Head of the Lake, Seattle, WA
Novemeber 3, 2013
The Head of the Lake was wonderful this year with a break in the weather after the big storm blew through on Saturday. Sunday was crisp and cool, partly sunny with hardly any wind. Perfect rowing weather. This race is the premier Head Race on the west coast hosted by Lake Washington Rowing Club and the University of Washington. It had 436 entries from 73 clubs, 37 cities, 9 states and two countries. The course is five kilometers long, starting in Lake Union, then into Portage Bay, through the Montlake Cut and out into Lake Washington before finishing in front of the University of Washington Crew House.
JV8- Four of the 8 boys are novices that have only just started rowing. The boys did very respectably coming in 9th out of twenty in a field of very strong competition from big clubs with multiple entries in the eights. The boat was crewed by; coxswain - Deryk Ahner, rowers - Tuck Wilcox, Michael Hewitt, Nicholas John, Pearce Fowler, Nick Bjergo, Phillip Renton, Jacob Skimas and Zachary Greenen. The girls quad of coxswain - Rylie Campbell, rowers - Caroline Kealoha, Bonnie Davidson, Ellie Varberg and Gabrielle McClure came in 4th. In the girls single sculls race, Gabi White racing in her first singles race came in 2nd and Katie Hickey came in 4th.
Fall Classic, Portland, OR
October 27, 2013
VLC crews rowed in some very bluster weather and rough conditions. A few boats from other clubs were swamped and/or broken by these conditions. The race officials did and excellent job taking care of the athletes.
Men's Double Scull:(1st) Rick Gales and Bob Farentinos; (5th) Steve Winnett and Greg Borchers. Women's Double Scull: (2nd) Nancy Chandlee and Michelle Mand. Women's Quad: (4th) Ellen Torres, Suzanne Borchers, Kathy Gillespie, and Jonelle Bataglia.
Girls Quad: (3rd) Alexis Winnett, Ellie Varbourg, Bonnie Davidson, and Gabriel MacClure. Boys Double Scull: (3rd) Tuck Wilcox and Michael Hewitt. Girls Double Scull: (1st) Gabi White and Caroline Kealoha.
Boys Eight: (4th) Coxswain Daniel Alder, Tuck Wilcox, Michael Hewitt, Zach Greenen, Gabe Epstein, Andrew Nevitt, Nicholas John, Nick Bjergo, and Phillip Renton. Boys Four: (6th) Coxswain Daniel Alder, Gabe Epstein, Deryk Ahner, Phillip Renton, Zach Greenen.
Mixed Eight: (1st) Coxswain Katie Hickey, Nicholas John, Nick Bjergo, Pearce Fowler,Jacob Skimas, Gillian Selix, Brynn Landwehr, Natalie Huck, Lindsey Szueber.
Weekend of Racing
Two regattas this weekend. Even with record breaking rainfall and a side order of wicked wind, VLC showed up and shined at the Head of the Dog. Most boats added about 5 minutes to their race times compared to last year. Did I mention the wind? Still, great parent participation (THANK YOU PARENTS!) and lots of fun seeing the rowers in costumes.
The Row for the Cure this past weekend was a great success for the Vancouver Lake Crew. Despite the inclement weather, VLC entered a junior boys double, a junior girls double, a junior boys eight and a junior girls eight, two masters ladies quads, and a masters mixed double.
The junior girls double of Gabi White and Katie Hickey won their race as did the junior boys double of Tuck Wilcox and Michael Hewitt. The masters mixed double of Michelle Mand and Bob Farentinos took gold as did the womens quad of Tracy Crossman, Nancy Chandlee, Cami Cadran and Cheryl Hryciw, while the quad of Ellen Torres, Suzanne Borchers, Kathy Gillespie and Jonelle Bataglia took third.
More importantly, Vancouver Lake Crew won the team trophy for the club that raised the most money with a total of $3925 !!! Additionally, a huge shout out and kudos to Ellen Torres, one of our masters rowers responsible for the bulk of this fund raising by single handedly raising $2697 !!! I am so proud to be affiliated with VLC and their support for Susan G. Komen breast cancer movement. Happy Rowing to All, Coach Alan.
New Opportunity on the Lake--DRAGON BOAT PROGRAM!!
Contact Jeff Campbell. ph 971-222-3679 or email
Dragon Boating is now available on Vancouver Lake. Because this program runs in conjunction with the Disabled Veterans Water Sports Program, please visit the DVWS website for the most accurate days and times. Come join us--all skill levels welcome.
In conjunction with the new dragon boating program, we also offer Vancouver Lake Disabled Veterans Water Sports Program. The Vancouver Lake Disabled Water Sports Program is hosted by Vancouver Lake Crew and supported entirely through donations. The FREE program helps ANY disabled veteran gain access to water sports such as rowing and paddling. We understand that not all disabilities are physical and we welcome veterans with PTSD, TBI or any other disability. Purple Heart veterans are also welcome. The program has a small, but growing adaptive element to help physically disabled veterans experience the freedom of being on the water. We are always looking for more disabled veterans to come out and give water sports a try. If you want to get off the couch and on the water contact us today! For more information and videos visit dvwsp.org
A Special Thank You
Vancouver Lake Crew would like to thank Leslie Durst for her recent donation of a racing quad for our club. We are fortunate that our community continues to take an interest in this valuable resource for our children.