Rowers race at Har­bour Grace Re­gatta

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON editor@CBN­com­pass.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

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.

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