Placentia regatta windy, but successful
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.