By: Ernest Cook
Mayor’s Cup Regatta, sponsored by Narragansett Boat Club, was the debut competition of Riverside’s Mixed Masters Sweep program. Nine women, ten men, and two coxswains made the trip to Providence on May 7. Typical of Mayor’s Cup, the weather was disagreeable: cold and spitting rain. High winds and a strong tide produced big chop and big delays in getting alignment at the start.
Racing started off well. Although some of the women had not raced in decades, and despite having no coaching this spring (Holly didn’t start until the following week), both of the women’s coxed fours won their races. After that, the results were uneven, with most of our sweep boats getting edged out at the finish line.
For many of the rowers, the highlight of the day came with the mixed eights at the end of the regatta. This may be the first time RBC has ever fielded a mixed eight at Mayor’s Cup – certainly the first time in the past ten years. Riverside’s crews came in second in one race, and first in the final race of the day – a very satisfying way to finish things off.
The Mixed Masters team is looking forward to Cromwell Cup, Canadian Henley Masters, and of course Masters Nationals, nearby on Lake Q this year.