Rowers race at Harbour Grace Regatta
The 153rd edition of the Harbour Grace Regatta was probably among the cooler ones in the event’s extensive history, but that didn’t stop competitors from getting into their boats and rowing hard. Twenty races took place on Saturday, July 25, and The Compass was there to snap a few photos.
For a day in late July, it was awfully cold outside as fans, organizers and rowers gathered for the 153rd running of the historic Harbour Grace Regatta.
But given how last month in general was so cool and cloudy throughout, you’d be hard pressed to say people were surprised by the weahter at Lady Lake on Saturday, July 25.
Those tasked with pushing themselves to their physical limits in the boat races persevered. Twenty races took place, including the fun and friendly cardboard boat race.
In the end, two crews followed up on recent wins at the Placentia Regatta. Roebothan McKay Marshall took the ladies cham- pionship and Max Arts Athletics Wellness claimed the men’s championship.
Dealing with extremely cool weather conditions for a lateJuly early evening, RMM improved on their time posted in Placentia, clocking in at five minutes and 33 seconds flat — a 14-second improvement.
The Max Arts Athletics Wellness ladies crew finished 16 seconds later to place second in the championship race.
On the men’s side, nobody came close to matching the Max crew’s effort. Its final time of 10:18:83 was almost a minuteand-a-half faster than the nearest competitor, NTV. The Compass dropped by the lake and has these photos to share.
The host Chafe team managed to come in ahead of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s second-place Greeley crew to take the family race at the Harbour Grace Regatta. Pictured, from the left, are Morris Chafe, Kevin Chafe, Colin Chafe, Bev Sicard, Brendan Chafe, coxswain Bud Chafe, trophy presenter Jacob Downing, Linda Osmond and Fred Chafe. The namesake of the Grant Downing Trophy was Jacob Downey’s great-uncle. He drowned at Lady Lake 45 years ago.
Cowswain Mattie Foley, far left, guides the Placentia-based Marquis Heavy Equipment team as it leaves the dock to prepare for the start of the men’s championship race. Members of the team were, from the left, Foley, starter Nicholas Leonard Power, Patrick Coffey, William Neville, Michael Nash, Michael Leonard Power and Brady Griffin.
Brendan Chafe instructs crews by radio from the shore to ensure everyone is lined up properly prior to the start of the men’s championship race.
Two members of the Roebothan McKay Marshall team share a hug following the ladies championship race at the 153rd Harbour Grace Regatta.