BI rowing team begins winter workouts after successful fall season

Bainbridge Island Rowing has finished its fall season and is ready for winter workouts.

Juniors coach Tim Goss had 28 novice rowers on the boys team, and coach Claire Knox had 22 on the girls team.

At the American Lake Fall Class in Tacoma, 85 juniors competed. They place first in Girls Varsity 4+, Boys Varsity 4+, Boys Varsity 8, Boys Novice 8 and Girls Novice 8. Except for wearing masks on shore, they were glad to be competing in something more like a pre-COVID-19 regatta.

They also competed at the Frostbite Regatta on Green Lake in Seattle. Some events were canceled due to high winds.

Knox retired at the end of the season to become a pastry chef. Sue Entress will be taking over.

Two juniors, Luke Watson and Luke Collins, both in their senior years at Bainbridge High School, placed 22nd out of 53 crews at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

“It was also very special and exciting to be racing down the course with thousands of spectators lining the river cheering us on,” Watson said.

Because of their high finish, they qualified for next year. They got to go this year via a lottery drawing.

The team also competed in the Head of the Lake Regatta in Seattle.

Some events were canceled due to high winds and cold temperatures. The Junior Men’s 8+ team won a silver medal.

Meanwhile, fundraising continues for the Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center. The goal is $3.4 million and $2.6 million has been raised.

The lower floor and exterior are complete. The interior build-out of the upper floor includes: changing/restrooms, catering kitchen, office, conference room, multipurpose room and deck.