The '19 Canley
8/11/19 · Rowing
This week I had the pleasure of racing in the 137th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, an international regatta with crews from clubs and schools around the world. Here's a little gallery from Henley Island:
In the double, a great race didn't save us from placing dead last. Facing one of the hardest heats in an older age division proved to be an unbeatable challenge. Nevertheless, the race was another part of the amazing experience.
In the single, I was up against several rowers going into their junior year, but managed to place 4th in my heat. With two distinct groups, I managed to steadily build open water between the group that was behind, but couldn't edge into the leading group despite several move attempts at the halfway and 1500.
In the quad event, we placed 5th, fighting off the last few crews and inching up into the leading group to secure a position that we held until about the 1700. at which point we started an energy filled final sprint at a little over 40 s/m to close water on the boat ahead of us and inch up their deck before finishing in the same spot.
The whole experience, from being in the presence of the world's top rowers to spending so much time with wonderful teammates on and off the race course, was completely surreal.