~finish of the Varsity race~
Well, OK, it was actually the Memorial Day Parade through Camden (then Rockport) with the Maine State High School Boys Crew champs, Megunticook Rowing! Yes, you’re reading the right blog, it’s not a baseball report, Jonas has found his sport: crew.
Yesterday our guys team (one boat’s worth) were the victors at the Maine High School championships, hosted graciously by Waynflete in Portland. In the boat were three 8th graders, Jonas, and a post-grad rower. Last week they raced as novices in a regatta in Massachusetts, both boys and girls teams were winners; this week they raced in both the boys JV and Varsity races, and were victorious in both. There was a stiff cross-wind and it looked like really hard work.
When they rounded the corner of the river, it looked like they were far behind. Part of that was our angle, looking upriver, close to the finish; but they actually were behind. But our guys took the corner well and were then able to power forward and overtake the Yarmouth boat! So exciting to watch.
It’s been great to watch Jonas find his sport with such a fine organization and enjoy the sportsmanship of being on a truly team sport. Our team is so fortunate to be coached by Ry Hills — in the words of a rival school’s coach, she is “one of the best coaches in the country.” What an incredible gift to these young people! Jonas noted that coaching this club is not even a blip on Ry’s august coaching career. Learn more about this sport and Megunticook Rowing in Ry’s own words here.
On the more relaxed row back up to the dock. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a sunny May Saturday.