The Around the Lake Regatta was held again on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, NS this past weekend, and a contingent proudly represented Rowing PEI in our first foray into the regatta scene! The regatta was hosted by the MicMac Rowing Club, who were very welcoming and supportive. Not only did they lend us racing sculls so we could compete, they also held a mini training session for our members in the basics of racing in a regatta, and let us practice in the sculls the day before.
For all of us (except Marjo) it was the first time we’d ever been in a racing scull! Quite different from our touring boats, for sure! Friday was a hair-raising experience as we struggled to manoeuvre the racing doubles around lanes and bouys in the wind. Nathan even tried a racing single for the very first time and experienced re-entering it from the coach boat after being plucked from the lake waters.
The morning of the regatta was beautiful when we first arrived at the lake, but shortly before the start of the first flight of races the fog rolled in, delaying the start. Rowers in the warm-up area had to wait on the water in the fog until visibility improved enough to begin the races.
Mike and Nathan were the first to experience the race, rowing in the first flight in the Novice Men’s Double. In the second flight, the Open Mixed Double race had two PEI entries: Cheryl and Stephen, and Hannah and Mike. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask), we were not able to borrow enough double sculls for our Novice Women’s teams to compete, but we combined them to row an exhibition row with Daphne, Nancy, Mary Lynne, and Toni in a quad. We all cheered Marjo who rowed in the Senior Women’s Single in the third flight!
Looking forward to the next regatta and an even bigger Team Rowing PEI!!