Sweeps & Sculls Regatta: The New Dock is the Star
Providence/August 6, 2011: It was a major Sweeps & Sculls Regatta with the NBC winning 11 Gold Medals, 6 Silvers, and 3 Bronze. But, there were plenty of other medals to go around. With the 50 races that were run from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, the action on the Seekonk River was fast and furious. Among the NBC medal winners were David Gray, Kim Worrell, Tracy Glover, Erin O'Connell, Maura Flanagan, Eric Esposito, Ruth Berenson, Jeremy Striczek, Julia Risica, Emma Dow, Danielle Riggin, Bill Prichett, Isaac Mocarski, Eric Watne, Chase Buchholz, Anders Weiss, David Rand, Katherine Rand, and many more. The races were rowed over various distances, but many more 1000 meter masters races than 2000 meter open, or the 1500 meter junior distance. Official results are posted on www.Row2K.com.
Many thanks to Mitch Berkson, who assembled an army of NBC volunteers who did their best to keep the program on schedule and moving freely through our main gate. Thanks, too, to Jamie Reavis, Kit Wise, Jim Devol, and Dan Gorriaran who were the primary movers in expanding our docks. With 180 linear feet of dock space, from north to south, we had ample room to launch and land boats without a major slowdown. To open the first launching for the day's racing, Kit, Jim, and Dan were there with ceremonial scissors to cut large blue and white ribbons. Many thanks, too, to the Champlin Foundations who provided some of the critical funding that we needed to bring this work of rowing art a reality.
Regatta Ripples: There were six heats of Mens Master singles with 1 to qualify for the final, which was won by David Gray. This was a first in terms of the number of heats and the high standard to qualify for the final...Among these masters racers was Macauley Nash, current President of the Detroit Crew Club. Mac started rowing here at the NBC in 1974...NBC's mens masters quads put on a torrid race in their friendly competition finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with only 5 seconds separating 1st and 3rd...the New Bedford combo in the Women's Masters 2X did the impossible: they crabbed just before the start, flipped so that their riggers were almost perpendicular to the water, but they managed to stay afloat and start their race a few seconds later. To the credit of the other boats in the seven boat race, nobody said a word so that the New Bedford rowers could concentrate on regaining their balance...NBC's Masters Women 2X D/E secured the top three spots in their seven boat event...Erin O'Connell and Maura Flanagan, both Bay View rowers in the NBC program, aggressively pushed their way down the course with an 18 second first place finish...Eric Esposito did an excellent job securing first place with a hard-fought victory, since he won by less that 1 second...Ruth Berensen was a speedy sculler in quads and doubles...ebullient Jeremey Stricsek secured silver and gold with his NBC crews in the Men's Open and the Mixed Masters Final...The NBC Junior Women's Four With (Jen Contreras, Cox; Juliette Risica, Stroke; Emma Dow, 3; Danielle Riggin, 2; Maura Flanagan, Bow) finished barely one second behind Greater Lawrence--oh, if the course was only two strokes longer...NBC's Men's Junior Double (Isaac Mocarski & Eric Esposito) had a powerful race with a strong first place finish...NBC took the Mens' Masters 2X A-D with the top three places; first (Eric Watne) and second (David Gray) pushed onward in a real slugfest with only .4 seconds separating the two...Danille Riggin rowed a superb race to win the Women's Jr./Novice 1X, especially since she had already rowed in two other events, including the Junior Men's Fours...NBC's Chase Buchholz continued his skein of gold medals with his first place in the Men's Open 1X. This victory makes him a candidate for 2011 NBC Men's Single ScullsChampionship, which will need to be raced off between Chase and Dan Potter, who placed second in the Mayor's Cup Men's Open...There was a record 14 entries in the Mixed Eights so first place in each of the three heats qualified for a first-ever Mixed Eights final. This was phenomenal, since only a few years ago this was an after-thought event....Many thanks to all of our crews, families and friends who neatly picked up and bagged their trash. This really helps us keep peace with the neighbors...And finally, there is a really nice pair of Dreher sculls that was left behind. If they might be yours, please provide documentation so that we can return them to you.