At 5 AM on Friday October 15th the ladies of the Nashville Rowing Varsity 8+ met at the airport to make the trip to Boston for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta. Though it wasn't the first time for some of the girls going to the HOCR, it was their debut in the Women's Youth 8+ event. Coming down Friday morning afforded the ladies the opportunity to practice on the course and to get a feel for the multitude of turns and bridges that the Charles has to offer.
Saturday was a chance to check out a few of the big boathouses on the river including CRI, Boston University, and Newell (Harvard Women). If you follow us on Twitter, you can see the ladies in a group picture outside each. We were able to watch several races from the start line on BU's dock, giving a little insight into how the race begins. After watching a few races come down, and checking out the tents at the fitness expo, the team loaded up the van and headed down the river to the Sanderson's house for a big pre-race dinner with Coach Cory's parents.
Sunday of course was race day! Even with the chilly temperatures (for the non New-Englanders) the girls were excited and ready to race. Starting 66th of 85 boats meant that our Nashville boat would be right in the thick of things, and our coxswain Ellie Loving would need to steer a strong course to make passes efficiently. As the coaches waited at the final turn, live results not loading, we watched Nashville Rowing shoot out of the Eliot bridge and take the inside of the final turn to overtake the boat next to them and cross the line in 19th place! This finish guarantees a Women's Youth 8+ bid for next year where they will start in 19th! We are very proud of how the boat raced, and even more excited to continue building from in through the end of the fall and rest of the year. We were also proud to watch Nashville Rowing Alum Rosemary Kyne race in the Bates College 8+ that earned a bronze in the Women's Collegiate 8+! We look forward to seeing more and more alums racing with and against each other in the years to come.
Masters rower and Board Member Don Sullivan also took the river this weekend in a Georgetown University Alumni boat racing in the Men's Senior Masters 4+ in the Grand Master division. Congrats to Don and his boat who took 47th in their field!
Special thanks to our growing cheering section that lined the course and bridges to support the ladies in their race. It is no secret that our strength continues to draw from the family, friends, and the support from those back home following along on the livestream! Check out the link HERE to see the official results and their splits through the checkpoints of the race.