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  • Danny
    June 28, 2013 - 02:08

    More women ..yay!! Let the lard butts stay exercising the thumbs...I'll stay rowing!! :)

  • Safe Work
    June 27, 2013 - 11:19

    The upside of their being only nine male crews is a guaranteed top ten finish for our Safe Work men's team!

  • Ryan
    June 27, 2013 - 11:00

    The first Friday? Really? If we are going to change the date of anything, why not change it so that the George St. festival begins on regatta day instead of ending on it. That alone would increase both participation and attendance. Any competitive team right now can basically have no involvement in the festival, and any spectators are far too under the weather from a week of festivities to even care about getting up on one of their only holidays for the summer. other than that i see no need to change the oldest sporting event in north america. its got nothing to do with video games nor the cost - i have rowed for 5 years and have never had $1 dollar owed that the sponsor didnt pay, and i still play video games. the problem is that its a huge commitment even for non-competitive crews, its incredibly hard to learn and become good at, there is a lack of available coaching, there's no glory in winning outside the inner circle of rowers, and no prize money, but sorry fellas - this is rowing. Currently, people see it only as a day off to recover after the george strreet festival instead of a proud newfoundland tradition. we need to change the attitudes towards the regatta, not the sport itself - it has lasted for 200 years without the changes you suggested, thats got to stand for something.

  • Mike
    June 27, 2013 - 09:59

    Of course all men aged 18-30 are lazy bums playing video games. None of them go working offshore for longer period of times. None of them participate to other competitive sport activities such as running, cycling, hockey, basketball,soccer,rugby, whatnot. Maybe the reasons why males don't participate is because it is very complicated to get a competitive crew going: - you need to have 7 fellas having similar working schedule to fit 6-7 trainings a week - you need to book the spins every single day for the following day (which is a pain) - the workout you get out of a spin is pretty short (30 min) so if you want to build some stregth/endurance you 'll have to go for an additional session, so many may think it's better to go for an hour run or a longer workout in the gym - it's expensive: 1000$ to register and you need to buy your own seats. I know you get sponsored but it's some work to go to see the companies and get some sponsorship. Some people just don't want that kind of hassle to exercise.

  • Skipper McGee
    June 27, 2013 - 09:31

    Women, for the most part, love rowing because it provides them with the opportunity to socialize, get in shape and have fun (with little concern spent on winning); the majority of men, meanwhile, may feel that their egos are damaged if they're not clocking times under 10:00 for the course and making championship race. The flip side is, of course, that it takes a tremendous amount of work to get to the level of competitive in the Royal St. John's Regatta. But why is it, then, that thousands of only armchair-athlete men line up to run the Tely 10 each year? For one, it's advertised like crazy, and two, you don't necessarily need to run in wind and rain, using semi-poor equipment and beat-out muscles -- you can get on a treadmill at the gym and go at your own pace. It's a one-man thing -- and rowing is the ultimate team sport. While the Regatta Committee is making great strides in getting youth involved in the sport, perhaps a strategic look at getting the 18-55 male crowd involved and more competitive would be an extremely worthwhile investment.

  • Lou
    June 27, 2013 - 09:27

    The Men(ages 18-30 ) of today are too busy playing video games, and the only exercise they get(on their thumbs) or competition they have is through the games on the computer. Just my thought!!!! Just not like fellas from years gone by. Also Joe is right... time to move on and make some changes in the date, the first Friday of August and then Saturday, Sunday if weather bad on Friday.

  • joe
    June 27, 2013 - 07:56

    Its 2013, people do not want to give up there whole summer for one day of the year, brutal weather, wind, rain, even a broken oar can cause the day to be a waste. I get that it would keep you in great shape but their are other means for that now. Times have changed. Maybe one suggestion for the Regetta Committee would be to make the regetta on the first friday of August and host the regatta on that day, keeping saturday and Sunday open in case of bad weather. Then you have 3 shots at having a good day. I am sure the vendors would appreciate that as well. Time for the regetta committee to start making some progressive decisions and stop with the whole traditional speel regarding 1st wednesday of august. Well, thats if they want to see it continue to 2020.

    • Patrick
      June 28, 2013 - 07:42

      The regetta on the first friday of August!!!! ....Joe, I don't think that would work...people, MAYBE RIGHTLY SO, would be off to their cabins etc. for a ''L-O-N-G W-E-E-K-E-N-D...which inclement never bothers...it's always a go.