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  • 09/06/2017 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello all. Just passing along that Coach Terry and President Phil are actively monitoring Irma and our weather situation. We have secured a safe place for our boats and plan on moving them this weekend. As of now, practice is on for high school through Saturday morning (Today, Friday, Sat AM) and middle school today and tomorrow. If the weather is bad any of those days, we will have land workouts and we'll be doing storm prep (securing the boatyard, oars, de-rigging boats, loading the trailer, etc). If any parents are available to help with storm prep, please check in with Coach Terry at the park to see what you can do to help.

    As always, any practice cancellations or changes will be sent via the text alert system but I'll also try to post them here and in the news section if possible.

  • 08/30/2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the high school season already under way and the middle school season starting on Tuesday, weather is usually on a few peoples' minds. 

    One question we get a lot is "Is practice cancelled today" due to inclement weather. The most common answer is "no" for a few reasons so unless you hear otherwise, assume it's on. First, it's Florida and we understand the weather when kids are getting out of school may not be the same as when practice starts. We try to keep in mind that for our high school rowers, there are a lot of carpool situations where the rowers are being brought to the park at the beginning of practice but then picked up by someone else at the end. Canceling practice can leave kids without a way to get home. 

    That said, the first concern SORA has is safety which is why the decision to cancel practice is made by someone at the park with an eye both on the sky and the radar/weather reports. If it's deemed the forecast calls for bad enough weather to make even getting to the park dangerous the call will be made. 

    If it's just a typical summer afternoon/evening with some storms in the area, it's likely practice will still go on, even if it's land-based under our grounded pavilions. If there isn't lightning in the area (as indicated by the park's lightning sensor) we may even go on the water in rain. Rowing is a rain or shine sport and we encourage all rowers to be prepared for practice in the elements.

    If practice is cancelled, the primary (and sometimes only way depending on timing) we will let you know is the text message system so it's crucial all parents AND rowers sign up at Text Message Sign Up

    If you have more questions or concerns about this, please talk to your coach.

  • 08/28/2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Today we welcomed back our high school rowers and beginning next Tuesday (9/5/17) our middle school season begins at 5:30. Make sure to bring your high-visibility gear (shirt/hat), water and running shoes.  
  • 08/23/2017 9:14 AM | Deleted user

    YOU CAN SPONSOR A SET OF SCULLING OARS for the 2017-2018 season!  

    In an effort to improve our equipment this fall, SORA is providing the opportunity to members, alumni, and supporters to sponsor a set of SORA sculling oars for $100+ (details below).  The money from this project will go to the SORA equipment fund and will lead to improved quality and new future sculling oars for SORA.

    If you don't know which set you want to sponsor... ask your favorite rower which set they like!  Each set is marked with a label where they are stored (ex B1, C5, D3, etc).  Each row (B - G) has a specific brand of oar: Dreher, Concept 2, WinTech or Braca). 

    You can complete your sponsor request online.  Upon receiving your request, we will assign sponsors on first come, first served.  

    $100 Sponsor: sponsor a set of oars already in the SORA fleet.  Your sponsor name will be on both oars in your sponsored set.

    $300 Sponsor: Sponsor a set of NEW SORA sculling oars.  4 sets available.  These oars will be purchased during the Fall Season.




    • When will sponsor vinyl be applied:
      • By Sept 15 for $100 sponsors and by Nov 15 for $300 sponsors (we will need to order the new oars first!)
    • How long will my name be on the sponsored oar?  
      • Until August 2018.  We will renew oar sponsors at the start of the 2018-2019 racing season
    • Where will my sponsor name be applied?  
      • Between the Handle and the start of the oar sleeve.  The name will be positioned for viewing when the rower is at the catch & through the drive (on the square)
    • Does sponsoring an oar make it so my rower has priority use
      • Unfortunately No.  These are sponsors for team-use blades (available to all SORA rowers).  However, if your rower has a set they currently use primarily, i would suggest sponsoring those oars.

  • 08/04/2017 5:07 PM | Deleted user

    Head of the Charles


    The 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston, MA) is October 21-22.  This is the largest Fall regatta in the United States and is a 2 day rowing festival in Boston.  Even if we put in entries, there is no guarantee our bids will be accepted.

    • The top 50% of competitors from last year have guaranteed bids (they can enter that race again)

    • Crews placing in the bottom 50% or who did not race in the previous year (SORA), put in entries to the Lottery.

    • The regatta committee randomly draws crews from the lottery to fill the remaining spots for each category.


    Before SORA submits its bids to the Lottery that COULD  include a Women's Youth 4+, Womens Youth 8+, Womens 2x, Mens Youth 8+, Mens Youth 4+ and a Men's Youth 2x, we need to know that there is an interest from our membership & an ability to cover the costs for the regatta.


    The regatta cost will be an estimated $900 per rower.  This cost is an estimated $575 in regatta fees and $325 in travel (Flight) and food costs.



    • August 27 - Yes/No responses due for each rower

    • October 1 - $575 regatta fee due for rowers & coxswains

    • NOTE: the latest we should hear if our lottery bids are accepted to the regatta is October 1.


    PLEASE NOTE:  To make the Head of the Charles a possibility for more of our membership, WE WILL NOT BE ATTENDING Head of the Hooch this year.  Instead, we will be attending a head race in Sarasota the weekend of November 4-5.


    What happens if our entries for the Charles are not accepted through the lottery?  Our team will race at the Gatorhead regatta on October 21 instead.


