The Winnipeg Rowing Club held its first Alumni Row this past Sunday, September 14th. The Captain of Crews was Andrew Lamont who assigned crews to boats. He had 15 alumni out on the water in 3 quads, a double and single in the blink of an eye. By 8am the sun had risen and it was gorgeous morning with a little mist on the water. Once on the water many alumni could not resist doing power 10’s, 20’s and even racing starts! This was pretty amazing since a few people hadn’t touched an oar in over 10 years! Muscle memory is a marvellous thing. After the row the boats were returned to the boathouse and the new blisters were counted. The crews then celebrated with a big breakfast at the Norwood. What was the question most often heard at breakfast? ‘When can we do this again?’
Crews heading north towards The Forks. Photo by Claude Oullette.
On a beautiful fall day a fleet of boats and Winnipeg rowers completed a marathon row. Starting near the south perimeter at King’s Park the group launched and headed north on the Red and traveled throughout the entire city of Winnipeg. The group stopped at the Winnipeg Rowing Club for a mid-way break and a few crew changes, then completed the 40 km journey to the north perimeter.
Thanks to WRC’s Master program coach Sandi Kirby for organizing the event, and Head Coach Steve Taylor and Club Coach Nia Perron for accompanying the group to ensure safe travels.
The 2014 Community Rowing Challenge Regatta was held Saturday, September 6 under sunny skies and on flat water. National Leasing’s Lease Lightning once again was crowned the CRC Champs winning the A final, followed very closely by the battle of the Aggie Teams with Richardson Rowers and P & H’s Sync Oar Swim.
MCW’s Motley Crew of Warriors narrowly won the B Final by 3 seconds over P & H’s Dis-oar-derlies, then the Crab Catchers. National Leasing’s team of novices took top prize in the C final with P & H Swim Team and the very fun and stylish Walla Walla Weasel Wackers rounding out the event.
Congratulations to all the teams and participants on a very successful event. As well, a big thank you to our coaches, officials and volunteers who helped make everything a success.
If you raced for the WRC in this or the previous century, we would love to get you on the water and catch up! We are having our first WRC Alumni row for this fall. Please join us on Sunday, September 14th at 8 am. We’ll divide into boats and head out on the river for a paddle. Before we dock we’ll do a loop by the forks and capture a historic `Parade of Boats` photo from the bridge. Please help us fill the river with boats.
After our row we`ll head over to the Norwood for breakfast! Please RSVP by Wednesday September 12th to guarantee your seat at email@example.com.
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