Fall Season is underway with a great squad of returning rowers and a full group of novices. The weather on the coast of Maine has been spectacular and crews are taking advantage of it mornings and afternoons.
READING, U.K. - Bowdoin Rowing’s Varsity 1 Women’s boat won the Women’s Elite 4+ at the Reading Amateur Regatta Saturday, claiming Bowdoin’s first ever victory in an international regatta and continuing their undefeated streak for the year.
At the Greater Boston Invitational on the Merrimack at Lowell, the Bowdoin Navy again showed speed and determination. We earned top three finishes in all eight events we entered, with 3 firsts, 4 seconds and a third.
Steady rain throughout the day could not dampen the spirits or speed of the Bowdoin Navy at the 34th Textile River Regatta in Lowell, MA on Sunday. With 10 boats in 6 events, we pulled in 3 gold, 2 silver, and a bronze for a great day of time trial racing.
Our Opening Days bring some 27 new rowers and coxswains to the Navy for our 2 week “try it out” session. With several of our juniors abroad this term, we’re thrilled with the turnout! The upper boats have been hard at work preparing for racing in October.
After a terrific week of training we entered the Opening Round of Prince Albert Cup with high hopes for a deep run into the regatta. But it was not to be. The men rowed level with Edinburgh for the first half of the race but couldn't match the Scots’ higher rate over the end.
At the New England Rowing Championships on May 4th at historic Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA, the Bowdoin Navy dominated the six events for four oared crews by winning four of the events and finishing third and fourth in the other two races. The team finished 7th out of 32 schools in total points without competing in any of the events for eights.
After a terrific training trip to good old Camp Bob Cooper, The Navy is off to a speedy beginning to spring season. At The Big Three with Amherst and Middlebury on April 13, Bowdoin won 4 of the 8 events for fours, and was second in the remaining 4 races. In the Eights, Bowdoin finished just a length behind Midlebury in hard fought rows up the Connecticut.
At The Head of The Charles on Oct. 20th 2012, Bowdoin crews made Navy history as both the women and the men earned medals in this classic fall festival of rowing. Racing in the College Fours event, both crews pulled with enormous determination and just plain guts as they attacked the course from beginning to end. When results were posted, the men repeated a medal winning row from 2011, and the women won Bowdoin’s first gold at The Charles. It was glorious.
We had a great day of racing at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta in Worcester on 10/13.
Both men and women repeated last year’s gold medal sweep in the fours events; the men beat 2nd place Vt. by :32 and the women zoomed to a :52 win over Amherst in 2nd. The novice men and women came in first among the novice entries, with the Novice Women stealing the show with a 6th place finish among all crews! In the eights, the men were 20th and the women 23rd. Complete results are at snake.qra.org.
After sweeping the varsity fours events at New Englands the Bowdoin Navy headed to Philadelphia for the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta and iced the season’s cake with with three crews advancing to the semis, a silver medal for the women in the D-2/3 Varsity Four, and lessons learned in Lane 0.
At the close of its 25th Anniversary Season, The Bowdoin Navy found some racing alchemy that turned the silver commemoration into Gold! On May 5th at the New England Rowing Championships on historic Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA, Bowdoin advanced all 6 of its entries to the Grand Finals and once there, took 4 gold medals.
HADLEY, Mass. - At the Big Three Regatta with Amherst and Middlebury on 4/14, Bowdoin took 3 firsts, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds. Bowdoin won the Men's Varsity Four, Women's Varsity Four, and Men's Second Varsity Four.