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LLRC Juniors and Masters Compete in Chattanooga

By Jim Radcliffe, 11/03/18, 3:45PM EDT

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2018 Head of the Hooch Results

Lake Lanier Rowing Club had masters and junior representation this year at the Head of the Hooch, Chattanooga, TN. 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. We hiked up and down the hill to get the boats and oars on the water (construction in Chattanooga downtown). Team support, including some of our junior and middle schoolers helped us launch and return safely and we thank Pierce and Tate Mudd and Joe Owen for their help.

Our supporters included families of the rowers and we are grateful for their support and cheers.

The rowing conditions were far from ideal. We had fog delays both days and the current on the river and wind conditions were “not ideal for even the most experienced of rowers,” as reported by the race commission early in the day on Saturday and Sunday. The course was shortened on Sunday due to the conditions. Many events were canceled due to the conditions on Sunday, as well. This did not deter any of our LLRC rowers from participation. The trek to the start line proved a challenge both days for all rowers.

Junior Update Saturday 03NOV2018 Junior Women’s 2x – Fiona Sandi and Tinsley Newton – Currents pushed their double into the start post and channel marker – 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 were retrieved from the water and safely returned to the dock.

Junior Men’s 2x – John Owen and Kelson Mudd – Despite a marshal launch brush prior to the start of the race, these young men proved they have been working hard under the leadership of Coach Ferriss and raced to the finish line, 25th in a race of 82 youth doubles (most of which were heavyweight) with a time of 16:56:414 (winning time was 15:55.055).

Sunday 04NOV2018 Junior Men’s 1x- Nic Mount – Conditions delayed the start of Sunday racing. 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 33rd in 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.

Masters Update Saturday 03NOV2018 Masters Women’s 8- Kelson Mudd, Junior LLRC rower, lead the masters women’s eight as our coxswain. Rowers included Jane Fisher, Melanie Smith, Terry Sylvester, Christina Hinson, Susan Hinson, Cecily Kannapell, Sharon Heard and Kathy Mellette. Kelson coached and steered the women down the course to 19th of 26 boats. This was the first these women had been together in the boat as a team due to availability for practice. Kelson proves a leader in the coxswain seat and the women are grateful for Kelson keeping them working hard and pushing their efforts. Thank you Kelson!!!!!

Masters Men’s 2x- Morgan Mellette and Phil Sutton. Pushing late into the afternoon and finishing at sundown, Morgan and Phil raced to 19th of 24 boats.

Sunday 04NOV2018 Masters Women’s 4x – 2 entries- Conditions start, as described by Jane Fisher, “looks like folks are rowing through molasses.” The current and headwind to the start of even a shortened course proved a workout and challenging. The quad of Jane Fisher, Terry Sylvester, Sharon Heard and Cecily Kannapell rowed to 14th and the quad of Melanie Smith, Christina Hinson, Susan Hinson and Kathy Mellette rowed to 26th of 27 boats. A bit of mix-up on the bow numbers had to be adjusted by the race committee before results were reported.

Many thanks to Joel, John, parents, teammates and family support. All boats arrived back at the boathouse safely and we look forward to the Head of the South, Augusta, GA, Saturday 10NOV2018, where juniors and masters will again race for Lake Lanier Rowing Club. Come out and support LLRC rowers!!!