The Northampton Community Rowing squad arrived early in Lowell on Sunday for what would be a beautiful day of racing. Hosted by the Merrimack River Rowing Association, the Festival Regatta is a day-long, six-lane race, with events for both youth and masters. The conditions in Lowell over the weekend were sunny and bright, with a slight crosswind that picked up during the day.
The youth started below the Rourke Bridge to run a 2K course that took them past the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse, where the event was hosted, and up to a finish line between Lowell Heritage State Park and Sheehy Park Extension.
The masters raced 1K along the same course, starting upstream of the bridge and racing to the same finish post.
Hamp Crew’s first race of the day was the mens jr. 4+: Chris West, Kedar Seetal, Dylan Walter, and Theo King, coxed by Felix King. They set a high bar for the day, rowing a 7:25.03 to place first and medal against a field of Westford-Littleton boats.
Womens masters 8+ flight 2, which pitted Northampton B and Northampton A against the CRI C boat, was the first masters race. The NCR boats put in a good fight, but were squeaked out by the CRI crew and finished second and third.
In the womens jr. 4+ flight at 12:25, a crew of Skylar Nieman, A. Jewett, Grace Schiaffo, N. Nixon, and cox Will Konieczny placed a solid third behind Essex and Westford-Littleton C with a time of 8:48.47.
In the afternoon races, the wind picked up slightly and recreational boaters caused a bit of disruption on the course. The Northampton C womens masters 4+ placed fourth in their flight (4:11.67), while Northampton A and B placed second and third in theirs, at 6.60 seconds and 12.37 seconds behind the CRI C leader.
The masters next race at the The 14th annual Lawrence Celebration Regatta on Saturday, July 9 in Lawrence, MA.
The next youth learn-to-row program is June 27-July 1 (9:00 a.m. to noon from Monday to Friday). Find out more and register here.
Youth advanced sweep and sculling classes begin on July 11 and will run until August 19, Monday through Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.