Hanlan Boat Club brought home three of the coveted silver mugs from the 130th annual Canada Day Regatta held on the Allen A Lamport course on Centre Island in Toronto. This is one of the world's oldest mixed discipline regattas with races in rowing, canoeing, kayaking and dragon boats over the course on nine hours of racing.
Hanlan's winners on the day were Mauricie Summers and Shannon McIlhone in the Under 19 Women's Double, Tristan Armesto in the Men's B Single, and the Recreational Mixed 8. Just missing the podium were David Janssen and Ollie Couttolenc in the Under 17 Men's Double, as well as the Under 19 Men's Single, the Under 17 Women's Cox Four, and the Under 17 Men's Cox Quad.
While the athletes were rightly the stars of the day, it would be remiss not to mention the volunteers from Hanlan that help make racing happen - Lauren Brown coaching the Juniors, Jeanette Herrle coaching the Recreational 8, and head coach Michael Sasi who spent 3 hours in the line on Yonge Street to get the trailer of boats onto the ferry to Centre Island. Just try backing up a trailer of boats onto Yonge Street for excitement!!! And that is just a small part of his contribution.
In addition, club captain Kelly Brigley is vice-president of rowing on the regatta committee and she spent a half day driving an umpire boat. Long-time volunteer Richard MacFarlane, a director of the Dominion Day Regatta Association, has now been joined in that position by Jeanette Herrle. As they have for years, Vic Gustavison and Nick Matthews drove safety boats from dawn to dusk. Both men received a special honour this year - the subject of a separate story. For the first time ever, Hanlan had a representative among the officials running the regatta - Sue Gustavison.