Head of the Charles, the most talked about regatta in NorthAmerica ran like a swiss watch under blue skies studded with fall-colored leaves riding the breeze. This was the 49th running of the high-point on every club’s regatta calendar. LLRC attended again with three entries in the juniors’ events. Grace Beck found her swing and speed again, finishing in 12th place among the fastest girls in the country. She was all smiles as she pulled her sleek skiff from the Charles after the race. Mac Bendickson also impressed with a top-10 finish in the men’s youth single; finishing in 8th place, Mac has an automatic entry for next year’s Charles – well done!! Gracie and Mac are both just 16 and will have a number of season ahead of them as juniors.
Next to come was the youngest crew of the LLRC, George Esau and JJ Heflin – both just 15 and in their first season as competitive rowers. The duo competed in the men’s youth double. JJ in the bow seat steered an excellent course guiding the crew up the challenging course under the diesel-like power of George to a respectable middle-of-the-pack finish. Another LLRC ship to flash up the course was our entry in the Director’s Challenge mixed quad, a composite crew with Coach Nick and Caitlin joining two Case Western students. This pull-together crew rowed to a 5th place finish in a field with former olympic and national team members mixed in the other boats.
LLRCers who are now at University also confirmed that we are producing top-notch rowers; in her first year on the nation’s top womens’ University’s crew, UVA, Erin Briggs reported that she is the fastest Freshman in this super competitive group. She was one of only a few freshmen to make the varsity boats for the Charles. Bravo Briggsie, we are so proud of you!! Jack Holden, also in his freshman year, made the Varsity boat from VillaNova. This is his third regatta on the Varsity squad. Jack was part of the VillaNova 4+ boat that finished 5th at the Navy regatta last week – the best finish of a Villa Nova boat in its history. The Blue and Maize blades of the University of Michigan also had an LLRCer in their 4+ at the Charles; Dani Vitas stroked their top boat to a 3rd place finish just 4 seconds out of first place over the 16+ minute course. Another local rower who comes to Long Lake for coaching and to enjoy the friendly waters is Lynn Randazzo who finished 4th in a very competitive field of lady scullers at this year’s Charles. She too will have an automatic entry for the 50th Head of the Charles next October.
For the juniors this was the second high-level benchmark regatta of the 2013 season; in early June, LLRC qualified 3 boats to compete at the National Championship regatta. Our juniors have a bright future ahead of them.
We will wind up the season in two weeks at the Head of the Hooch regatta in Chattanooga, TN. Weather permitting, the crews will brave the blustery fall weather on the friendly waters until the ice skate come out.
The National team has invited us to compete in a late fall speed order from which can come invitations to developments camps. Hopp LLRC!
Upcoming events for LLRC
Sunday 28 July TwinCity Sweeps at Bryant Lake, Eden Prairie, MN
Saturday/Sunday August 3/4 NWIRA at Lake Elmo, MN
Monday August 5-9 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St Catharines, Ontario
We await the announcement of the date of the Tops&Bottoms regatta in Kenora, Ontario
September 28 head of the DesMoines
Sunday 6 October Head of the Mississippi
Saturday 12 October Quad Cities head
Saturday Sunday 19/20 October Head of the Charles, Boston, MA
Saturday Sunday 2/3 November Head of the Hooch, Chattanooga, TN
Monday the 8th of April we will hold an orientation meeting at our indoor training center located at GearWest, 1786 W Wayzata Blvd in Long Lake. The meeting will start at 4pm
We will discuss the various programs, our regatta/events calendar for the season and field all questions. We look forward to welcoming you to our fast Crew.
Elite Competitive Juniors attending the Spring competitive camp (23March-1April in Aiken) will begin training on Monday 4. March in preparation for the camp and Speed Order.
All juniors will start regular practice/training and learn to row class after school, 4pm on 8April, Monday at the GearWest Training center 1786W Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN
April 10, Wednesday, 3.45pm-5.30pm Orono swiming pool; re-entry practice and recruiting party. Bring your swim trunks
Be ready to howl and run with the wolf pack on the 2nd. Events for juniors, masters, open as double crews on slides, quad crew relays and the usual single races. This year we have added 2 events for novice adults; a relay and a single. Register at regattacentral.com
2. Feb Winter WolfHowl Ergatta, Long Lake
17. Feb CRASH-bs Ergatta, Boston, MA
17-18 May Midwest Regions JR Champs Cincinnati, OH
7-8 June Jr. National Champs Oakridge, TN
22-23June Minneapolis Sprints Long Lake, MN
29 June Thunder Bay Jr Regatta, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
28 July Twin City Sweeps, Minneapolis
3-4 Aug NWIRA Lake Elmo, MN
TBA Tops and Bottoms, Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Deathrow, Duluth, MN
Sept Head of the DesMoines
Oct. Death Row Duluth, MN
Oct Head of the Mississippi, Minneapolis
Oct Head of the Charles Boston, MA
Nov Head of the Hooch, Chattanooga, TN
Welcome all rowers, rowing friends and supporters; LLRC’s annual membership starts 1.January! Renewing members and new members who complete new membership and waiver forms and submit payment before 1.February will renew at the 2012 rate. Waiver and Membership Form downloads and information are found under the “about LLRC” tab above. The program fees are found under the “Programs 2013″ tabs. LLRC members have year round access to the boats, ergs, weights, video and book/magazine library. We have just added 8 brand new C2 model D ergs with PM4 monitors to the existing 8 C2s. Our boat fleet is comprised of 8 Doubles, 10 Singles, 3 Quads, 1 coxed Four and we are on the hunt for an Eight. Concept2 and Croker superlight oars are accessible to all members. Our club hosts the WinterWolf Howl ergatta on 2. February and the Minneapolis Sprints Regatta on 14.,15. June this summer. We are also host to a lecture series open to the whole rowing community which has had the honor of introducing in our first year; Guenter Beutter, US Junior National Sculling Head Coach and Mary Whipple, Coxswain of the US Women’s 8+ that took gold at both the Beijing and London Olympic rowing regattas. We look forward to welcoming you to our club for the new year. The junior and adult programs focus on Sculling and include sweep rowing as a secondary discipline. Please browse through the subsequent posts to learn more about our wonderful club.
