Patricia Murphy, Dee Murphy and Patrick Power enter Regatta Hall of Fame today

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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.

Dee Murphy

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.

Patrick Power

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.

Organizations: Regatta committee, Hickman Motors

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  • dan
    August 05, 2013 - 21:38

    Disappointing again not to see Gail(Hanlon) McGettigan be inducted to the SJRR Hall of Fame! Rowed 25 Yrs., 2nd. Lady Coxwain on Pond for years before any other Female! (after Gert Reardigan in 1971, as coxswain of NFLD. STEAMSHIPS JUNIOR LADIIES TEAM REWROTE THE RECORD BOOK IN PLACENTIA AND HAD THE FASTEST TIME OF THE DAY EVEN BETTERING THE SENIORS LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP TIME.. Rower(Sports Person of the Year 1974) -- Coxed /Undefeated Juvenile/Midget/Novice Boys(Scademia),Novice/Midget Juvenile Girls -Diesel Injection)-- 6 Yrs.all Three Regattas(St.John's, Hr. Grace, Placentia)-Coxed Vector Aerospace Winners(Novice) Winners(2000)--Started Ladies Master's Rowing--1996(Mothers of her Young Crews)--Won as Rower(Stroke) MUN Breezeway Ladies Championship 1970; Was Presented twice for ; Worthy Candidate as anyone!! Startling, why she was never considered!!! As an employee of the eastern school district entered a team of teachers and encouraged and trained many students to the sport of rowing. Assisted, coached novice Female/Male Coxswains. Veteran Rowers/Committee Members KNOW all this- Nomination forms had been presented in the past.as a Rower, Builder and a Coxswain .Rowed Stroke, every other Position in Boat, and Coxed Mens, Womens, Novice, Midget, Juvenile Crews for Years! To say I am prejudiced , goes without saying,(being her Husband); Gail has coxed many young rowers who became future champions. Her time, dedication and love of the sport and her many hours spent on the pond , often coxing 4 teams as well as rowing should not be left unnoticed. Congrats to the other nominees. Tks for the opportunity to express my opinion. Cheers/ Dan McGettigan Rower/coxswain/coach -- -r