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Shawnigan rowers bask in the glory of Boston
Shawnigan Lake School rowers will be talking about this experience for a lifetime.
Participating in the world’s largest two-day regatta tends to leave a lasting impression.
Shawnigan sent a boys’ and girls’ eight with coxswains to race in the youth eight events at the Head of the Charles in Boston.
“You get accepted into the race via lottery and we were lucky enough to get in,’’ noted coach Tim Coy.
"There were 85 boats in each race from all over the States and from England as well.’’
The girls placed 27th in competition against clubs as well as schools while the boys came 48th.
The girls’ crew included: Annabel Irwin, Sierra Farr, Danielle Schmidt, Shanti Thurber, Alex Lubbe, Maria Wallace, Georgia Stadnyk, Anna Koehler and cox Maia du Toit.
Boys’ crew members were: Liam McKay, Mykael Hughes-Mussio, William Laumann Wallace, Bailey Walker, John Mitchell, Bayley Wells, Cody Sayer, Morgan Stade and cox Lauren John.
“The whole town, there’s regatta stuff everywhere,’’ said Sayer. “It’s a completely different experience to the regattas around here.’’
Coy indicated the coxswains had a difficult job navigating boats through six bridges and opposing teams.
In head races, boats go one at a time and race against the clock.
“Shawnigan has never done a head race season so this was a first for us in many ways,’’ noted Coy. “Many lessons were learned about this style of racing and the kids enjoyed a fantastic experience.’’
The regatta featured 9,000 athletes and 300,000 spectators.