Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Who wants a workout?

Yesterday, some of our key volunteers met for lunch to discuss NHS operations.  This year, we haven't had much in the way of active programming, most resources being diverted to the USS HORNET Project.  But that hasn't stymied interest in getting Monomoy No. 1 back out on the water.  We have had her out several times, but mostly as an impromptu 'fun run' rather than serious training.  But as another round of Navy CPO selectees step up, we're finding more and more press to get our underway programming back in play.

Starting next Wednesday, August 10th, Monomoy No. 1 will be launching every Wednesday morning at 6 am from Naval Station Norfolk's MWR Marina.  The session will run until 7.  Her crew, which is expected to be comprised primarily of active-duty Sailors, will stand out into Willoughgy Bay for training as part of their regular PT regimen. The nearby beach at Vista Point, as well as a myriad of pilings and other obstacles will make for interesting training in maneuvering and rowing for speed as well as a ready pipeline for training new coxswains.  Not to mention that the cooler temperatures so early in the morning will undoubtedly make for a more comfortable environment.  So all in all, the hour we have on the water will be an educational, fun and productive way to PT (work out).

The idea is that as sessions pick up and demand grows, we will setup more weekly sessions for additional crews as needed.  These crews will then have the opportunity to train for extended sessions and eventually cruising expeditions, such as Conquer the Chesapeake - for which we've had numerous requests this year. 

So if you're in the area, stop on by.  The crew will be made up on a first-come, first-served basis and we will NOT swap out.  See you on the water!


1 comment:

Vic said...

I see this as good news! We will need some trained crews for the Monomoys and when 2 boats are on line it's going to be busy!