Seattle Row for the Cure

Seattle Row for the Cure

Sunday morning September 21st was the kickoff of the fall crew head race season with the Seattle Row for the Cure regatta following a clockwise path around Lake Union.  A head race features a rowing start with boats following at 30 second intervals over longer distances – in this case almost 6000 meters.

The day was a good “warm up” regatta for the season, and a great introduction to head racing for Vashon’s novices. It was a bit difficult for them, as there weren’t any Junior Novice events and thus they had to row in the Varsity division races. The Junior Women’s 8+ had the fastest time of any women’s 8+, but were penalized 1 minute for overtaking in a no-passing zone, which put them back to fourth. Still, it showed some good early season speed, and there is a real spirit within the crew.

The Junior Women’s 4+ of Kai Li Scheer, Rhea Enzian, Lili Helsby and Mei Lee Vandervelde, coxed by Haley Smith put in a really solid performance, coming 3rd in a field that included two local Junior national team members. Liam McConnell put in a mighty effort in his single, but was impeded by a stopped men’s pair, and then was run into by a women’s pair. But he handled it well. Overall the junior crew was hampered by some missing stronger team members, but they will be back for Tail of the Lake in two weeks over approximately the same course.

There were good performances from the master’s men’s and women’s quads, especially with novices Fred Sayer and Lea Heffernan competing in their first ever races. Vashon rowing club is expanding at all levels and ages!

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