Adaptive race off to fine start
The regatta’s newest event, a mixed adaptive race for physically disabled rowers, had a promising debut yesterday morning, with Capitol Rowing winning by more than two minutes ahead of the Philadelphia entry.
“It was an awesome group of people to row with,’’ said Aerial Gilbert, a blind rower who was competing in her seventh Head of the Charles. “I think we showed the world that we row like anybody else. It was just an amazing event.’’
While there were only three entries this time, including one from Community Rowing, there will be significantly more next year.
“We know already there’ll be 10 or 12 boats interested,’’ said executive director Fred Schoch.
While Kendall also won the 75-and-over category (“He’s in a class of his own,’’ observed Schoch), he didn’t expect another medal for his efforts.
“I saved them all kinds of money so they didn’t have to hand out two pieces of tin,’’ cracked the ageless resident of Ridgeway, Ontario.
Kendall’s course mark was one of 12 on a day when minimal wind and smooth water made for near-ideal racing conditions.
“Jupiter Pluvius was extremely kind,’’ observed Kendall.
Other records were established in the women’s senior veteran singles (Jan Stone, 24:45.236), veteran’s women’s singles (Catherine Kemper, 22:20.421), youth men’s doubles (Ruben Steinhardt-Martin Barakso, 16:58.864), youth women’s doubles (Elizabeth Sharis-Beth Baustian, 18:59.400), youth men’s eights (Marin RA, 14:50.246), youth women’s eights (Community Rowing, 16:49.056), men’s collegiate eights (Florida Institute of Technology, 14:43.373), women’s collegiate eights (Williams, 16:24.219), women’s lightweight fours (Undine Barge Club of Philadelphia, 17:54.864), men’s lightweight eights (Princeton, 14:09.921), and women’s lightweight eights (Wisconsin, 16:06.102).
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