Sunday, 28 November 2010

Nov CTC Boat 1 floated

6 team mates have rowed the November Cross Team Challenge of 2 x 20 minutes with a 5 minute rest. Poor Kevin is all alone in Boat 2, we need 4 people to do a CTC before the end of the month to get the second boat in the rankings.

Well done to the following:

11 pts
Empty the Tanks I 9796.4m
Mark Bower (H) 10840 metres
David Junta (H) 10614 metres
Jim Moldenhauer (H) 8969 metres
Andrew Hewitt (L) 10133 metres
Caroline Joynson (F) 8426 metres
67Empty the Tanks II8529m
Kevin McLellan (L) 8529 metres

Friday, 26 November 2010


Next month's Cross Team Challenge set by the Rote87 team is a weird one:

The Rote87's 10 * 300 meters Penalty Challenge

Row 10 * 300 meters with 2 minutes rest. Each round must be at least 10 average watts better (faster) than the previous.
Each time the rower fails to meet the +10 watts requirement, 2.5 penalty seconds shall be added when summing the total time.
Your result is the time you used for rowing your ten 300 meters plus penalty seconds, if any.

e.g. 420.0 W, 430.0, 350.2 (fail), 360.3, 370.9, 360.4(fail), 371.0, 400.5, 410.0(fail), 460.0 will add three penalties, i.e. 3 * 2.5 seconds to the total time.
Rest can be active or passive.

Good luck with this one folks?!


5 team mates have rowed the November Cross Team Challenge of 2 x 20 minute rows with 5 minutes rest. Congratulations go out to Mark, David, Jim, Andrew and Kevin.

Calling all girls - in the next 4 days we need some female Empty the Tankers to participate in this challenge to get boat 1 in the rankings. I will try to fit one in at the weekend....

47Empty the Tanks I10139m
Mark Bower (H)
David Junta (H)
Jim Moldenhauer (H)
Andrew Hewitt (L)
66Empty the Tanks II8529m
Kevin McLellan (L)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

2010 Holiday Challenge

This is an individual challenge to row 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters between 25th November (U.S. Thanksgiving) and 11:59 p.m. ET 24th December.

The Deadline for entering meters is
January 4th, 2011.

Off-set the turkey and extra mince pies during the Christmas break by taking part in this individual challenge.

An important date for your calendar - the January Virtual Team Challenge starts on the 1st January 2011.

Some Empty the Tanks team mates are planning to compete at the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester on Sunday 30th January 2011 - who is up for representing the team?

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Empty the Tanks at the BIRC

Del, Mark, Chris, Karen, Dave and myself all got up early and travelled to the centre of Birmingham to take part in the world's largest indoor rowing event - The British Indoor Rowing Championships. It was great to see everybody at the National Indoor Arena.

Del was the first team mate to attack the 2k in the heavyweight 45-49 at 10:15, he managed a decent 2k with 06:47.2, coming 17th out of 63.

Then Chris and Dave raced in the 40-44 lightweight at 10:30. Chris pulled in an impressive sub 7 row (particularly after recovering from a painful leg injury only 3 weeks ago) with 06:57.0 and he came 10th out of 16. Unfortunately, Dave had to give up with only 280 metres to go. Better luck next year Dave.

Karen (08:46.5) and Caroline (08:46.6) raced in the lightweight 35-39 at 11:15 and came second to last and last respectively out of 6 rowers. The good news was that I pulled in a personal best time taking 3 seconds off last years time.

Mark also rowed at 11:15 in the heavyweight 30-34 category and also pulled in a personal best time of 06:33.4. He came 9th out of 20. Great stuff Mark.

We wanted a team photo of all competitors, but we couldn't find Dave after his race - sorry Dave. Members from left to right are: Del, Mark, Chris, Caroline and Karen.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Gold Medal for John

John received a Gold medal for his 07:53.9 minute 2k race at the Belgian Indoor Rowing Championships in his weight and age category.
Well done John.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Post race feed

After the hard core 2k session at the BIRC, a number of us are going for a post race meal at the Handmade Burger Co at Brindley Place. All team mates and their supporters are invited:

handmade burger Co.
The Waters Edge
B1 2JB
Tel: 0121 665 6542

Thursday, 11 November 2010

BIRC timetable

The timetable for the British Indoor Rowing Championships has been published on the website. The following team mates have races next Sunday 21st November at the following times:

10:15 Men 45-49 Hwt Derek Kyme
10:30 Men 40-44 Lwt Chris Venables
10:30 Men 40-44 Lwt Dave Robertson
11:15 Men 30-34 Hwt Mark Bower
11:15 Women 35-39 Lwt Caroline Joynson
11:15 Women 35-39 Lwt Karen Venables

John F is representing his national team in his age and weight category on Saturday 20th November in Belgium. We will be sending good vibes over the North Sea.

Good luck to all competitors.

Another team mate rows the Nov CTC

Mark has put in an impressive row for the November Cross Team Challenge and joins David J in boat one. We still need 3 more team mates to do the CTC row of 2 x 20 mins to float a boat.

43 Mark Bower 10840 metres, pace 1:50.7
61 David Junta 10614 metres, pace 1:53.1

Monday, 8 November 2010

The first CTC'er

David has posted a very respectable time for this month's Cross Team Challenge row of 2 x 20 minute rows with a 5 minute rest in between.

29Empty the Tanks I10614m
David Junta (H)

Monday, 1 November 2010

Well done to the Skeleton Crew

The following Empty the Tanks team mates rowed 31,000 metres between the 25th and the 31st of October:

Phil VenablesGBR 35,000
Todor PetrovBGR 62,000
David NicholasGBR 34,410
Dan McCarthyUSA 76,182
Caroline JoynsonGBR 44,757
joseph codaUSA 52,792
Mark BowerGBR 32,032

Well done team mates, follow the link to see your name on the honour board.

November CTC

The new Cross Team Challenge has been set by the RowPro Rowers'.
They have called it the "Double TopRow two" which is two 20-minute pieces as fast as you can, with five minutes' rest between.
No restrictions on rate - record your distance rowed excluding the five minutes rest.

Good luck on this months rowing team.