Victory on Quidi Vidi

Favourites prevail at Royal St. John’s Regatta

Robin Short rshort@thetelegram.com
Published on August 2, 2012

There were no surprises Wednesday as the two favoured crews — sponsored by a pair of St. John’s law firms — emerged as victors as the 194th Royal St. John’s Regatta drew to a close on Quidi Vidi Lake.

Rogers Bussey men’s team won its third straight championship with relative ease, while Roebothan McKay Marshall enjoyed a five-second victory in the women’s final race.

Rogers Bussey — comprised of coxswain Ben Colbourne, stroke James Cadigan, Adam Kavanagh, Ronnie Whitten, Daniel Cadigan, Craig Whittle, Matthew Manning and spares Jon Ledrew and Brent Hickey — clocked 9:06.64 in their final, 13 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor, Toyota Plaza.

Roebothan, McKay, Marshall — comprised of cox Gord Delaney, stroke Jennifer Carroll, Alison Jones, Kerri Ann Evely, Beth Davis, Krista Carew, Heather Tizzard and coaches Mike Power and Doug Trainor — crossed the finish line in 5:04.18, while the second-place OZ-FM masters crew stopped the clock in 5:09.12.

 

The win erased memories of a heartbreaking 2011 Regatta, when Roebothan McKay Marshall lost the first race of the day by 46 one-hundredths of a second to m5, and then lost the final by just over two seconds to the same m5 squad.

The two winning crews also capped off the Triple Crown of rowing after both also won the Placentia and Harbour Grace regattas last month.

“It’s unbelievable,” said winning stroke Jennifer Carroll. “I didn’t know if (the championship) was ever going to come.

“There are some people who row down here for 20-odd years and never get it, so it’s a sweet victory.”

“It’s always great to win,” said Ronnie Whitten, the veteran No. 4 oar for Rogers Bussey. “No matter if you’re playing cards, there’s no better feeling like winning.

“It’s a great feeling to come out with a championship. It’s a lot of fun.”

Although the day didn’t start out the best from a weather point of view, as the Regatta opened under overcast skies, the sun appeared by noon, shining on the thousands of Regatta patrons at lakeside and providing warm temperatures in the low 20s for most of the day.

For the rowers, winds Wednesday were moderate at best, making for favourable pond conditions.

But it didn’t make for course records, as Crosbie Industrial’s 8:51.32, set in 2007, and OZ-FM’s 4:56.70, set back in 2003, remain intact.

James Cadigan, Whitten and Kavanagh were part of that Crosbie Industrial team, while Siobhan Duff, Tracey Hogan and Jackie Handrigan, who rowed with this year’s OZ squad, were part of the 2003 crew.

Still, there were a pair of record-breaking performances. With their time in the final, OZ — which also includes cox Ben Colbourne, Tina Hunt, Bernadine Ring, Patti Pittman and spare Cherie Whelan — shattered the masters record which they set in the first women’s race of the day. That time of 5:12.53 beat the 5:28.87 set by Daley Brothers in 2004.

Keeping with masters, the 3M Masters crew — coxswain Mike Shea, stroke Bill Janes, John Handrigan, Gary Collins, Robert Bradbury, Jim Carroll, Sean Brophy, spare Ross Poole and coach Bill Holwell — bested the old masters record of 9:40.48 set by ICT/Outer Cove in 2004 with a time of 9:40.11 Wednesday.

Wednesday’s Regatta gave a glimpse into the future as two intermediate-aged teams (under-21) made the men’s final.

Scotia Bank — coxswain Colin Pike, stroke Mitchell Thomas, Eric Hanna-Quinn, Andrew Bonnell, Francis Norris, Alex Brandt, Charlie Price, spares Chris Fitz and Liam Robbins and coaches Kiersten Van Gulick and Michael Noel — finished third in 9:29.19, while Marco Group — cox Gerard Doran, stroke Paddy Griffiths, Garrett Murphy, Perry Doran, Jason Abbott, Jason Bentum, James Halley and spare Cameron Raman-Nair — was fourth in 9:38.28.

And for the first time, squirt-aged rowers (under-12) were part of the official Regatta program. Five boys’ teams and five girls’ teams rowed in a pair of races later in the afternoon, covering a quarter of Quidi Vidi Lake — from the women’s turn to the finish line.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

Roebothan McKay Marshall crew

Published on 02 August 2012

Members of the champion Roebothan McKay Marshall crew hold up the championship Kim Stirling Memorial Trophy at the winners dock after winning the women’s championship race in the Diamond Jubilee 194th Royal St. John’s Regatta at Quidi Vidi Lake Wednesday night with a time of 5:04.18. The crew won the 2012 triple crown, also winning the recent Placentia and Harbour Grace regattas. Crew members are (from left) No. 2 Krista Carew, No. 3 Beth Davis, No. 5 Alison Jones, No. 1 Heather Tizzard, No. 4 Kerri Ann Evely, stroke Jennifer Carroll and coxswain Gord Delaney. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Rogers Bussey men’s crew pose

Published on 02 August 2012

Members of the champion Rogers Bussey men’s crew pose with the championship Molson Gerry Angel Memorial Trophy at the winners dock after winning the men’s championship race Wednesday at the Royal St. John’s Regatta in a time of 9:06.64. Crew members are (front, from left) No. 3 Daniel Cadigan and stroke James Cadigan; (back, from left) No. 4 Ronnie Whitten, No. 5 Adam Kavanagh, No. 2 Craig Whittle and No.1 Matthew Manning. Missing from photo is coxswain Ben Colbourne. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Andrew Tobin

Published on 02 August 2012

(Right) Coxswain Andrew Tobin of the Metro Hardwood senior women’s crew receives the award for coxswain of the year from lifetime Regatta committee member Jack Reardigan during the awards presentations following the championship races of the Diamond Jubilee 194th Royal St. John’s Regatta at Quidi-Vidi Lake Wednesday night. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Ben Colbourne

Published on 02 August 2012

Coxswain Ben Colbourne of the Rogers Bussey men’s crew hoists the championship Molson Gerry Angel Memorial Trophy at the winners dock after steering his crew to the men’s championship Wednesday at the Royal St. John’s Regatta at Quidi-Vidi Lake. Behind him are No. 2 Craig Whittle and No.1 Matthew Manning. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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