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Friday, April 27, 2018 - By: Zjaya D, Allard ‘19

Opening day for the 48th Annual Brentwood International Rowing Regatta is upon us here in Mill Bay! The course is set, the water is gleaming, the sun is shining, and Mt. Baker is standing proudly beyond our shores, providing a breathtaking view for the thousands of people joining us on campus this weekend!  

34 esteemed rowing clubs have joined us on campus today for an incredible showcase of elite athletes, all of whom are looking to claim a spot on the podium! Coaches, athletes, and spectators have gathered on our campus for an unforgettable event filled with high level racing, live entertainment, the Brentwood Student Art Show, and a variety of fantastic food booths run by the Brentwood Entrepreneurship 12 classes!

For the 48th year in a row, the Brentwood International Rowing Regatta has continued to attract teams from all parts of Canada as well as the United States! Boat racks, tents, and trailers line our field, as athletes move in for the weekend. The campus is abuzz this afternoon, as dozens of crews prepare for the races, which are to begin at 3:00 this afternoon! Weigh-ins have begun, the rowers’ meeting has been held, and the athletes are beginning to scope out this year’s 1500m course! 

Tyler from the Seattle Preparatory School Rowing Club is visiting Brentwood to compete in our regatta for the third year in a row. He says his club is “always eager to come back because of the thriving atmosphere, the stunning campus, and the wonderful people”. 

A coxswain from Pocock Rowing Club, located in Seattle, Washington has attended this prestigious event for five years, this time returning as a senior. One of her most exciting moments as a rower was winning her first medal at the Brentwood Regatta four years ago. “It was so amazing to have won a race at such a renowned regatta, especially competing against rowers from all over the world”.

The Brentwood Regatta not only attracts returning crews, but new clubs as well! It has earned a highly respected reputation, which has spread across the international rowing community! Teams from Portland, Oregon decided to make the journey to Vancouver Island because they’ve heard of the “gorgeous venue, the fantastic volunteers and food booths, the overall exciting atmosphere, and elite competition”.

Eager athletes, coaches, friends, family, staff, students, and Old Brentonians fill Founder’s Plaza and the waterfront to visit old friends, make new ones, try a variety of amazing foods, and listen to talented Brentwood students and staff perform live music, witness elite racing, and to make memories that will last forever!

Welcome to Brentwood. We’re glad you came.

Zjaya D, Allard ‘19

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