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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 […]

Bronze Winners at Youth National Championships 2014

Bronze Winners at Youth National Championships 2014

The 2014 spring rowing season for the junior rowers ended with a strong showing from VIJC.  US Rowing moved the Youth National Championships venue to Sacramento on Lake Natoma this year, the first time in it’s 18 year history the event was held on the west coast. […]

Record Setting Regatta at Northwest Junior District Championships

Record Setting Regatta at Northwest Junior District Championships

Coach Richard Parr has been fine tuning the junior crew for a peak performance at the Northwest Regional Championships the entire spring season.  And the team did not disappoint, qualifying a record ten boats and 18 rowers for the National Championships to be held at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, California the weekend of June 13th through 15th.

A hot and humid day greeted the crew at Lake Vancouver outside Vancouver, Washington on Thursday, May 15th where over 1300 rowers from 26 clubs arrived to unload boats and gear from their trailers and assemble them for “combat” over the next three days.  Weather conditions on Friday and Saturday were ideal with very light breezes leading to some extraordinary times turned in by area crews.

On Friday morning, the varsity crews advanced 8 boats to Saturday’s finals in seven events by placing in the top three in heat races.  Then the team powered through by placing in the top three in all seven events on Saturday with three second place and four third place finishes.  On Saturday, the junior’s qualified four more boats for Sunday finals and then, under rapidly deteriorating conditions, placed in three of those four races.

The qualifying varsity boats going to Nationals are the Men’s and Women’s quads (both with 2nd place finishes), Men’s and Women’s doubles (3rd and 2nd, respectively), Men’s and Women’s singles (3rd and 2nd), Men’s Lightweight double (3rd), Women’s Lightweight double and four (3rd and 2nd) and Women’s pair (3rd).

In junior varsity and novice races, the rowers entered fourteen races placing in eight of them and winning four. The winners were the Women’s Novice double with Katrina Heffernan and Rhea Enzian, the Men’s JV double with Patrick Hanson and Tate Gill, the Women’s Novice quad with Riley Lynch, Enzian, Heffernan, Adriana Yarkin and cox Cody Clevenger, and the Men’s JV quad where in their last race for Vashon, seniors, Alexander Wright and Ethan Rumburg, joined by teammates Lorenzo Higuera and Liam McConnell, stroked their boat to a win into strong head winds.

The Men’s high school eight took first place in its Sunday race (and second in the event) earning the right to throw Coach Parr into Lake Vancouver after a bet had been made.

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The Women’s high school eight, dressed in pirate garb and shouting “argh” as they proceeded down the course, failed to defend last year’s title but still placed a very respectable third.

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The Junior Crew will be raising funds to assist in sending the rowers to nationals with another car wash and bake sale scheduled for Saturday, June 7th.   Donations can also be made online here. VIJC thanks the entire community for its generous support.

By Pat Call

Spring Green Lake Regatta

Spring Green Lake Regatta

The 52nd Annual Green Lake Spring regatta featured something not experienced for this event in a few years – actual spring conditions.  Warm temperatures and light winds greeted rowers as dawn broke on Saturday morning and lasted until precisely the last air horn on the […]

Head of the Gorge and Elk Regattas

Head of the Gorge and Elk Regattas

VIRC made it’s annual fall trip to Canada for the Head of the Gorge and Elk races on October 26th and 27th. The Angel of the Gorge holds a microphone in one hand and the fate of over a million dollars worth of rowing equipment […]

Vashon Rakes in Gold at American Lake Fall Classic Regatta

Vashon Rakes in Gold at American Lake Fall Classic Regatta

On Sunday, October 13th, Vashon showed up in force at American Lake, recording strong times on the 5000 meter course with 16 entries and 14 wins.

Taking home two Varsity gold medals each at the Fall Classic were: Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard, Baxter and Fletcher Call, Jack Mask and Mia Croonquist.  Heffernan, Girard and Croonquist were joined by Terra Jane Ripley to win the Junior Women’s quad race.  Then Heffernan and Girard teamed up to win the Junior Women’s double event.  Fletcher Call and Mask joined Tate Gill and Jacob Plihal to win the Junior Men’s quad with the fifth fastest time of the day.  Baxter Call won the Men’s Open single event and then teamed with younger brother Fletcher to win the most competitive event of the day, the Junior Men’s double with 7 entries.  Mask joined Patrick Hanson, Charles Elliot, Forrest Miller and coxswain Olivia Mackie to win the Junior Men’s Lightweight four.  Croonquist won the Women’s Open single event.

