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  • 08/03/2016 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's almost time to start registering for the 2016-2017 season. We're putting the finishing touches on the plans for the season now so look for a list of important dates as well as registration info soon.

    Also, we've completed moving all of our financial/billing to professional management rather than having it done by volunteers. In the future, all billing concerns or questions will be answered by their staff. Communications to membership about billing issues will either come from our automated system (in use since last season) or our accounting staff. The only volunteer involvement in the system will be in regards to registration processing. This completes a nearly 2 year long process of streamlining our financial/business practices to ensure our continued growth and stability as a club. 

  • 07/23/2016 9:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our very own Timothy Labato is starring in a short film called Fallen Fruit premiering Sunday, August 7th at Universal Cineplex 20. If you want to support Tim, check it out along with a red carpet event before. A few tickets are still available.

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-official-premiere-fallen-fruit-painted-black-tickets-25586687471

    Trailer: https://vimeo.com/154145586

  • 06/02/2016 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There will be two memorial events held by the Barton family for those who want to come together and heal/celebrate Dale's life. 

    Friday, June 3rd, 6pm-9pm at the Barton home, 1201 Homosassa Ct, Longwood, FL 32779. 


    Although we are having an official memorial at Wekiva Springs the following Sunday, we wanted to offer anyone and everyone to come to our house Friday June 3rd for an evening with our family. 

    Please do not dress in anything special, Dale sure wouldn't have. We will provide food and beverages.

    The purpose of this evening is healing. The Barton family was beyond blessed to be able to see where he walked, laughed and lived in Barcelona Spain and we are ready to share that with his extended family. 

    Please contact Kenneth, Dale's older brother for more details if you need them. 407-978-7064.

    Sunday, June 5th, 9:30am-2pm at Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Cir, Apopka, Florida 32712.


    SPEED LIMIT IN THE STATE PARK 10 MPH. Please mind this, they are extremely strict. 

    This is the official memorial for Dale W. Barton's passing. 

    The event will be a pot luck because several people have voiced their interest in bringing food to the Barton Family. Although we will provide food for everyone, please don't hesitate to bring something. Please do not bring any alcohol to this event. 

    Dress Code: Dale W. Barton. 
    Flip Flops, shorts, T Shirts, BBQ Stains, and a big smile is all we would like to see on Sunday. There's no major need to shroud your self in black, or any kind of suits. 

    Please read these details - Wekiwa Springs fills to capacity on the weekends. We will be providing special hang tags for your vehicle that will allow you in to the Park, even if they have reached capacity.
    Although the event says Wekiwa Springs, we will host the event in the Dining Hall at Wekiva Youth Camp inside the Park. We will provide maps, directions, signs and everything necessary for arriving at the location. 

    Feel free to contact Ken G Barton, send me a text: 407-978-7064 or call for directions or more information about the official memorial.

  • 05/25/2016 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with a heavy heart that we share with the SORA family the loss of one of our alumni, Dale Barton ('15)

    No information is currently available on the circumstances. The family has created a legacy page on facebook:

    If you have stories, photos or laughs to share of your time with Dale, the family would love to hear them on the legacy page.

    We will share information on a service/memorial as soon as those details are available.

    From Nick Barton on Facebook:

    This is the most heart breaking message that a family would ever have to post.

    The Barton family, and the whole world lost a great, giant, gentleman on 5.22.16 - Dale W Barton.

    Dale was living in Barcelona, Spain with young folks from all over the world. He was a "paid beach bum", happy, planning to chase the sun, and enjoying the life he was creating for himself.

    Nick, Theresa and Kenneth are with him in Barcelona.

    We will post all about the memorial plans soon. Please do not send flowers, we will provide info about that soon.

    For now please share a photo, story, joke and memories of Dale on the Dale W. Barton Legacy page on Facebook.


    Please think of Dale as the unique big boy who marched to his own drums, if you listen hard, you may be able to hear them.

    Love the Barton Family.

  • 05/22/2016 11:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A HUGE thank you to Melissa from Memories That Matter (mymemoriesthatmatter.com) for donating her time and photo booth at the banquet. Below is the link to the pictures. If you ever have need of this kind of service, please reach out. 


  • 03/11/2016 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The below rowers are missing waivers and MUST have them completed by 4 p.m. today (Friday) to be able to race this weekend.

    Updated Friday, 2:45pm

    Middle School:
    Isabella M

    PREFERRED METHOD is online

    • https://membership.usrowing.org
    • Cost is $5.95 for the basic online waiver
    • PLEASE NOTE: all high school rowers will need to have the championship membership to race at SE Regionals (Sarasota, May ___).  This cost is $45 and includes your waiver.  If you choose to just sign the waiver now ($5.95), you can upgrade your memership before SE Regionals.

    If you are unable to fill out the online waiver, you can fill out the paper waiver:

  • 03/09/2016 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The OARS regatta is the first regatta of 2016 that requires all of our rowers to sign the USRowing waiver.  If you did this in the Fall, YOU MUST FILL IT OUT AGAIN for 2016. 

    This includes High School, Middle School, Masters and Adaptive. 

    PREFERRED METHOD is online

    • https://membership.usrowing.org
    • Cost is $5.95 for the basic online waiver
    • PLEASE NOTE: all high school rowers will need to have the championship membership to race at SE Regionals (Sarasota in May).  This cost is $45 and includes your waiver.  If you choose to just sign the waiver now ($5.95), you can upgrade your memership before SE Regionals.

