Written by Ed Fournier
Photo by Ravens Rowing
BOSTON, Massachusetts – The Ravens rowing team sent a men and women’s coxed four to compete at the the Head of the Charles Regatta this past weekend in Boston Massachusetts. The event is the largest rowing regatta in the world with this years’ event having 10, 282 participants from 805 clubs from countries from all around the world. It is estimated that the crowds lining the bank over the two day event approached 300,000 spectators.
The crews raced one at a time against the clock in time trial format over a 4.8 km course with many difficult turns adding to the challenge of racing on the Charles river. The extremely high head winds and wind gust made for very difficult rowing conditions.
The men’s coxed four comprised of rookie Ben Koskowich, with veterans Vince O’Shaughnessey, Hunter Amesbury, Matt Lazurek and coxswain Cody Shilliday competed in the Collegiate Men’s Coxed Four event. The men’s crew finished 9th in a field of 40 collegiate crews.
The women’s coxed four comprised of Abigail Allaire, Meghan Jolley, Marleigh Wise, Neve McKay and coxswain Clare Staples started in the 10th positions, also in a field of 40 crews. The women passed several boats as they worked their way up to 4th place overall. At the Head of the Charles Medals are awarded to the top five crews in events with more than 40 entries.