door in each boathouse. If you are taking a boat from the new
boathouse, sign the log book from that boathouse. If you're headed out of the old boathouse, sign
that log book.

When signing the log book, write the date, time, names of all rowers in the boat, and your intended
direction (down river or upriver).

When you come back from rowing it is VERY IMPORTANT to sign in with the time you returned.
Failure to do so may result in a search party trolling the river in search of a missing rower.
Bow/Cox List

Since, in all sculling and some sweep boats, the rower in bow seat is responsible for navigation, bows
(as well as coxswains) must have a solid knowledge of and comfort level negotiating the various
hazards of the river. To ensure this, all rowers must obtain permission to bow or cox club boats.
Concern for the safety of MRC members is the primary purpose of the bow list.

Occupying a position on the bow/cox list entitles a rower to sign particular boats out to row
[UNSUPERVISED BY A COACH]. This individual thereby accepts full responsibility for the condition
of the boat and safety of the crew while the boat is signed out.

Membership in the MRC does not confer a place on the bow/cox list. Only the commodore or a coach
may add a person to the bow/cox list or change an individual’s place on the list. The head coach of
each program typically maintains a bow/cox list that identifies which rowers are recommended to bow
or cox a particular type and level of boat, and the commodore approves the recommendations. A
rower initially gets on the list, and moves up to higher levels, by gaining experience in bowing or
coxing under a coach's supervision. Beginning rowers interested in bowing or coxing can request
practice under a coach's tutelage.
The MRC bow/cox list identifies a hierarchy of club equipment and the people who may sign out
equipment at each level. There are four levels of equipment (assignment of specific boats to each of
these categories is an annual responsibility of the commodore):

       1) Novice
       2) Recreational
       3) Experienced
       4) Advanced

In general, the Novice group includes wherries and other boats that relatively inexperienced rowers
may use safely; the Advanced group includes the newest, most competitive hulls the MRC owns that
can be signed out by those MRC members most experienced in rowing, boat safety, and boat

A rower’s position on the bow/cox list is in an indication of a rower’s ability to operate the equipment;
knowledge of the river and rules of navigation; good judgment in the use of equipment under differing
conditions; and ability to abide by MRC policies.

Lifting and Carrying Boats

Before you even attempt to pick up and move a boat, make sure that you have the appropriate slings
set up to set the boat in once you're outside the boathouse. Check that you are using MRC slings, not
personal slings (they are labeled).

Pay attention to removing boats from the racks, as the boats are stored in rather tight confines along
the walls. It's tricky to avoid rigging and rack beams, but it can be done. Be sure to confer with a more
experienced rower or your coach if you are unsure as to how to maneuver a boat from its storage
space. Above all, don't be afraid to ask for help, even if you merely need a spotter to watch and make
certain that the procedure goes smoothly.
Rowers should never attempt to carry a fully rigged boat with less than the number of rowers the boat
holds (i.e.: eight people carry an eight, four people carry a four or quad, etc.). If you are uncertain
about how to properly carry any boat, especially doubles and singles, ask for assistance.

Wiping Down Boats

After rowing, all club boats must be wiped down with a towel before being put back in the boathouse.
If water is available, wet the boat and wipe down to remove river scum.

Re-rigging Boats

If you had to re-rig a boat in order to row it, you must return the rigging to the state that it was in
before you used the boat. This is important for boats that are used by multiple groups, as it ensures
that a boat is ready for the next group that has scheduled to use it.

Replacing Boats on the Racks

Before bringing any boat back into the boathouse, make sure that the correct end of the boat will be
going in first. All the boats in the boathouse should have the bows and sterns facing the same
direction—bows upriver and sterns downriver. Take as much care in replacing boats on the racks as
you did removing them, especially with tired arms.

Bringing in Slings

If you know there are other boats still on the water when you come in and there are not many sets of
slings setting out, it is ok to leave some out. However, if you are one of the last to come off the water
and you know there aren't any other boats still out, please bring in all slings even if you didn't set
them out yourself. To determine if there might be boats still out on the water, check the log book or
look for empty racks in the boathouse.

Reporting Damage

When equipment is damaged, major or minor, on or off the water, the incident must be reported.
There are forms in the boathouse to fill out when a boat is damaged. On the form, identify the location
of the damage, how it was incurred (if known); the date and time that it was observed, and your
contact information.

If the damage renders the boat unfit to row, you must also tag it with an orange "Do Not Row" sign to
prevent anyone else from taking them out until it is repaired.
Ideally, the Commodore should be informed of damage to any club equipment, but if he or she is not
available a coach may also be informed. Anyone responsible for damaging equipment is also
responsible for helping to repair it.

