Harbour Grace Regatta going strong
Some 50 teams gathered at Lady Lake on Saturday, July 26 for the 152nd Harbour Grace Regatta, and conditions were ideal. There were plenty of activities, and lots of snacks to eat. The Chafe family from Harbour Grace earned its 14th family title in a row, winning against Portugal Cove’s Elens family and the Pike family, also from Harbour Grace. In the second family race, the Baker family took home the gold. Local teams from Harbour Grace and Placentia made excellent times during the races. Although none of the local senior teams made it to the final, they were proud of their accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights from the event.
Restwell Matress rowers Jill Colbourne (left) and Trish Baker adjust their oars before heading out to participate in the third race of the day. The crew were bronze medal winners last year in the championship race, but this year they failed to make the final by 10 seconds. They did win their race, and took home gold medals for their hard work.
One of the longest standing traditions at the Harbour Grace regatta is the annual family race, where family members get together, form a team and have a fun competition. This year there were six participating teams, including the Baker family. The group of young people earned themselves a gold medal after defeating the Spicer and Verge families, all from Harbour Grace. The group included, front (l-r) — Brianna Meadus, Josh Whelan and Mark Tetford; back — Richie Baker, Josh Neal and Sheldon Whelan. Missing from photo, coxswain Bud Chafe.
Cox Brendan Chafe (far right) had several of his own teams compete during the regatta. The Subway midget girls team from Harbour Grace wasn’t one of them, but he volunteer to take them out when his grandfather, Bud Chafe, was scheduled to be in two boats at the same time. The team finished fourth, but gave it all they had, finishing with a good time. Members of the team are, from left, Cathy Spicer, Ashley Yetman, Lauren Clarke, Madison Crane, Emily Roberts, Katie Dawson and Brendan Chafe.
Richard Baker has one of the most fun jobs at the regatta. Each year, Baker gets to set off the start and finish gun shot. It may be a loud job, but its one he enjoys. The sound of the gun can be heard far and wide, so those who may not be close to the water can hear when the race begins, and when it ends.
Dave’s Tire Craft had an unusual race at the event, finishing third in their heat, but taking home a silver medal. Opponents Baile Branagh of St. John’s crossed lanes during the race, and were disqualified. Rowers Barbara Ann Crane (left) and Natalie Verge were exhausted after their successful run, and all smiles, even though they were oblivious that they had just won a silver medal.
Annabelle Sheehan (left) a n d Tay l o r E z e k i e l o f French’s Enterprises/Anne Craft take a moment to catch their breath after a hard row against some tough competitors. They finished third in the second midget girls race. They may have been exhausted, but they were all smiles after the row.
Brake’s Heating was one of three Harbour Grace teams in the second midget girls race at the local regatta. Camryn Taylor ( left) and Alexandra Martin-Lilly don’t immediately exit the boat after the race is over, they j u s t s t ay s e at e d for a breather. The team finished second behind the Placentia Harold’s Hotel crew, and took home a silver medal.