Row­ing club hit­ting the wa­ter for an­nual re­gatta

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DAVE KEARSEY [email protected]­ern­star.com

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.

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