Preparation for the Watertribe 2013 North Carolina Challenge involved training and equipment upgrades. We did our rowing on two small local lakes.
|Practice for rowing the Harlowe Canal - mast down|
|Sustained 2.5 mph rowing with all gear|
We did a capsize test to get comfortable with self rescue: Climb up on the deck, grab the mast and hang over the water. Spalsh.
|Prepare to capsize|
|Creamcheese floats high on her side|
|Back up, boarding from the stern|
|Slot-top cover, halyard|
|cockpit storage pockets, netting in the cabin|
bronze oar hardwareWe started the year out with galvanized oarlocks and oarlock sockets, but these were squeaky and dirty. It didn't take too many miles of rowing to convince us to switch back to bronze. I added leather buttons on the oar leathers and tennis racquet "overgrip" tape while I was at it.