1st Report from Patagonia!

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Hello from Bariloche!

We just finished an afternoon ski and we’re heading back to the house now! We had a sleep-in this morning—some of us slept and some of us used it as an opportunity to do some summer homework. A brunch was made in our nice, spacious kitchen. Allie Walton and Lisa Bates have been exploring the local grocery stores, and we’ve discovered that Argentinians eat a lot of carbs and not so many veggies. So, we’ve gotten creative with our meals and we have made it work. 

After a relaxed morning, we headed off to the mountain. Everyone from Club Andino Bariloche [our partner club who spent February with us in Dublin] is so friendly, and they’re always willing to listen as we attempt to articulate our plans in Spanish. The daily ride up the gondola was beautiful, as always. The view from the top never gets old—snow-covered peaks in the distance, a stunningly calm lake, and a perfect layer of clouds. We clipped into our skate skis and did a two-hour ski with a mix of no pole skiing and speeds. The snow was perfect, and it was just warm enough to ski without a jacket and gloves. When it was finally time to finish up, we ran into some fellow Dublin students, Maddy and Adam! They were enjoying a weekend downhill ski with their host families. 

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The ski was great and all, but we had to act quickly in order to fill our glycogen window. No need to fear, we found the Milka Chocolate shop and Waffle Cabin—we’ve become frequent customers. 

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Tonight we head out to dinner as a group to a local restaurant. The trip has been amazing so far, and we look forward to many more adventures to come!   -Agnes Macy

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Dublin takes on 36th Run of the Charles

On Sunday, April 29th, Dublin School a group of students and faculty once again took part in the 36th Run of the Charles, a 24-mile canoe race on the Charles River, from Dedham, MA to the outskirts of Boston. The third leg of our endurance triumvirate, which includes Reach the Beach and the Canadian Ski Marathon, this race provides a formidable test of strength and will, with miles of slow-moving, upwind stretches of the river.  In addition to paddling, teams are required to navigate a series of 6 portages, ranging in length from 200 yards to ½ mile. 

Jasmine Barette (Dubai) was a part of the ten-member relay team that took on the 19-mile challenge. Barette is a junior who has grown up in Dubai but is of French Canadian heritage. She has spent many of her summers in the Eastern Townships of lower Quebec and has an affinity for kayaking.  She has done a lot of it in Quebec, and last summer participated in a sea kayaking tour in Alaska. Despite the similarities, canoeing was a new challenge.

Nordic Team Ends the Season on a High

The Dublin Nordic Ski Team enjoyed an exciting and fun season on the snow and trails around Mount Monadnock. Thanks to our snowmaking and grooming guru, Steve Sanders, we were able to practice on snow almost every day of the winter. Having this experience on snow and working with Coaches Weber, Groves, Maddock and Masterson enabled our fifteen rookie skiers to develop at a very fast pace. With thirty-two skiers on the team, Dublin Nordic was a force to be reckoned with in New England!

 The boys' relay team of Ethan, Marco and Quinn.

The boys' relay team of Ethan, Marco and Quinn.

The Nordic Team traveled to Proctor Academy on Saturday, February 24th to compete in the New England Prep School Athletic Championships (NEPSAC). Last year’s boys’ team won Dublin’s first ever NEPSAC Championship in any sport, and with ten of those boys off to college the expectations on the boys’ squad were not very high heading into the championship races. The day started with a five kilometer mass start skate race. Quinn Wilson ’20 paced the squad finishing 4th, our Argentinian exchange student Marco Dal Farra finished 5th, Ethan Stanhope ’20 missed his start and recovered to finish  33rd, and AJ Lee ’19 rounded out the scoring in 41st place. Rookie ninth grade skier Eathan Hood ’21 finished 43rd and served as a “displacer” in the results. For the 3 x 2km classic relay in the afternoon, Marco decided not to use kick wax so that he could just double pole the entire course in fast skis for the first leg. The Argentinian’s gamble paid off and he finished almost thirty seconds ahead of the favored Holderness, tagging our Bahamian Ethan and sending him off with a good cushion. Only Holderness’s second leg skier was able to catch Ethan and he tagged Quinn in second place. Quinn closed the gap a little on first place and finished in a very comfortable and thrilling second place. The Dublin boys surprised the league by finishing third in New England during what was supposed to be a “building” year. With JV skiers Alex Antonellis ’20, Will Boot ’20, Bob Paltrineri ’21, Lawrence Chen ’21, Yifu Zhang ’18, Grady Allen ’19, Harrison Parnell ’21, and Eric Gu ’21 turning in strong races the league has been put on notice about the depth of our ski team.

 The girls' relay team of Aggie, Lilly and Robyn.

The girls' relay team of Aggie, Lilly and Robyn.

