Race Recap: Chattanooga Head Race

Chattanooga, TN - Junior and Masters Rower traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Chattanooga Head Race. The 2nd regatta of the fall season, each event was 5000m. The team, competing against some tough and fast competition, came home with 2 second place finished, and 2 third place finishes.

The Women’s Junior Varsity 8+ kicked off the day by racing at 9:00am in event #3. Their finish time was (18:37.7), placing 8th out of 17. This was a great improvement from the last race where their finish time was (21:22.00).

Caden Gradek crossing the finish line with a 2nd place finish in the Men's Novice 1x.

Masters Rower, Quinton Gradek, began his race at 9:40am. Gradek’s finish time was (21:13.9) putting him in 2nd place in the Men’s Masters 1x event. Racing at the same time in the Men’s Novice 1x event was Masters Rower Mark Tremblay, and Junior Rower Caden Gradek. Gradek’s finish time was (22:28.1), putting him in 2nd place in the Men’s Novice 1x. Tremblay’s finish time was (22:43.7), putting him in 3rd place.

Men's Junior Novice 4+ docking after their 3rd place finish.
Men's Novice 4+ docking after their 3rd place finish.


The MVB (Most Valuable Boat) of the day goes to the Men’s Junior Novice 4+. The boys had a tremendous race of speed, form, and technique. The boat took the race by storm and finished in (20:40.8), beating their previous race time of (22:36.0). They took 3rd place out of 10. 1st place’s finish time was (20:29.7).

The Chattanooga Head Race had some great competition that put PTCRC’s abilities to the test. The crew has made immense progress, but knows what they need to keep improving.


Peachtree City Rowing Club will be traveling to Chattanooga, TN on November 4th & 5th for the Head of the Hooch. This is PTCRC’s A race of the Fall 2017 racing season. Hooch is the 2nd largest Head Race in the United States. There will be as much as 80 boats in some events.


Final Finish Times:

Women’s Junior Varsity 8+
Jr Men’s Varsity 4+
Men’s Master 1x
(Quinton Gradek) 21:59.1
(Mark Trembly) 22:43.7
Men’s Junior Varsity 1x
Men’s Junior Novice 1x
Men’s Junior Novice 8+
Women’s Junior Novice 4+
Men’s Junior Varsity 8+
Women’s Junior Varsity 4x
Women’s Junior Varsity 4+
Women’s Junior Novice 8+
Men’s Junior Novice 4+
Men’s Junior Varsity 4x
Women’s Junior Varsity 2x