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East Coast Maintenance Services crew takes mens championship race

East Coast Maintenance Services team members Luke Hayes, coxwain Mark Hayward, Matthew Manning, James Cadigan, Jeremy Kavanagh, Brent Hickey and Ronnie Whitten celebrate after winning the male championship race Wednesday at the 191st Royal St. Johns Regat

Last Regatta Day, Ronnie Whitten figured he was "probably enjoying himself in the beer tent" on the north side of Quidi Vidi Lake as a retired Royal St. John's Regatta champion.
He had plenty of laurels on which to recline while quaffing. Whitten had been a member of the Crosbie Industrial Services crew which won Regatta men's championships in 2006 and 2007, smashing the course record in the latter year with a time of eight minutes and 51.32 seconds.
There was little else for Whitten and the others to prove on the pond. Still he, along with Crosbie coxswain Mark Hayward, stroke Brent Hickey and James Cadigan and coach Bert Hickey, was lured back to the Regatta this year. Joined by Luke Hayes, Jeremy Kavanagh and Michael Manning, they formed the East Coast Maintenance Services crew that - while not a record-setter - was nevertheless dominant, winning the 2009 men's title, Molson Canadian championship and Gerry Angel Memorial Trophy Wednesday evening by more than 24 seconds over runner-up Browne's Auto Supplies.
"I was missing it," said Whitten. "It was an opportunity to get with a good bunch of young fellows and see what we could do." What they did was prevail in all four races they entered this year - the Discovery Day Regatta, time trials, Wednesday morning's male amateur and the evening championship - by 15 seconds or more.
"There are other good crews, some very good crews here," said Cadigan in the obligatory winners' nod to the competition, "but I think we knew a lot of this would be us rowing against time, against the clock. We had goals in mind and we worked towards them."
An obvious goal was to win - which they did repeatedly. Another was to row the Regatta course in nine minutes, which did not happen. East Coast Maintenance rowed 9:05.27 in the male amateur and 9:09.72 in the championship, the latter in conditions far less favourable than they were in the morning.
Lambs Rum finished third, O'Dea Earle fourth and Canadian Forces Men fifth.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

Organizations: East Coast Maintenance Services, St John's, Crosbie Industrial Services Molson

Geographic location: Regatta, Quidi Vidi Lake

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  • Wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Keep up the good work. Mentor the younger rowers and forget the beer tent. The sport needs your involvment more than yiu need the beer tent.

  • Willie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I thought having a rowing crew called 'Cougar Helicopters' was very insensitive. This tragedy was just a few short months ago. What were they thinking? Next year, will they have a team called the Ocean Ranger ?......shame on them!


    Willie Hunt
    Pouch Cove NL

  • Moe St. Cool
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I have to words that sum up what 99% of the province thinks about the Regatta - WHO CARES!

    We need a regular civic holiday that creates a long weekend for everyone to enjoy in the St.John's area. This is a tradition for old f*rt townies and needs to be relegated to a has been tradition that no one really gives a hoot about. I mean seriously...rowing? Could you get a more boring sport? And The Telegram and NTV treats the 'who won' stories like anyone actually gave it a passing thought.

    Booo Regatta !!!Boooo!

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Certainly a great day in many respects. The only downer would be people complaining about pond conditions and wind seemingly every single year. By any stretch of the imagination, yesterday was a fabulous summer day. They row on the pond for months in far worse conditions than yesterday and are surely well used to it. Just enjoy the win and the times.

  • Angelica
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Why can there never be a split picture of BOTH male and female winning teams? Why does it seem it is always about the male championship race? I am a rower and feel that it is all about the men on the pond... even the coverage inside is all about the men, witha little pic of THREE members of a team hugging each other to indicate the women's champions.... WHY?!

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Great Day Yesterday. Some of largest crowds I have seen in while.

    Great races too....

  • Mr
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    The rain in Spain falls mainly on Wayne's brain.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Willie Hunt....

    I'm having trouble understandnig your comments.....

    Cougar Helicopters has every right to sponsor this event.

    Additionally, money makes the world corporate, personal, business and yes, sports world go around.

    Every sponsor in the open market from Marlboro, Molson, Red Bull can be linked to the death of someone in this world.

    But their money is used to funds these sporting events.....it's a tricky catch 22 Willie.

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Congrats to all, a great finish and a great race... hope next year brings another great event.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Angelica,

    I agree with you, when it comes to sporting events such as the Regatta or any other sport for that matter such as the Olympics, Tennis Grand Slams, the media attention should be split for male and female victors as their accomplishments both require hard work, determination and should be recognized as such.

    That being said, I would like to point out to you the following link to the cover of today's telegram (August 6, 2009),

    http://thetelegram.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

    You can also see it on the left-hand-side of your screen, just below ''Find us Facebook'' Banner.

    As you will see, the front page of the Telegram has granted equal space to the male and female victors.

    As for the photograph of the women's team....you can blame that on poor photography...maybe the Telegram photog was unable to snap a good team photo representing all members.

    Regards.

