The Hungerford Regatta and the Head of the Shawnigan Lake

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - By: b.carr

This past Saturday, February the 19th, the Brentwood Rowing team made their way up to Shawnigan Lake in order to compete in the Hungerford Regatta featuring one kilometer sprints. Beginning with a time trial, the crews made their way down the course in relatively comfortable weather conditions.

Once the finals began, however, the weather took a very negative turn, and to make the water worse, a number of pleasure craft began racing along the course. Luckily we are used to rough water and Brentwood crews made their way valiantly down the course, as both the Jr. A Men’s and Women’s coxed fours took first place. Claire V and Ruben S also captured gold in the Women’s and Men’s Jr. A singles. Both these scullers also placed second in the open category.Cameron Y and Andrew C made it to the ‘A’ final in the Men’s Pair event, where they placed fifth overall and second in the Jr. A event. Paiton B and Sean H placed sixth in the same race. Ian S and Nicholas R placed third in their Jr. B men’s double final as did our Jr. B Women’s coxed quad. Ultimately it was a very successful regatta for the Brentwood rowing program. Well done everyone!

The Head of the Shawnigan Lake started early on Sunday morning. All crews left the Shawnigan boathouse by 8:00 am and warmed up to the start line 6.4 km away at other end of the lake.The Junior A Men’s 8+ started 5th behind three UVIC crews and a junior crew from the Victoria City Rowing Club. Passing the VCRC boat in the first three minutes gave the Brentwood crew clear water for the next five kilometers. They crossed the line in 20:47, eight seconds ahead of Shawnigan and only eleven seconds behind UVIC’s powerful JV 8+. The winning time was from the Canadian Men’s 8+ in 19:15.The Brentwood Jr. A JV 8+, in their first race together, finished 4th overall and 1st in the Jr. A JV category. In the Junior B Men’s categories, Brentwood had some great success. The Jr. B eight finished 1st in their category, nine seconds ahead of VCRC and forty-seven seconds ahead of Shawnigan. With two of their top Jr. B rowers racing in Varsity 8+, this was a great accomplishment for the crew. The Jr. B Novice 8+, coxed four, coxed quad, double and single also won their events.On the women’s side we entered two events. In the Jr. A straight quad, the girls had a great race, placing second behind a very experienced crew from the Gorge Rowing Club. The Jr. A Women’s coxed quad, under the leadership of coxswain Erica M, went down the course in 28:16.98 to take first place in the event, 31.48 seconds ahead of Shawnigan and VCRC.It was an excellent weekend for the club and we look forward to our next event the Elk Lake Spring Regatta in Victoria, March 5 and 6 at. We hope to see you there.

 

Mr. Brian Carr and Deirdre H.

 

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