Captain's Corner: May 5

By Masters' Captains Athena Sylos and Sally Linowski

It’s starting to get beautiful on the water in the morning and we are all getting great upper body workouts as we learn our new docks Thank You Todd! We have had three-boat or even four-boat flotillas out, and it feels like we are growing into our new space and our amazing coach and big strong team and our director, SuperTodd and all the bounty he brings! Feels like a year for Hamp Crew to be successful on all fronts!

Inspired by the youth, I am working on ways to incorporate stretches into our daily practices, especially after being on the water, to prevent injury and ensure future boat speed. I’ll be the one on the yoga matts trying to get you to join me.  We have had some good connection with the youth team, and the masters “competitive” and “intermediate” rowers get a little chance to mingle.  On Friday, the Smalladge had the pleasure of being coxed by Sharon, she might be new and sound very polite but she kicked our butts! I’ve been out with the intermediate group most Tuesdays and Thursdays and I can tell you that they are fun, they are determined, they are organized, and they are starting to row by all eights! Anyone from the Monday / Wednesday group is welcome to come join us — remember when you were learning how things seemed to come together so much faster with experienced rowers in the boat? And really, these women are fun!

Intermediate rowers: we appreciate you filling in our boats on Friday and being such a energetic addition to our club. You are most welcome to attend any and all regattas, and be as big a part of the team as you like. Meet the kids and the parents and people from all over the diaspora of this lifelong sport, it’s a blast!

Speaking of which, we hear there were rough seas and brave hearts in providence this weekend, way to start our season, racers!  Congratulations on races well rowed!

Three Masters boats competed in the Mayor's Cup. Masters Women's 4+s featured Jamie Caron, Dorrie Brooks, Danica Perry and Cheryl Cardinal coxed by Matt in the Brenda, taking third place overall.

Three seconds behind to place fourth was Linda Hannum, Sally Linowski, Sarah Crosby and Glo DiFulivo coxed by Theo. That boat, the Tsunami, came from five boat lengths behind after getting stopped at the start by another boat clipping their bow.

The Masters’ 8+—comprised of Jamie Caron, Sally Linowski, Dorrie Brooks, Jennifer Walters, Danica Perry, Micki Sanderson, Wendy Bernstein and Analee Wulfkee and coxed by Cheryl Cardinal—had a wild ride. Rowing through a launch wake for the entire race, topped off by a rollover wake by a rogue fishing boat, the rowers kept it long and strong till the bitter end. Not a win, but a great row in adverse conditions.