Story by Hugh Fletcher
On August 24 Hanlan Boat Club sent five crews to the Canadian Sculling Marathon at the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club on the Ottawa River to row the full (42 Km) and half (21 Km) marathon courses. The organizers were especially happy that the Hanlan coastal quad was brought to Ottawa as not many rowers from other Ontario clubs had previously seen an open water quad .
The Hanlan quad of JC Marly, Brian Singleton, Eric Hall and Cynthia Warn took top honours in the full marathon. The course was longer this year so it was not possible to compare previous times, but at the finish they led by a sizable margin.
Hanlan's quad of Fiona Hickey, Joshua Gofman, Jo Paska and Alan Opler coxed by Louise Binette from ONEC also led the way in the half marathon based on straight time. However, sometimes silver hair does have its advantages for the winner after handicaps were applied was Hanlan's crew of Hugh Fletcher, Kenny Tsang, Geoffrey Church, and Jason Chih with cox Amandine Drew from Ottawa Edinburgh club. This outcome led to some good-natured trash talking between the crews! Hanlan crews in the half marathon then had 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th places in this race.
Hanlan boats also included, for the first time, a crew with transgender rowers. Despite only a few months' experience the crew, organized by Adrian Cornelissen, completed the half-marathon. The crew received recognition for their contribution to our sport from Rowing Canada Aviron and numerous media outlets.
Congratulations to all the participants on their accomplishments.
Full results are posted on the ONEC web site at https://sites.google.com/a/onec.ca/main/rowing/canadian-sculling-marathon