Youth From Across the State Compete at the Rhode Island Interscholastic Regatta at NBC
Last Wednesday, May 16th, NBC hosted the Annual Rhode Island Interscholastic Regatta. This was the first regatta in which a Rhode Island program that does not row out of NBC participated in the event: East Bay Rowing. East Bay rows in Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington. They joined the NBC youth program and Bay View Academy and despite windy and rainy conditions, all raced well. An outgoing, low tide and strong south wind forced the crews to race on an alternate 800 meter course south of the boathouse.
In the singles races, first place finishers included: Brianna Petit, Lucy Carlisle, Michael McWeeney, Asa Hebb, Artym Hayda, Shailen Sampth, and Wyatt Horan. East Bay Rowing won the Novice Four event with Bay View in second. In the Eight B event, Bay View won followed by an NBC double in second, NBC’s 8 in third and East Bay’s 8 in fourth. Bay View also won the Eight A event with NBC in second place, and East Bay third.
Spectators watched from the south deck of the boathouse while participants who had completed their events relaxed and ate snacks in the living room. After the racing, winners were awarded key chains in the shape of NBC’s race course designed by NBC member, Pete Evans.
Many thanks to NBC volunteers and friends who made this regatta successful. Thanks, too, to our NBC coaches: Fran O’Donnell, Amy Abbot, Joan Brush, Sam Goldman, Corlis Gross, John Ryan, Gilder Keeler and especially Lisa Evans, who has been not only one of the sweeps coaches, but also the person who has coordinated the Youth Spring program, encouraged so many of our youth rowers and scullers to compete in big regattas, and pulled together this regatta program.
Also, many thanks to Daniela Roop, assistant coach at Bay View, who managed the finish line details, and to Ricky Brightman who has not only collected all the registration checks, but also answered the many questions that come up from parents who are entirely new to this sport.
Lastly, many thanks to all parents for taking an interest in rowing, encouraging your sons and daughters to learn the sport, and supporting them as they row through their first strokes and finally move on to where they are actually racing against other schools and rowers at big regattas, such as the Cape Cod and Lowell Invitational Regattas.
To all NBC rowers: if you’d like to continue your rowing experience, there still is some room for scullers on Mon/Wed at 3:15 PM. There is also plenty of room for you this summer. All you need to do is register online at www.RowNBC.org.
Also, we have a Learn to Row Day Open House on June 1. Please encourage your friends and relatives to join us for a free class at NBC. You can register online for that, too.
This regatta capped off the Spring Session of youth rowing at NBC, where between the hours of 3:15 and 6:20 about 130 individuals participated in rowing classes. Congratulations to all rowers and coaches on a successful session!