Story by Brian Singleton, photos by Petra U Hanlan B.C. rowers recently participated in the 9th annual Canadian Sculling Marathon in Ottawa, posting impressive times and topping the event for participation numbers with seven crews.
Hosted by the Ottawa-New Edinburgh Club, the CSM is organized under the auspices of Ontario Adventure Rowing. The event is conducted over a 42-km course on the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers. The focus and launch is from ONEC’s picturesque clubhouse on the riverbank in the Ottawa suburb of Rockcliffe.
Best among the Hanlan crews was Steve Roedde, one of Hanlan’s out-of-town members. Steve clocked 3 hours 11 minutes for a full marathon in his Wintech single, placing second overall. Also rowing in the full marathon were Hugh Fletcher, Eric Hall, Jean-Christophe Marly and Brian Singleton with coxswain Joan Robertson of ONEC, finishing the 42km in 3:19 for third position overall. First-time marathon crew Adrian Cornelissen, Homam Michael (of Durham R.C.), Stephen Monrad, Shelagh Baker, and coxswain Clare Schwarzberg completed the distance in 3:45. These crews raced in Hudson T-11 coxed touring quads.
In the half-marathon, Cynthia Warn, Josipa Paska, Fiona Hickey, and Peter Pennefather, with coxswain Louise Binette of ONEC, covered the 21 km course in 1 hour 55 minutes. Dennis Winters and Avtar Dhanota pushed their coastal double to finish in 2:02. The first-time distance crew of Carrie-Ann Methe, Claire Tsolkas, Fiona Pequegnat, Shana Pereira, and coxswain Thomas Guignard, a crew that include some recent Hanlan learn-to-row program grads, covered the 21 km in 2:10. The crew of Margery Roden, Maureen Williams, Ildiko Cleary, Grace Patterson, and cox Petra U were extemely happy to finish in 2:03, a full 7 minutes faster than they rowed the 21 kilometres in 2012.
Steve Roedde also rowed in the quarter-marathon the previous day, sculling 10 km in 42 minutes and 32 seconds to finish second.
These races are a highlight of the season for Hanlan's recreational and long-distance rowers. The rowing itself is admirably organized by members of ONEC to offer fitness, fun, and a scenic, challenging course for rowers of various skill levels.
Hanlan rowers would like to thank Richard Vincent, Gillian Williamson and other members of ONEC, as well as Ted Wolvers of OAR, for their energies and dedication in arranging the Canadian Sculling Marathon.
Congratulations should also be extended to Sylvain Croteau and Suzanne Reid, independent rowers from the Gatineau region, who rowed the full 42km marathon in their Maas double in 2 hours and 59 minutes, a new course record and the first crew ever to crack the three-hour mark at this event. A remarkable achievement.
The next distance race in the OAR calendar is the 21km Icicle Chase on the Trent-Severn Canal system in late October. Contact Jean-Christophe Marly for further details.