Humboldt Bay Rowing Association
Covered Bridge - April 16th -17th
Brutal, boat breaking and boat sinking wind followed by sunburning 80 degree heat. That is Covered Bridge. You never know what your going to get weather-wise, no matter what the forecast calls for. This weekend it was all bout the wind. It started at 6am in the morning on Saturday heading directly down the course from start to finish causing concern that it would only get worse. After starting the juniors singles on a shortened 1000 meter course, only to have four boats sink and the rest barely on the verge of sinking, the officials suspended all racing. After hourly water checks and one of our private singles flipping out of its slings and breaking the riggers the wind finally died down by 10:00 and by 10:40 racing was started again at full length.
The wind stayed manageable the rest of the day and the sun came out in full force. Despite several layers of sunscreen there were many burns including a lobster on the Juniors team. In all, despite the day's many challenges the masters and juniors prevailed bringing home lots of medals.
Sunday came with more wind that did not stop. By 10:00 the race officials decided to give it a go after suspending racing all morning. Just before the start of the first race they called all of the boats back to the shore and officially canceled the race for the day.
With 35 entires there are too many stories to give a stroke by stroke for everything, but there will be some highlights updated here. Keep checking back for more.
Junior Boys Single
The men's single was reduced to a 1000 meter course but even that was rough. It was pretty obvious that those who preferred the high rates would have a much more difficult time. In the first heat with Isaac in it Seattle had a nice powerful stroke and seemed to handling the water fine in first place. Isaac and Redwood Sculler A hung just on to Seattle's stern in what ended up being a very close race. Isaac was able to just overtake Redwood in the last ten strokes. He was clearly more comfortable rowing with nice long, consistent strokes and was able to cash in at the end when the water got better.
Henry was in the third heat and primarily spent his race in survival mode, just wanting to stay upright. The water had gotten worse and nobody was rowing their best. He finished in fifth happy to stay afloat.
Women's Masters Single - Canceled
Men's Masters Double - Canceled
Boy's Jr Novice Four - Canceled
Mixed Masters quad
Girls Jr Novice Four
Junior Boys Pair
Junior Girls Pair
Women's Masters Four
Girls Junior Quad
Boys Junior Quad
Girls Junior JV double
Boys Junior Varsity Quad
Girls Varsity Double
Mixed Masters Eight
Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for community members of all ages and abilities. HBRA is located in the Adorni Center and the HSU Boathouse on the Eureka Waterfront. Please call 707.677.3214 for further information.