After the Storm
The 2018 Head of the Housatonic was a regatta that nearly ended before it began for some NBC rowers. The evening before the race, crews received the urgent message from race organizers that due to unforeseen circumstances regatta parking was to be severely reduced. Their goal was to dissuade some racers from attending to lessen the burden on competitors.
After countless calls, emails, and texts the NBC contingent decided to have a go anyway. The results seem to indicate that it was the right call.
NBC took home four first-place finishes in this very competitive regatta. It was another week and another impressive victory by an NBC women's 8. Here is a photo of the proud champs! Daniela Roop, Jean Lambert, Anne Fleet, Gayle Simmons, Susan Faasse, Frances Middendorf, Suzannah Rutherford, Carol Browning, and great coxing by Alison Gorriaran (Gayle is not in the shot).
In the mixed masters, 2X Alden Bumstead and Ed Geyh continue a long record of horizon wins. Check out their winning time, which is actually right in line with the top men's doubles. Tracy Glover and Carin Reynolds of Upper Valley took first place (by 1:28 in adjusted time) in the women's 2x. Rounding out a great day for NBC was the quad of Eric Watne, Ed Geyh, Jonathon Haisman, and Dave Rand all of whom raced twice on Saturday and were still able to cruise to an impressive win for NBC.
All of our singles performed very well against some seriously stiff competition. Luke Gaitskill continues to impress with a 4th place finish and congrats to a new member and fantastic trailer driver Andrew Voorhees on a great time in the mens open 1X. I think this was Andrew's first race wearing the NBC blue stripes. Joining Luke, we had three other fourth place racers including Watne/Cotter, Kellogg/Kellogg and the men's 8.
Nice work, NBC—this was a great tune-up before the HOCR!