Fall Rowing Season was FULL !
Coastweeks, Head-o-Riverfront & Head-o-Charles
Coastweeks Regatta Sept 14
What fun! Several first time racers & several familiar racers joined in on the fun! Signaling the start of the fall head racing season in New England, the 23rd annual Coastweeks Regatta offers a range of masters, open, collegiate, and junior categories and includes local and regional rowers in both racing and recreational shells wo will race 2,000-meters along the Mystic River, beginning to finish at the Mystic Seaport Museum’s Lighthouse Point.
We had 23 NRC members enter 17 events of all categories & ages to participate in Coastweeks Regatta that was held at the Mystic Seaport!
For the NRC statistic curious, we earned 1(2nd), 3(3rds), 3(4ths), 4(5ths), 1(6th), 1(7th), 2(8th), 1(9th) & 1(13th)! A busy group to say the least!
NRC Racers included (in order of racing) Dale, Abby, Lydia, Bethany, Maureen, Adriano, Andrew, Johnathan, Jack, Ryan, Gianni, Dean, Kevin, Thomas, Adam, Jo, Wells, Emily, Linda, Kit, Carol, Holly, & Barbara!
We would like to thank those who lent a helping hand to many crews as participants or spectators. We could not have supported all of our joyful racers without your assistance! Those helping hands include folks like Kurt, John, Maureen, Karen, Celeste, Steve, Beth, Allie, Shawn, George and Andrew! Thank you, thank you, thank you again!!!
Congrats All for a joyful event!!!
Head of the Riverfront Regatta Oct 5
Beginning in 1998, RRR as hosted a head style regatta offering competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate, and masters rowers. In 2013, a record-breaking number of rowers from six states competed.
The regatta day was a stunner! Although the wind made a presence, it did not leave a lasting impression on the riverfront. Racing against the current, the adult events sported smaller fields, yet highly competitive. The junior events witnessed many more entries, making for a challenging event with packs of shells racing down river. Noank Rowing Club’s entries included:
Dale Hoxie - event #8c entered the Grand-Master Men Single for scullers ages 50 - 59. Dale placed 1st out of 8 entries! Fantastic Dale! Congratulations!
Gianni Jannke & Ryan Krupansky - event #30 entered the Men's Junior Double for scullers up to 18 years in age. GIanni & Ryan placed 18th out of 28! Great job for your first three mile race! Lots going on during your race - way to keep on it!
Lydia Pfisterer & Abby Wilson - event #33 entered the Women's Junior Double for scullers up to 18 years in age. Lydia and Abby placed 20th out of 25! Again - great job for your first three mile event! Love your tenacity thru the clusters & bridge!
Dale’s doubles partner and dad of NRC Fall Novice Youth Rower William, Thomas Stottlemeyer - event #8b entered the Sr-Master Men Single for men ages 40-49. Thomas placed 1st out of 6 entries! WOW! Thomas also won his event at Coastweeks too, placing 1st out of 8. Congratulations Thomas!
50th(!) Head of the Charles Oct 18-19
First held Oct 16, 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. Founders created the regatta on the advice of Harvards University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed a “head of the river” race (similar to tradition to races held in his native England )be held on the Charles River. “Head” races are a class of regattas generally three miles in length. Boats compete against one another and the clock, which starts sequentially, approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title “Head of the River” or, in this case, “Head of the Charles”
Over the past 49 years, the Head of The Charles Regatta has grown tremendously. Today, more that 9,000 athletes create 2,252 entries, by 776 clubs from around the world compete in 61 different race events. In 1997, the Regatta grew to a two-day event and now attracts up to 400,000 spectators during race weekend in October.
To earn an entry in this prestigious regatta, one is judged based on other three-mile regatta times. If you are within a few percentile of the HoC winner, you are invited to be a part of the lottery draw for your starting number. This year, we have several locals who have earned entry!!
NRC member Dale Hoxie - entry #51 will be racing Sat. event #4 at 9:20am Men’s Grand Master Single.
Mystic local and previous NRC member John Clarke will be rowing Sat. entry #36, for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Amateur Rowing Association.
Thomas Stottlemeyer (NRC Dale’s doubles partner & NRC Fall Novice student William’s dad) has earned entry #29. Thomas will be rowing for Friends of WPI Rowing in the Sat. event #12 Men’s Senior Master’s Singles @ 12:08
Local Mystic River Rower Biddle Morris - entry #49 will be racing the first event of the regatta on Sat. at 8:00am - Men's Senior Veteran Single!
May the wind & current be off your stern gentlemen!