Refueling your body after strenuous activity is a must for rowers! Especially when you have multiple races over a day or weekend. Our coach likes to provide gummy bears to rowers–it’s a quick source of glucose plus they are fun! But are they the best […]
Today refueling is on my mind–and with fall head racing approaching, perhaps it should be on your mind, too. Why am I thinking about refueling? Because 1) of the Green Lake Summer Extravaganza–for many racers the harbinger of fall racing season, 2) this morning I […]
Over 150 rowers from Bainbridge Island, Olympia and Vashon junior crews arrived at the Jensen Point Boathouse at dawn on Sunday, March 23rd for the 5th annual Saltwater Scrimmage. A brisk northerly tail wind helped to propel boats in twenty events down the 1500-meter course from Portage to the finish just off Jensen Point. Parents from all three clubs plus a large number of curious islanders gathered near the finish line to cheer on the crews.
Vashon continued its strong early season success winning 15 of the 20 events. First place finishes were garnered (in race order) by the Women’s 8+, the Men’s single, the Novice Women’s coxed quad, the Lightweight Men’s double, the Women’s quad, the Men’s double, the Novice Women’s 8+, the Women’s four, the Women’s double, the Men’s quad, the Novice Women’s four, the Women’s pair, the Novice Men’s double, the Lightweight Women’s four and the Novice Women’s double. In a novel “medal” ceremony winning crews were awarded rubber duckies causing one Vashon parent to remark that “Vashon had won an embarrassment of duckies”.
The strong tail wind ensured fast times and favored crews rowing with quicker, lighter strokes. The Bainbridge crew is by far the largest of the three teams present with over 110 rowers in their program and emphasizes sweep over sculling. It was therefore noteworthy that in the final race of the day the Vashon Men’s eight lost by only a few feet to one of the three Bainbridge boats in the race.
“From here on out through the rest of the races this spring the courses are longer and the competition much tougher” says Coach Richard Parr, “I like what we have shown so far but now is our time to dig deep and push even harder.”
The next regatta for the Vashon crew will be the invitational Husky Open at the Montlake Cut on Saturday April 5th with 3 Junior and one Masters boat entered in the event.
By Pat Call
Photo Credit: Kevin Jeffries
Pumping Iron This fall, you may be pumping iron to get your muscles ready for those long, hard head races, but are you eating enough iron? Your stamina and aerobic capacity depend on adequate body iron stores. Low iron intake can result in anemia which definitely affects performance. When you […]
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 finishes in 17 races entered. Saturday’s light and consistent tail wind made for high stroke rates and fast times on the 1,000 meter course.
A highlight of the day was the first ever race by four freshmen women novice rowers with just two weeks of experience. The four, with stroke Riley Lynch, Virginia Miller, Oakley Reid, Katrina Heffernan, and coxed by Ally Clevenger, took gold and rowed more like seasoned veterans.
Bryn Gilbert and Kirsten Girard broke the gold medal ice early in the day with a win in the women’s open pair. The junior men’s quad with Tate Gill (stroke), Jacob Plihal, brothers Fletcher and Baxter Call with novice Callie Andrews as coxswain, quickly moved out to an open water lead and coasted to a gold medal. Two other women’s boats followed up with impressive wins. The women’s quad with Avalon Koenig (stroke), Laney Williams, Colgate grad Kate Thomson, Emmie Kehoe, coxed by Andrews, followed the men’s lead, winning by open water.
UW rower and older sister Charlotte Kehoe then joined this foursome and three current junior women, Kalie Heffernan, Tea Schaffer and Gilbert with cox Olivia Mackie, for a close win in the women’s open eight race.
The women’s lightweight four with Emily Milbrath (stroke), Girard, Katelyn Carter, Hannah Russell, and Clevenger coxing, took another first place medal. Baxter Call rowed his shell to a win in the men’s open single race.
The women’s intermediate four race was won by Schaffer (stroke), Caprial Turner, Kalie Heffernan and Russell, with Mackie coxing. Girard (stroke) and Anne Gaspers claimed gold in the women’s open double. And finally, Patrick Hansen (stroke), Fletcher Call, Charles Elliott and Jack Mask with Clevenger coxing, took the men’s lightweight four title. Every Vashon junior rower who attended the Summer Extravaganza returned home with at least one gold medal. Wow!
By Pat Call
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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
Each April, for the past 42 years, the Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island’s east coast jewel of Mill Bay has hosted a regatta that has grown to be the largest junior event in North America, This year the school turned over its beautiful campus […]