Kudos to the eight crews (and their coaches) from Hanlan Boat Club that have been training in the dark and with less than favourable water conditions over the past month for the trip to Boston to compete in the 50th Head of the Charles on October 18 and 19, 2014. Competing in a field of some 11,000 competitors , our crews rowed their hearts out, competing well in fields that included many national-level athletes from other countries.
It must also be noted that there were about a dozen or so competitors who rowed this past weekend who were also there for the 1st Head of the Charles held in an era when many had never heard of a head race. Among them was Jim Lyttle from our neighbour, Argonaut Rowing Club, in his single.
Two of Hanlan's female crews had the best finishes over the two days of racing. In the Women's Championship Double, Kate Sauks and Jaclyn Halco finished 9th overall in a field that included heavyweight and lightweight crews. Kate and Jaclyn were, however, first among the lightweight crews in the race by a margin of about 70 seconds. Hanlan's Lightweight Women's Four - Megan Lewicki, Beth Hornby, Lauren Brown, Kelly Brigley and cox Emily Donaldson - placed eighth.
Full results are listed below. The percentage refers to the crew's time in comparison to the winning time for each event. Those recording 5% or less are granted an automatic acceptance to next year's regatta.
- Men's Senior Masters Single Eric Szonyi 13th, 19:36.31, 6.56%
- Men's Club Fours Phil Malinas, Steven Malinas, Jonathan Conway, Chris Yan, and Aamir Subhan (cox) 30th, 17:59.091, 10.56%
- Women's Championship Double Kate Sauks and Jaclyn Halko, 9th but first among lightweight crews, 18:22.89, 5.29%
- Men's Championship Single Alex Soutter, 21st, 18:39.228, 8.49%
- Men's Youth Fours Upper Canada College (one of our resident clubs) crew of Ralph Brooks, Matthew Stackhouse, John Marshall, James Griffith, and Shakir Lakhani, 13th, 18:15.479, 4.71%
- Men's Lightweight Single Sepehr Khanbeigi, 23rd, 21:51.225 including a 1:05 minute penalty, 17.57%
- Women's Masters Double Jennifer Dickie and Jeanette Herrle, 15th, 24.41.395 with a 1- minute penalty, 17.19%
- Women's Lightweight Four Megan Lewicki, Beth Hornby, Lauren Brown, Kelly Brigley, and Emily Donaldson (cox) 8th, 20:08, 5.66%