  • Gary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Moe St. Cool, you have anger issues. Get help. If you were half as hard working and dedicated as these rowers you wouldn't have a problem. Maybe you should try getting off the couch and get yourself into a rowing program. It might just clear your head

  • Jesse
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    In reply to Willie Hunt:
    the team names are their sponsors, the team was sponsored by cougar , so therefore that was the name of the team. The regatta committee does not (and shouldn't) have control over who sponsors teams and if cougar wants to sponsor a team they should be allowed to.

  • Cassie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Congrats on a great race guys!!! Matthew, I wish I could have been there to see it! Love, your big sis xox

  • Corey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Hey Moe! You don't like the Regatta, do ya? Well, all I can say is...TOO F'N BAD! Learn to live with it! Lighten up you moron! BOOOO yourself & shove it! Loser!

    Meanwhile, I had a great time down there, if the Regatta is 'boring', then why were there so many people down there?? Answer that Moe! Perfect weather, finally, a Regatta that didn't get postponed or rained out for a change. And congrats to all the participants & concessionares on a great job. How 'bout people stop suggesting the Regatta be held on the weekend now, hey? 1st Wednesday of August is the way it should be. BTW, wasn't there a split picture of the Men's & Women's crews in the paper today? It was either the front page or the sports section, but I swear it is there. Best Regatta in years people.

  • Wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Keep up the good work. Mentor the younger rowers and forget the beer tent. The sport needs your involvment more than yiu need the beer tent.

  • Willie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    I thought having a rowing crew called 'Cougar Helicopters' was very insensitive. This tragedy was just a few short months ago. What were they thinking? Next year, will they have a team called the Ocean Ranger ?......shame on them!


    Willie Hunt
    Pouch Cove NL

  • Moe St. Cool
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I have to words that sum up what 99% of the province thinks about the Regatta - WHO CARES!

    We need a regular civic holiday that creates a long weekend for everyone to enjoy in the St.John's area. This is a tradition for old f*rt townies and needs to be relegated to a has been tradition that no one really gives a hoot about. I mean seriously...rowing? Could you get a more boring sport? And The Telegram and NTV treats the 'who won' stories like anyone actually gave it a passing thought.

    Booo Regatta !!!Boooo!

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Certainly a great day in many respects. The only downer would be people complaining about pond conditions and wind seemingly every single year. By any stretch of the imagination, yesterday was a fabulous summer day. They row on the pond for months in far worse conditions than yesterday and are surely well used to it. Just enjoy the win and the times.

  • Angelica
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Why can there never be a split picture of BOTH male and female winning teams? Why does it seem it is always about the male championship race? I am a rower and feel that it is all about the men on the pond... even the coverage inside is all about the men, witha little pic of THREE members of a team hugging each other to indicate the women's champions.... WHY?!

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Great Day Yesterday. Some of largest crowds I have seen in while.

    Great races too....

  • Mr
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    The rain in Spain falls mainly on Wayne's brain.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Willie Hunt....

    I'm having trouble understandnig your comments.....

    Cougar Helicopters has every right to sponsor this event.

    Additionally, money makes the world corporate, personal, business and yes, sports world go around.

    Every sponsor in the open market from Marlboro, Molson, Red Bull can be linked to the death of someone in this world.

    But their money is used to funds these sporting events.....it's a tricky catch 22 Willie.

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Congrats to all, a great finish and a great race... hope next year brings another great event.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Angelica,

    I agree with you, when it comes to sporting events such as the Regatta or any other sport for that matter such as the Olympics, Tennis Grand Slams, the media attention should be split for male and female victors as their accomplishments both require hard work, determination and should be recognized as such.

    That being said, I would like to point out to you the following link to the cover of today's telegram (August 6, 2009),

    http://thetelegram.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

    You can also see it on the left-hand-side of your screen, just below ''Find us Facebook'' Banner.

    As you will see, the front page of the Telegram has granted equal space to the male and female victors.

    As for the photograph of the women's team....you can blame that on poor photography...maybe the Telegram photog was unable to snap a good team photo representing all members.

    Regards.

  • Gary
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Moe St. Cool, you have anger issues. Get help. If you were half as hard working and dedicated as these rowers you wouldn't have a problem. Maybe you should try getting off the couch and get yourself into a rowing program. It might just clear your head

  • Jesse
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    In reply to Willie Hunt:
    the team names are their sponsors, the team was sponsored by cougar , so therefore that was the name of the team. The regatta committee does not (and shouldn't) have control over who sponsors teams and if cougar wants to sponsor a team they should be allowed to.

  • Cassie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Congrats on a great race guys!!! Matthew, I wish I could have been there to see it! Love, your big sis xox

  • Corey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Hey Moe! You don't like the Regatta, do ya? Well, all I can say is...TOO F'N BAD! Learn to live with it! Lighten up you moron! BOOOO yourself & shove it! Loser!

    Meanwhile, I had a great time down there, if the Regatta is 'boring', then why were there so many people down there?? Answer that Moe! Perfect weather, finally, a Regatta that didn't get postponed or rained out for a change. And congrats to all the participants & concessionares on a great job. How 'bout people stop suggesting the Regatta be held on the weekend now, hey? 1st Wednesday of August is the way it should be. BTW, wasn't there a split picture of the Men's & Women's crews in the paper today? It was either the front page or the sports section, but I swear it is there. Best Regatta in years people.