Row­ers hit the wa­ter

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

The Wet Ones — coxswain Todd War­ren, Penny War­ren, Ju­lia Ruth, Ter­ri­Lynn Loder, Vickie MacDonald, Tracy Wilton and Wandai Mun­goshi — posted a fi­nal time of 7:35.94 to claim top hon­ours in fe­male com­pe­ti­tion at the Hum­ber Val­ley Row­ing Club Re­gatta.

CORNER BROOK The Wet Ones proved to be the fastest fe­male crew on the wa­ter at the Hum­ber Val­ley Row­ing Club Re­gatta Satur­day at Brake’s Cove.

The Wet Ones — coxswain Todd War­ren, Penny War­ren, Ju­lia Ruth, Terri-Lynn Loder, Vickie MacDonald, Tracy Wilton and Wandai Mun­goshi — posted a fi­nal time of 7:35.94 sec­onds to claim top hon­ours in a show­down for women’s gold against the River Rook­ies — coxswain Ge­orge White, Karen Brake, Shelley Gar­land, Kirsten Miller, Mandy Hu­lan, Toni Drover and Stephanie Hobbs — who posted a fi­nal clock­ing of 7:49.37.

Based on pre-re­gatta time tri­als, the six women boats com­pet­ing in the event were di­vided into two groups. The two groups com­pleted a mini round-robin com­pe­ti­tion and then the team from each group with the sec­ond fastest times raced for bronze while the team from each group with the best to­tal race times squared off for gold.

The Gren­fell Grunts — coxswain Todd War­ren, Dara Walsh, Su­san Pot­tle, Joan Pike, Sonya Corbin-Dwyer, Holly Pike and Golda Ran­dell — posted a time of 7:59.12 to claim the bronze medal against Me­laleuca, who posted a time of 8:12.06.

With only two teams in the men’s di­vi­sion, re­gatta or­ga­niz­ers opted to have a head-to-head race be­tween the Young Bloods and Gren­fell. The Gren­fell men’s squad con­sist­ing of coxswain Ge­orge White, Trevor Ivany, Steve Hardy, Paul Cur­tis, Sid Har­ris, Kyle Rodway and Ger­ard Cur­tis posted a time of 7:10.56 to claim brag­ging rights. The Young Bloods crew (7:14.38) is com­prised of coxswain Todd War­ren, Robert Wilton, Allen Morey, Bran­don Tucker, David Loder, Jeff Grif­fin and Mark Skanes.

“ The day was awe­some. We couldn’t have asked for bet­ter,” re­gatta spokesper­son Melissa Drover said in an in­ter­view Sun­day.

“ The weather was great and we had so many peo­ple down to watch the races. If you came down to the dock at 8 a.m. Satur­day morn­ing you would see ded­i­ca­tion. All the teams were there help­ing set up for the day.”

Drover is ex­cited about the fu­ture of the sport in the area.

“ We can’t wait for next year to do it all over again,” she said. “Even though the re­gatta is over we are still go­ing to be row­ing up un­til the end of Septem­ber. The club mem­bers are so ex­cited to have two boats in the wa­ter again.”

Photo by Jonathan Cohlmeyer

The Wet Ones won the gold medal at the Hum­ber Val­ley Row­ing Club Re­gatta Satur­day de­feat­ing the River Rook­ies. —

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