With all the great weather we've been having, we're sure all of you are itching to get back to the lake and out on the water! Before that can happen, however, we need to get the boatyard cleaned up and ready for the season.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend these two dates:
SATURDAY, March 11 at 9:00 a.m. – Boatyard preparation. We will make sure all the racks, fence, dock, and shed are in operating condition and ready for our boats. We will remove leaves, branches and debris from the enclosure, and conduct one of our contractually-required park cleanups of the trash in our area so we can provide evidence to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.
Bring tools, leaf blowers, and rakes if you have them, as well as trash bags and work gloves. I'm sure someone will bring doughnuts too.
SATURDAY, March 25 time TBA – Boat Day! We will bring the trailer with the big boats, riggers, oars, and slings to the boatyard to unload, then take the trailer to Woodswether to retrieve the small boats and bring them back to the boatyard to unload.
Bring your truck, van, and roof rack.
All of this work is key to a successful spring season, and will go fast if we have everyone's help! We look forward to seeing all of you there!
Above: Tim Hills replaces colored tape that identifies oar pairs & inboards. Below: Tim sprays a second finish coat on the blades of our new Alden oars. Photos by Al Hupp
As the Club’s scheduled move back to the boatyard for 2017 approaches, preparations continue behind the scenes. Tim Hills, assisted by Al Hupp, has been working at the winter storage site in Buckeye Industrial Park to prepare boats and equipment for the new season. Tim and Al have:
Checked the inboard and length of the Club’s sculling oars, resetting them when necessary;
Renewed the tape and numerical markings that identify oar pairs;
Changed the handles or grips on seven pairs of sculling oars to give those pairs the smallest diameter handle/grip combination possible;
Removed expired Wyandotte County Lake stickers;
Removed a number of pre-GPS Stroke Coach impellers, magnets, and wiring harnesses;
Repaired two gouges in the hull of the Wintech double; and
Installed new Vespoli seats and slides in the Wintech quad.
Tim’s and Al’s most recent project has been to sand and mask the blades of the four sets of new Alden oars donated to the Club in 2016, in preparation for painting those blades with the Club’s colors. Tim and Al also plan to renew the registration numbers on the Club’s two launches. The numbers have started to peel due to constant exposure to the elements.
-by Al Hupp
Learn to Row schedule announced
Attention KCRC members: are your friends and family members jealous of all the fun you have rowing? Then 2017 is the year they finally get to join you on the water. Anyone who wants to learn to row should go to our page on Regatta Central and sign up for a class.