Boston -- Saline High School’s women’s varsity 4 boat (Gavin Gallagher, Liz Walsh, Alexis Wolfe, Haley Pfeiffer and coxswain Sarah Carter traveled to Boston this past weekend to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Hosted at the Cambridge Boat Club, the Head of the Charles Regatta welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River in downtown Boston for a two-day rowing competition. Joining 100 Olympians from the London Olympics, 9,000 high school, collegiate and master rowers representing over 2,000 entries competed on a twisty 4,800 meter course that passed under 7 bridges and offered the 300,000 spectators lots of exciting racing. The challenging course required patience and skill to make tight passes and avoid some of the many collisions that happened on Saturday and Sunday.
Saline’s women rowers raced on Sunday, which offered premium rowing conditions with clear blue skies, calm winds and temperatures in the 50’s. The 4,800 meter head race included a staggered start with each of the 85 boats starting 30 seconds apart and then racing to the finish. Saline was able to cleanly navigate the tricky course and pass a number of boats on its way to a respectable 55th place finish out of 85 boats and finish less than 2 minutes off the winning pace of 19:24.
The rest of Saline’s rowing team was scheduled to race at the Rowing the Dottie Regatta in Wyandotte on Saturday, but adverse wind conditions on the Detroit River caused organizers to cancel the event.
Saline Rowers close out their fall season this upcoming weekend on beautiful Lake Leelanau at the Leelanau Chase Regatta on October 27, 2012 before turning to winter conditioning in advance of the 2013 spring season.
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