The FWRC held a practice race for members and Learn to Row students at Marine Creek Lake on Saturday, September 30. Club members raced in Quads and 1Xs and then helped to coordinate the Frogs-Bears Rowing Challenge. The Challenge consisted of seven events - three in 8+s and four in 4+. ROW FROGS! Photos Courtesy of Mark Dawson.
The Fall Trash Bash had a great showing from the Fort Worth Rowing Club. Thanks Bonnie Jefferson Parker for heading up the Fall 2017 club effort. Club members joined over 6,500 other volunteers devoted to keeping the Trinity clean. Lori Bratcher and Bonnie set up a Club display at the Panther Island after party.
Thanks to all those that helped out: Krista B, Jenny S, Amy B, Bill B, Frank R, Karen T, Amberly N, Pat M, Kirk, Sally W, and Al H
Twenty-nine athletes registered for six events at this year's Henley on the Trinity, but due to the combination of lightning, high water, and debris on the course resulted in scratching the on-water racing; instead 20 of rowers competed in ergo poker. Competitors ran 1000m pieces in five events, converted the resulting times into playing cards and awarded this year’s Henley pint glasses based on poker hands. As you’ll see, smart rowers pulled scores with lots of ones while the others sawed away with virtually no strategy.
Thank you, Sue-Ann Hall, for being our starter, Pete McIntosh for taking results & photos, Tom Carr for serving up coffee and bagels, and White Rock Boathouse for hosting us. Thanks, everyone, for your good-humored response to lousy weather and please, come back in late spring 2018 for our next go at Henley style racing.
Congratulations to the TCU Rowing Team on their final University Regatta for 2016. They placed 1st in Women's 2X, (check out their new Unis that match the Two Step). TCU Team Capt/Cox Ashely's Crew won the Composite Mix 8+ (TCU rowers Rachel & James were joined by rowers 2 rowers from Rice, Baylor and Texas A&M. TCU placed a strong second place in both the Women's & Men's varsity 4+. Also included is a great photo of some of the over to 200 rowers from the 5 Universities that participated at the Baylor Regatta. (UT not in photo),
Over 50 club members and guests attended the Club's Reception on Wednesday, October 9 at the stunning Sundance Square Pavilion.
Andy Papp did an excellent job presenting the Club's "2020 Vision" plan. More information will be posted on the website soon.
The Club recognized Bridget for all her efforts and contributions presented her a mini FWRC Oar. Amy presented a heartfelt tribute to Lee. Robin presented the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation with a check on behalf of the Club.
Steve presented Lee with "Lifetime" Club Membership, as well as a beautiful Crystal photo of Lee rowing. Amy and Lee dedicated the O'Bannon. Lee explained the history of the boat's name, as well as the thoughts behind the donation.
It was a fun night and we have so many people to thank for putting it all together. Steve, Ericca and Andy were primarily responsible for putting it all together. Sylvia, Suzanne and Lori did a great job ensuring all the last minute touches were in place.
FWRC Boat Dedication and Vision Reception
Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m
Sundance Square Pavilion.
This special event includes:
FWRC Members should purchase tickets by November 2nd to ensure a seat. Sales will open to TCU and non-members starting November 3rd.
Great results at regatta. Lexy Bowers led the club with bling. (Two golds & silver. Chloe was a great asset today and rowed with Lexy to victory in Women's open 2X. TCU/FW crew won the Open 4+. First for today were Paige & James rowing 1X and Ben Brown rowed mix quad & experience his first race. Overall a great day.
2016 Henley on the Rocks Recap
Twenty two athletes competed in 22 races to determine winners in 5 events over 2 hours and forty minutes. The initial temperature was 85°, and the final was 79° with a strong crosswind from starboard. White Rock Boathouse hosted the 5th annual event on May 21 because the Trinity River in Fort Worth was flooded (again).
Men’s Intermediate 1X (6 boats, 3 rounds) Erich Meiske of TRC beat Mike McKnight of TRC by 2 lengths.
Women’s Masters 2X (2 boats, 1 round) Kim Wilson and Kristy Skeffington of TRC beat Nan Gao and Melanie Cathey of WRBH by 4 lengths.
Men’s Open 1X (7 boats, 3 rounds) Pat McDonough of FWRC beat Joe Seaman of TRC by 2 lengths.
Mixed Masters 2X (5 boats, 3 rounds) Gina Tomaseski and Pat Hamner of DRC beat Kim Wilson and Simon Borchelt of TRC by 3 lengths.
Men’s Open 2X (7 boats, 3 rounds) Matt Knifton and Simon Borchelt of TRC beat the composite boat of Tom Carr of WRBH and Pat McDonough of FWRC by 1 length.
Many thanks go to the following officials & volunteers:
Tom Carr, White Rock Boathouse logistics
Chantelle Conley, Starter
Sebastian Peter, Starter
Meaghan Bresnahan, Finish Judge
Lori Bratcher, Schedule Keeper
Ericca McMillin, FWRC logistics
Robin Fuller, FWRC treasurer/funder of the awards & Lexy Bowers dockmaster
Chris Fuller, special assistant to Robin Fuller
Pat McDonough, registration and scheduling
Pete McIntosh, awards, volunteer coordination and photos