These craft are 25" Whitehall Skiffs which are crewed by 4 rowers and a coxswain. They are, according to Mike, capable of going about 3 knots. No, I really do not understand what I just typed but know it has something to do with speed.
Not-So-Little (aka Preteen) Squid and I went out on a public row while Mike and Squidette split their time between the water and the classroom as they earned their certifications.
It was a lot of fun and I learned the following:
- Even the best sunblock, properly applied, cannot combat 3 hours on the water at midday.
- I have no padding on my sitbones.
- My biking callouses are mostly sufficient for rowing -- I only have one blister on my right hand and none on my left.
- The Hudson River really is salty!
We all had fun and are all now pretty tired. I fully expect Preteen Squid to fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow despite his being rather perky right now.
This may turn into a weekly activity once school ends.