Dublin School’s rowing team traveled to the shores of the Merrimack River once again this past weekend; this time in the town of Pembroke, NH. The team competed in the New Hampshire Championships: a yearly regatta that draws crews of all ages from around the region. This year’s race had 285 entries and 40 clubs in attendance, including a very strong competitive field of junior and high school level athletes. This weekend, the 10 Dublin rowers would be racing in multiple events over the course of the day, including small boat categories such as the single (1x), pair (2-), and double (2x).
Starting off the day’s racing in her premier 1x race was Tatum Wilson in the women’s Jr. 1x event. Tatum had spent a lot of time in the 1x this fall and was excited to finally get the opportunity to race. Though nervous, she reported that she had a solid piece, and would probably rate a little higher the next time around. Tatum took 4th of 8 entries overall with a time of 22:30, and was just 6-tenths of a second out of medal contention! Wayland-Weston (20:30) took 1st, Burnt Hills A (21:43) 2nd, and Burnt Hills B (22:29) came in 3rd.
Racing down the course immediately following the junior singles was the men’s Jr. 4+ of G.H. Werowinski (stroke), Will Stanhope (3-seat), Matt Coffin (2-seat), John Scriven (bow), and Joey Hynes (coxswain). The boys were in a tough field of 32 entries, with all of their local competitors in attendance. Coxswain Hynes said after the race that “the boys rowed really well, but our ratio was a bit off… I think we rated a little too high.” As the results came in, our boys ended up taking 6th place overall with a time of 17:02! Looking at just New Hampshire schools, the wildcats finished 2nd of 8, with Bedford (16:22) ahead and Concord (17:03) just behind. Bedford took 1st overall, followed by Shenendehowa (16:26) and A-B Crew (16:31).
At this point in the morning, the wind speed starting picking up pretty heavily, and some white-caps were beginning to form on the last 1000 meters of the race course. Many in attendance began recalling last week’s Textile River Regatta, and hoped that weather conditions would not deteriorate quite as badly. Fortunately, while conditions were “rough” on the final stretch of race course, the wind speed topped out that day at a raceable level, allowing for the remainder of events to continue.
The women’s Jr. 4+ was the next to race for Dublin, and forming their lineup was Zoe Hewitt (stroke), Michelle Zhong (3-seat), Lilly Campbell (2-seat), Tatum Wilson (bow), and Phoebe Glaude (coxswain). The girls made a lot of progress in the previous week’s training, and were ready to get out on the water to race. Coxswain Glaude said that the girls were rowing well together until the final stretch of course when the water got rough. Our ladies came in 13th of 27 overall in a time of 18:58! Out of the 6 New Hampshire schools in attendance, Dublin took 3rd, behind Great Bay (18:41) and Concord (18:43), and ahead of Derryfield (19:00) and Central (19:35). This is a strong women’s lineup, and with a few more weeks of training, they’ll be able to pick up more speed and continue improving through the pack.
A series of small boat races came next for Dublin, starting with the men’s Jr. 2x of Will Stanhope (stroke) and GH Werowinski (bow). The boys, although having just a few practices in the 2x together, were looking sharp and fast as they headed down the course to the finish line. They ended up placing 2nd overall with a time of 17:08! Derryfield (16:54) was ahead of them in 1st, and Burnt Hills (17:14) behind in 3rd. The boys are excited to continue training in the 2x, and are already looking forward to their next race!
The women’s Jr. 2- combination of Zoe Hewitt (stroke) and Lilly Campbell (bow) raced next for the wildcats. Our ladies, though just coming off the water in the 4+, were all smiles and excited to head right back out in the 2-, which they had been training in for a good portion of the fall season. While this should have been a 3 boat race, the 2 other Wayland-Weston entries scratched, so our ladies were left out on the course to race the women’s Jr. 2xs instead. They posted a time of 20:31, won the 2- event by being the only entry, and would have placed 3rd overall in the 2x event (a much faster boat class) by comparing times!
Last up in the day’s events was the men’s Jr. 2-. This would be a 2 boat race between Greater Lawrence and Dublin’s Matt Coffin (stroke) and John Scriven (bow). The boys had only gotten a few practices in the 2- before today, but were looking pretty good in their rowing. They ran into some steering problems however, and had to come to a complete stop to avoid colliding into the shoreline. Greater Lawrence (17:58) took advantage of the mistake, got ahead of them, and kept pushing to the finish line. Our boys finished in a time of 19:58.
This concluded the 2015 NH Champs regatta; Dublin came away with some great large and small boat racing, and a handful of hardware! Next up for the wildcats is the annual Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, NY on Fish Creek. This year, the regatta is being held on Halloween weekend, with collegiate, masters, and open racing on October 31st, and all junior racing on November 1st. Hope to see you there!