By Andrew Leung
On Saturday, October 26, the Village Community Boathouse sent race crews to Hull to participate in Head of the Weir. The race is a five and a half-mile open water course starting at the head of the Weir River, traversing Hingham Bay, and ending at Windmill Point. Conditions were particularly favorable for a row that morning, as minimal wind and temperatures in the low 60s made the race feel more like a leisure cruise to take in the changing foliage
VCB sent youth and adult crews to Hull. This was the inaugural race for this youth crew since our dominant crew from last year’s race circuit graduated in May. Rowing Lady Moody, a coxed four stretch dory similar to our Warrior, VCB’s youth crew finished second in their category, behind only the professional team from Sound School. A great showing from our amateur crew that would have earned them medals in prior years!
VCB’s adult crew was a work in progress that was only assembled in the eleventh hour. Two rowers and a coxswain made the journey up to Hull, where we joined forces with Don Betts, who generously provided the boat for our youth crew to row. Still short a rower going into the coxswains meeting half an hour before the race start, we were prepared to row a short-handed coxed three in Rescue One, a Whitehall gig loaned to us for the race by our generous hosts. A Sound School student joined our ranks and pushed us into the mixed youth/adult category, which proved to be a fortuitous change. VCB’s medley of a mixed crew finished first in that category and brought home more hardware for our trophy case.
A good race was had by all! Thanks go out to Don Betts and the Hull Lifesaving Museum for providing boats, and to Sound School for rounding out our mixed crew. Come to Pier 40 on Saturday, November 9 to see our youth crew in action during VCB’s annual youth race!
2019 HEAD OF THE WEIR
21 Coxed 4 – Youth Sound School 1st Constitution 0:56:51
13 Coxed 4 – Youth Village Community Boathouse Lady Moody 1:05:05
22 Coxed 4 – Youth LCMM – Rice Memorial HS Ropa 1:11:22
15 Coxed 4 – Mixed Y/A Village Community Boathouse Rescue One 1:16:06
18 Coxed 4 – Adult Cape Cod TSCA Alex McDougall 0:51:55
17 Coxed 4 – Adult Avengers Mighty Herring 0:52:17
20 Coxed 4 – Adult Sound Alumni Joda Jane 0:56:26
12 Coxed 4 – Adult LCMM Adults American Shad 0:58:37
11 Coxed 4 – Adult Dharma Voyage Mariner’s Endeavor 1:00:40
16 Coxed 4 – Adult Ledyard Rowin’ Mike Davis 1:21:45
14 Coxed 4 – Adult Ledyard Rowin’