Rowing in Rio: First trip to the race course

We had a productive afternoon…..

After lunch we found the transportation center and took the bus to Lagoa. It took about 70 minutes. Tomorrow the Olympic routes open and it is supposed to cut the trip down to 45 minutes. The photo is our first glimpse of the venue.  It is beautiful, the water was rough (cross head) and thankfully there was no smell of sewage.  The water looked fine, but we are still going to take precautions with antibacterial wipes, bottled water and showers post rowing.

Things went smoothly at the course. Emily’s boat was waiting for her and we were able to get it rigged.  Tomorrow morning is reserved for fine tuning.  We were also pleased to find Concept 2 on site and they graciously loaned us a set of oars to use until Emily’s oars arrive.



Rowing in Rio: Gear Arrived

image image imageAfter returning from breakfast, in the largest dining facility that I have ever seen, we were greeted by the Chef de Mission and given our gear boxes:  hats, flip flops, sweat pants, polos, tees, ect. The highlight was hearing that the bed covers are a gift to take home with us.

We are all in better spirits after a full meal this morning. The afternoon involves moving to our permanent apartment down the hall, exchanging gear for different sizes, tracking down Emily’s oars, and going to the course to rig the brand new Empacher single. Training resumes tomorrow at 0700 hours.


Rowing in Rio: Arrival

After a long day (36hours) of travel we arrived to the Olympic Village. The flight could not have had more glitches if we had tried.

Syracuse to Newark: cancelled

rerouted: Syracuse to Washington stopped to refuel in Harrisburg, PA then late

Washington to Sau Paulo delayed 9 hours for mechanical

No oars in Sau Paulo, they were left in Washington

Sau Paulo to Rio was pushed back 4 times so we could make the flight

We did arrive at the Olympic Village at 1:30AM and they were ready for us  we all had our credentials validated, met the President of the Bahamas BOC, Wellington  and went to sleep

The village is a little unfinished, but beautiful  here is our view:




Summer Newsletter 2016

Attached is the PDF version of our summer newsletter.  This year we reduced the number of newsletters that we are mailing out from about 2000 to 500.

Summer NEWSLETTER 2016

Summer NEWSLETTER Beth and Becky are headed off to Rio for the Olympics today with 1X sculler Emily Morley ’16.  She will be racing for the Bahamas.  Her goal is to make it to the E final and compete for a top placing in that race.  In addition to coaching Beth and I looking forward to experiencing life in the Olympic Village, being behind the scenes at the rowing venue and getting some front row seats for the finals of the Women’s eights, where alum, Meg Musnicki ’05 will be competing for her second Olympic Gold Medal!!!

Dad Vail


Race;Dad Vail Regatta5/12-14/2016
Location;Philadelphia, PA
Participating schools: Over 100!
Departure Time – location35 participants. Meet the bus at 12 noon at the A & E Center, north side loading dock. Eat lunch before getting on the bus….or brown-bag it! THE BUS WILL NOT STOP ON THE WAY. Plan 4+ hours driving time and at least 15 minutes to park and walk to trailer. Be at the trailer by 4:30pm. FOLLOW POLICE PARKING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY…PHILLY POLICE ARE NOT TO BE MESSED WITH!

• Directions to Race Course; Leave Ithaca on route 96B south (or route 79 east) to I-81 south. Exit I-81 at Clark’s summit, get on Penn Turnpike south. Follow turnpike (toll road) south to the end, through tolls, go straight on I-476 towards Philadelphia to I-76 east (Schuylkill Expressway). On I-76, exit left on Kelly Drive, follow this along river and follow parking instructions. Traffic on Kelly Drive will be diverted at the regatta site. Go through the traffic barrier as instructed by local officials. Look for the Ithaca shell trailer at the general launch site south of the finish line on Kelly Drive. Find regatta instructions and details at
• Thursday4:30 pm – Arrive at trailer, rig shells, and go for a row on the course. 7:00pm – After rowing, return to bus and drive to hotel.
• Hotel information – Knight’s Inn, 1104, NJ route 73, Mt. Laurel, NJ, 856-778-3500. Directions; To the hotel, continue on I76 to I-676 to Ben Franklin bridge, cross over to NJ on to route 30 east, onto route 38 east, Kaighn Ave. Continue about 4 miles to route 73 south, turn right on 73 just over one mile, hotel is on right, just after the NJ turnpike overpass.
• Race Schedule.Speak with your coach about arrival and launch times. Everyone should be at the trailer at least 90 minutes before race time.
Men’s varsity 8 on Friday- launch 6:30 am.Race 7:12 am.Pm launch 12:30, race at 1:15pm.
Women’s lightweight four- Saturday onlylaunch 2:15 pm.Race 3:00 pm.
Women’s DIII 8 (A & B) – Saturday onlylaunch 3:40pm.Race 4:25pm.
Men on Saturday – launch at 9:55am, race at 10:40am.
All race times are subject to change.

Race notes:2k stake-boat race. Very crowded with long carries to the dock and long waits at the dock.
Other Information:Don’t forget your racing uniform. Bring warm clothes, rain gear. Changing facilities will be limited, and space near the trailer will be tight. A little spending $ may be very handy.
Meals – athletes will receive $20 each (Thurs. dinner) and there will be tent food on race day and a b-b-Q at Ely’s home on Friday night.
Return to Ithaca:After racing on Saturday, we will load trailer and board bus as a group. DRIVE SAFELY AND LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER.

BUS TIMELINE:- Pick up team at A & E Center, north side loading dock, at 11:45 am, Thursday, 5/12.
NO STOPS ON THE WAY PLEASE. – except for emergency
– Drive directly to race-course., drop off competitors at race site by 4:30pm.
– Park bus as instructed.
– Load between 6:30-7:30 pm for the ride to the hotel.
– Friday – 5:30 am take athletes to race course. One shuttle trip TBD. 3:00pm – return to hotel. Available to drive to dinner.
– Saturday – 8:00am take athletes to race course. 5:00pm – return to Ithaca. ETA. – 9:00pm.


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