January Newsletter
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USCA Nationals updates, pro paddling tips, and the meme of the month!

Nationals Update

Despite 0 degree weather and less than ideal driving conditions, our January meeting was well attended. Items discussed included insurance for the 4 day event, the USCA meeting/dinner, hotel and camping accommodations, and sponsorship. Kevin Berl presented three great insurance options for us to vote on at the next meeting. The USCA meeting and dinner will be held at the Elk's Club, with catering and final costs to be determined in the coming weeks. A list of camping and lodging options will be added to the website and an "official hotel" and "official campground" will be determined with discount rates. As for sponsorships, the New York Division of the USCA has increased their donation from $1500 to $3000!  Thank you to the NY Division for their support!  If YOU would like to contribute towards funding the upcoming USCA Nationals, contact Phil Millspaugh at [email protected] for more information. 
Off season training and basement fitness techniques from Kevin Berl
Insights on stroke mechanics from former Olympian Jim Terrell

Notes on "Big Boat" Control
By Bruce Coddington

Big boat paddling: More and more people are doing it over the years, so much fun. Though still challenging, they're pretty stable even in the wind and large waves. Positioning by weight and ability you will get your balance and desirable trim.  Next keep the cadence up, stay in sink, paddle hard and stay ahead of any swinging, that is so hard to bring back. With bow draws and stern sweeps, when needed, and sometimes with the help of the second bow and stern paddlers, rather than posts and rudders you can keep  your speed and better control for your power stroke as a team.  If you can skirt outside of the largest waves and at the same time avoid the worst winds, you'll be the quicker team when you hit the flat water. Paddle on! 

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NYMCRA Race Organizers Meeting
Saturday January 27 Johnny B's Tavern
Rome NY 11am-2pm

USCA Nationals Planning Meeting
Saturday Feb 3 Finger Lakes On Tap
Skaneateles NY 1:30pm
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