Other winning Varsity boats were the Junior Women’s Lightweight four with Emily Milbrath, Virginia Miller, Shannon Lipe, KaiLi Scheer and coxswain Callie Andrews and the Junior Women’s four with Halimah Griffin, Maya Krah, Bryn Gilbert, Taegan Lynch and coxswain Mackie.

Other gold medal boats were: the Junior Men’s JV quad (Liam McConnell, Alexander Wright,  Eli Sedgemore and Ben Zaglin) , the Junior Women’s novice eight (Riley Lynch, Te’a Schafer, Oakley Reid, Rhea Enzian, Katrina Heffernan, Lili Helsby, Tabitha Illerbrunn, Adriana Yarkin and coxswain Ally Clevenger), the Junior Women’s novice four (Lynch, Miller, Reid, Heffernan and Clevenger) and the Women’s Masters quad (Mary Rothermel, Marilyn Kleyn, Debby Jackson and Su Dewalt).

Coach Richard Parr was grateful for the excellent rowing conditions and a chance for the team to show the results of its solid practices this fall season.  “We have a team of strong veteran rowers and many upcoming competitors who have pushed hard in practice. It is great to see some good times leading into our final fall season regattas in Victoria, BC and the Head of the Lake on Lake Washington over the next three weeks.”

 

 

By Pat Call, a recreational rower and father of two junior crew members.

 

Greenlake Summer Extravaganza

Greenlake Summer Extravaganza

The Greenlake Summer Extravaganza regatta marks the end of the 2013 summer rowing season. This year’s event showcased a powerful display by upcoming, current and recently graduated Vashon Junior rowers. Vashon rowers put the “thunder” back in the event with 10 victories and four second place […]

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 […]

VIRC Hosts Unique Rowing Drag Race

VIRC Hosts Unique Rowing Drag Race

With the north wind Boreas casting a jaundiced eye on Jensen Point, VIRC hosted its inaugural Drag Race in Quartermaster Harbor on Sunday morning June 2nd.  Eleven masters rowers (7 men and 4 women) braved the choppy waters, rowing single sculls in side by side 500 meter sprint races.  Bruce Morser’s elegant sailing vessel, “The Courageous”, festooned with two drag race light trees served as the starting line with the finish off the tip of Jensen Point.   Two kayaks dangling from the bow and stern of the Courageous functioned as “stake” boats where VIRC volunteers held the stern of each competitor’s boat to ensure a fair start.

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Mid way through the event the unusual “stake’ boat configuration contributed some levity when with the winds picked up and the volunteers were forced to hold on tighter and tighter while the rowers gained the correct “point” down the course.  Without being able to see the lights counting down the start to green, one volunteer/rower combination mistimed the release with the rower heading down the course and the volunteer heading into the sound.

John Christianson of Bainbridge Island Rowing Club won the men’s competition coming back from an early loss to enter the final from the repechage (a nice French word for “second chance”) bracket.  Carolyn Thompson of the Vancouver (BC) Rowing Club was the women’s winner.

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Vashon Island Junior Crew rowers also competed in some exhibition events with Emmie Kehoe winning over Charles Elliott in a singles event.  Any handicaps due rowers based on age or gender were accounted for at the start meaning that most races has extremely tight and exciting finishes.

An erg was also set up to allow junior crew members to compete in a one-minute race to see who could row the most meters in that time.  Jacob Plihal nosed out coach Tom Kicinski in the men’s competition with Kalie Heffernan taking the women’s bracket.

Event organizer Nancy Foster-Moss thanked all of the rowers and volunteers for making this first event a memorable one.  Colby Atwood, the club president who came up with the idea for this unique racing format said,  “We learned a lot in this first year and received some really positive feedback from the participants [and US Rowing referees].  We definitely will be back next year to grow this race.”

By: Pat Call, rower and father of two junior rowers

Record Setting NW Jr Regionals

Record Setting NW Jr Regionals

Coach Richard Parr has kept the focus this spring on the District Championships that took place this past weekend.  “I was so impressed by the commitment shown by the rowers throughout the season, and it paid off on race day. Really brave efforts all around, […]