First Place for Boys Quad at 2012 Windermere Cup

First Place for Boys Quad at 2012 Windermere Cup

The Vashon Island Junior Crew boy’s quad took first place at the prestigious Windermere Cup Regatta on Saturday, May 5, a highly competitive race drawing teams this year from as far away as Argentina and New Zealand.  Rowing the 2,000 meter course from Union Bay through the Montlake Cut were Baxter Call, Tate Gill, Gus Magnuson and Ryan Bingham, with coxswain Sarah Warner, who directed the boys to a sweet finish, a full boat length ahead of runner up Victoria City Rowing.

Coach Richard Parr said the boys’ strategy was to attack it and be first into the Cut. “They executed that really well and managed to pull out a little more at the end”, he said. “One of their competitors, St. Michael’s School, beat these boys at Brentwood so it was nice to turn the tables.”  Enjoying their success on the return paddle back to the dock:

Vashon competed in three other races that morning, the girl’s high school eight that placed 4th, the mixed master’s eight placed 3rd and the men’s eight, amazingly taking 3rd with only seven able to row after one of the oar collars broke near the start of the race.  “They rowed over 1900 meters like that and were still able to beat another boat., Parr said. “Pretty impressive.”