More than 300 rowers from 10 area rowing organizations converged in Burton on Sunday for a regatta hosted by the Burton Beach Rowing Club, a new rowing club on the island.
BBRC started in January after there was a split within the Vashon Island Rowing Club (VIRC). Following that, several parents of junior rowers created the new club, according to BBRC board President Lisa Lorentzen. Former VIRC coach Richard Parr is volunteering his time to coach the new club, which currently has 12 junior rowers: three young men and nine women.
Both Lorentzen and Parr said the weekend regatta went well, with 10 rowing clubs present and one unaffiliated individual competing.
“I do not think it could have gone anymore smoothly for a bunch of parents that are pretty much novices,”Lorentzen said.
All races were 2,000 meters for juniors and 1,000 meters for masters; the regatta held mostly small-boat races, with singles, doubles, pairs, fours and quads.
Burton Beach rowers won four gold medals, Parr said. Gabbie Graves and Kate Kelly won the varsity women’s pair and the under 16 women’s double; Ava Lorentzen won the under 16 women’s single, and Ros Bellscheidt took gold in the women’s novice single race.
Second-place finishers included Mateo Nigretto-Ellner in the under 16 men’s single, and he and Dylan Carmody earned silver medals in the under 16 men’s double.
Mable Moses also earned two silver medals, including one in the lightweight women’s single race, when she was just two seconds behind Elsa Andrews, a national champion, who rows for Seattle Rowing Center. The other silver came in a double’s race with Olivia White.
Parr noted that Seattle Rowing Center won the most races of the day, but eight clubs out of 11 earned gold medals.
“The support from the Northwest rowing community was excellent, Parr said. “We hope to do it again next year.”