Founders Day Regatta was ‘a success’
The Gunnery in Washington recently held its 58th annual Founders Day Regatta at Lake Waramaug.
The wet weather did not dampen the spirits of fans and schools who brought their colorful tents and enthusiastic attitudes to brighten the morning’s heat races.
More than 100 volunteers help to make the day a success each year.
Twenty-one high school and boat club teams, with over 1,200 student athletes, participated.
Teams raced for a boys’ team overall points trophy (Kent School with 36 points) and a girls’ team overall points trophy (Greenwich Crew with 32 points).
The boys’ first boats raced for the George H. Lorenz Memorial Trophy (Kent School with a time of 04:53.956) and the girls’ first boats raced for the Kathryn L. Conroy Cup (Connecticut Boat Club 05:22.111).
“I was very pleased to have both the 1V and 2V girls’ fours in the petite finals,” Gunnery Head Coach Melissa Schomers said of her team.
“The Founders Day Regatta is a very competitive race, with eight schools and competitive club teams competing in fours alongside traditional fours schools like The Gunnery,” she said.
“It is a feat for any team to have boats in the finals, and it reflects the determination and hard work of the girls’ team to have both top boats in the finals,” Schomers said.
“Although the boy’s 1V and 2V did not make the grand finals, they raced well and with great determination on their way to berths in the petite finals,” said Lincoln Turner, head crew coach.
“Jake Perda, the three-seat in our first varsity boat, returned for Founders after missing a week-and-a-half with a back injury,” Turner said. “With that in mind, the boys had a great race with an outstanding sprint to the finish, but were just edged out (1.7 seconds) for a spot in the grands by last year's overall winner, Salisbury.
“I am thrilled with the progress of both boats and look forward to our upcoming races,” Turner said.