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.

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