Restricted Boats

Just a “Friendly Reminder”

Folks – Probably one of the hardest things I have to do as Captain is “say no”.    Especially to friends and senior rowers with whom I respect.

Having said that, I take boat damage personally, and when I give a “yes” to a restricted boat, and it comes back damaged – that is ON ME .

So, just a reminder.

Restricted boats are RESTRICTED for :

  • Racing – not general practices
  • Pre-Race Preparation

I realize we have boats out, but that doesn’t pass the mustard for taking a restricted boats (unless it is a racing lineup and during a coached practice)

Thanks for your understanding, John

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Please Read

  1. I apologize for the confusion for this morning. My email on closing the river was out of step with coaches call for practice.

  2. This morning – crews went out, but left the Boathouse WIDE OPEN when they left………..come on guys ???

  3. This morning – crews went out with the RIVER CLOSED (I never opened it since my email went out yesterday).

  4. There will be practice THU am.

SO for the future – a call for practice does not override whether club equipment is allowed on the water.  When in doubt – please call me.

THX for your patience.


PS – Due to the amount of damage to restricted boats and general boats, river flow and debris will be watched more closely, and I will err on the side of caution.

Island Project

FRA Members,

The city is working to complete the "Island Project".  Dredging of the river in front of the FRA dock, and around the island itselfwill be required.  This project will have an effect on rowing at FRA in the coming weeks.  Rest assured that everything possible has been done to minimize the effect, and we will continue to work towards that goal and get us back to normal.  That said, this is the best estimate that we have at this time:

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Boat restrictions effective immediately

I am writing to express a concern that has come to my attention from various members that needs immediate attention. Recently there have been several incidents involving "restricted boats" being used with questionable authority to do so. This has led to some confusion and ill feelings , which I am sure knowing the membership , was not the intention. In my opinion, it is a good thing that we as members self-police each other so that rules are enforced and universally followed...

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Fall Training

This was BEST summer I have had since the summer of 2009. That was the year I finished my first year at UPenn, and coached and directed my first summer camp at Penn AC. 
For the last 8 years, I have always been away from FRA directing/coaching at a rowing camp or another program. This is the first summer that I have been able to coach at FRA for the full summer. On top of that,  being able to race with everyone has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I have missed competing, and I am grateful to be able to represent our club and row alongside everyone.

"FAIRMOUNT 4-LIFE" - FALL ROWING (training standards)

As a club, we really have built up training momentum since the start of the Spring Season. Tuesdays and Thursdays practices have grown tenfold, and the rest of the Schuylkill Navy has taken notice of all the Fairmount rowers on the river...

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June Captain's Log


 A few notes as we enter the 2017 Summer season, Hopefully the cold will be gone for good soon.

 1)  Thanks to all who came out in spite of the weather to enjoy  this Memorial Day at our annual event. These events can only be as good as the participation. This year we had a great Rooster Race which included 7 single racers across in a very competitive event. Congratulations to all of the single sculler participants: Jacob, Kevin Montenegro, Greg Jr., Larry, Tom Sibson, John Ryan . This year's Rooster Trophy once again belongs for the second year in a row to our favorite Serb,  Djordje Vilimanovic...

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FRA Winter Training

Hello FRA members!

First off, Happy New year!

And thank you all for your generous gift for the holidays, as well as my new FRA Pull over. I am excited to wear it.

Coaching this Week - Sunday ONLY

I will be down Sunday this week 6:30 am to 8:30 am.

I have been invited back up to Power10 in Avon, CT Saturday to FMS screen a Master's Program up there.

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Congrats to all the FRA boats and athletes that raced and performed exceptionally well this weekend!

Overall, I believe this was the best HOSR in a long time, and I personally enjoyed the race course itself. Thank you Al Wachlin!


We are now moving into the winter, and many of you want to continue training. For the next 3 Weeks we are going to UP the volume, but lower the intensity. 

Following the week of Thanksgiving we have 12 weeks until the middle of February which ends the winter season...

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August Captain's Log

#1 Safety. The majority of incidents this summer involved coaches' launches, or boats that were being coached. Please go over the rules of the river with coaches. Also stress that being in a launch does not make breaking the rules more safe. Report all incidents. If you witness an incident and do not report it, but still talk about it, you are a whiner. Be an active part of the change on the river. Incidents will get reported to me, I connect the appropriate captains, they deal with the boats in their houses. Here is the link. If there are any bugs, please submit what you can and report the bug so that we have a report of the incident and can fix the app.

#2 Debris We need to coordinate to remove logs off the west side to aide in weed removal...

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Quaker City Regatta

Many, many thanks for all your participation in the Quaker City Regatta this weekend!  Seems like the event was a great success. Entries were up just a little from recent years, the party was hopping, the weather, if not the algae, behaved, and we had lots of great races.

Thank you to all my volunteers...

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July Captain's Log

#1 The Captain's meeting minutes are in the previous post for your review. As always, it's all about safety. Please be vigilant/cautious about where you turn and how crews are avoiding the weeds . As you may know our President was in an accident , but luckily came out unscathed. You are encouraged to report ALL incidents. Link can be accessed on FRA's Members website or here

#2 Launch drivers needed for this Saturday Youth Regatta. If you can help please do. Meet at city dock . First shift 8:30 am , second 12:30pm. Sign up here to volunteer.

#3 PLEASE HELP AL with the weeds!!! Sign up here to volunteer

#4 KUDOS to Pres John K, his first lady Maureen , Monica, and all who helped make movie night a success. It was well attended and enjoyed by all.

#5 Red Sargent has reported a few security issues at other boathouses. Please keep FRA secure.

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SN Captain's Notes

Collision/Safety Reporting - A reminder to everyone to make sure to report safety issues/concerns on the water. We cannot evaluate data and have informed conversations without the initial input. The goal is to have every rower/coach aware of the email address and reporting link to make reports directly to the system. The representatives from the Schulykill Dragons were in attendance to report on a recent event. We have invited them to attend meetings on a regular basis and shared the reporting link.

Following Rules of the River - Brief discussion about making sure to follow the current rules. All acknowledged that issues with weeds, summer coaches, and low water levels have made it hard to follow the traffic patterns correctly in certain areas on the river.

River Issues by Strawberry Mansion - The low water and weeds have compressed upriver traffic...

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Quaker City Volunteers

Our very own Quaker City Regatta is less than one month away on August 6th.  Margo has taken on the great task of coordinating the event and it is time to start planning for your contribution as a volunteer on the day of the regatta.

The following link shows all of the available jobs: QCMR - Volunteers  You may view it anytime to see where help is still needed.  Please review the list and email Margo Angelopoulos with your preferences and she will update the list.  

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact.

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SN Captain's Notes

#1 More volunteers are needed to help Al Wachlin cut the weeds back.  It is affecting everyone. If a member of your club asks what is being done about it, offer that they can help be part of the solution by signing up for an AM or PM cutting session.!/showSignUp/10c0549aea62aa7f94-miss

#2 SNR was larger this year and we did a good job of getting launches and drivers ready. Let's keep that momentum through IDR.

#3 Summer Programs are here ...

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