The Royal Canadian Henley: Something Remarkable

The Royal Canadian Henley: Something Remarkable

by Ruby Lyon, Tom Eichler, Matt Logue

At the start of August, something remarkable happened. For the first time ever, all of our teams, including youth, para, and masters, were represented at an international regatta – the Royal Canadian Henley. For our student-athletes, it was the most competitive regatta they had ever competed in. The team camaraderie seen at the Henley was nothing short from amazing and we are so proud to say we represented New York City up north!

Results:

Youth

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U19 Men’s Double | The Ralph Jaqcues Memorial Trophy
Row New York’s boys raced in heat 11 of 11, a very very deep field, and came down the course in a time of 8:18.96. They were last in their heat, and needed a top 2 finish to advance to the Semi’s and thus missed competing in the Semifinals.

U19 Men’s Quad | The William B. C. Burgoyne Memorial Trophy
Row New York’s boys quad raced in heat 1 of 6, and came down the course in a time of 7:28.38. They did not advance to the semifinals, however they raced a tough race and battled a Resilient Boat Club crew right next to them all the way down the course, ultimately losing to them by 4 seconds. The quad faced challenging conditions and had a good performance for a young group of boys.

U19 Women’s Eight | The Harris/Fisher Trophy
Row New York’s girl’s composite eight of Manhattan and Queens participants raced in heat 3 of 4, and finished in a time of 7:32.81. The girls raced in challenging conditions, and in a talented field of competitors, they had a tough start and could not get back into the rhythm they had hoped to establish. The girls finished 7th in their heat and did not advance.

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When our student-athletes weren’t on the race course, they took a college tour of the University of Buffalo.


Students also toured the University of Buffalo, visited a haunted house, the West Side Rowing Club, and went to Niagara Falls. Translation = the trip was an all around awesome experience for the high school teams!

Para

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For the first time in our organization’s history, we had a para entry in the Canadian Henley Regatta. Maria Bournias made the trip to Canada to compete in her first international regatta in the Women’s TA (trunk & arms) 1x event. Maria went head to head with former Summer Paralympian, Linda Hamilton of St. Catharines Rowing Club. The two faced off in a 500m dash on Saturday, August 6th and a 1000m sprint race on Sunday, August 7th. Maria finished 2nd in both races and rowed the 1000m race in her fastest time of 2016. This race was a great experience for Maria and a great warm up for the Bayada Regatta taking place in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 13th.

Masters

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Row New York entered a record setting 13 crews at the Canadian Henley Masters Regatta held on Sunday, July 31st. The day got off to a stormy start. The steering cable of the Women’s 8 snapped just prior to the the start of their race that lead to some hand steering by our quick thinking coxswain, Courtney Cano, to get the boat safely back to the dock. They entire team rallied around the incident as our athletes literally ran another 8 down to the dock so that our Womens 8 could get back to the starting line in time for their heat. Though the crew did not advance out of the heat, they kept their composure and rowed a race to be proud of!

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After a 90-minute delay to allow some thunderstorms pass through, racing continued with strong performances turned in by the rest of the Masters entries. All crews pulled together and surged towards the finish line against competition from all over the world and represented Row New York with pride and purpose. Though no medal were won, all 30 Masters who made the trip gained experience and respect that will not soon be forgotten.

Many thanks the Logue’s, Fernbach’s, and West Side Rowing Club for hosting our athletes throughout the week and for everyone who made this remarkable experience just that – remarkable!