Visiting coaches had to take our word for it that Mount Monadnock loomed above the race course on Thorndike pond. The low, gray clouds hid the mountain, but the rain held off and the water was flat and perfect for rowing. Berwick Academy and Souhegan Crew sent their first and second boys crews to do a scrimmage with the Dublin boats. All the coaches agreed that at this early point in the season, with only a limited number of practices, doing multiple race pieces would be the most helpful for the athletes.
The first varsity and second varsity boats from Dublin won both pieces by a convincing margin, rowing with excellent power, control and poise. Freshmen Quinn Wilson, Will Robinson, and Ethan Stanhope had their first racing ever for Dublin, and Seniors John Sandstedt and William Stanhope had their first races of the 2017 season. The next race will also be at home on Thorndike Pond on Saturday, April 29, with the first race scheduled for 1:00pm.
Girls varsity first race: Dublin had a strong start and stayed close with Berwick in the lead. Stayed about 2 seats down for most of the race until some steering issues slowed Dublin down and Berwick won by about 4 seconds. Girls varsity second race: Dublin won against Souhegan and Berwick's Second varsity boat. Berwick's first boat dropped out of the race. Girls second varsity: first race: second to Berwick (out of 2 crews). Injury prevented a second race.