4 Aug

A few thoughts on college versus professional water sports

Sure, there are a lot of professionals and people who make a living off water sport but so many people see it as a simple past-time, a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon, for example. However, there’s much more to it than that and the more one knows about something, the more likely it is that can see and understand some subtleties. Sports betting is no different. At the end of the day, you place money on a team one expects to win. Even within placing a bet there are a lot of subtleties, such as where you place the bet and what the odds are. But beyond that there are differences between college boat races and professional boat races. If you’re planning on placing bets on this sport, it’s very important to get a good grasp of what’s going on and to try to understand the ins and outs of the sport and what makes it different from other sports.

When you’re betting on boat races football you’ll need to keep in mind that the athletes playing the sport are not professionals and they are not paid. They are students who are taking time out of their studying schedules to play a sport, for the sheer love of it (of course that’s doesn’t mean that some of them aren’t in it for what they can get out of it, like a lucrative professional signing contract!). An athletes motivation for playing a game is a factor that’s often overlooked by gamblers.

Said motivation can be the difference between a good athlete and an excellent one. Internal motivation is almost always a better motivator than an external one. Speaking of college, for example, if someone is studying a topic they care about and are passionate about chances are they are going to perform better than someone who is doing it because they hope to get a good job with the degree. With sport it’s no different. The athletes who are there for the love of the game are more likely to perform better than those who are in it for the money.

It goes without saying that this is something not always easy to discern as a mere spectator, but it’s one of the key differences between the college and professional boat races. (Or amateur and professional anything for that matter.) Remember that if you’re going to bet on a college team you should probably try to learn about that college a little bit. With professionals it’s clear that, even if they love the sport, that’s their job and that’s why they are doing it. With college players, one needs to bear in mind that it’s a hobby. And see how that could affect their performance. Your team might do better if they’re playing at a college that has been ranked highly as a matter of pride. Just like in all aspects of life, the more you know, the better off you will be. It’s simply a matter of turning that passion and that love and that knowledge of the sport into a bit of extra cash for a nice little reward.


4 Jul

Best holiday location for boating enthusiasts

For so-called water rats like myself, there is no better holiday than those by water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a river, a lake, a sea, or an ocean as long as it’s possible to get out on a boat and enjoy some sailing, paddling, or even using an engine. In fact, for me I don’t take any holiday without being by water, especially since I live in a city that doesn’t have much water.

Whenever I’m a bit stressed life in general or with work in fact I spend a lot of my time planning fantasy holidays and reading about places that I would like to visit. In the categories of lake, river, sea, and ocean, here are my top picks for the best boating holiday imaginable:

River: The Amazon.

One of the longest rivers in the world and the source of legend, the Amazon is an amazing place to be out on the water. Although the temperatures can be brutally hot and the humidity suffocating, I can’t imagine how being in the world’s largest rainforest wouldn’t be astonishing. Considering the heat though, I’d probably prefer to take a river cruise instead of struggling in the heat and humidity. But for sure this is one the top of my dream holiday locations.

Lake:The Caspian Sea.

A cursory glance at a map will show that the Caspian is a lake and not a sea, despite its name. In fact, it’s the largest lake in the world. Many countries touch the lake, but by far Iran and Russia have the most coastline. With hot summers and cold winters this temperate lake offers visitors all they could possibly want—the only challenge is getting to the place as many western countries don’t have the best relations with Iran and Russia.

Sea: The Baltic Sea.

In the winter this sea in the north of Europe can be covered in ice and become extremely frigid. For anyone who likes sun-bathing and swimming it might not be the best option, though in the months of July and August the waters can reach some 20 degrees—a bit cold for some and plenty warm for many others. With able Scandinavian, German, and Russia history (to say nothing of the equally interesting Polish, Baltic and Old Prussian cultures found on the sea’s shores), the Baltic offers culture and history as much as good sailing. Just try not to fall in the cold water!

Ocean: The Pacific.

As the largest ocean in the world this one is an obvious choice. And I won’t use that as a cope-out but will narrow it down to the the coast of Mexico. With places like Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco this is a great place to visit. If you go in springtime, when the weather is already warm enough to swim, you can also enjoy some marlin fishing or other deep-sea fishing if that’s your scene. And with amazing Mexican food to eat as well, there’s hardly a better place in the world to have a boating holiday!

10 Jun

Homage to boating

It’s not always easy to explain why it is that I love water sport. It could be the simple fact that I’m outside in nature (or at the very least out in fresh air). There’s also the biological that that exercise releases endorphins and that, by definition makes people happy. And of course it’s impossible to deny that I absolutely love the travel that comes with the sport, when I care to indulge myself a bit and travel in over to row.

In fact, some of the most fun that I have rowing can actually be when I’m thinking about it as much as actually doing it. Often at night if I’m having trouble falling asleep I like to plan out my fantasy water sport holidays. Top of the list would be probably have to be taking a couple of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and getting the canoe and heading for three months down the Mississippi, exploring the history and the culture—both before and after the region was colonised by Europeans.

It doesn’t have to be those opportunities for flights of fancy that attract me to rowing—and at this point I should confess that I don’t care if it’s kayak, canoe, raft, or anything, so long as I’m out there on the water. While the chances that the sport gives to indulge in a couple of escapist fantasies are great, it’s no substitute for actually getting out there and doing it.

Lately, my favourite has been rowing on nearly frozen waters. In my area the rivers don’t quite freeze over in the winter, but rather ice up round the edges. While it can wreck havoc on the hull of my favourite kayak, for example, to bump into ice, there’s a certain stillness and peace to being out on the river with bits of ice in the quiet. It takes a bit of physical fortification to want to get out in the cold and if I’m honest with you, there have been more times that I’ve cancelled my icy plans than gone through with. (Sometimes a warm bed on an icy winter morning is too alluring a temptation not to forgo a bit of a paddle.)

But above all, I think what is the most attractive aspect of the sport is the simple headspace that it provides for me. Many athletes describe a feeling of bliss and serenity when they are competing it or practising their chosen sport. I am by no stretch of the imagination a proper athlete but it must be said that I do very much feel that my might is most clear my, thoughts most lucid when I’m on a boat. I can’t imagine how more intensive athletes feel that way—sports with sudden movements and quick responses like in tennis—but I find I think best. And for me there’s no better marriage than that of mind and body. And as such I am eternally indebted to water sports.

I was thinking to organise a charitable boat race to raise money for my favourite charity Penny Appeal. This way I can do some good while enjoying myself.

5 Sep

Varsity, Novice

Novice Rowers are classified as any athlete in their first year of rowing. After their novice year, rowers move up to the Varsity category, in which a true depth system is adopted. The 1 st Varsity 8+ lineup is comprised of the fastest 8 rowers and best coxswain. Then, the 2 nd Varsity 8+ uses rowers #9-16, and so on. This depth system is similar to the “string” system used in traditional sports such as football and basketball. Some teams and coaches using older terminology call 2 nd boats “JV” boats, however this is strictly a nominal designation and does not mean the rowers are not “Varsity.”

Delta Blades, along with all SWJRA teams, has four squads: Novice Men, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Varsity Women.

29 Aug


The Delta Blades Junior Crew is a highly competitive rowing program developed for high school-aged boys and girls from San Joaquin County . The Delta Blades compete in the northern California league of the Southwest Junior Rowing Association, which is comprised of crews from all over California, and parts of Arizona and Utah. The Delta Blades is made up of four separate squads: Novice Men, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Varsity Women.

We are energized by involved parents, excellent coaches and enthusiastic rowers.

The season begins in early September and goes through mid-May, culminating with the Southwest Regional Junior Championships held in Sacramento.

The team practices 5 times per week (practice schedules are listed under Team Info).

The Delta Blades hold three major recruiting campaigns—summer, fall and winter. Athletes who wish to transfer from other programs will be subject to a screening and/or tryout period.

Currently, there is no tryout period for new athletes, however rowers who underachieve in the areas of technical proficiency, physical performance, attitude and commitment will risk being cut from the team.