BI rowers compete in legendary race in Boston

For the first time, Bainbridge Island Rowing recently had both a men’s quad and mixed double teams compete at the annual Head Of The Charles River regatta in Boston.

Both competed in Director’s Challenge events at the world’s largest rowing regatta with over 11,000 rowers and 400,000 spectators. Its 4,702-meter course runs upstream from just west of downtown Boston under seven bridges.

Andrea Chymiy stroked the mixed double with Anthony Oddo, and Sam Williams stroked the men’s quad with Malcolm Saunders, Alan Krause and Marc Stewart. The four men, with an average age of 70, finished 28th. The duo, average age of 44, also finished 28th in its division.

Of the six, only Oddo had participated in high school and in prior regattas.

Both teams plan to participate in the final annual Northwest regatta, Head Of The Lake, Nov. 5 at Lake Union and Lake Washington. BI masters and junior rowers will compete against 73 other clubs.

BI Rowing has supported numerous entries at HOCR, an annual international celebration of rowing, since BIR’s 2001 founding.