In the girls’ mass start skate race Aggie Macy ’20 took the bronze, Lilly Bates ’19 finished 4th, Robyn McIntosh ‘18 skied her last race for Dublin and finished a solid 9th, and Sita Moses ’19 rounded out the scoring in 33rd. Olivia O’Rourke ‘19 in 38th and Theresa Barth ‘19 in 42nd served as our varsity displacers. The girls put in a dominant performance in the relay with Aggie setting the pace and tagging Robyn with a comfortable lead. Lilly took a comfortable lead over Holderness and expanded it, earning these three girls a second consecutive New England relay gold medal. Combining the individual and relay results the girls finished second in New England for the second year in a row! Three other courageous girls, Lindsey Gould ’21, Isolina Miller ’21, and Grace Harrington ’21, entered the junior varsity race and finished right in the thick of the pack.

 Coach Bates with Lindsey and Isolina.

Coach Bates with Lindsey and Isolina.

Adding to their strong seasons, three Dublin skiers qualified for regional and national events as a result of their efforts in qualifying races. Lilly Bates and Aggie Macy were two of only twenty-one junior women selected to represent New England at the Junior National Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, the site of the 2002 Olympic ski races. Lilly qualified as a U18 skier and Aggie qualified as a U16 skier. Aggie and Lilly were the only girls from New Hampshire to qualify for the Junior Nationals. After narrowly missing qualifying for the Junior National Team, Quinn Wilson skied his way to the number one ranked position among skiers under the age of 16 in New Hampshire and was chosen to lead Team NH at the U16 Championships against deep teams from Minnesota, Vermont, New York, Maine and Massachusetts. Aggie, Lilly and Quinn will next ski for Team NH at the Eastern High School Championships in Rumford, Maine on March 27th, 28th and 19th.

 Bob and AJ during the classic relay race.

Bob and AJ during the classic relay race.

All of the coaches had a wonderful time with our team and loved skiing with all levels of skiers on our beautiful trails at the Dublin Nordic Center.

Head of School, Brad Bates, Competes at the Nordic Masters World Cup

Head of School Brad Bates competed at the Nordic Masters World Championships in Minneapolis MN on January 21st and 22nd.  The Masters World Cup is only held once every ten years in the United States and this year's location gave Brad an opportunity to fulfill a long-term goal and to visit some alumni in the upper mid-west. In fact, former head and Dublin founder's son, Michael Lehmann, flew in to serve as a part of Brad's support team for his two day's of racing.

Craftsbury Camp Day #1

We found snow at our Thanksgiving Camp for the first time ever! After two years of dryland training at our annual camp we were pleasantly surprised to travel north to Craftsbury, Vermont and find a one kilometer bulletproof loop of skiable snow thanks to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's excellent snowmaking.

 Theresa showing off her improved technique after an offseason of rollerskiing.

Theresa showing off her improved technique after an offseason of rollerskiing.

We arrived at the Outdoor Center on Friday afternoon and we were skiing by 2 pm. We started out on our brand new Rossignol skate ski equipment and started tearing around the empty track. Eathan and Alexander were skiing for the very first time and picked it up quickly! Second year skiers AJ, Ethan and Patrick looked great as they found their balance on the fast and hard packed snow.

Our regional elite skiers Quinn, Aggie and Lilly had a great time skiing with their Dublin XC Club coach Kathy Maddock, who volunteered to come to camp again this year to work with the whole team. It was exciting to see these three young skiers on snow after hundreds of hours of offseason strength and conditioning. Big smiles all around.

 The DXC squad on their new Rossignol equipment.

The DXC squad on their new Rossignol equipment.

Thanks to Rossignol and Norm's Ski and Sport in Keene, New Hampshire we were all trying out our new Rossignol ski equipment. We found the skis fast and stable on the squirrelly snow. After a two hour ski we retreated to our dormitory before heading to dinner. The Outdoor Center has some of the best food you can find and it is intentionally designed for the hungry and elite athlete. Brussel sprouts, chicken, beet burgers, polenta and salad.

 Kathy and the crew. Exhausted and happy.

Kathy and the crew. Exhausted and happy.

We ended the day with some circuit training in the Center's awesome gym. We worked on balance and agility before talking about skate and classic technique. Kathy wrapped things up with some great yoga and trivia. Can you name the member of the Dublin School staff who beat Kathy (who went on to collegiate and World Cup fame) when they 12 year old skiers in the Bill Koch League. It took awhile, but someone eventually guessed right with Jill Hutchins! Is their a comeback in Ms. Hutchins' future?

 Circuit training in the gym.

Circuit training in the gym.

Day #2 will start with a cold 7 am warm up run before a famous Craftsbury breakfast. We will ski classic in the first morning session before trying out some biathlon with the Center's biathlon coordinator Sam Dougherty. The kids are psyched for that. We will also get to watch some national ski champions working out this morning. 

The New Outing Club

The New Outing Club

In locating the new Slopeside Dormitory, we had to remove the old Arts Building which served in recent years as our Outing Club. The Outing Club was home to our Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding programs.  We originally intended to put the new Outing Club into the basement of the Slopeside Dormitory but thought better due to the impact on the height of the building and the potential for fumes and fire from ski waxing.