Rat Island Regatta 2017
It was a bit rougher than last year. Times were a bit slower and crews were definitely wetter but it was a fun challenge and thank heaven (and the launch crews) all came back safe .
Congratulations to Rainer Storb’s quad for taking line honors again this year.
1 4x OW F/M 1:00:36.9
R Storb, A Storb, T Batty, S Chapin
This photo by Joel Rogers captured the second, third and fourth place finishers right after the start of the race – spooky!
Congratulations to the Frank C. for being the first of our shells again this year!
4 Frank C. 4x F/M 1:07:34.7 +6:57
Sally G-bow cox, Jim M, Janet, Micaela
Kudos to Don Berger and the fledgling crew at Sequim Bay who came in seventh….
7 Sequim Bay Yacht Club Rowing 1:09:39.0 +9:02.1
Stan would be proud of his intrepid crew soldiering through the rough stuff in the newly named Stan Pocock
9 Stan Pocock 4x F/M 1:10:36.3 +9:59
Jim B-bow cox, Ted, Rhayne, Peggy M
Sandwiched between Ann Wi (Cox) and Ann We (Bow) Rats and Nails pulled together
16 Kathy Lazara Whitman 8x+ F 1:16:00.8 +15:23
Ann Wiltshire cox, Char, Barb, Nikki, Allison, Mari. Ann We, Connie, Patricia
In the name of Friendship (and fun) the Tempe crew made their annual pilgrimage north
21 Friendship 8+ F/M 1:21:40.2 +21:03.3
Tempe Town Lake Rowers
The race was not without incidents. Two boats swamped and had to be towed in. As Dave McWethy pointed out, it was a good day to have a stern cox, not just for navigation, but for bailing!
Back on land, all ended well as freshly grilled salmon, lots of food, beer, a beach campfire and the warmth of good company made for a happy ending. Thank you to all the launch drivers, cooks, kitchen staff, clean up crews, registration committee, and the many many people it takes to pull off an organizational miracle like this, especially our fearless leaders Sally Giesler and Steve Chapin.
Many many thanks to Joel Rogers for his outstanding photos including the featured banner photo. See his entire set of 2017 Rat Island Regatta photos at joelrogers.com.
And again, many thanks to Robert Armstrong who gave us permission to use his awesome and fun character Mickey Rat for promoting this year’s event.
TH-th-that’s all folks!