Story and photos by Adrian Cornelissen
Four seasoned scullers from Hanlan Boat Club, made the 10-hour drive to Alma, Quebec for the 8k coastal race held on Lac St. Jean on July 12.
Hanlan entered 2 coastal doubles and 1 coxed coastal quad. The crews consisted of Adrian Cornelissen and Joshua Gofman in a double and JC Marley and Brian Singleton also in a double. The two crews then combined with Jean Philip from Quebec city as cox, to row as a quad.
The course was laid out in a large M shape with a wet launch with all the rowers standing in knee- to waist-deep water. At the start signal all the racers jumped into their boats, slipped into the foot stops, and began rowing in very rough water. The first orange triangle marker was about 2.5 k into the shallow lake and all the boats were contending with a relatively strong, cross-breeze. Since the boats are relatively light with a very small fin, steering was a challenge, especially given the very rough water. Once around the first marker, the rowers headed to a second, and then a third triangle marker. Once around this marker the racers were on the home stretch. They landed on the beach between two markers. The bow rower jumped out of the boat, ran up the beach, and touched a flag marking the end of the race. Only then did the clock stop running.