Regatta time trials scheduled for Saturday at Quidi Vidi Lake
There will be total of 95 crews involved in a 20-race schedule as the 2013 Royal St. John’s Regatta time trials get set to go Saturday at Quidi Vidi Lake.
The 95 crews is four more than were involved in last year’s time trials and represents the second straight year that’s there’s been an increase in the number of registrants. There were a total of 71 taking part in the 2011 trials.
There are 74 female and 21 male crews ready to row Saturday. That includes three squirt crews, two boys and one girls.
The trials are used to determine the makeup of races for the 2013 Royal St. John’s Regatta, scheduled for Aug. 7. Teams are slotted for Regatta Day races — within their gender/age-groups — based upon times they row in Saturday’s heats. The crew with the fastest time in its time-trial division gets to select the boat and stake of its choice for the Regatta, with the process continuing with the crew owning the second-fastest time, and so on. The idea is that this will result in teams with comparable times grouped together for individual Regatta races, making for more even competition.
It also, as Regatta Committee president Don Kelly points out, allows “the rowers to get a feel for their competition.”
The time trial schedule is online on the Regatta Committee website (www.stjohnsregatta.org), but won’t be finalized until noon today.
As always with Regatta events, the time trials come with the “weather permitting” tag.
A decision on whether the event proceeds will be made early Saturday after consideration of the weather forecast — including wind conditions — for the day. If isn’t a go, the time trials would be postponed until Sunday, again weather permitting.
Whatever the decision, there will an announcement on local radio at 6:30 a.m Saturday. The decision will also be posted online on the Regatta Committee’s website and on its Facebook page and Twitter account.