The Spring 2017 Yarmouth Rowing Club All-Crew Relays were held Friday, March 31 at the StrongBodies Studio on Bridge Street in Yarmouth, Maine and it was one of the closest finishes we’ve seen at any youth crew relay event!
The All-Team Relay, typically held a few days after the Ergatta, is an opportunity for the novices and veterans, girls’ crew and boys’ crew, to get to know each other a bit better through some serious team competition!
The 12,000 Meter Relay – How it Works
Each of the three teams has a carefully balanced mix of boys and girls, novices and veterans, faster and slower racers. Everyone (except the coxswains) has to row four 500-meter pieces, alternating with their fellow teammates for a team total of 12,000 meters. First team to finish is the winner.
Upping the Challenge
To make it more challenging, we gave each team 2 ergs, thus reducing the recovery time between pieces. The coxswains, as team leads, help the rowers adjust foot stretchers, keep the handle moving as rowers swop in to gain every possible inch, call out racing starts and encourage the racers to maintain their form and hit their splits as energy wanes.
It’s All About the Strategy
After a good warm-up, each team is given a 5-minute strategy session to meet and greet, assess strengths and weaknesses and plan their winning approach. The key to an erg relay is to get a strong start, keep the momentum going in the middle, execute transitions smoothly and have your best people rowing the last 500 for the win.
Team Lucy anchored their team with Cap’t Eli Anderson and Dylan Hackett. Team Phil chose Parker Swanson and Max Emrich-Shanks to bring it home. The anchors for Team Riley were Simon Whitacker and Emerson House (see top photo).
The Last 500
Parker was the first to finish his last 500 and it looked like Team Phil had the win but Dylan and Eli put in a remarkable sprint at the end to clinch the trophy as the teams screamed encouragement to their final rowers. Team Riley, finished in 3rd place less than 5 seconds later…a thrilling finish! Well done Yarmouth Youth Crew!
Each member of the winning team received a Commemorative Erg Handle trophy to cherish forever. The Winning Team shown here (top left to lower right) Captain Eli Anderson, Dylan Hackett, Olivia Leonard, Sophie Southall, Keely McConville, Aaron Densmore, and cox Lucy Shamel pose with their 2017 Relay Erg Handle Trophies. Well Done Team Lucy!
Phil Bock (cox)
Riley Anderson (cox)
Hannah Van Alstine
Cap’t Natalie Bourassa
Lucy Shamel (cox)
Cap’t Eli Anderson
Missing out on the fun: Cap’t Maddy LePage, Gus Edwards, Isabel Bates