With the 2012-2013 competitive rowing season affected to a large degree by poor weather, it was hoped that a new school year would allow all the regattas to proceed without delay.
Alas, the September 29 Crabfest, the first of the three major fall competitions, was impacted by everything from torrential rain to gale force winds and various equipment issues.
The only real racing of note took place in the early morning, with the Junior Novice Men’s 8 claiming a bronze medal and then a 4th place finish, while the Junior Novice Women, doing extremely well to avoid two collisions, also claimed 4th overall.
This finish was matched by both the Junior Novice Women’s quad and Senior Novice Men’s quad.
The afternoon races, over 2000 meters and affectionately called the Head of the Hampster, were impacted significantly by deteriorating weather, as an approaching storm played havoc with all crews. For SMUS, the Men’s Advanced quad, the Women’s Advanced quad and the Women’s Advanced double all finished in the middle of the pack. As was likely the case with other boats, times and placings did not fairly represent the performance and effort put in.
One athlete who will certainly take home memories is Isabella Armstrong, a student from Australia currently on an eight week exchange at SMUS. Given the extreme weather conditions, her first competitive rowing experience, as was the case with many others, was interesting to say the least.