Closing the Boathouse Doors

If you are the last boat to go out on the water and no one is left at the boathouse, close the doors. If
you are the last boat to come in, close and lock the doors before going home. (Some doors are a bit
tricky to shut all the way—make sure that they do.) Anyone who has a key to the boathouse is
responsible for locking the doors before leaving OR making sure that someone else with a key is still

Coaching Launches

The rowers in each program are responsible for bringing down and putting away their own coach's
launch. The rowers are also responsible for making sure the gas tanks are full for the coaching
launches. Gas expenses will be reimbursed by the club Treasurer. Our outboard motors are two-
stroke motors; be sure you add the appropriate amount of two-cycle oil to the gas. Do not leave
unmixed gas at the boathouse unless it isa clearly marked as such; accidental use of gas without two-
cycle oil will cause serious engine damage.
                         WHAT TO KNOW ON THE WATER

Traffic Patterns

In general, MRC shells should row down river on the Minneapolis side of the river and upriver on the
St. Paul side. (The MRC boathouse is on the west bank of the river.) Boats should never proceed on
the wrong side of the river unless directed to do so by a coach or race official, or under emergency
circumstances, such as an approaching barge, which must stay within the confines of the navigation

The river's navigation channel is marked by red and green buoys, or, in the absence of buoys, by
daymarks (which are the reflective, diamond-shaped symbols on shore). Facing downstream, red
buoys mark the port (left) side of the channel, and green buoys mark the starboard (right) side of the
river. All motorized river traffic, including barges and tour boats, are confined to this channel. With a

A map of the “pool”—the rowable stretch of river upstream from the Ford Bridge to St. Anthony
Falls—is posted in the boathouse. Adhere to the navigation channel as marked by the buoys
whenever possible. (See also Ad. I: River Traffic Map.)

Boats should never stop in the water positioned perpendicular to the shore. When stopped for any
reason, boats must maintain an orientation parallel to shore.

Things to Watch Out for on the River

• Buoys—These do get moved sometimes, especially in the spring and fall, so don't assume their
    location. They come up on you quickly as you move downstream, especially when the current is

• Bridges—Never turn a boat around near, under, or immediately upriver of a bridge. The current can
     push a turning boat right into a bridge piling, so make sure you are far enough away or down
     river of a bridge before turning.

     Another hazard comes from certain individuals who feel compelled to hurl items (firecrackers,
     rocks, insults, etc.) from atop the bridges we row under (especially the railroad bridge). It is best
     to ignore these folks, avoid passing directly under them, and, if a cell phone is handy, call the
     police department.

• Sandbars—You may want to study the river map to see where sandbars are located. Although
    these are generally not a problem, when the water level is especially low you may need to row
    closer to the middle of the river.

• Debris—It's a shame, but our Mississippi is often marred by trash and other flotsam. Pop bottles,
    plastic bags, and dead fish pose few problems, but logs and branches of varying size can cause
    considerable damage. They sometimes float just under the surface of the water, so bows and
     coxswains need to pay considerable attention to spotting them and steering clear. Debris tends
     to be worse in the spring and after it rains.

• Deadheads—Deadheads are what happens when a free-floating log becomes mired in the riverbed,
     usually with one end pointing up toward (and sometimes through) the surface of the water.
     These can be very difficult to see and extremely damaging to boats. They can also occur almost
     anywhere in the river, near shore or smack in the middle of the channel. Bows and coxswains,
     again, need to watch closely for them.

• Other Watercraft—We share the river with motor boats, jet skis, canoes, other rowing shells,
     paddlewheels, and barges. Legally, motor boats and jet skis are required to decrease speed so
     as to cause a minimum wake when coming upon rowers. This doesn't always happen. Stop
     rowing if necessary to wait for motorized watercraft and the ensuing wake to go by.

     Barges and paddlewheels, however, need not stop for rowers and have the right of way. And
     their wakes have been known to swamp shells of any size. See more on barges below.

• The Ford Dam—Downstream from the boathouse is the Ford Dam, and it's the main reason we
     learn to row upstream. If anything happens to boats that are rowing downstream, they may not
     be able to get to shore before going over the dam. This is especially important to remember in
     faster water.

• Sunbathers and Other River Denizens—You may chance upon the odd nude sunbather sunning on
     the shore, or a camper setting up on the riverbank. They are harmless and sometimes friendly.
     It's advisable, however, to ignore them and continue rowing.

Barge Traffic

Foremost to remember: Barges can't stop. It's your job to stay out of the way. That said, here are a
couple things to counter that heart-pounding feeling you get when a barge sneaks up behind you.

• ANY time is barge time—they move along the river at all times of day and night.

• Barges travel up and down the main channel of the river, between the green and red buoys.

• If a barge sounds its horn, it means you're too close. Don't panic, just move to one side of the river
as quickly as possible. You may sometimes need to cross to the wrong side of the river to temporarily
get out of the way of a barge. Make sure you also watch out for other rowers when doing so. Point
your boat so that it is parallel to the wake, ride it out, and wait for the barge to pass.

