The Tale of the Tail of the Gorge

Monday, October 31, 2016 - By: Amber G, Mackenzie ‘18; Photo by Debbie Sage

In the early hours of last Sunday morning, a group of female rowers, along with Aidan W, donned their unisuits and sleepily walked to the Crooks Hall for a cold breakfast and a quick briefing before boarding the bus to Gorge Narrows. They were followed just a few hours later by the rest of the boys, taking part in the same ritual, just a little less sleepy-eyed.  

We were heading to Victoria for the 3.5km head race hosted by the UVic Vikes. The Tail of the Gorge provided a challenge for Brentwood rowers, with stiff competition coming in from other British Columbia schools and clubs, as well as from clubs from Washington and Alberta. Cooled by the foggy morning air and fuelled by Gatorade and Oreos, the coxswains braved the twisting course. As the air warmed over the next few hours, the rowers did as well, powering through the field and producing promising results.

Wins included the Senior Women's Quad of Antara P, Zoe N, Tasmin W, Megan A & coxie Thea H; the Senior Men's Quad of Peter L, Phil K, Lion H & Aidan W; the Open Men's Single with Aidan W; and lastly the Senior Men's Coxed Quad of Logan P, Joe M, Leon S & Justin M, with Thea H as their coxswain.  

Second place finishes included the Senior Women's as well as Senior Men's Eight, while a second Senior Men’s Coxed Quad, filled with junior men, finished in seventh place.

Though the rowers still have plenty of improvements and training to do, the Tail of the Gorge was a fantastic experience and we look forward to competing again next year! 

Amber G, Mackenzie ‘18

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