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Help Send Junior Rowers to Youth Nationals

Help Send Junior Rowers to Youth Nationals

Junior crew is asking for your financial support to help represent Vashon Island at the 2015 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, June 12 – 14th.   Out of a possible 13 boats and 20 team members eligible to compete at Nationals at the […]

2015 Youth Regional Championships

2015 Youth Regional Championships

Two and a half seconds.  In this weekend’s NASCAR race that distance equated to about 700 feet.  In the Preakness Stakes horse race about 130 feet.  And in Sunday’s junior men’s four crew final, twelve feet.  Rowing is a sport of perfection and repetition.  Over […]

Windermere Cup 2015

Windermere Cup 2015

Prior to all of this pageantry of the annual Opening Day boat parade through the Mountlake Cut were the invitation-only rowing races for masters, juniors and collegiate categories in the 29th Annual Windermere Cup regatta.  For the second year in a row a strong international team, this year New Zealand’s Under 23 team being groomed for the Rio Olympics, took home the cup racing against the University of Washington’s top varsity eight and the top crew from Columbia University.  This year Vashon’s crew secured three invites to this prestigious event and each acquitted itself well.

The junior men’s quad with Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell, Forrest Miller and coxswain KaiLi Scheer took home the George Corkery Jr. Cup with a wire-to-wire victory.  The junior women’s quad with Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard, Rhea Enzian, Riley Lynch and coxswain Ally Clevenger placed second place as did the mixed masters eight (over 50 age category).  That crew consisted of Bruce Morser, Bob Horsley, Ed Zapel, Colby Atwood, Kim Goforth, Holly Zapel, Su Dewalt, Marilyn Kleyn with coxswain Lisa Huggenvik.

Two recent Vashon high school graduates also raced on Saturday.  Charlotte Kehoe rowed in the University of Washington women’s four race taking second to another UW boat. Freshman Baxter Call stroked the Oregon State University eight in the Erickson Cup race.  The OSU JV eight was edged out over the last 500 meters by Columbia University and finished in third place.

Patrick Hanson, who stroked the junior men’s quad, had this to say about the day’s racing: “This regatta is the absolute best one on our calendar.  Rowing down the canyon of yachts into the cut with people cheering and screaming for the entire race is a unique experience.  And then there is the “swag bag”, you don’t get that at any other regatta.”

WC boat tunnel (photo credit: Windermere Real Estate/Windermere Cup)

Coach Richard Parr was pleased with the club’s performance.  “We worked on some technique issues this past week and it was great to see the crews put some of that learning into practice.  Now we have two weeks to prepare for the Junior Northwest Regional Championships and we need to find several seconds for each of our varsity boats during this period.”

 

By Pat Call

Brentwood Regatta at Mill Bay

Brentwood Regatta at Mill Bay

Brentwood College School located on Mill Bay north of Victoria, British Columbia put on its 45th annual juniors regatta this past weekend with over 1700 rowers participating from 34 clubs in western Canada and the Northwest US.  The competition was spirited and the growing camaraderie […]

Husky Open

Husky Open

The Husky Open is the first full scale regatta of the spring season in the northwest and combines a curious mixture of thrilling races to come with a certain amount of intrigue.  Many of the big local area programs are there but they may not […]

Portland Fall Classic

Portland Fall Classic

In the 1950’s the Portland, OR waterfront was the scene of massive decommissioning of World War II era naval vessels.  Had someone launched a rowing shell into the toxic brew that was then the Willamette River it would likely have dissolved.  In the intervening decades the downtown banks of the river have become a celebrated urban renewal success story and one that was the setting for the 8th annual Portland Fall Classic regatta on Sunday with over 1300 participating in 52 events.   Vashon’s Masters and Junior crews made its first appearance in this regatta competing in 16 events and as has been the pattern for this fall’s regattas performing exceptionally well returning with 9 first place finishes.

Like last week’s race in Boston the five kilometer course features a number of bridges but unlike race on the Charles these bridges are massive concrete and steel structures soaring high over the river channel and posing no big navigation challenge to the rowers.  The event is organized into three flights where all of the boats in a flight launch and proceed up river to the starting area before they start one at a time down the course.  The morning flight was primarily Masters rowing with Vashon’s Women’s quad (Jan Peterson, Carri Singer, Therese Smith and Celia Congdon) taking a gold and two mixed doubles a second and third.   Later in the day the Women’s four (Kim Goforth, Mary Rothermel, Nancy Foster-Moss, Su Dewalt and Lisa Huggenvik, cox) also won their event.

Portland MW4x

The juniors then took to the course and produced a number of outstanding results.  Winning women’s boats were the open double (Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard), varsity four (Emily Milbrath, Shannon Lipe, Maddie McEachern, Kai Li Scheer and cox, Callie Andrews), JV four (Riley Lynch, Rhea Enzian, Katrina Heffernan, Caprial Turner and cox, Ally Clevenger), quad (Mei Vandervelde, Tabitha Illerbrunn, Lili Helsby and Adri Yarkin) and novice four (Emma Greenlee, Rhiannon Simmonds, Kate Landry, Mabel Moses and cox, Andrews).  The women’s double also took a third place.

