Lex Rosen, Nick Winkler, Baker Van Buren and Joshua Kyles on their way to a gold in the JV men’s 4X at the Tail of the Lake regatta on Sunday. (Courtesy Photo)

Lex Rosen, Nick Winkler, Baker Van Buren and Joshua Kyles on their way to a gold in the JV men’s 4X at the Tail of the Lake regatta on Sunday. (Courtesy Photo)

Vashon Island Rowing Club starts its season strong at Tail of the Lake

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:01pm
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Vashon Island Rowing Club had 14 entries in the competition.

VIRC led its junior line up with a silver finish for the novice women’s eight, which was a composite crew that included rowers from Renton Rowing Center.

VIRC’s junior men’s quad with Lex Rosen, Nick Winkler, Baker Van Buren and Joshua Kyles won gold, and it was a bronze for the men’s novice coxed quad with rowers Lars Cain, Kincaid Cummings, Eban Tracy, Jack Edmond and coxswain Liam Krikawa. Rohin Petram placed fourth out of 20 in the men’s single event.

The masters always bring their unique blend of competition and humor to the water’s edge. One noteworthy race was the men’s quad with an average age of 71. These guys bring it all even as they occasionally row into houseboats. VIRC’s “Old Guys” quad, with John Janetty, Foss Miller, Sam Williams and Fred Sayer, got off to an unusual start.

“As we were building speed a couple hundred meters before the start line, we managed to wedge our bow under the hull of an old sailboat tied up to a houseboat that stuck out further from shore than others,” Williams said. “When I heard the command, ‘hold on port’ quickly followed by “all stop’ then the audible, ‘Oh @$%T,’ I knew the race plan had changed.”

With the help of course officials and a rather bewildered houseboat owner, the men were able to extricate the boat after a few minutes, with no damage, and finish the race without further incident.

Out of 21 entries, Chad Magnuson brought home a bronze in the masters men’s single.

The masters women’s eight — which placed fifth out of 19 — and the junior boys’ quad faced some stiff competition from crews that they will be hunting down on the Charles River in Boston in a few weeks. They look forward to the last two weeks of training before flying east for one of the largest regattas in the world.

— Sarah Eden, VIRC masters rower

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