New Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee president Bob Clarke was pleased the way things went Wednesday at Quidi Vidi Lake and happy to be a part of it.
“It’s a great experience,” he said, “but we have dozens of volunteers on the committee and they all know what they are doing. They are well organized and it makes for an easy job.
“The president’s job is more ceremonial than anything else,” noted Clarke with a smile.
“The captain-of-the course has to handle all the issues that may arise,” said Clarke, who had those duties last year as vice-president of the committee.
On the subject of less crews registering this year, Clarke said while registration is slightly down it’s not a major concern and, anyway, he feels there are reasons for it.
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“First of all, we had a terrible May and June in terms of the weather and when that’s the case, a lot of the novice crews stay away.
“The other factor is that we lost a couple of very experienced coxswains who took a year away from the races. They’d normally take out four or five crews,” he said. “So that played into the decrease in four or five teams this season,” he said.