Fencing over the Summer

Seacoast Fencing Club will be running our training programs in June and August.  We are closed the entire month of July. I will be in Phoenix coaching at the Summer Nationals July 4-9, and the rest of the month I am doing projects and relaxing.

Please let me know at the club or by email this week if you are planning to fence in either or both of those months.

Once I know that, I can see what age groups will be running, and which (if any) will be combined.  I will also set the dues.

National Qualifier Results on March 25

Seacoast Fencing Club hosted the Northeast Division two qualifying events for the USA Fencing National Championships on June 30 to July 9 in in Phoenix Arizona.  Three clubs, Seacoast Fencing with facilities in Rochester and Manchester NH, Portland Fencing Center in Maine, and Downeast School of Fencing in Verona Island, also in Maine, competed on Saturday, March 25, for the right to compete in the Y14 National Championships for fencers ages 11-14, and for the Division 2 and Division 3 National Championships, which are for fencers aged 13 through adult. These are separate events at the National Championships, but are combined for the qualifiers in most divisions.

Seacoast Fencing Club won six of the eight events, and Portland Fencing Center took the other two. Two  New Hampshire families did very well. The O’Brien’s oldest brother, Eoin won gold in Div 2/3 men’s epee, while. His sister, Eilish took home the bronze medal in Div 2/3 women’s foil.  The Sfintescu family also won two medals, with the older brother winning gold in the Y14 men’s foil, and his younger sister earning the bronze in the Y14 women’s foil. 

Grace Murdoch Roy earned two medals, with gold in Div 2/3 women’s foil, and a bronze medal in the Div 2/3 women’s epee.  Jacob Chreky took first place in the Div 2/3 men’s foil gold medal bout with a 15-13 win over his teammate, Trevor Wohlers, who took second.  Tara Kurup earned a silver medal in Div 2/3 women’s epee. Daphne Stewart was first in the Y14 women’s epee, and her teammate, Martin Moskowitz was first in the Y14 men’s epee, and second in the Div 2/3 men’s epee.

The Seacoast Fencing Club, the last club still in operation in New Hampshire (Covid closed two clubs), continues to excel in the local tournaments, and will once again have the opportunity to test their skills at this year’s National Championships.

Spring Term is Upon US!

Spring term has started at Seacoast Fencing Club! So once again, it is time to pay your dues.

Please bring the tuition to the first meeting. Cash is accepted, and checks should be payable to Seacoast Fencing Club. Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards or e-payments.

Spring Tuition (March, April, May)
Children        $365
Youth            $385
Junior            $405
Adult             $405

Manchester Schedule  

Children                          6:00 to 7:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays
Youths                            6:30 to 7:45 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays
Juniors and Adults         7:00 to 9:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  However, in Manchester, epee fencers big night is Thursdays, and foil fencers big night is Wednesdays.  Monday is usually an even mix of foil and epee.

 Rochester Schedule

Children                         6:00 to 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Youths                           6:30 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Juniors and Adults        7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
                                      2:00 to 4:30 pm on Sundays
 (National Training)

Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  The best turnout for epee is Tuesday, and foil is strong on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

Sunday practices in Rochester will have intensive training and coaching for those who want to prepare for regional and national competitions. We meet every Sunday except on weekends that we host a tournament. Please check the National Training Schedule to see if it is being held- we need six signed up to hold the session.

All Seacoast fencers can come to both the Manchester and Rochester locations if they want to pick up an extra day of fencing (with a new mix of fencers). There is no extra charge. 

As always, we are happy to stay an extra half hour if fencers want more time on the strip!

Holiday Schedule

With Christmas and New Year’s on Sunday this year, we will be closed from Friday December 23 thru January 1. We will reopen on Monday January 2 in Manchester, and Tuesday January 3 in Rochester. The only other holiday we will be closed is Memorial Day (a personally important day for me).  We are open for most of the federal holidays since schools & many employers are closed for those, that makes it a perfect evening to fence!