Pla­cen­tia re­gatta windy, but suc­cess­ful

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

With rough wind and strong de­ter­mi­na­tion, row­ing crews from Har­bour Grace, Pla­cen­tia and St. John’s faced off at South­east Arm for the 52nd an­nual Pla­cen­tia Re­gatta.

The rough wa­ter didn’t sway the boaters too much, as they rowed through white caps and pushed through the waves.

For a few hours, the races were put on hold out of con­cern for the safety of the rowers on the wa­ter. But the re­gatta’s safety com­mit­tee de­ter­mined the wa­ter was safe to pro­ceed.

The Roe­bothan McKay Mar­shall women’s team and MAX Arts Ath­let­ics Well­ness men’s crew were the big win­ners for the week­end. RMM fin­ished with a time of five min­utes, 47.81 sec­onds in the Karen Ker­rivan Ladies’ Cham­pi­onship. The MAX team won Sun­day with a time of 9:25.82.

The fol­low­ing are some snap­shots into the af­ter­noon at the Pla­cen­tia Re­gatta Satur­day, July 18.

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The Cof­fey’s Weld­ing crew, coxed by Ken King (far right) par­tic­i­pated in the squirts girls race at the 52nd Pla­cen­tia Re­gatta. The lo­cal team earned sil­ver in their race. Mem­bers of the crew were, from left, Emma Walsh, Madi­son Hef­feran, Abi­gail Tra­verse, Emma Win­sor, Jenna Meade and Abi­gail Picco.

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The Rest­well Ma­tress crew from Har­bour Grace won their race af­ter an hour de­lay be­cause of wind. The team (sec­ond from top) has been to­gether for sev­eral years, and has pre­vi­ously com­peted in the fi­nals in Har­bour Grace. They took their po­si­tion at the start­ing line in stake num­ber two, be­tween Cana­dian Armed Forces in one, NTV women in three and Abil­i­ties in stake four. Mem­bers of the team are, from left, coxswain Lenny Wil­liams, Krista Kelly-Cox, Jill Col­bourne, Tr­ish Baker, Jen­nifer King, Lisa How­ell and Aimee Slade. Spare Juanita Pin­sent cheered on from the side­lines.

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Pla­cen­tia’s Wood­mar team took the gold in their race, but not be­fore get­ting a pep-talk from coxswain Mat­tie Fo­ley (sec­ond from left). The rest of the team are, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, Cassie Cheese­man, Heidi Walsh, Abi­gail Gam­bin, Kait­lyn Fo­ley, Kris­ten Walsh and Emily Bar­nett.

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Coxswain and Pla­cen­tia re­gatta com­mit­tee mem­ber Matt Fo­ley pre­pares to set out with his squirts girls team for the last race of the day in Pla­cen­tia July 18 be­fore the cham­pi­onships. He is no­tice­ably wear­ing three sep­a­rate shirts for three sep­a­rate teams he coxes.

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