By Ian Simpson
Women’s Head Coach
The women competed at last weekend’s San Diego Fall Classic, with two boats in the Open Women’s Eight and one Novice Eight. The entire 1st varsity eight doubled-up into an Open Four, an Open Double-Scull and an Open Pair. Members of the 2V and novice eights also raced in the Novice Four.
The 1V eight recorded a time of 17:36 and finished 8th out of 15 boats, while the 2V which comprised 6 novices (including the cox’n) and 3 varsity rowers, had an interesting experience (20:48) and finished 14th.
The double-scull won its race in a time of 20:38 which was faster than all the masters doubles and all the junior doubles. The pair came 4th out of 5 boats in 21:47.
The varsity four was hit by a boat-stopping wave that deposited several pounds of water in the boat and destroyed the crews chances of having a good result. They recorded 21:11.
The novice four rowed well and won its race in 23:34.
Without doubt this was a weekend of lessons to be learned. It was good to have experience of rowing down the Crew Classic course. The rowers who rowed twice logged a lot of meters that was a challenge to their endurance. Some of the women said they were tired, having driven down from Long Beach at 3am that morning. Next year we should look into cost-effective ways to bring the team down the day before, so they can be rested and prepared to race well.
Next up: Newport Chase Head Race hosted by OCC. Saturday November 20.