The junior men won their quad (Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell and Forrest Miller) and novice four (Cole Puckett, Connor van Egmond, Cooper Py, Seth Rosen and cox, Aidan Teachout) races.

Portland JrM 4x

As was the case in Boston, Vashon also had a recent alumni rowing in his first collegiate regatta.  Baxter Call rowed three seat in the Oregon State University varsity four which took first place in that event.

Coach Richard Parr was pleased with Vashon’s first attendance in the Portland Fall Classic.  “This regatta marks the first time ever that Vashon has won multiple four events.  We are better known for our sculling than our sweeping so to come home with five gold medals in the fours is pretty special.”

The season wraps up next weekend with the Frostbite Regatta on Saturday at Green Lake and the premier regatta on the fall calendar the Head of the Lake race on Sunday.

 Portland Fall Classic Bridge

By Pat Call

Momentous Showing at Head of the Charles 2014

Momentous Showing at Head of the Charles 2014

The 50th anniversary of the largest rowing regatta in the world witnessed best ever results for Vashon’s junior, masters and recent alumni crew members.  Starting in a wide and exposed tidal basin the course heads up river increasingly twisty and narrowing as it goes.  With […]

Row for the Cure Regatta

Row for the Cure Regatta

A record number of 760 participants donning pink attire showed up on Lake Union on Sunday morning, September 15th to participate in the annual Seattle Row for the Cure regatta.  Competitors represent clubs from as  far away as Wenatchee and Everett, WA with many dressed for the costume competition.  VIRC rowed […]

Junior Nationals 2013

Junior Nationals 2013

Melton Hill Lake near Oak Ridge, Tennessee was the site of the 2013 National Junior Rowing Championships this past weekend, June 7th through 9th.   Vashon’s young rowers qualified eight boats – fifth most in this year’s championship.  By Sunday, all boats qualified for a final race, achieving three top ten finishes and one bronze medal.

Since Vashon travels across the country and rents its rowing shells from the Sykes boat manufacturer, the team members decided to have some fun with boat names. Most boats are named after the donors who provided them or trot out an inspirational cliché , but juniors tipped over the creativity meter with names like “The Mantis Shrimp”, “2K Banana Slug” “The Asylum”, and “The Boat Formerly Named Prince”.  However if the District Championships were a beach party then the Nationals had more the overall feel of an accounting convention. So the juniors got down to business.

Friday is for Heat races. In a format unique to rowing only the winning boat of each heat race advances to Saturday’s semifinals. The other boats are then scrambled again and another round of repechage (or second chance) heats are rowed either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The top two boats in each of the second races go on to the semi-final with the third place boat (plus the next two boats by overall time) going to the C final on Sunday. After the first two rounds of racing Vashon had four boats into the semi-finals and four into C finals, however that tally doesn’t quite tell the whole success story. In 2012 Vashon’s juniors won some very tight races (in one case by 18 milliseconds); in 2013 it was the reverse: two boats missed the semi-finals by a total of a half second.

Saturday’s semi-finals further break the field into Sunday’s A and B finals with the three fastest shells in each semifinal going to the A final. When Saturday’s racing was done Vashon had one crew heading to an A final with three boats going to B finals.

On Sunday the team’s morale was high, the early regatta jitters transformed into steely resolve. The results speak for themselves.

Gus Magnuson and Tate Gill rowed a powerful Men’s Open Double race to take the bronze medal (and keep the club’s three year medal streak alive).

Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard placed 7th overall winning the B final in the Women’s Open Double.

The Lightweight Women’s four with Emily Milbrath, Katelyn Carter, Shannon Lipe, Leanne Anderson and coxswain Ally Clevenger took 8th overall (second in the B final). It is unlikely that any other boat in the regatta placed so high with two novice rowers on board.

Anne Gaspers braved early morning fog and a very competitive field to row her single (the Baby Giraffe) to 12th place in the nation.

Nathaniel Petram and Baxter Call roared back from a close loss in the semi-final to take the C final by open water and a 13th place national finish.

Lipe and Carter in their Women’s Lightweight and the Women’s Open Quad with Heffernan, Anna Ripley, Hannah Russell and Girard both placed 14th.

The Men’s Open quad of Magnuson, Gill, Jacob Plihal and Isaiah Mosser-Rohe took fifth in their C final and 17th in the nation.

Coach Richard Parr summed up the National Championships and the season by saying: “I am extremely proud of our rowers who distinguished themselves this year on and off the water. Our kids and not only great athletes but also great citizens and representatives of Vashon on the national stage. We lived up to our performances from the District competition and we showed ourselves to be a “top ten” program. We’ll start working this summer to find that extra 10 to 15 seconds we need to be in the top three across the board.”

A successful end to the 2012 – 2013 junior season.

 

5 Crews Going to Head of the Charles

5 Crews Going to Head of the Charles

Vashon Island Rowing has five boats competing at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA on October 20th and 21st.  The invitational event, in it’s 48th year, is the largest regatta in the world, drawing thousands of rowers and 200,000 to 300,000 spectators.  Since Vashon had […]