Manchester Waterworks Challenge

By: Rich Connell, Crew Coach

Manchester, NH (September 26, 2015) – The Dublin School rowing team kicked off its fall race season this past Saturday at the 3rd Manchester Waterworks Challenge. The race, which caters to New Hampshire high school level programs, was held over a 5000-meter course on Lake Massabesic in Manchester, NH. This year’s regatta saw 11 individual NH rowing programs comprising 80 entries. Those in attendance were: Concord, Hollis-Brookline, Souhegan, Bedford, Manchester Central, Derryfield, Pinkerton, Great Bay, Upper Valley, and Londonderry High.

Since this was fall head race season, the format would be different from the sprint racing format typically seen in the spring season. Racing would be run as a time trial, with boats going off the start line every 10-15 seconds. While there can be motivating moments, such as passing another boat along the length of the course, the crew’s intent must be to go hard on every stroke and never become complacent. The reason for this being that you never know if another crew further up or farther back in the pack is having their fastest race ever.

The morning began with excellent conditions: sunny skies and a light breeze across relatively flat water. As the racing began, however, the wind speed picked up and soon there were white caps breaking on the race course. Despite the conditions the Dublin boys 4+ launched confidently from the dock and headed to the start line. The 4+, comprised of G.H. Werowinski (stroke), Will Stanhope (3-seat), Matt Coffin (2-seat), John Scriven (bow), and Joey Hynes (coxswain), was in a 6 boat race and started 3rd in line behind Derryfield, and Central. Behind them was Great Bay, Souhegan, and Hollis-Brookline. Coxswain Hynes reported that the crew was rowing really well through the rough water for the first half of the race, and as the wind eased in the second half, the rowers really started moving together. From the vantage point at the finish line the Dublin 4+ seemed to be navigating the best course in comparison to surrounding boats. They had also overtaken the crews from Central and Derryfield, crossing the finish first in their event! When the official results came in, it was Dublin who took 1st overall with a time of 15:26! Great Bay (16:22) came in 2nd, with Central (16:25) in 3rd, followed by Hollis (16:37), Derryfield (17:09), and Souhegan (18:53).

Up next was the Dublin girls’ 4+ rowing in a 7 boat race against Concord, Derryfield, Hollis, Great Bay, Souhegan, and Central. The Dublin lineup of Zoe Hewitt (stroke), Lilly Campbell (3-seat), Kate Fulshaw (2-seat), Tatum Wilson (bow), and Phoebe Glaude (coxswain) would be starting first in the queue. This meant that they would have the advantage of a clear course ahead of them, but would need to motivate themselves by pushing the rest of the field further behind them. Coxswain Glaude, who was originally skeptical about the course, was able to find her bearings and steered a great line. The Dublin ladies came into the finish looking strong, hadn’t allowed any of the boats behind to pass them, and reported that it was a really good row overall. When the official results came in, our girls finished in 3rd overall with a time of 18:06! Derryfield (17:35) took the victory with Great Bay (17:46) in 2nd. Behind Dublin were Concord (18:22), Souhegan (18:43), Hollis (18:46), and Central (19:37).

This concluded a short day’s racing for the Dublin rowers. Overall the team came away with some great experiences for their first race of the fall, and as a bonus placed extremely well. The wildcats will return to action next weekend on Sunday, October 4th when they race in the classic “Textile River Regatta”, held on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA.