Saturday morning, April 20, 2019, Lakeside and South Kitsap rowers arrived in Eagle Harbor for a friendly scrimmage with Bainbridge Rowing. At the same time, BIR novice rowers headed over to Kenmore to meet Lakeside in Lake Washington.
For scrimmages, it is the norm for the visiting teams not to bring their own equipment and instead to use the host team’s boats and oars. In some races, BIR even lent rowers to Lakeside.
Although temperatures eventually climbed into the 60s and there were dramatic sun breaks, a cold wind whipped across the water and chilled rowers and the spectators who gathered in Eagle Harbor and at the finish line in Pritchard Park.
The purpose of the scrimmage was to maintain rowers’ conditioning in anticipation of next weekend’s Brentwood Regatta, on Vancouver Island in Canada. Brentwood offers some of the stiffest competition of the season and precedes regionals in Vancouver, Washington.
After their races, rowers were invited to participate in an erg, or rowing machine, race sponsored by The Stroke Master, which is a Concept2 rowing machine adaptation that simulates the team rowing experience by creating a checking effect when timing is off and generating swing when rowers are working in unison.
Here’s a photo gallery of the day’s event (double click any image to enlarge the gallery):
Photos by Sarah Lane.