Young female crew makes big splash at races
With only three weeks practice, the Harbour Grace Maximum Contracting ladies crew out rowed two juvenile crews (18 years and under) and another midget crew by three boat lengths to win the combined race in a time of 6:44:50 at the 149th annual Harbour Grace Regatta on July 30.
The girls range in age from 12 to 15 and this year’s regatta marked their first time rowing.
The crew went on to the annual Portugal Cove Regatta Aug. 13 where they won a combined race made up of ladies intermediate (21 and under) and a juvenile crew.
Their time of 6: 44: 06 set a course record in Portugal Cove, which also qualified them to compete in the championship race, finishing in third place.
In qualifying for the championship race, they are believed to be the first crew in rowing history in Newfoundland and Labrador to make it all the way to a championship race.
The crew was coxed by Lenny Williams Jr., who has led crews to 11 championship races. Williams is the son of Len Williams Sr., of the well-known Williams Family rowing crew of Harbour Grace.
Proud of his young crew, Williams says he hopes “ they will be back again next year for the 150th annual Harbour Grace Regatta. These are the girls of the future,” he concluded.
Members of the Maximum Contracting Midget Girls rowing crew are, from left: Sara Prendergast, Bailey Sheppard, Keesha Cole, Beckie Vokey, lead bow; Lenny Williams, coxswain; Jessica White, lead stroke; Samantha Slade and Ericka White.