Rowing Club Hosts Successful Regatta
(March 20, 2017)
In conjunction with the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association (AJRA), the Peachtree City Rowing Club (PTCRC) hosted the Lake McIntosh Sprints Regatta this past Saturday at Lake McIntosh Park. Approximately 281 rowers from PTCRC, AJRA, St. Andrew Rowing Club (Atlanta) and Capital City Rowing Club (Tallahassee, FL) braved the weather and a significant crosswind to row in 13 events on a 2,000 meter, 5-lane sprint course. The spring high school racing season consists of sprint races, where boats are in alignment at the start line and then row a set distance in side-by-side competition.
To the delight of the approximately 400 spectators who lined the shore of the lake as well as the boat docks, most races were close and offered a glimpse of what to expect in this year’s spring sprint rowing season. Rowing against larger and more established programs, crews from PTCRC had respectable finishes in each of their races. The Women’s 4V 8+ Crew, rowing in their first competitive race, finished 2nd out of 5 boats, while the Women’s 3V 8+ Crew finished 3rd out of 5 boats. The Men’s 4V *+ Crew finished 4th in their race, while the Men’s 3V 8+ Crew finished 3rd out of 5 boats.
Perhaps the most exciting race of the day was the Women’s Middle School 8+, where the PTCRC Crew started strong and held on to their lead as the St. Andrew Crew began to challenge at the 500 meter mark. Rowing in their first race ever, the Crew maintained their stroke and crossed the finish line approximately one foot ahead of their opponent, finishing 1st out of 3 teams.
PTCRC continues their sprint rowing season at the John Hunter Regatta on Lake Lanier next Sunday and at the Clemson Sprints on April 1.
For additional information about the club, including our Learn-to-Row and Spring Break rowing programs, please visit our website at www.ptcrowing.org.