By Marissa Long
Long Beach State University and the Long Beach Rowing Association hosted the annual Pancake Regatta on Sunday, November thirteenth. Seven colleges participated in the event which included the University of California Los Angeles, the University of California Irvine, Orange Coast College, Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Long Beach State University. The first race was a head race that looped around Naples Island. This race was comprised of mostly varsity boats of both men’s and women’s teams. Long Beach State had one men’s boat and one women’s boat participate in the head race. Our men’s varsity finished in ninth place out of seventeen boats with a time of fourteen minutes and forty-eight point six seconds. The winners of the men’s varsity head race were the University of California Los Angeles’ A boat in first place with a time of thirteen minutes and twenty-point-five seconds, Orange Coast College A boat in second place with a time of thirteen minutes and twenty-two point four seconds, and in third place was University of California Los Angeles’ B boat with a time of thirteen minutes and thirty-six point eight seconds.
Our novice men’s eight rowed in three sprint races that went down the marina. They raced against Irvine, Sand Diego, Santa Barbara, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles in three separate races. They won their first sprint, placed second in their second race, and placed third in their last race. Novice coxswain, Emeala described her first experience racing sprints as “exhilarating.” The winner of the event was the college that earned the most points throughout the regatta. This year, Orange Coast College earned the most points and received the Queen Mary Trophy. This year’s Pancake Regatta was a great and useful experience for our crew and for all who participated.