Final Strokes at Head of the South

Augusta, GA - Junior and Masters Rower traveled to Augusta, Georgia for the final regatta of the season, the Head of the South. The last regatta of the season, PTCRC raced in 24 total events. PTCRC came home with one 1st place finish, one 2nd place finish, and one 3rd place finish.

Women's Youth 4+ in the mix of boats racing down the Savannah River.

The Head of the South is located on the beautiful Savannah River. Boats row up to the start on the Georgia side of the river, and race down the course on the South Carolina side of the river. It is a wonderful race course to row on because it has limited turns and curves. This was the perfect regatta for the Peachtree City Rowing Club to end their Fall 2017 Racing Season with.

The morning started out with our 1x participants racing. The weather conditions were not ideal at all. It was a cold morning, paired with high winds ranging cross winds to tail winds. In rowing, tail winds are ideal because they assist the rower in the direction their going. Cross winds are a bit different as they come from the side. This makes it difficult for the rower(s) to keep the boat set. Youth Rowers Trey Lewis and Caden Gradek, along with Masters Rower Megan Gradek, all began they're racing by 9:00am. Megan Gradek had an astonishing race, placing 1st in her event with a (22:15.3) finish. She was also awarded the Peter S. Knox IV Trophy for finishing with the fastest time overall for the Women's 1x events.

Masters Rower and Co-Founder of PTCRC, Megan Gradek, accepting her Peter S. Knox IV Trophy.

The Men’s Youth Novice 4+ had a nail biter of a race. When Coach Margie launched the 4+, she told them she wanted them to come back with a podium finish. With a final time of (20:15.2), they took 3rd place out of 15. 2nd place was only 0.2 seconds behind them with a final time of (20:15.0) and 1st place was 0.6 seconds behind them with a (20:14.6) finish. Close calls like this come down to the stroke. This made the Novice Men hungry for more, and ready to work hard as we approach the winter training season.

Coach Margie and the Men's Youth Novice 4+ with their 3rd place medals.

Our final boat of the day, the Men’s Master 4x, began their race at 4:20pm. Still battling some odd and inconsistent winds, the Masters Men finished with a final time of (18:22.0). This put them in 2nd place out of 5.

The MVP of the day goes to our Varsity Coach, Matt Fanny, who raced in a 1x for the first time in nearly 10 years. Coach Matt began his rowing career in college where he raced year round. After graduating, he continued rowing and began coaching. About 10 years ago, racing took back seat to other responsibilities. Coach Matt decided to get back in a boat for the first time in a decade at the Head of the South.

Coach Matt and Coach Margie of PTCRC are pleased with the progress and improvements the Youth Rowers have made. As they enter the winter training season, they plan to put in the meters and get the hard work done. There is room for improvement and Coach Matt and Coach Margie will keep doing what is necessary to continue with the upward strides.

Peachtree City Rowing Club will begin the Winter Training Season on November 15th, 2017. The Youth Rowers will practice all winter through the end of February. Be on the lookout for a finalized Spring Racing Season schedule.

Final Finish Times:
You can also find the full result sheet by clicking here.

Men’s Youth 1x -  22:55.7
Women’s Championship 1x - 22:15.3
Men’s Youth Novice 1x - 23:51.3
Women’s Youth Novice 8+ - 21:23.0
Men’s Youth 4+ - 19:06.0
Women’s Youth 8+ - 19:41.0
Men’s Youth Novice 4+ - 20:15.2
Mixed Youth U16 8+ - 21:46.2
Men’s Club 1x - 28:52.2
Men's Youth 2x - 20:57.3
Women’s Youth 2x - 24:04.6
Women’s Youth 4+ (A) - 21:48.1
Women’s Youth 4+ (B) - 24:46.0
Men’s Youth 8+ (A) - 18:19.9
Men’s Youth 8+ (B) - 19:01.7
Men’s Youth Novice 8+ - 19:30.4
Women’s Youth Novice 4+ - 23:08.9
Men’s Youth 4x - 19:18.6
Men’s Masters 4x - 18:50.9