Textile Regatta – Racing Report
Congratulations to the WW Crew on a strong showing in the Textile Regatta at Lowell, MA.
Race recaps written by our captains.
The Varsity Boys had a promising start to the season at the Textile River Regatta. Extremely competitive racing as well as good conditions led to some very dramatic finishes. The Textile Regatta is 5.8 kilometers long; the longest race of the whole season. The fact that the boys were able to persevere through those extra couple thousand meters really says a lot about the team’s mental capabilities.
The two 1V 4’s kicked off the year with an impressive placement of 5th and 6th out of 41 boats. The two 4’s finished within 6 seconds of each other. Shortly after, the 3V and 4V 8’s placed 12th and 20th in their combined race. The 1V and 2V 8’s had some impressive results in their race as well; placing 4th and 17th out of 28 boats.
The Coxswains did a tremendous job in steering through the twists and turns of the Merrimack River. It is extremely important that a Coxswain is able to take a very direct route on the water. All four of them did a good job of being assertive towards other crews when passing. They called essential power 10s and 15s in order to blow by slower crews in the beginning. They also did a good job in calling for a bump in stroke rate to sprint through those last excruciating 1000 meters.
The boys continued to be successful off the water as well, helping load and unload the trailer in a speedy fashion. Since it was the Novice Boys’ first regatta, Varsity helped them with rigging their boats as well as setting a good example of what proper regatta behavior looks like.
I was very impressed with the leadership I saw in the Varsity boys. With only one coach left with the impossible task of controlling 4 boats and 38 rowers, many rose to the challenge by helping launch and catch teams on the beach. It was them that helped turn a potential disaster into a true success this weekend.
The Varsity Girls Squad had a commendable day of racing at the Textile River Regatta. The day kicked off with 3rd, 6th, and 8th place finishes in the doubles event. Unlike last year, the winds were calm and all boats remained afloat, and so the fours were able to race, finishing at 5th place and 10th place, and only a little bit soggy. By the time the eights event with 44 boats rolled around at noon, the sun was almost out, heating up the course for a 1st place finish for the 1V, followed by 2V’s close 7th place, trailed by a strong 21st place finish for the 3V. The whole squad rowed with grit and pulled as a solid team, showing off the progress accomplished from the past few weeks at practice under the skilled coaching of Mike Baker and Paul Hoffman.
“What a great way to start the novice season. Novice coaches never know what’s going to happen when they send their athletes out, especially for their first race.
“The first boat walked through six other crews throughout the course to secure first place. Their time was a minute faster than the second place boat.
“The second novice girl’s boat finished in the middle of the pack and minus some shoe malfunctions, had a great first race. If A and B boats were separated for medals, they would have come in 2nd.
“I am so proud of all my athletes and how they handled the craziness of their first regatta.”