Story compiled with the assistance of Lauren Brown The 129th Dominion Day was held on the July 1 holiday at the 1,000 metre course on Centre Island in Toronto. Grey skies prevailed but the rain held off and the strong east wind that day was buffered by the islands. Ten clubs participated in the 99 races which included canoeing, kayaking, and rowing.
For a fifth time Hanlan's Club Captain, Kelly Brigley, won the Masters Women's Single. Kelly has now earned a sizeable collection of the coveted, engraved silver mugs awarded to winning athletes. Congratulations Kelly on your impressive record at this regatta. Also racing in the event were Jeanette Herle (2nd) and Angela Desand (4th by a bow ball).
Hanlan's Under 17 Women Coxed Quad also won silver mugs in winning their event, the first rowing race ever for all members of the crew. Ileana Gasbarro, Tatyana Vukovic, Emily Abbott, Louise Castonguay, and Shakir Lakhani (cox) moved into the lead with 250 metres to go when London RC caught a boat-stopping crab. A terrific debut.
In other results, the Under 17 Men's Quad and the Under 19 Men's Double both placed third. The Under 19 Women's Double were 5th. Hanlan's Masters Women Cox Four also raced.
A special thank you to Hanlan members and coaches who put in some very long hours to make this regatta happen. Despite the proximity of Centre Island to Hanlan, Michael Sasi didn't get the trailer home until 10 pm after an early start. And he made the trip on Saturday to deliver the trailer to the race venue. Kelly Brigley, Craig Thompson, Colin Hughes, and Craig Lauder helped install the course on Saturday. Nick Matthews and Vic Gustavison drove safety boats for the full eight hours of the regatta. Kelly and her husband also help take out the course at the end of the day.