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Canadian Henley Day 6

19.Aug.2019 by Jen Forbes

Finals day!! It certainly has been a long week here up in St. Catharines, and today was the culminating day! The morning at the cottage was full of anxious but fun energy. Everyone woke up and trickled in and out of the common room, made breakfast, caffeinated, etc. and then one by one were shuttled to the course for our races.

The first to go were the U23 men, Jack and Nathan. They raced in the final of the Champ M2- and took third, which was pretty darn impressive seeing as how they had only rowed that boat together about four times (including racing)! Next up was Rhiannon in the U23 Women’s Single final, where she also took third in a competitive field! 

The afternoon hosted the finals for the Champ 1x’s. First to go were us women. Taylor and Liza took off on the field early in the race and took 1st and 2nd respectively. I was in the middle of the pack for much of the race and then had to dig really deep to hold out for a 5th place finish. And finally, Andy and Mark represented the Cedar Leaves in the Champ M1x final. They both fought hard and took 2nd and 6th respectively.

All in all it was an AWESOME week of racing here in Canada and it was really great to send our U23’s out with a bang. I am about to hitch a ride back to my family home in Michigan with a few nice college kids from Wisconsin – so I have to go! That’s a wrap on Canadian Henley 2019! 

Go Green!

-Alex Spaulding

Canadian Henley Day 5

19.Aug.2019 by Jen Forbes

Today was a WILD day. There were a total of 14 Craftsbury Boats that raced today. We kicked the morning off with Andy and Nathan racing in the M1x 500m Dash. Both raced hard, but neither qualified to move on to the next round. That, however, did not keep them down for long as Nathan went on to qualify the Champ M2- with Jack for tomorrow’s final! And Andy went on to qualify for the final in the Men’s Champ 1x. Mark also qualified to for tomorrow’s final in the same event! 

The morning didn’t stop there! As all three women advanced from our heats onto tomorrow’s Champ 1x final! Taylor and Liza each won their respective heats and I took second in mine. Tomorrow’s final will be very green!

On the U23 side, Mackenzie and Rhiannon raced their semi’s for the U23 W1x early this afternoon. Rhiannon took second and advances on to tomorrow’s final and Mackenzie just missed out on a qualifying spot. 
Bridget and Charlotte took to the water a little later in the afternoon for their Senior W2x final. They put together a great piece and took second in the final! 

And the final *~Premiere Event~* of the day was the Mixed 8+ Dash 4 Cash! There was a LOT of smack talk happening in the warm up area and we were quite rowdy while waiting to launch! It was all fun and games in the lead up to the race, but once we were locked into the starting boat, it was clear that we were all ready to crush! I was actually really impressed with how quickly we were able to sync up and lay down a pretty great rhythm. The whole event was a lot of fun and a nice little break from the seriousness of the regatta – plus our winnings go to a great cause!

We all came home and enjoyed our last “family dinner” together. We have one more day of racing and I think we’re all excited to see what we can do!

Until tomorrow!

-Alex Spaulding

Canadian Henley Day 4

19.Aug.2019 by Jen Forbes

Today was finally a day off…. for some of us! Contrarily, it was a marathon for Mackenzie and Rhiannon. Due to yesterday’s weather, their semifinal for their double was pushed to 8am this morning. Luckily they advanced easily out of that race, but then had to turn around and race in the heats for the U23 singles (again, both advanced easily), but the cherry on top of their long day was getting to race in the final of the U23 W2x. They put together a solid piece in what must have been a very exhausting circumstance, and took third in the event! It was pretty awesome to see! Bridget was the only other Cedar Leaf to race today and she and her 2x partner, Charlotte, took third in their semifinal and advanced to tomorrow’s final!

As for the rest of us, we played pretty low! Liza and I ran to the course from the AirBnb and got a little erg in this morning and then enjoyed a cool down run back to the cottage. Andy, Jack, Mark, and Nathan also got a couple of rows in and otherwise hung out at the house. I had a great lunch with Taylor and her mom, and then spent much of the afternoon recovering and visiting with a friend and old college teammate!

We were lucky enough to be treated to Andy’s Famous Pad Thai for dinner tonight. We all DEVOURED bowls of Pad Thai and watched Disney’s Frozen together. It was all in all, a great team bonding experience. Champ racing and Dash events kickoff tomorrow, so it’s time to go to bed!!

Until tomorrow

-Alex Spaulding

Canadian Henley Day 3

19.Aug.2019 by Jen Forbes

Day three was a real roller coaster! We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning at the cottages and racing got underway as scheduled this morning. Jack, Nathan and Mark went to the course for a quick practice session and I headed to town for a coffee date with Taylor. Just as we were walking into the coffee shop, the black clouds rolled in and an hour’s worth of storms struck the little town of St. Catharines. Racing was delayed about 90 minutes before they picked it back up again. 

Most of us hung at the cottages this afternoon, waiting for word on whether or not the afternoon storms that were predicted would actually roll in. Finally it got close enough to our race times that we headed to the course to get started with our warm-ups – only to be told that racing was delayed indefinitely again. Bridget and Charlotte were able to get their heat in before the delay and finished third, advancing to tomorrow’s semifinal!

After an hour or so of rain and wind, we got word that they were going to start racing again but would only be running the finals and would be postponing all other races until tomorrow. At the time of the announcement we only had about 45 minutes until the start of the Senior W1x final, so Taylor, Bridget and I moved quickly to get our boats set up and on the water. We faced a pretty nasty crosswind coming from portside, but the three of us were able to string together some good race pieces and took 1st (Taylor), 2nd (Me) and 6th (Bridget). We got off the water and did a cool down row on the ergs and were able to watch/cheer as Andy cruised to a third place finish in his final!

We just got back to the Cottages and Liza has a cooked a delicious chicken stir fry for dinner! We are going to fuel up and get ready for an evening of recovery!!

Until tomorrow!

-Alex Spaulding