The 2014 Tail of the Lake regatta features 44 events over about a 5 hour period starting early Sunday morning in near-mirror conditions and finishing on a rowing venue made choppy by a frenzy of tour boats, float plane takeoffs and landings, squads of kayakers […]
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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 […]
For the second year in a row Vashon crews were invited to participate in the University of Washington Husky Open Regatta on Saturday, April 5th . The course began in Lake Washington, ran through the Montlake cut and finished at the mouth of Lake Union. This relatively low-key regatta featured the University of Washington rowing teams against perennial east coast powerhouses Brown and Drexell Universities.
Vashon was entered in one Master and three Junior events. The Master’s Men race provided all of the excitement for the day holding off Bainbridge Island and three other crews to take first place without the normally applied age time adjustment. Coach Richard Parr was particularly pleased that the men’s early morning workouts on Quartermaster Harbor were paying off. Spring Master races are usually a 1000 meter sprint course but the Husky Open and Opening Day races (on May 3) are a full high school/collegiate 2000 meter distance.
The Junior crews expected their first real test of the season on Saturday, going up against area rivals for the first time this Spring. There is a saying rowers hear frequently from coaches: “keep your head in the boat”. Translation: the race is about your stroke not your competitors’ – so sideways glances are frowned upon. Violating the “eyes in the boat” rule just a little while rowing to the start, the juniors discovered that some of the competing crews were not the varsity competitors they expected. All three Vashon varsity boats cruised to easy victories.
The Junior Women’s four with Bryn Gilbert, Taegan Lynch, Shannon Lipe, Te’a Schafer and coxswain Ally Clevenger took first by a 27.5 second lead.
In the quad with Mia Croonquist, Riley Lynch, Kalie Heffernan and Kirsten Girard won with a 21 second lead.
The Junior Men’s quad with Patrick Hanson, Jacob Plihal, Fletcher and Baxter Call won their race by 26 seconds. Coach Parr was pleased with the efforts of all three crews.
The next day the Juniors moved their shells to Lake Stevens for a friendly scrimmage against a relatively young program. Vashon’s novice and junior varsity crews had a confidence-building day on the picturesque lake with its’ glassy water.
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 […]
VIRC competed in their first fall season regatta at the Tail of the Lake at Lake Union Sunday, September 30th. Twelve of the 17 boats entered placed in the top three. This time trialed head race is 4 kilometers beginning at the Aurora Avenue Bridge running […]
Tail of the Lake is the one of the first Seattle area head race of the fall rowing season. Held on beautiful Lake Union in downtown Seattle, the city skyline provides the backdrop for the 4K course. From the vantage point of Gas Works Park at the north end of Lake Union, racers remain in view of spectators from start to finish – an uncommon occurrence in head racing – making this regatta fun for fans and rowers alike.
Vashon Island Rowing Club wrapped up their fall season at two Seattle regattas on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, the 6th. The Frostbite Regatta, a 1 km sprint race hosted by Green Lake Crew and normally indicative of the weather conditions for the event, drew […]
Competing against fifteen regional rowing teams, the Vashon Island Rowing Club entered their first fall season regatta at the Tail of the Lake head race at Lake Union on Sunday, October 2. Both masters and juniors competed in a total of nineteen races bringing home […]