Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
Cold and rainy weather did not dampen the performance of Manhasset High School’s Varsity Crew team in the 45th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in mid-October. Manhasset sent two boats to compete in this storied regatta. While the sun shined for most of the first day of races, on the second day of the regatta the Youth and Collegiate rowers had to endure the heavy rain of a cold nor’easter as they contended against the other entrants.
Competing in the Youth Fours Women event, Manhasset’s boat placed fourth out of 77 competitors with a time of 19:47 and proudly brought home one of the five medals presented in their category. In doing so, they also secured one of the 38 coveted spots to compete in this event next year. Competing for Manhasset in this boat were two seniors: Margot Cyprus (coxswain, Varsity Co-captain) and Elizabeth Henry, and three juniors: Jenny Aitken, Megan Clarke and Ali Margherio.
Racing in the Youth Eights Men event, Manhasset’s boat also showed an impressive performance, finishing 34th out of 79 competitors with a time of 16:48, ensuring that they too garnered a return invitation for Manhasset to compete in this event next year. Competing for Manhasset in this boat were three seniors: Nick Kavourias (coxswain, Varsity Co-Captain), Hayes Brown (Varsity Co-captain) and Robbie Hogan, four juniors: Jamie Izzo, Matt LoBello, Sean McIntee and Chris Yiachos, and two sophomores: Stefan Hummel and Max Johnson.
Alternates selected to accompany the team included Coxswains Justine Yunakov and Bernard Liu and Rowers Maria Manis (Varsity Co-captain), Kristen Wilhouski and Christian Voto. Also participating in the regatta on a club team were Manhasset’s Katie Keane and Brittany Lee.
Head Coach and Girls Varsity Coach Hugo Guardado Henriquez and Assistant Coach/Boys Varsity Chris Mare congratulated the athletes on Manhasset’s success in this highly competitive regatta.
The Head Of The Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day regatta attracting more than 8,200 rowers from 17 countries and over 250,000 spectators to the banks of Boston’s Charles River. In addition to crews from all across the United States, Manhasset’s boats competed in their events against international crews from Great Britain, Canada, and Turkey.
Adding to the excitement of this spectacular event is navigating the 3-mile race course, which starts at the Boston University boathouse and includes twisting turns through six triple-arch bridges, making this one of the most challenging courses in the world, even for experienced competitors. As the crews race against each other and against the clock, the coxswain’s job in steering the course is particularly difficult in this regatta, as they endeavor to swiftly navigate around sharp curves and through narrow arched bridges, along with such a large number of boats.