The Yarmouth Rowing Club had a great showing at the 2016 New Hampshire George Dirth Memorial Championships on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Despite the 90 minute fog delay, the Club rallied and managed to make the top ten in the Club points tally – #8! – an excellent performance for such a small club!
The Yarmouth Masters brought home a number of medals: The Womens Masters 4+ “A” crew with guest cox Sally O’Connor (from Avalon), stroke Cindy Boyack, Andrea Maker, Jenn Southard and Karen Finnegan in bow took the gold and our “B” crew with guest cox Sophia Mayonne (Waynflete), stroke Merritt Carey, Cordie Southall, Becky Bell, and Gray Harris in bow, took the bronze. The YRC double of Bilyana Beretich and Liz Seward also brought home a bronze medal. Nicely done ladies!
On the Mens side, the Grand Masters Men 4+ with guest cox, Dana Hirschhorn (Waynflete) at the tiller, stroke Charlie Poole, Stu Miller, Pete Ventre and Bob Checkoway in bow, took the top spot. The silver medal went to the spooks in the Baboosic Crew from Amherst, NH, in the skeleton onesies, shown above. They get serious style points!
The Senior Masters Men 4+ , with YRC cox Chris Coughlan, stroke Christian Thomas, Ayres Stockly, Scott Bailey and Taylor Clements in bow, took the bronze. We will admit to sending a number of junior girls crews scrambling to yield the line as we powered down the course, attempting to regain the 70 second handicap of our Senior Grand Masters!
The junior crews had a good showing as well with the novice boys 4+ with cox Lucia Bolles, stroke Eli Anderson, Duncan Birkbeck, Emerson House and Aaron Densmore in bow, finishing in the middle of their pack, 9 out of 18, after a bit of confusion at the start.
The G1 crew with cox Maddy LePage, stroke Lexi Rich, Mel Cavanaugh, Emilie Hardel, and Hannah Van Alstine in bow, finished 32nd and the G2 crew of cox Robbie Southall, Natalie Bourassa, Sophie Wink, Sarah Beretich and Olivia Leonard in bow finished 40th in their very competitive races.
Of note was the number of Maine youth crews that have done particularly well this season. Our novice boys took gold at this year’s Textile, followed very closely by a Camden crew, rowing as Maine Rowing Association (MRA), a mere 3 seconds back in second place! The following weekend, the Megunticook boys crew (also of Camden), took gold in another regatta. This weekend saw the MRA boys in the top spot followed by the Megunticook RA crew in second and Merrymeeting (Brunswick) in fourth!
As Bob Checkoway writes, “Congratulations all around! The Maine Youth Rowing event next spring could be quite something.”
Well done all!