Tri-Island Regatta a Success
Nearly one hundred fifty rowers descended upon Jensen Park in Burton on Sunday morning March 25th for Vashon Island Junior Crew’s first hosting of the Tri-Island Regatta, an unofficial competition with Bainbridge and Orcas Island junior crews. The four lane 1500 meter course started at the north end of Quartermaster Harbor near Portage and finished at Jenson Point. Vashon dominated the day, rowing in sixteen of the seventeen races and placing first in eleven of them. Bainbridge earned the top spot in six of their twelve races, while Orcas, a small club with only fifteen rowers, won two second place finishes in their six races.
Spicing up the event a bit, Coach Richard Parr had VIJC competing against their teammates in three races. In the varsity men’s double, Gus Magnuson and Ryan Bingham crossed the finish first in 4:54.5 with Ky Burton and Alexander Wright following to take second. Avalon Koenig and Emmie Kehoe, rowing against Katelyn Carter and Ella McConnell in the varsity women’s double, bested their crewmates by twelve seconds, completing the race in 5:46.0. The varsity women’s quad race saw two sister teammate crews challenging one another. Charlotte and Emmie Kehoe, along with Koenig and Carter edged out TeraJane and Anna Ripley, with Hannah Russel and Kelsey Abella by nine seconds with a finish time of 5:21.2. The friendly island contest ended with a warm lunch shared by rowers, coaches, spectators and parent volunteers.