The EBRC summer 2015 novices rowed their first race — a mixed masters novice 8+ — at the Wine Country Rowing Classic on October 4. Could we possibly be ready, when we had little more than three months of rowing under our belts? Whatever made me think I could race? Not sinking the boat seemed a worthy goal, under the circumstances.
Ready or not, race day came. After hours of waiting, we were off, in our 5,000 meter “head race” (race against the clock). Under a glaring sun, and through a haze of spray and sweat, I saw how hard my teammates were rowing. The race was supposed to take about 20 minutes, but with no watch, I could not gauge our pace. Midway through the race, we were passed by another boat — I thought, “We must be pathetic!” But we did what you do in rowing — we kept rowing, even harder. It turned out that the boat that passed us was in another event entirely.
When the results were finally announced, in first place was EBRC! Our gold medal was very satisfying, as were the congratulations the novices received from the whole masters team. I am looking forward to seeing what the novices can do in the rest of the fall racing season.
– George Bishop (Summer 2015 novice)