Newsletter – August 2018

Upcoming dates

  • September 1: HOCR lottery results
  • September: Breakfast at the Boathouse – late September, exact date and time TBD
  • October 20-21: HOCR & social
  • October 27: Head of the Fish Alumni Row
  • Early 2019: RCAA board elections

In this newsletter

  • RPI Rower Michael Landuyt Selected to US National Team for World Championships
  • Head of the Charles Regatta 2018 Boat Entry
  • Head of the Charles Social
  • Treasurer’s Report 
  • Looking to Become a 501(c)(3)
  • Viking Rigger Crowdfunding
  • Head of the Fish Alumni Boat 

Dear Alumni,

As usual, the fall is a busy time for both the RPI Crew Team and RCAA! Please read on for some information on upcoming fall events.

— RCAA Board of Directors

RPI Rower Michael Landuyt Selected to US National Team for World Championships

2018 World Rowing Championship Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls team from left to right: Alexander Loy, Sam Hausmann, Michael Landuyt, James Nelson.

Michael Landuyt has been selected as one of the 72 people to represent the United States at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria! He will be a member of the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Congratulations, Michael!

We’ve asked him a few questions to help us get to know him a little better: 

What are you studying at RPI? Are you involved in other activities/organizations at RPI? 

I’m going into my senior year as an Aerospace Engineer. Not really much outside of that due to the rowing time commitment.

How long have you been rowing? 

I have been rowing for 7 years now. I rowed with the Detroit Boat Club through high school (all 4 years + summers). I rowed with RPI for 2 years for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons with a summer at Vesper Boat Club in between (Summer of 2016). I went back to the Detroit Boat Club for the summer of 2017 and then have been rowing a single at the ARION program (Saratoga) ever since.

Who is your coach? 

I row under Coach Emanuel Valentin–he coached me in the single and is the coach for the Lightweight 4x.

What have been your most memorable events during your time on the RPI Crew Team so far? 

My favorite rowing memory has to be winning Dad Vails in the single this last spring. After going my freshman year in the lightweight 4+ (with Dan Catranis ‘16, Dan Fee ‘19, and Zack Konopaske ‘16), that regatta has always been a goal of mine as the ‘big, end of season regatta’. I got 2nd in the single in 2017 and had my eyes set on it for the entire year.

My worst rowing memory was my freshman year at the Textile River Regatta in the Novice 8+. In retrospect it was kinda fun, but it has to be the worst conditions I have ever rowed through. As we neared the last 1000m, the waves picked up and it started to storm. The race ended up being cancelled but it’s hard to communicate with anyone during a race. We stayed in this weird ‘are we racing/are we not’ mentality for a while before just heading to the dock. Boat ended up filled with water and we didn’t end up finishing the race. Definitely a unique experience. 

How do you feel about making it onto the roster for the US national team? 

It’s kind of surreal to make it. I remember starting my rowing career in Detroit and there were quite a few older members who had been on national teams before. These rowers were the best and I always looked up to them. It still doesn’t feel right to be in the same group as them.

Michael, we wish you the best of luck at Worlds next month!

Head of the Charles 2018 Regatta Boat Entry

RCAA is officially entering the lottery for this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta! The 54th annual event will be held Oct. 20-21, 2018 in Cambridge, MA. Based on interest, RCAA entered the lottery for the Men’s 4+ (40+). Stay tuned for updates when the results come out in September!

Head of the Charles Social

After the race, please join us for our third annual Head of the Charles Happy hour and dinner! The past two years this event has been held at The Asgard Irish Pub in Cambridge (a ten minute walk from the starting line of the race, and a five minute walk from Central on the Red Line!). We’ve had a ton of fun, and have decided to make a tradition out of it! We will once again be having our mixer at The Asgard at 7:30 pm. This is a family friendly event, and all are welcome, RPI alumni or not! This is a great opportunity to meet the RCAA rowers and support them after all their hard work! It is also a great chance to meet and talk to some of the current RPI Crew Team members and talk with them about the team, RPI, and share stories of how it was when you were there! There is no attendance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own checks. We hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions, please contact Matt at or reply to this email.

Treasurer’s Report

To date, The RCAA General Fund has raised $2,531.75 to support RPI Crew. After our alumni crowdfunding purchase of riggers for the Viking, we have a remaining balance of $1,758.46. This fund is made possible by donations from all of you, our generous alumni. As our organization continues to grow, we hope to be able to support the team with larger equipment purchases.

For RCAA finance related questions, or to view copies of the Annual Reports, contact Brian at

Viking Rigger Crowdfunding


Our fundraising efforts to buy the team replacement riggers for the Varsity Women’s 8+ was a huge success! With your help, we were able to reach our $800 fundraising goal. We have placed the order with Vespoli and will let you all know when we receive them!

Again, thank you all for chipping in!

Head of the Fish Alumni Boat

As usual, we plan on entering an alumni boat at the Head of the Fish Regatta, held on Saturday, October 27th. Keep an eye out for the September newsletter for a sign-up link! As usual, boating will be first come, first served so don’t wait to sign up if you want to row. We plan on enter the mixed masters 8+ race but may need to switch races if we do not get enough women.

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