Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Row, Row, Row Your Boat...Schoolboy Regatta

The Catch
the rower is as far up the slide as possible to make a long stroke, the oars enter the water

The Drive
the feet push against the foot stretchers, moving the boat thru the water

The Finish
the rower lays back, feathers the oars parallel to the water surface, and moves into recovery.

The Shells

The Oars

..spoons and hatches.

Port Dalhousie is my home old town.  

Designated a heritage neighbourhood, we see signs like this one on houses (circa 1875) everywhere.  Tourists like to visit, strolling through history, playing on the beach, shopping or dining in the small venues or.....
they come for the regattas.

Henley Island, in old Port, is home to ...

This weekend we hosted the CSSRA (Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association) Regatta
otherwise known in local parlance as
The Schoolboy.

The Course
High school regattas row 1500 meters.  College or Olympic courses are 2000 meters.

Because the weather was less than ideal this year, an entire Tent City mushroomed on the east end of the island, offering shelter from rain and wind for crews, coaches, and family supporters.

Crew Colours.

For a more from another post, you could visit here.

Having a home in Port, I get to live vicariously, loosing weight by watching the athletes do their training runs thru the streets, timing and photographing the crews practicing on the course in all kinds of weather and at all times of day and eating healthy snacks to power-up all the time.

Maybe it's the snacks-all-the-time part that is keeping the scales from reflecting any true weight loss....

Still, I am a native girl to the Henley Lifestyle, living in Port, cheering the racers, giving parking space on my lawn for big events and even hosting whole crews for four-day weekends on occasion.  That should count for something, if not weight loss, don't you think?


Unknown said...

Schoolboy in the rain sucks. I'll attest. But spoons and hatchets hanging from their 'waiting place' still makes me tearful of all the memories.

Sush said...

INdeed it should count...all of it! What a delightful post..thanks I really enjoyed living vicariously through your vicarious Schoolboy!

Unknown said...

I bet it takes a lot of strength to pull back on those oars. But I like the thought of snacking all the time!

Pat Tillett said...

Hi Rosemary! This is a subject totally foreign to me. Very interesting though! Thanks for the information and education! It looks like a great sport...

Empty Nester said...

No wonder they're in such great shape! Your photos are fantastic!

Menopausal New Mom said...

I can't get over those muscles! Talk about a workout. Makes me wonder if I should take up rowing Lol! I do live on the water here afterall :)

Roy and Christine said...

Thanks for hosting them. I know they appreciate it.

Veronica Lee said...

This is very interesting! Love the photos.