Ithaca Crews head for Spring Break Training!

The Ithaca Crews look forward to the end of this week and the beginning of Spring Break Training in Gainesville, Georgia, on Lake Lanier at the ’96 Atlanta Olympics Rowing venue. Ithaca, and several other programs, are hosted by the Lake Lanier Rowing Club (contact is John Morrison 770-287-0077). Ithaca lodging will be at the Guesthouse/Lanier Inn & Suites, 520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501,

The Spring Break itinerary has the team boarding the buses at the conclusion of classes this Friday, heading south on I-81 through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. There will be a change of busdrivers in Virginia, then continuing on until I-77 south, and crossing into North Carolina. Nearing Charlotte, they follow west on the I-485 belt, and then to south/west on I-85. This continues into South Carolina and then into Georgia. From I-85, at exit 137 for Rt. 129, the route exits toward Gainesville. Approaching Gainesville, the route takes a left exit from Rt.129 onto I-985 north and follows this to one exit north, #24. At this exit, turn left (Jesse Jewell Rd), proceed to turn right a couple lights later for Limestone Parkway (Rt. 129). Follow Limestone to the traffic light at Clarks Bridge Road (Ga Rt. 284), turn right. Follow Clarks Bridge Road and after crossing the bridge, the Olympic Race Course will be on the right, and the Boathouse, parking and park area will be on the left.

Arrival time is scheduled for 11am on Saturday.

The crews will unload equipment, rig and clean shells, with a brief shakedown row Saturday afternoon around 2:30 before heading for the hotel for check-in. Route from the Boathouse to the hotel follows Clarks Bridge Road back to a left on Limestone, and then back to Jesse Jewell Rd, turning right to head into the city. At Queen City Parkway, turn left and the Guest Lodge will be immediately on the right.

The team will have two meals a day at the Brenau College dining. Double session practices will begin Sunday morning. General (weather-dependent!) schedules for the week run as follows:
Women’s Crew – rows 7:30-10am, followed by brunch at 10:45, then rowing 3 – 5pm, followed by dinner at 5:45pm
Men’s Crew – rows 7:55 – 10:30am, followed by brunch at 11:10, then rowing 3:30 – 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:10 pm

On Wednesday, weather-dependent, both crews will have somewhat longer morning rows, with later lunch-times, and the afternoon off. Hopefully there will be a team picnic for the afternoon.
Friday’s schedule may be adjusted to accommodate potential scrimmages with other crews practicing on Lanier for the week. Saturday’s final practice will be one morning session, with breakfast and hotel checkout, then return to the boathouse for final trailer loading and buses departing around 2pm to retrace the route back to Ithaca. The team should be back in Ithaca mid-morning on Sunday.

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