Plenty of fun at Pla­cen­tia regatta

The Compass - - SPORTS - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

The splash­ing of the oars, the chat­ter of the spec­ta­tors and the tra­di­tional regatta mu­sic that gets played when row­ing teams take off and fin­ish races could all be heard along the wa­ter’s edge in South­east Arm, Pla­cen­tia July 19.

The town’s 51st regatta proved to be a suc­cess, with hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tend­ing to cheer on fam­ily and friends of all ages who par­tic­i­pated in the event. And this year, the Pla­cen­tia Row­ing Club had a new boathouse.

The doors opened of­fi­cially on the evening of Oct. 18, but so far it hasn’t been named. The club has de­cided to reach out to the com­mu­nity for some as­sis­tance.

Any­one who wants to sub­mit a name can email ecollins@per­sona.ca, and have a chance to win some prizes.

Hav­ing a new boathouse was def­i­nitely a plus for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, but it was also help­ful ev­ery­thing ran on time.

Teams from Pla­cen­tia, Har­bour Grace and St. John’s, the big three in provin­cial row­ing, took part in the event, with four fe­male teams and four male teams from St. John’s re­ceiv­ing the best times to par­tic­i­pate in the fi­nals.

Although the host town didn’t have any par­tic­i­pants in the cham­pi­onship races, many teams stuck around to cheer on their favourites and take in a few games be­fore ven­dors left the venue.

The fol­low­ing are some high­lights from the Pla­cen­tia Regatta.

The regatta wasn’t just about row­ing, it was about the treats and games. Hunter O’Keefe of Pla­cen­tia re­ally en­joyed his candy ap­ple on the dock, while he waits for a race to be­gin. His par­ents, Shannon O’Keefe and Tif­fany Grif­fiths say he will start row­ing in the fu­ture. Both par­ents have rowed in the past, and big sis­ter Madi­son also rows.

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