BOSTON, MASS. - Four rowers and their coxswain from Bainbridge Island Rowing competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. last Saturday, finishing eighth in a field of 40.
The Bainbridge boat finished with a time of 18 minutes, 5 seconds.
Rowing for Bainbridge in the “Senior Master” category (average age 50-plus) were (bow to stroke) Brandon Fleet, Tim Goss, Kurt Frost, and Mark Olason.
Their coxswain, Rachele Turnbull, was complimented post-race for her expert performance during turns and when overtaking other boats. Onlooker Bruce Beall, a Bainbridge Island Rowing Juniors coach and former star rower himself, was heard to say that Turnbull steered the best line he’d seen all day.
This year’s Head of the Charles Regatta was held Oct. 19-20, and was the 49th year of this prestigious and highly competitive regatta, which is held every October on the Charles River that separates Boston from Cambridge. It is the largest two-day regatta in the world, drawing crews from all over the U.S., Canada, and many other countries.
This year, more than 9,000 athletes comprising more than 2,000 crews competed. The three-mile course, lined by over 300,000 spectators, features six bridges (some with narrow passages) and several sharp turns.
A generous loan of shell and oars by Boston University made it possible for Bainbridge Island Rowing to compete in this regatta so far from home.
The crew’s finish in the top half of their event earns Bainbridge an entry into next year’s Head of the Charles, so the challenge is now laid down for the coming year’s training and practicing.