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The Royal St. John’s Regatta Hall of Fame opens its doors to three inductees today.
Joining the Hall, established in 1987, are Dee Murphy in the builder category, coxswain and coach Patricia E. Murphy and Patrick Power in the rower/crew category.
The induction ceremony takes place today, noon, at St. John’s City Hall.
Murphy’s involvement with the Regatta spans 65 years, having first become involved in 1948 when he rowed as a juvenile for Holy Cross. In the decades since, Murphy has been one of the event’s biggest promoters in the local media, contributing to newspaper, radio and television coverage, which included 12 years as host and writer for “Regatta Ripples”.
He became an official member of the Regatta committee in 1984 and stayed on board for 12 years.
Patricia E. Murphy
The rower-turned-coxswain and coach has spent 17 years pondside offering expert instruction to over 40 teams — sometimes as many as five at a time — while also helping to train budding coxswains. Murphy, the coxswain of the year in 1997 and again in 1999, also authored a manual specifically for the Regatta entitled “Coxing Fixed-Seat Rowing Shells in St. John’s”.
Today, she is assisting the committee with its Chevron Learn to Row program.
The product of Outer Cove spent 25 years on the pond, over which time he rowed in nine championship races with various crews, compiling five titles and four second place finishes. As an 18-year-old, Power was part of the Hickman Motors crew that bested Newfoundland Light and Power in the only dead-heat finish on record in Regatta History.
He also rowed with 19 other crews, resulting in a combined 21 first place finishes in non-championship races. Power wrapped up his rowing career by helping teams win the 2001 and 2002 male masters race.