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December 5, 2019

Allie Alton '22 was invited to take part in the USRowing Youth Regional Challenge in Sarasota last weekend.  She was one of 32 girls from the Southeast Region to compete in multiple events after three days of intense practice.  Allie earned a Bronze Medal in the U17 Eight and U17 Four.  Congratulations Allie!

January 25, 2018

Welcome to the spring rowing season, where practice is off to a great start with an abundance of hard work and good enthusiasm!  I wanted to send out an update, which is full of lots of useful information, and includes several action items requiring you to address.  I apologize for the length of this email, but it is all very important. 

Parent Leadership Group.

This spring the team will be led by Diane McCoy and Carole Daniel, who will coordinate the regatta food and logistics of feeding upwards of 115 rowers at our regattas.

 With such a big travel squad and operation, they are looking for several other parents to help out, by committee of sorts, with all the logistics involved. Please contact Diane & Carole if you are interested in helping  We have set up a stand alone email that they will use to communicate with the parents. That email address is esjrowingparents@gmail.com   "Many hands make light work"

 We will also be needing a Middle School le...

September 14, 2017

I'm happy to report that there wasn't much damage to our boat house or dock following our visit from Hurricane Irma.  As you can see from the picture, the dock is currently underwater, but intact.  

July 1, 2017

Hi ESJ rowing parents, 

Happy summer!!  Anyone miss rowing yet?  During rowing season, I had meant to reach out to you to talk about the Lead the Way Capital Campaign and our rowing program.  There were a few comments made about the Capital Campaign and how it doesn't help our rowing program.  I wanted to assure you that it does.  For any of you who have picked up your kids after practice from the boathouse, you know pulling out onto Atlantic Blvd. is a nightmare.  When my kids started driving themselves home from the Boathouse, I would always be worried about the left turn onto Atlantic.  One of the improvements to Knight Campus will be a traffic light with a beautiful new entrance.  With the added fields and roads, there will also be added security, lights on the campus, and a safer environment for our kids.  

The Capital Campaign also affects our Boathouse directly.  Our Boathouse was built during the Journey to Greatness Cap...

May 22, 2017

Do you know a student who is interested in rowing?  We'd love to hear from them!  Please help spread the word that our 2017 Summer Rowing Camps at Episcopal School of Jacksonville will begin in June.  

Small Boat Rowing Camp - Grades 7 through 11

Begins Monday, June 5th through Friday, June 9th

One session each day 9AM to 12PM

Cost $160

The Small Boat Rowing Camp is for any rower with at least one year of experience at any school or club. Instruction will include sculling and sweep in singles, doubles and pairs. The camp includes on water video taping, which will be analyzed on site to provide maximum feedback on how to improve technique. A summer workout program will be provided and tailored to the individual by request.  

Instruction is provided by ESJ Program Director and Girls Head Coach Mike Alton. The cost of the camp is $160. You can register by clicking here.

Novice Learn to Row Camp - Grades 6 through 11

Begins Monday, June 12th through Friday, June 16th

Two sessi...

Well here we are 24 hours later.  I write to you now because it will be difficult for me to say things on Wednesday night.  It has been a great year on the river in so many ways.  We won some races and the boys did a great job in Sarasota, but more importantly, they grew as young men.  It was wonderful to see them make the commitment to the sport and to each other.  It was wonderful to see them take pride in how they handled the equipment and how they cared for the boathouse.  They bonded with each other and cared for each other.  And most importantly, they had fun.

There are awards and prizes, but how do you pick out one when so many are deserving.  Our sport is all about the team and the common goal.  It is not about individual statistics.  You do your job and support the others in your boat.  You trust each other and help each other through the tough times.  We had seniors who have set a great example and who have established the culture of the program....

April 27, 2017


There have been a few changes that I would like to pass along to everyone.  

Boys Boat change

Due to a few injuries on the M4V 8+ boat, they are changing the boat to a JrV4+ boat.  Their race time will be around 1:30.  Coach Alton is in the process of updating the current schedule.  I will attach what I have.  Please note that as soon as the revised schedule comes out, I will send out to you.

Hotel changes

Due to 4 boys not going to states, there maybe a few parents that may have rooms they don't need anymore.  If you do, please send a note out on the rowing Facebook site before canceling.  The rooms are hard to come by.  I know a few of you were looking.

Parent dinner

Due to the late race times of two of our boats, we are moving the parent dinner back 30 minutes.  There will be cocktails & appetizers from 6-7 and dinner from 7-9.  Saks closes at 9, but they will keep open a little while for us. You must RSVP to attend.  There is limited space.

Pasta dinn...

April 27, 2017

Good evening rowing family.  

Well it is almost here.  The boys are almost ready.  Every day they are a bit closer.  I think that they are all excited with the opportunity to go racing this weekend.  It has been fun watching them build up over these last 3 weeks.

There have been a few changes.  Because of injuries, the 4th boat will not be able to row as an eight.  Instead, we hope to enter a Junior 4.  This will give them the chance for a lot of racing.  That boat will have the following boys.

Bow:  Thomas Brumback,   2:  Aaron Huang    3:  Parker Joyce    Stroke:  Mark Parent    Cox:  Copper Lindsey  

Spare:  Johnny Rukab  ( we plan to get Johnny in at least one of the races)

So let's hope for fair weather and following seas, or at least a tailwind.  It will be fun.  The boats are all moving well and there is a very positive feeling in the boathouse.  

April 26, 2017

Hi upper school rowing parents,

Sarasota Regatta Dinner for parents and siblings will be at Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue located on the second floor at The Mall at University Town Center.  The mall is adjacent to Nathan Benderson Park and is about 14 miles from the hotel. 

Feel free to gather at Sophie’s Bar for a cocktail, beer, wine and conversation at 5:30. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.  The chef has created a special menu for the evening.  They have graciously allowed us to have individual checks and will not charge a service fee.   We will have the whole place to ourselves.  ESJ only.  

The only downside to the event is the size.  We can only fit 56 people into Sophie's for a sit down dinner.   We have had to limit our number.  Right now we have 52 people signed up as a yes.  We have room for three more.  If you are interested and don't get into one of the last three spots, please sign up as a maybe.  If anyone drops out, we can add you in.  Even if yo...

April 25, 2017

Hi upper school rowing parents,

The 2017 FSRA State Sweep Championship is almost here. Here are some important details.  They will leave for Sarasota at 10:30am on Friday from ESJ.  They are trying to limit their stops, so the kids will need to pack a bagged lunch and full water bottle.  They will also need their water bottles for practice on Friday in Sarasota.  There will be additional waters and snacks on the buses. I will send out a reminder closer to the time. They will head down to the Nathan Benderson Park, to register, rig the boats, and practice.  THE KIDS NEED THEIR SCHOOL ID TO REGISTER AND ROW.  They will check into the hotel around 5:30-6, eat some Carrabbas and rest for the big weekend.

Saturday the races start at 8 am and the last race we could possible race in is at 4:42pm. The boys have five boats, 1V, 2V, 3V, 4V, and Freshman 8.  The girls have four boats, 1V, 2V, Jr8 and Fresh 8.  Attached is the preliminary schedule.  When...

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