For our women's team, I will say as their cox, these girls are amazing; we never practiced together once as a team, we rowed a total of four times. We had injuries, a team shift at the last moment, and the worst start in rowing history. We were T-boned by the Belfast men's team in the Selkie at the start. Three rowers hit in the face with oars, two taken off their seat, and the poor cox - with an oar in her face and no where to go - grabbed the oar to push it over her head as their stroke pulled the oar back causing four lacerations to her hand. Heading out in next-to-last place we went, the spirit in our boat was relentless. I can't say enough about the will of this team. As we started passing one gig after another, I knew these girls wanted it bad. We pushed and gave 150% and then as we came around Sheep's Island, there was our competition about four boat lengths ahead of us. Shaving every morsel off the course, we took the Belfast women's team just after the Island and never gave the lead back, although they were right on our butts. I truely thought we didn't have a prayer, but I knew that this group was strong and they pulled off our eighth win in a row. Rumor has it that WE are the ones that Belfast, New Bedford, and Gloucester want to beat, and by the skin of our teeth, we held on to our trophy!
To the crew in the Tucker, they had their fair share of mishaps as well. Serious boat issues that resulted in very little practice, if any, a horrific crash at their start, yet they still pulled off a win. GREAT JOB!!
Then there were those crazy guys in the Australian Lifeboat that had a great start, didn't capsize, and felt that practicing was too dangerous, so they just drank instead. Unfortunately, our men's team - that practiced like dogs and gave it their all - for the first time in 14 years of Saquish rowing history lost to another US team and the Selkie from Belfast Maine took the win.
The team in the Interceptor was put together 48 hours before the race, never practiced, had a new cox, two first time Snow Row rowers, and a stroke that jumped in at the last minute for an injured rower, plus fill-in rowers from Gloucester and England. The cox, Cathy Jenness, had never done the Snow Row before but got ready for the race in just 48 hours by doing her Wii Bowling. The crew had a challenging start, but kicked butt and finished the race with their heads held high. Great job!!!!!