Husky Open Regatta at UW
A 2000 meter sprint race through the fabled Montlake Cut between Lakes Washington and Union was the venue for VIRC’s first ever appearance in the Husky Open regatta on April 6th. The event continued the pattern of blustery weather from earlier regattas this spring and the course was shortened to 1500 meters due to perilous conditions at the starting line in Lake Washington.
“In an invitation race like this one you are always a little worried about embarrassing yourself with a last place finish” said master men’s eight stroke Bruce Morser. But the hard work over the past few weeks of rowing before dawn on Quartermaster Harbor paid off for the men with a second place finish to a highly regarded Cambridge, MA eight (recent winner of the Head of the Charles – the largest regatta in the world). The Vashon lineup of Morser (stroke), Colby Atwood, Anton Adam-Fuchs, Ed Zapel, Scott Engelhard, Chad Magnuson, Mark Ripley and Bob Horsley with cox Heather Dow was elated to beat two area powerhouses.
The Junior rowing team entered three races coming away with two first place finishes and one second. The girl’s varsity quad of Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard, Anna Ripley and Hannah Russell, and coxed by Olivia Mackie won a tightly contested race against Seattle Rowing Center with a margin of about 4 seconds. The girl’s varsity four of Taegan Lynch, Maya Krah, Emmie Kehoe and Bryn Gilbert and coxed by Ally Clevenger had an easy time overcoming Lake Union crew for another first place finish in the last race of the day. The boys quad of Tate Gill, Gus Magnuson, Jacob Plihal and Isaiah Moser-Rohe with coxswain Liv Mangione finished a close second to a strong Seattle Rowing Center crew. Coach Richard Parr was pleased with the day’s results, saying, “Competing against some of the best crews in the Northwest and, in the case of the master’s men, in the country, showed that Vashon’s master and junior crews are making great progress for this time in the spring season.”
Written by Pat Call, recreational rower and father of two junior rowers.