    To help us in our planning for Head of the Charles, please submit your reply via our online form CLICK HERE

  • 05/22/2017 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to special security procedures at our venue for this year's event, we have to cut off ALL sales today and will not accept any walk-ups. We apologize for this but it was the one concession we had to make.

    Get your tickets here: High School End of Year Ceremony

  • 12/21/2016 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coaches Terry and Freddie are available during OCPS Holiday break and will be holding practice for rowers who are in town.  HOWEVER, Rowers must sign up/RSVP to let the coaches know you are coming.  If we don't have participation in the time slot, the coaches won't make the trip to the park.

    SIGN UP FOR PRACTICE is online: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4AACAB2BAB9-high 

    With Erg Sprints being moved up 2 weeks to 1/28, it is important that rowers stay training over break.  If you are not in town or not able to make it to the lake, your rower should have a training plan from their coach.

  • 10/04/2016 10:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the approaching hurricane we will not have practice for ANY programs Thursday or Friday. 

    Wednesday practice will go on for all programs and we need all hands, especially in the high school program, to help secure our boatyard against potential weather concerns. It's crucial that we get all equipment moved or prepared to weather the storm and we encourage any parents who want to help to attend Wednesday practice.

    Saturday practice should be unaffected but if we need to cancel or affect that practice we will send word out by Friday evening via text and email.

  • 08/29/2016 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    High school rowing is one of the most rewarding, team-focused things your child can participate in. The bonds formed on their team may last far beyond high school. It's also one of the most challenging things they can do which should help them become more disciplined, focused and organized as they get ready to embark on their journey to adulthood. Rowing crew competitively requires commitment and old fashioned hard work but the rewards are plentiful. 

    Our coaches are the ultimate resource for practice information and if you ever have a specific question, even if it's answered in general below, please don't hesitate to ask. Their contact information can be found in the "Coaches" section. 

    As a disclaimer, this is general information put together by me (Robert, President) based on my 6 years being involved with SORA. ALL final decisions are the discretion of the coaching staff any may from time-to-time differ from this information. Disclaimer made... here are the answers to some of the questions asked most often by families of new high school rowers about rowing practice

    Q: We seem to practice a lot including Saturday morning. Is this necessary? 

    A: Yes, it's necessary if we want to compete against the teams we race against. If you look across the crew world you will see most teams practicing 6-7 days a week, usually year-round and that those morning practices on the weekend are crucial. Since our sport is so dependent on the conditioning of the rowers it's necessary that they train as often as possible. At the end of each season we do a survey to see how the previous season went. Each year we hear that being more competitive is something most of our rowers are looking for. This year we've taken a step towards that goal of being more competitive against our local rivals and beyond.

    Q: What if my rower can't make every practice due to a schedule conflict? 

    A: Please communicate that to your coach and they can work with your family wherever possible. That said, with crew being the ultimate team sport, it's important for rowers to be at as many practices as they can. Leading into our Spring season/State Championships, attendance will be even more crucial as we settle into boat lineups practicing together for those big races. If one rower is out, the entire boat is unable to practice. It's up to the individual coaches to determine their policy where attendance is concerned so please have this conversation with them as soon as you become aware of a potential schedule conflict.

    Q: What if my rower has a lot of homework or a big test the next day. Is it ok to skip practice? 

    A: School and academic performance is THE priority for student athletes at SORA. Our coaches understand the rigor of trying to balance crew with school work and if it's necessary to miss practice for academic reasons then they will fully support that. That said, our coaches will stress time management so that the rowers can structure their schedule to both excel in their academics AND their rowing. We've found that most rowers, even with the demanding schedule of crew often elect to have tough academic schedules and still manage to achieve very high GPAs.

    Q: What if it's raining... really hard. Do we still practice? 

    A: Yes! The general rule is that unless it's truly unsafe to get to practice, our coaches will be on-site and ready to run practice rain, shine or storm. Safety is our #1 priority so the coaches will keep this in mind when making "plan b" plans for a rainy/stormy day but it is very possible to get a lot of good work in on rainy days so rowers should not use rain as a reason not to come. Also, due to carpool arrangements for many of our rowers, it's not possible to cancel practice at the last minute. IF we do feel the need to cancel practice based on current forecasts or observed weather at the park, we will sent out a text alert, post on Facebook and send email. 

    Q: What about days when school is out? Do we practice then too? 

    A: All OCPS (Orange County Public Schools) days off are on the SORA calendar you can subscribe to on this website. On those days we generally have practice though it may be in the morning. Your coach will communicate this to you and we will attempt to get word out via text what the practice schedule is for those days.

    Q: I hear we train during Spring Break. Is this true? 

    A: Yes! This is another nearly universal thing in rowing. You'll even see many teams from up north traveling to Orlando over their Spring Break to train in our warm weather. Spring Break is THE primary kicking off point for the push for our State Championships. Each coach will build their training schedule and release it to their team as early as possible. We also have "Camp Crew" leading into Spring Break where the rowers all camp together (boys and girls with their own camp areas) at Moss Park. This is a great bonding experience and we highly encourage all high school rowers to attend. 

  • 08/24/2016 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coinciding with the first official day of high school practice is our annual fall parents' meeting. We will meet at 5:45 under pavilion 2 at Moss Park. 

    We ask that all parents attend this short meeting where we'll cover all the important info for this season and answer any questions you may have. 

    If you tell the gate that you're there to pick up a rower, you will not need to pay park entry fees.

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