Vashon Rowers Compete in 30th Annual Windermere Cup

Seattle’s Opening Day festivities kick off with masters, juniors and collegiate sprint races at the University of Washington’s Montlake Cut rowing venue. With another weekend of “summer in May” weather thousands of spectators basked in the sunshine to cheer on their crews which were invited from as far away as Russia to join in the event. The air was filled with white cottonwood puffs that acted like a visual anemometer showing the strength of the headwind blowing down the course. As has been the norm from the recent past the University of Washington’s men’s and women’s dominated the collegiate races.

Vashon entered three shells in the races. The men’s over-60 age masters eight came in second to a boat from Narragansett Rhode Island and bested long-time rivals from the local Ancient Mariners club.  Masters normally compete on a 1000-meter course and receive an age handicap but at the Windermere Cup all of the races are 2000-meters with no handicap. Vashon’s boat was stroked by Bruce Morser with Bob Horsley, Ed Zapel, Chad Magnuson, John Jannetty, Mark Ripley, Bob McMahon, Colby Atwood and Lisa Huggenvik (coxswain). The junior women’s quad finished third with Katrina Heffernan (stroke), Riley Lynch, Mei Vandervelde, Caprial Turner and Jose Slade (coxswain). The junior men’s quad with Patrick Hanson (stroke), Connor van Egmond, Fletcher Call, Forrest Miller and Kale Scheer (coxswain) finished fourth.

Coach Richard Parr summed up the day with “it is an honor to be invited to this regatta and our three entries acquitted themselves well. The master men’s result showed how the hard work over the winter and this spring is paying off.”

The junior crew will now focus on the Northwest Regional Rowing Championships to be held at Lake Vancouver on May 20th through 22nd .

Article by Pat Call

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