The 2013 Opening Day of Seattle’s boating season saw the best weather in its 27 year history. Over ten thousand spectators lined both sides of the 2000 meter rowing course at the University of Washington’s Montlake Cut to cheer on junior, masters and college crews participating by invitation only in the select Windermere Cup. Vashon was invited to row in three events: the master men’s eight for 50+ year old rowers, the junior women’s four and the junior men’s quad.
The master’s men unfortunately misjudged “regatta time” and pulled into the starting line only to watch their race already heading down the course. Three weeks of early morning work to prepare for this race ended up for naught.
The junior women’s four got to the line in time but didn’t have a good start and fell back in the field. In the second half of the race they pulled together and made up a couple of boat lengths, taking fourth place.
That left the junior men’s quad of Tate Gill, Gus Magnuson, Jacob Plihal and Isaiah Mosser-Rohe with coxswain Olivia Mackie to put Vashon in the medals. And medal they did with an open water win over a 5-boat field, repeating their victory from last year.
The final races of the morning were the men’s and women’s varsity college eights with the UW rowers putting their “home field” to good advantage taking open water wins against the Cornell and Dartmouth crews invited to the challenge.
It is on to the Pac-12 and IRA National Championships for the Husky crews. And on to the Northwest Regional Championships on Lake Vancouver (WA) on May 16th through 18th for the junior crews.
By Pat Call