VIRC’s boys’ varsity quad rowing on the Willamette River at the Portland Fall Classic (Jordan Petram Photo)

Rowers compete at annual Portland event

Capping off nearly a month of out-of-area regattas, the Vashon Island Rowing Club competed at the Portland Fall Classic on Sunday, against a full roster of the region’s major clubs.

A contingent of eight masters and all of the juniors made the trip south and came home with five medals out of 13 events on the day.

Against tough competition, Vashon’s varsity girls’ quad and novice boys’ four won their events; the varsity girls’ four — boasting the same crew as the aforementioned quad — and the masters’ women’s quad came away with second place silver; and the varsity boys’ quad snagged a bronze.

With the temperate, calm and dry conditions a polar opposite to those of last year’s event, coach Richard Parr noted that the only thing marring Sunday’s head racing was the Portland Spirit cruise vessel that cut dangerously across the course, forcing novice coxswain Flora Briggs to take evasive action for her crew. Parr said that Briggs did “an awesome job” and that event organizers are looking into the incident.

Fall regattas come to an end this weekend with sprint racing at Green Lake for the novices on Saturday and head racing for the varsity rowers and masters at the University of Washington’s Head of the Lake regatta on Sunday.

— Sarah Low

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