Catch quickly and finish quietly!
January 3-6 in Oakland, California at the CRC, Erin Briggs, Mac Bendickson and Pierce Carlson will be attending the the High Performance ID camp of the Junior National team wing of USRowing. These keen juniors will be tested over a 2k and 6k distance on the ergs and will participate in a 2k speed order race in singles and doubles on last day of the camp. The LLRC juniors have been training everyday in preparation for competing in this very special opportunity.
The evening of December 12th, Woodhill Country club’s “Barn” from 6pm-9pm LLRC will celebrate a year, a month and a day of existence at the annual Fundraiser. Keynote speaker; Olympian, Mary Whipple will take us down the Olympic Regatta course at Dorney Eton through the video and audio of her race for Gold this past August. Her motivational talks are inspiring to all ages and performers in all of life’s contests.
Test your power and speed to the cheers of the crowd on the power-pull erg contest and challenge a friend to the head-to-head 150meter erg competition.
Silent auction item highlights; x-c ski package, Authentic German National team unisuit, Swiss unisuits, and many other rowing treasures
Live auction item highlights; Seaplane ride from Wayzata Bay, Cocktail cruise aboard Casper and Dinner on the Dock, Arrive by Appledore or Casper for Breakfast on the Dock, Naming rights to Boats, and seats. Naming rights to our Boathouse
Raffle highlights: C2 Model D Erg , Croker S2 Superlight Sculling oars
Enjoy a wonderfully cozy evening and dinner by the fireplace with the LLRC hosts and Mary Whipple. Support the club that co-hosts the Minneapolis Sprints regatta in June, The Winter Wolf Howl Ergatta in February, guest speakers from the elite world of rowing and lactate testing and on-water clinics with US National Team coach Guenter Beutter. We are pulling local rowing to a new level. Be a part of this winning crew.
Purchase your tickets now by following this link; llrc2012.eventbrite.com
There are a limited number of tickets so hurry.
Contact us with any questions or to discuss special levels of support at 952.769.7350
LLRC needs to expand its current fleet to meet the demand; our wish list includes
an eight,$20,000 a quad to replace our Stampfli4x $12,000 and a heavy weight Single $7,000. These boats and their future replacements will bear the name you specify in perpetuity. The name of a loved one, spouse or special request will live on and support the best sport on water. Purchase the boat outright or gather some friends to each buy a “seat” in one of these sleek racing vessels.
This year LLRC junior crews stood on the Podium at every regatta we attended and collected a number of Golds. We will also celebrate Orono Senior, Erin Briggs who after just 4 months of sculling at LLRC, won the Junior’s Single event at the NWIRA and has signed a letter of intent with the nation’s top women’s rowing university, UVA.
After a night of frantic calls to round up a boat for the men’s 4+ crew which proved unsuccessful, combing the exhibitors beach in the early morning minutes before their race, we struck black gold – a brand new Resolute. With Swiss-like timing and on time, the anxious crew whisked their gleaming ship to the dock, tied in and were swept downstream toward the start.. Pfew! Brayden, our brand new cox was tucked into the bow-loader style coxswains quarters which resembled the cockpit of a fighter jet. Cool as a cucumber, he called out the commands that set the well-oiled machine into synchronized motion. The next thing we would see of the crew was the black ship racing up the course and holding a perfect line around the big turn coming into the Eliot bridge just past the Cambridge Boat Club. With nerves of steel, Brayden bore a tight line through traffic and with just whiskers between the port oar tips and the bridge stanchion, the LLRC crew shot through the opening and into the next sweeping turn to starboard and the finish line. Next up were the LLRC girls in a tried and true Kaschper on loan to the crew from the Duluth Rowing club. The young crew, a newly formed four, rowed with the familiarity and precision of a quartet that had seen many races together. Two down the course and one to go. The stellar crew of the LLRC women’s 2x launched from the lovely Northeastern University boathouse just up stream from the fray at the main docks. The crew settled into the Fluidesign under the watchful eye of GMan (GuenterBeutter) and their LLRC coach. The girls had practiced on the course the Friday before the race but were cautious as they took the first strokes in the heavy traffic of boats which had just completed the course and were heading back to the take-out docks. Once clear of the departing traffic, they were free to go through the warm up drills and test their speed on the way to the start.
Perched near the turn at Eliot, I waited. Boats passed in both directions but my gaze was fixed on the bridge where they would first come into view. In a covey of 5 other doubles, the LLRC crew appeared to be on the perfect line through this pivotal portion of the 5Km course. The crew looked fantastic with practiced “V” splashes at every catch and long run. They were more that holding their own in the company of the country’s best crews. With a steady stroke rate of 32 around the turn and then up to a muscle-burning 36 strokes per minute, the duo sped down the last 4oom of the tactically challenging course to the two yellow buoys which designate the finish line. The crew finished in 16th place!! Three cheers for the LLRC. On and off the water all LLRCers exhibited gentlemanly, sportsman-like conduct and were a tightly knit, supportive group to one another. Nice work and great cap to a super successful first season.