by the youth captains: Maggie White, Christopher West, Matthew Jordan, and Sofia Triana This week we had our most productive week of practice yet, as rowers and coaches fell into the swing of things. Bringing down oars, setting up launches, and getting onto the water all ran smoothly, allowing squads to get in a full practice every day. Most squads had the opportunity to work with a couple coaches throughout the week, which created an opportunity to focus on something different each day. The weather was beautiful for the earlier part of the week; although it poured for much of Friday’s practice. Rowers and coaches look forward to the next couple weeks of practice, where boat line-ups will become more stable and technique will be refined in preparation for our bigger regattas.
On Saturday, April 23, our team participated in our first regatta of the spring season in Holyoke, MA. The conditions on the Connecticut River featured a strong current and gusts of wind, but it was sunny and warm. Our team was one of six crews present. We raced against Holyoke, Pioneer, Suffield, Lenox, and MacDuffie. For many of our novice boys, this was their first race. Our novice boys 8+ finished in third place in their race, and the novice boys 4+ came in second place. Our novice girls 8+ passed a boat to win their race. For all of our novices, this regatta was a great learning experience and a solid way to start off the season.
Our varsity squads both enjoyed successful days of racing, with the varsity boys 4+ taking first place in their race, and the three varsity girls 4+ sweeping the top three finishes in their race.
This small regatta is a perfect way to start off our season, and all of our boats are hoping to build on the success of this weekend for the next regattas.