Head of the Lake Regatta 2013

Head of the Lake Regatta 2013

Established in 1981, the Head of the Lake regatta, hosted by Lake Washington Rowing Club and University of Washington, was held Sunday November 3rd and is the largest fall regatta on the West Coast.  With 493 boats organized into 45 race categories the HOTL lived up to its reputation as an extremely competitive event.  Medals in this regatta are only awarded for first place and are unique hand blown glass art pieces.

The course starts heading east under the I-5 bridge over Lake Union, snakes around some marinas to shoot through the Montlake Cut out into Lake Washington, pivots around a navigation buoy through a sharp turn to finish in front of the University of Washington Conibear shellhouse.  

In the parent/child double race, Mark and Anna Ripley won first place with an impressive two minute lead crossing the finish – even with  Anna not rowing this fall season opting for cross country instead.

The Junior Men’s four (Patrick Hanson, Jack Mask, Fletcher Call and Forrest Miller with coxswain Olivia Mackie) and the Master Women’s quad (Mary Rothermel, Su DeWalt, Marilyn Kleyn and Kim Goforth) both placed second in their events.




Results in the day’s other events were: 3rd in the Men’s Master quad, 4th in the Women’s Open double ,5th in the Men’s Master eight,  6th in the Junior Women’s eight , 7th in the Men’s Open double,  8th in the Junior Women’s four and 11th in both the open Men’s and Women’s single.

The UW Husky teams, including two recent VIJC graduates, Gus Magnuson and Charlotte Kehoe, dominated the first six collegiate eight events.  Magnuson rowed two-seat in the freshman boat, taking home gold with a time that would have placed them second to the varsity in the open collegiate category. 

Coach Richard Parr noted, “Overall I’m pleased with the results from Head of the Lake.  The lightweight boys four had a great row against crews averaging six inches taller.  Baxter Call did very well against the best competition in the region in the Open Single.  All of the coxswains did a great job steering this challenging course. It’s the end of a strong fall season, but we still have much work to do for next spring.”


By Pat Call, a recreational rower and father of two junior rowers.

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