Bainbridge Island Rowing Club will host a regatta on Sunday, March 24, for teams from Bainbridge High, Vashon Island and Olympia Area Rowing.
More than 150 junior rowers are expected to participate in the racing. They will compete in boats of many sizes, including eight-oared shells, four-oared shells, and quad and double sculls.
Races are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be finished by 1 p.m. Races will start mid-channel opposite Waterfront Park and boats will travel east 1,500 meters to finish off of Pritchard Park.
This will be the third time Bainbridge Island Rowing has hosted a rowing regatta on the island.
The organization — a member of USRowing, Northwest Region — also hosted regattas on Bainbridge in 2010 and 2011. Last year, Bainbridge rowers traveled to Vashon Island for their annual spring Island Regatta.
Bainbridge and Vashon Island teams share the unique challenge of including the ferry in transportation to regattas; the biggest shells are more than 60 feet long. To keep costs down, the Bainbridge junior team will make its equipment available to Vashon and Olympia Area Rowing will also be bringing their boats. This will be the first time OAR has made the trip to Bainbridge and the Bainbridge club hopes it is successful so the tradition can continue.
Crew is a Bainbridge High spring club sport where students can earn a varsity letter. There are 102 Spartan students on crew this spring.
Bainbridge Island Rowing was founded in January 2001 and is a community-based nonprofit that promotes all facets of the sport of rowing. For further information about Bainbridge Island Rowing programs and activities, visit www.bainbridgerowing.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.