Those of us that have rowed for a long time will remember when the Bounty came into port in Plymouth several years ago. They wanted to learn about Gig rowing, so we took them out and they gave us a tour of their ship and how they lived!!!! and slept in hammocks. Our own youth rower, Charlie Adams, sailed on the Bounty for a few years for the experience. If I am correct he got $50.00 A WEEK for the experience. Disney took the Bounty and refurbished it for Pirates 1 and 2 for which Charlie Adams was actually in the movie and I was fortunate enough to get pictures from Charlie along with Johnny Depp. Tragically, the Bounty sank off the coast of the Carolinas during the recent storm. 14 crew members were rescued, 1 body recovered, and the captain is still missing. For those of us that were fortunate enough to tour this amazing ship, may she rest in peace. -Jan
There sure is something about the Snow Row that sets it aside from all other rowing events. Is it because it is the first race of the season? Or perhaps the Le Mans start, or the history of the event? Whatever it is, I am sure you all agree, it is an exciting race. This year was no different; not counting whale boats, there were about 30 gigs on the beach. More than I have ever seen in one place before. The day started with a snow flurry that somehow was appropriate and set the stage nicely.
It was particularly nice to see the hero of the 2011 Snow Row, Jan Reddy, in attendance (I knew you would find a way not to miss it).
Both the men in the Interceptor and the women racing in the Jenness came in second behind Belfast. A respectable finish given Belfast's boats are more than 300 pounds lighter than ours. Not to mention that the girls boat was cut off at the start where collisions and broken thole pins were what they had to deal with. Congratulations to Belfast; they have, under Malcolm's direction, put a very strong program together and have raised the bar to become great rivals for Saquish. What a great sport we have all happened on to.
Congratulations to all.
The following segment aired on the 6:00 evening news on WBZ CBS on March 23, 2011. It's a nice piece of coverage of a defining moment in Team Saquish rowing history. Not enough can be said of the seven women involved. Their actions reflect tremendous credit upon themselves, Team Saquish, and the overall spirit and tradition of open water rowing.
This year's Snow Row is one that will not soon be forgotten. The entire Saquish fleet was on the water, with each crew having their own story to tell at the end of the day. Congratulations to the men of the Interceptor for bringing back the coveted golden clam shell to Saquish Rowing. The Tucker, crewed by the Mother Tuckers and coxed by Master and Commander Sterling Wall, also was a winner with the best time in its class - well done. The most important story of the day, however, was the crew of the Jenness and their rescue of five rowers who were capsized, found and saved. With Janet Reddy's skill with the rudder, I hear each rower was plucked from the sea one by one, unharmed. Congratulations! A proud moment for us all.
We rowed to Clark's Island on Saturday, December 4th, and spent the day exploring and cutting down Christmas trees on Skip Taylor's Tree Farm. We took the usual stroll to the graveyard and to see the original Plymouth rock. Thank you Skip! Please visit www.hilarymoll.com to see photos.
The Board of Directors is getting ready to put together a coxing clinic. We don’t have many details yet, but it will be for beginners and then another version for more experienced coxswains. The clinic might be a mix of in-class and on water exercises.
We are looking for volunteers to form a committee on putting such a clinic together. The intent is to issue a certificate of attendance that we will also offer to other clubs. If interested, let Tony Ruocco know.
Sunday, May 2 starts the parking ban on non-trailered vehicles.
And also starts the $5 parking fee for the trailer. The machine takes singles or a $5, it does not make change, does not take $10 bills. Sometimes we catch a break in that the machine is not yet installed, in which case we don't have to pay. We do not yet have any parking stickers so be prepared with some singles or a $5 to park.