The TBC Tussle was an old fashioned back yard brawl. We got a chance to line up against the girls and boys we see every day. The coaches staff of each team are friends, respect each other, and occasionally see each other socially. There were several backstories in each race. I will stick to the facts. The regatta featured a dual race against Whitman and then a 4 boat final against Whitman, BCC and Wilson. Even though it rained a great deal more than weather.com predicted all the athletes had a good experience.
Having lost to Whitman at St. Andrew’s the varsity 8 wanted to establish an early lead and go into cruise control. A solid win in this first race set up an anticipated show down with BCC who had been rowing well against similar opponents. The STA flagship crew laid down the first complete race of the season for a 2 second win over BCC and open water to the rest of the field. This was a strong showing.
Our 2v handled the conditions and the emotion of a Burbelo brother battle to easily beat Whitman and then the rest of the field. Undefeated at this point of the season the STA 2nd 8 needs to keep working hard and maintain their composure as the season moves into championship racing. The technique, power and leadership seems to be working fine.
The freshman boys continue to mature and improve under coach Bacas. They reversed an early loss to Whitman with a 2 second win in the dual and then lost a hard fought race to BCC by 2 seconds. The trajectory for this crew continues to be upward. As they learn the basics of the stroke their superior athleticism is taking them to new heights of speed on a weekly basis.
With just one race against the entire field and little practice time together it was hard to tell what might happen in the 3v race. It turned out to be quite the adventure. BCC had the fastest crew winning by 9 seconds. However The Baron crew steered in front of the STA boat impeding their pathway down the river. The coxswain protested on the water and the order of finish was reversed giving STA the technical victory.
The boys in the junior 4 rowed in the 3v race earlier in the day. They had little competition from Wilson and won by a country mile. They put down a solid time even though they were not pushed. They should receive a solid test at this week’s Charlie Butt regatta on our home course. Coach Assenza likes the progress he is seeing from this group of young men.
I would like to thank everyone that made this regatta possible. The BCC coaches put in the course. Wilson fed the coaches and refs. Whitman did the paperwork and timing. David Marsh worked hard with NPS to secure tent permits which came in handy on that wet day. Our launch drivers spent several hours in a cool rain. These hearty dads left their desk jobs for the day and served the team like true watermen. Many thanks.