Two of Hanlan's "grand" veteran scullers raced in the Head of the Martindale hosted by Ridley Grad Boat Club on May 11 on the Martindale Pond course. Veterans rowed one lap around Henley Island while younger rowers did two. While this regatta has met with more than its share of poor weather, this year the single scullers were met with overcast skies, cool temperatures, and mostly flat water. Only the west end of the loop was bumpy due to a northerly, cross wind. Mike McInerney and Vic Gustavison first entered this early season race - one that no participant ever feels fully prepared for at this time of year - in 1995 on an "if you do it, I'll do it" basis. That year Vic finished ahead of Mike.
Eighteen years later, their entries were still subject to the same discussion. Mike was in fighting shape with a brand new knee joint and 40 less pounds. His dedication to getting back into his single was rewarded with a finish ahead of Vic. Well done Mike. Very impressive.
Perennial Hanlan participant in this regatta - John Sherrick - was absent this year due to family commitments.
On May 12, our resident high school clubs - Havergal College and Upper Canada College - were on the same water for the annual Mothers Day Regatta. The regatta drew 47 high school clubs and 357 entries to contest the heats and finals in 36 different races. Only four heats were completed before the regatta was called due to very high winds and rough waters on a very cold, wet day. No doubt, a disappointment for all.