Launching and Docking

Always push off and come into the dock with your bow pointing upriver. If you plan to row upriver first,
quickly row to the St. Paul side after pushing off. If you plan to row down river first, row away from the
dock into the middle of the river and turn around. Then move toward the Minneapolis side as you
head down river.
When docking or preparing to launch be very aware of other boats that are coming in or going out. At
times, it's most feasible to wait for a smaller boat to land and get off the water, rather than making it
wait for an entire eight to load, tie in, and launch.

Certain times of the day feature more rowing traffic than others, especially early morning on
weekdays and weekends, and after work during the week. The bustle in the boathouse as folks get
ready to launch is amplified in the traffic on the water. Pay attention to what's going on in both areas,
and be respectful of others needing to move more quickly or slowly than you.

Flipping a Boat

Before you even set out from the dock, BE CAREFUL NEVER TO TIE YOUR SHOES TOO TIGHT.
Also, make sure that the heels of your shoes are tied to the footstretchers. In the event of a flipped
boat, you need to be able to get your feet free quickly.

If you should flip or fall out of your boat, remain calm and STAY WITH THE BOAT. It will float. The
oars are certified personal flotation devices—they will float, too. [THIS TRUE???] Wait for the launch
to arrive, or try to kick your way to shore and get back in the boat there. Ask an experienced rower or
coach for other techniques for getting back into a flipped single.

Cold-Water Policy

When cold-water rowing conditions exist, defined as water temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit
as determined by the commodore, club equipment will only be used as described below so as to be in
compliance with USRA guidelines.

   A) When the water temperature is below 45 degrees, all club-owned boats must be accompanied
   by a launch and must remain within 500 meters of that launch. The boats must be signed out in
   the log book, listing the name of the launch driver who is accompanying those boats.

   B) When the water temperature is between 45 and 55 degrees, club-owned boats must stay in
   groups of two or more and must remain within 250 meters of all other boats in their group. The
   boats must be signed out in the log book, listing all other boats in the group.

Owners of private equipment are strongly encouraged to follow the above guidelines, and are
expected to make responsible and mature decisions in an effort to promote safe and responsible
rowing for all club members.

These guidelines establish a minimum safety standard. All rowers are encouraged to use extreme
caution in any conditions that pose a risk of hypothermia.

This policy is usually only necessary in the spring and late fall. Bottom Line: Ask the commodore or
your coach before using club equipment when the cold-water policy is in effect.
Lightning Policy

NEVER launch a boat if you see lightning! According to USRA guidelines, rowers must wait 30
minutes after lightning has been sighted, and no new lightning bolts have been seen, to launch.

If lightning is sighted while you are already on the water, you must return to the boathouse
IMMEDIATELY and wait for conditions to clear.

Low-Light Policy

All boats rowing after sunset or before sunrise are required by Minnesota law to display a white light
that is visible from a distance of at least two miles.

In addition, all club-owned boats that are rowing more than thirty minutes before sunrise or more than
thirty minutes after sunset must be accompanied by a launch unless specifically exempted by the
commodore. The boats must be signed out in the log book, listing the name of the launch driver who
is accompanying those boats.

Sunset and sunrise times are to be determined by the commodore, and are published in the
Department of Natural Resources' publication "Minnesota Boating Guide."

Owners of private equipment are strongly encouraged to follow the above guidelines, and are
expected to make responsible and mature decisions in an effort to promote safe and responsible
rowing for all club members.

These guidelines establish a minimum safety standard. All rowers are encouraged to use extreme
caution in low-light conditions, including those that exist due to weather conditions.

Other Adverse Conditions

Under certain adverse conditions, you should decide against going out on the water. These include
excessive heat and humidity, high wind, downpour, horizontal rain, rough water (marked by
whitecaps), strong current, excessive debris, or ominous weather. Not only do these conditions make
rowing dangerous, but incredibly frustrating and not much fun.
Regattas that competitive members typically attend throughout the year:

San Diego Crew Classic (San Diego, CA)               April
Great Plains Rowing Chmp. (Topeka, Kansas)           April
Midwest Sprints (Madison, WI)                        April
Pull for Leukemia (St. Paul, MN)                     June
Canada Day Regatta (Thunder Bay, Ont.)               June
Duluth Invitational Regatta (Duluth, MN)             July
American Rowing Championships (traveling)            July/August
NWIRA Championships (traveling)                      July or August
Royal Canadian Henley (St. Catherine, Ont.)          August
Masters Nationals (traveling)                        August or September
Death Row (Duluth, MN)                               September
Head of the Des Moines (Des Moines, IA)              September
Head of the Mississippi (Mpls, MN)*                  October
Head of the Charles (Boston, MA)                     October

*In the past this regatta has been hosted by MRC as a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. The HOTM has
recently been organized and held by the University of Minnesota.

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