Lake Lanier Rowing Club junior and masters competed this year at the Head of the Hooch regatta in Chattanooga Tennessee. Bill Akins, LLRC Masters’ Coach and Claire Mudd, Middle School Coach volunteered in the announcer’s booth. Joel Wise and Junior Head Coach John Ferris safely transported our boats on the LLRC trailer. The regatta, one of the largest in the country, was very crowded, and because of construction in downtown Chattanooga, rowers had to hike up and down the hill to get the boats and oars on the water. Everyone pitched in to support our teams. Some of our junior and middle schoolers helped launch boats and return safely. We thank Pierce and Tate Mudd and Joe Owen for their help.
Our supporters included families of the rowers. We are grateful for their support and cheers.
Rowing conditions were far from ideal this year. Fog delays occurred on both Saturday and Sunday. Conditions were difficult because of current on the river and wind conditions, and were reported by the race commission as “not ideal for even the most experienced of rowers.” The course was shortened on Sunday due to the conditions, and many events were cancelled due to the conditions on Sunday, as well. This did not deter any of our LLRC rowers from participating - even with the difficult trek to the start line each day for all rowers.
Many thanks to Joel, John, parents, teammates and rowers' family support. All boats arrived back at the boathouse safely. Come out and support LLRC rowers!!!
Morgan Mellette and Phil Sutton. Pushing late into the afternoon and finishing at sundown, Morgan and Phil raced to 19th out of 24 boats.
Conditions delayed the start of Sunday. Nic had to wait for his race scheduled from an early 8:00AM start. He successfully maneuvered his single and the course to a finish of 33rdin a fleet of 58 boats at a time of 8:03.922 (winning time was 7:21.968). Job well done by Nic in the single under difficult conditions.
Currents pushed the double rowed by Fiona Sandi and Tinsley Newton into the start post and channel marker at the Head of the Hooch. The ladies tried to maneuver these impediments and a marshal boat but unfortunately their double took a turn for the worse and the boat and ladies ended up in the water. They were retrieved and safely returned to the dock.
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