John Atkins and Company Marketing and Advertising/Canada Games crew member Allison Delong (centre) is congratulated by fellow crew members Stephanie Davis (right) and Jane Brodie after winning the female championship race Wednesday. Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
John Atkins and Company (JAC)/Canada Games beat North Atlantic (Yay! Rewards) fair and square twice in Wednesday's 191st Royal St. John's Regatta, once in the morning female amateur race and again in the women's championship.
The intermediate-age rowers, who finished first in the time trials and the Discovery Day Regatta, knew they were in tough against a North Atlantic boat comprised of many of the members of last year's female championship team, H.J. O'Connell.
"We've been strong all year and we've all worked really hard, so it felt good to gain on them today," said No. 1 oar Shannon Driscoll. "We beat them this morning, so it was just proving to ourselves that we could push harder this evening."
Members of the championship crew, coached by John Smyth, are stroke Jane Brodie, Steph Davis, Allison Delong, Alyssa Devereaux, Hilary Sinclair, Driscoll and spare Amanda Ryan. Ron Brennan steered the crew.
The women, all of whom are part of the province's rowing team headed to the Canada Games in P.E.I. later this month, turned in a 5:08.27 time in the championship, nearly four full seconds slower than the 5:04.37 they rowed in the day's first spin.
"It wasn't ideal conditions, there was a bit of a wind," said Delong. "But I think we worked well with it."
For Brennan, winning was the icing on his recent induction into the Regatta Hall of Fame.
"It puts the top on it, winning this morning and winning the championships this afternoon, and not in ideal conditions," the veteran cox said.
"The water wasn't very good out there tonight," he said. "If we had to have ideal conditions we would have done some damage out there."
Smith Stockley took third in 5:14.72, Power Vac/Canada Games rowed to a fourth place finish in 5:26.15 with Provincial Airlines/Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Rowing Cub rounding out the order in a time of 5:48.12.