    If you are unable to fill out the online waiver, you can fill out the paper waiver:

    Thank you for your response in completing these waivers.  We will run our waiver report Thursday at noon and update the membership on missing waivers.


  • 02/26/2016 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are excited to be hosting the Battle of the Blues on Saturday!  Although this is much smaller than the Giblet, we do still need volunteers for stake boat holding and finish line.  Please visit our signup genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4baca72ba7fc1-battle


    All High School rowers 8:15 a.m.

    All Middle School rowers 8:45 a.m.

    Expected release times:

    Middle School 1:30 (earlier if not racing in MS 4+)

    High School 4:30 p.m.

    Race Schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mEnOx5XHwetI2LtKvmUfwX2ivW5cd-PiIhOv0qwX330/edit?usp=docslist_api

    Although we are not loading a trailer at the end of the regatta, we do need to clean and put away equipment, pull in stake boats, and pull up launches.

    Hospitality: This will be a "bag lunch" event. We do have award-winning BBQ being sold for lunch and some of the proceeds will go back to SORA so you can either bring lunch/snacks for yourself/your rower or buy lunch from Smitty's BBQ. 

    For more information (Including BBQ lunch for sale and RAFFLE!!), please visit the Battle of the Blues website: www.soracrew.com/bob

    As always, Moss Park is a NO PETS and NO ALCOHOL park.  

    Park entry fees do apply on Saturday.

  • 02/23/2016 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday is our battle of the blues regatta!! Although this event is MUCH smaller than the Head of the Giblet (6 teams), this is a wonderful day to show the local rowing community what SORA is all about.

    A detailed regatta planner will come out tomorrow morning.  However, we do need volunteers to make Saturday a success.  If you can help, please visit our sign up genius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BACA72BA7FC1-battle

    For more information on our regatta, or for raffle prizes, visit www.soracrew.com/bob

  • 02/23/2016 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Importance of Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements for a Young Rower

    by Jill Castle, MS, RDN | Feb 23, 2016

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    Vitamins and minerals are undoubtedly an important component to exercise performance. They help the body use food, assist in efficient energy use, and supply important factors for growth and development. There are 14 vitamins and over 22 minerals that keep the “engine” in the young rowers body humming along.

    Vitamin and mineral supplements are often used as an insurance policy against poor food choices or eating behaviors.

    They have also been advertised as providing a boost of energy, improvingendurance in athletic endeavors, and offering up peak performance, but few of these claims, if any, have been substantiated in the research. Up to 94% of young athletes who reported using supplements use vitamin and mineral combination supplements to enhance sports performance, according to a 2012 U. S. National Health Interview Study. 

    For many rowers, adequate vitamins and minerals can be obtained from a healthy, balanced diet consisting of whole foods like fruit, vegetables, dairy products or non-dairy substitutes, meat, fish and beans, and whole grains. Additionally, many commercially-made foods are fortified with extra nutrients, such as ready-to-eat cereal (folate, calcium, and iron), milk (vitamin D), bread (folate and sometimes calcium) and orange juice (calcium and vitamin D), making the quest for a diet rich in vitamins and minerals easy to achieve.

    On the flip side, there may be young rowers who are at a higher risk for poor micronutrient intake due to their eating habits. In this case, a multivitamin and mineral supplement may benefit their health and athletic performance. 

    Here are some common reasons why a multivitamin supplement may be advantageous for the young rower: 

    The rower is underweight or has a low body weight. A rower who is below his expected body weight for his age and stage of development may benefit from a multivitamin supplement. When calorie intake is lower than required and growth is stagnating, micronutrient intake may suffer as well.

    The rower is a picky or selective eater.  Some young rowers may be picky, shunning whole food groups such as vegetables, meat or dairy, which can set them up for inadequate consumption of nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin D. 

    The rower makes poor food choices, often. A diet with too many high-calorie, low nutrient foods, such as chips, cookies, desserts, and fried foods may lead to high calorie consumption but a low intake of vitamins and minerals.

    The rower has a food allergy. Rowers with a food allergy or multiple food allergies may be at risk for nutrient deficiencies, especially if they avoid whole food groups such as milk and dairy products, which places calcium and vitamin D at risk. Those with more than one food allergy are at the highest risk for nutrient deficiencies, as well as growth problems. 

    The rower is a restrictive eater. Rowers who are very careful about food selection and the quantities of food they eat in order to control or lose weight may miss out on important nutrients, particularly iron, calcium and vitamin D. Young athletes who diet to shed pounds may sacrifice important nutrients while cutting calories. 

    The rower has a known nutrient deficiency. A swimmer who has a documented nutrient deficiency, such as iron deficiency, will need a nutrient supplement. This is typically diagnosed and prescribed by a healthcare provider and may be in the form of a single nutrient supplement or a multivitamin and mineral supplement.

    In general, if it appears the young rower has a condition that may benefit from a multivitamin supplement, always double-check with your healthcare provider and be sure to use a supplement that offers no more than 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).

    Jill Castle, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian, childhood nutritionist, and youth sports nutrition expert. She is the author of Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete. Learn more about Jill at www.JillCastle.com and check out her free list of 70 Awesome Pre-Workout Snacks for Kids here.

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