Head of the Gorge and Elk
The traveling continued the last weekend of October for VIRC, ferrying to Victoria, BC for two regattas, held annually and hosted by the University of Victoria. The club placed in twelve races with three first place wins. The events draw a few Northwest teams and numerous Canadian teams.
Saturday the crews raced in the Head of the Gorge Regatta, a 5 km race famous for the swirling eddies at the narrows and tricky course. The Master’s Women’s quad came in first with a time of 15:46.6. Rowers Kim Goforth, Debby Jackson, Marilyn Kleyn and Su DeWalt were thrilled with the win. The Masters Men’s eight placed second in a field of four crews. Third place finishers were the Junior Women’s quad, Masters Men’s single, the Men’s Open double, rowed by Tate Gill and Gus Magnuson, who were the first junior competitors to cross the finish, and the Women’s Open double.
The next day the teams converged on Elk Lake to race an 8 km course. The Master’s Women quad entered two boats and Goforth’s crew won first again. Rowers Celia Congdan, Lisa Huggenvick, Therese Smith, and Jan Peterson with coxswain Rayna Shinn took third. Magnuson had another great race in the Open Men’s Varsity single where he was up against top rowers from clubs, high schools, and colleges. He won in 28:19.4, beating out four Victoria City boats on their own lake “turf”. The Men’s Master’s eight took second again in their event and the Junior Women’s eight finished third behind two Northwest rival crews.
Coach Parr, recognizing the team had some challenges over the weekend with equipment malfunctions and steering mishaps, said, “A huge thanks goes out to everyone for their hard work. Although we had some tough moments, it’s weekends like this that bring the club together.”