This summer I started rowing at the Vancouver Rowing Club (VRC) as part of their LTR (Learn To Row) program.
The four months of rowing at VRC starting in April and ending in July made for an extremely exciting learning experience. During this time I worked with some really great VRC coaches and staff who went out of their way to make me feel at home at the club. In addition, I was fortunate enough to have also met some great people that enrolled into the LTR program, with some of whom I now share a strong passion for rowing.
As we all now eagerly await to be inducted as full fledged novice members of VRC, some of us have taken the initiative of rowing at the Deep Cove Rowing Club (DCRC) through their drop-in program. This introduced us to new dynamics of long-distance rowing in much more challenging waters in terms of being choppy and riddled with waves from boat-traffic.
To our excitement and complete surprise, and thanks to a personal favor from a good friend, we were graciously given a boat to test our mettle at the Deep Cove Classic Regatta. With only two weeks to prepare for the regatta and after putting in some focused training time, I was extremely disappointed to not be able to compete as a result of a shoulder injury. However, I was just as excited to witness my crew pit their rowing skills against some far more experienced rowers.
On September 30, 2012 my crew raced in the mixed 4x division under the DCRC colours and achieved some very respectable results. In the head-race around Jug Island we completed the 5.5K course in 24:06 minutes compared to the 20:40 minutes fastest time. In the 500m dash we raced against the veteran masters crew from VRC. Although official times for this heat were not release, we completed the course barely 2 seconds behind the VRC masters.
Kudos to my crew for achieving these great results and many thanks to DCRC for letting us race under their colours.