Rowing club hitting the water for annual regatta
Melissa Drover is pumped that she will be rowing on the water this weekend. Drover is a member of the Steers Wave Runners, one of the seven teams participating in the annual Humber Valley Rowing Club Regatta Saturday in Brake’s Cove.
CORNER BROOK Melissa Drover is pumped that she will be rowing on the water this weekend.
Drover is a member of the Steers Wave Runners, one of the seven teams participating in the annual Humber Valley Rowing Club Regatta Saturday in Brake’s Cove.
Drover participated in the very first Humber Valley Rowing Club Regatta when it was held in South Brook Park, but work commitments took her away from the area for a while.
“I had always had a passion for rowing, but never got back into it,” Drover said. “I brought it up one evening to a few friends and they seemed very interested. It took no time to form a team. We are very excited to be a part of the club and plan on being around for a while.”
There is so many positives to being on the water, according to Drover, and she believes rowing is something anybody can embrace and enjoy.
“I know for our team it’s a great thing to do in the evening, great exercise and good fun,” she said.
The majority of the boats partic- ipating in the regatta will be filled with female rowers, but there is at least one male team entered and there is a possibility of another male contingent being put together by
We want it to be fun.
Rower Melissa Drover
the weekend. All season long, the rowing club has only had one boat at its disposal, but one of the two boats presently undergoing repairs will be ready for race day to give them two boats.
Most of the rowers are new to the sport so the emphasis will be on friendly competition, according to Drover.
“ We want it to be a friendly race. We’re not in the St. John’s Regatta. We want it to be fun,” she said. “Most of our rowers this year are new and some teams don’t feel that they are confident to go out and race so we just want to kind of make it a friendly event.”
Julia Ruth is another rower who shares Drover’s enthusiasm.
“I’ve always wanted to be involved in the rowing club, but never had the time. This year I found the time,” Ruth said. “I am loving it and I am now addicted. Great exercise, fun and people.”
While the rowers will be strutting their stuff on the water, members of the regatta committee are going flat out to provide a family atmosphere for everybody involved. There will be music, face-painting, games for children and barbecue services provided by the Bay of Islands Search and Rescue throughout the day. The first race of the day is expected to get underway 10 a.m. at Brake’s Cove.