2014 Head of the Charles Regatta

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Ever Green Boat Club Celebrates the 50th Annual Head of the Charles
  • Seven entries: three in the Men's Alumni 8+, two in the Women's Alumni 8+, one in the Men's Senior Master 4+, and one in the Women's Senior Master 8+.
  • Two medals: Women's Alumni 8+ (4th place), Men's Senior Master 4+ (4th place). 
  • Five decades: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and '10s. 
  • Broad participation: more than 70 alumni competed for Ever Green and other programs.
  • Four guaranteed entries in 2015: Men's Senior Master 4+, Women's Alumni 8+, Two Men's Alumni 8+.
Men's Senior Master 4+: 4th of 54
Senior Master 4+
With a guaranteed entry as bow #9, we carefully recruited Ever Green men of certain ages to exactly average the minimum of 50 years old. Stroke Scott Armstrong at 50 and ironman Jim Crawford at 60 allowed us to bring youthful Jeremy Howick (age 44) and Marc Monplaisir (age 46). We based a powerful 31 and moved on the crews ahead of us, passing Yarmouth and Bainbridge Island on the powerhouse stretch. Good luck, a few key power 20s and great steering by Kristy Abo got us through the passing and bridges cleanly. With a mile to go, Kristy gave us the goal of catching #6 Marin who had 2 lengths open on us. We shifted to 32 and wore that margin down, pulling to contact soon after the last bridge and getting open water in the last 5 strokes. Fourth place was good enough for medals and much excitement about getting faster next year to take a shot at winning. (Scott Armstrong)


C - Kristy Abo '12 / S — Scott Armstrong (Brown '86) "'05"/ 3 — Jeremy Howick '92 / 2 — Jim Crawford '76 / 1 — Marc Monplaisir '89 

Alumnae Eight "A" and "B" Boats: 4th and 32nd of 42 | Women's Senior Master 20th of 39
Alumnae "A" Boat
Women's Alumni 8+
Alumnae "B" Boat
Women's Alumni 8+
Women's Senior Master 8+
Senior Master 8+
The alumni race is always a blast, because everyone is competitive and prepared to crank her guts out, but there’s no pressure outside of what we put on ourselves. It’s funny how good our muscles’ memories are. The first few strokes were tentative, but we slowly started to gel, and by the time we got up to the starting line, we were starting to find some pop in our stroke.

We were bow #4…. And that’s where we stayed the entire race. We left bows #5 and on in the dust, but couldn’t seem to make up ground on bow #3. Jamie Chapman ’12 - our stroke - set a strong rhythm, and we did not let off the gas for a second. All our muscles were screaming by the time we crossed the finish line, but that’s part of why we race! I would say we had some moments when all eight rowers were exactly in sink – when this happens, the boat FLIES almost effortlessly through the water.

It was so wonderful to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and remember why I love racing so dearly. Already counting the days 'til HOCR 2015!

(Sarah Alexander. Read Sarah's full report here.)
"A" Boat: C -- Alex Stein ‘06 / S — Jamie Chapman ‘12 / 7 — Catherine Kemp ‘02 / 6 — Lillian Maguire ‘14 / 5 — Ali Tercek ‘11 / 4 — Kate Davison ‘07 / 3 — Molly Fales ‘08 / 2 — Sarah Alexander ‘10 / 1 — Kelli Hvorecny ‘07

"B" Boat: C — Sarah Kler ‘12 / S — Hannah Jeton ‘12 / 7 — Louisa Harrison ‘12/ 6 — Elizabeth Kahane ‘09 / 5 — Elizabeth Salesky ‘13/ 4 — Kate Lyon ‘05 / 3 — Ally Armstrong ‘13 / 2 — Claire McConnell ‘09 / 1 — Julia Saraidaridis ‘05

Senior Master: C — Laura Kasler ‘83 / S — Danielle Dyer ‘81 / 7 — Hallie Brooks ‘90 / 6 — Nancy Faigen ‘78 / 5 — Susan MacLennan ‘90/ 4 — Edie Farwell ‘83 / 3 — Holly Henson ‘82 / 2 — Meghan Sarbanis / 1 — Lisa Doucett

Alumni Eight "Lightweight" Boat: 12th of 55
Men's Alumni 8+
For the third consecutive year, 30 years of Dartmouth lightweight rowers from 6 states joined together in Bow 15 for a smooth and gritty race in sunny, breezy conditions. And for the first time, EGBC fielded three men's alumni 8's -- this was great to see. In the D150 alumni boat, helmsman extraordinaire Todd Griset ’99 returned from a year off looking svelte and hungry. Last year’s stern pair and bow pair were joined by four well-pedigreed, motivated, fit and pain-resistant oarsmen from classes running from ’84 to ‘12. We had a solid practice row but a scratch boat is always a bit of a mystery. We eased into the race over the first mile, with WPI in the starting position behind us and a Princeton 90s-era crew in front. As we came through River Street Bridge, our pressure started to come up and we watched WPI fall back. We took it up another notch past the reunion village and into the 3rd mile, keeping clear of the trailing crews, and not gaining enough to make contact with the Fat Cats. Todd scrubbed the buoys clean on every turn, shaving every possible inch off the course. Coming out of Anderson, he called an effective power 10...no 3rd mile sag today. It stuck with us. Todd tapped the superhuman strength of our starboards to crank us around and under Eliot Bridge, and we wound ourselves up to a clean 34-36. Eyeballs started throbbing and noises dimmed as we passed Belmont and dumped it all on the river to finish with good form, consistent power and great respect for the 11 crews that managed to get down the course faster. (Austin Whitman)
C — Todd Griset ‘99 / S — Austin Whitman ‘99 / 7 — Brian Frake ‘13 / 6 —Matt Muffelman ‘03 / 5 — Philip Henson ‘11 / 4 — Mark Lange ‘84 / 3 — Ian Accomando ‘11 / 2 — Christopher Cross ‘84 / 1 — Baxter Wasson ‘98

Alumni Eight "Heavyweight A and B" Boats: 17th and 30th of 55
Men's Heavyweight Alumni 8+
Bow 17 in the Mens Alumni Eight featured classes of 1989 to 2013, including a core three from the Row Like Pigs era. Off a quick start, we settled into a powerful 31 strokes per minute, and set our sights on crews immediately ahead. We passed bow 16 (WPI) after Anderson and marked our second target, bow 15 — our own Ever Green Lightweight Eight. Reilly Bertasi '13 steered an excellent course, moving us nicely around the big turn and through Eliot into the final sprint. With less than 700 meters to go, we upped our cadence to 33 but could not match the swifter lightweights. Congratulations to the former D150s on a great row. Fifteen other crews placed ahead of us. We're aiming for a strong showing in 2015 and adding to our tally of 38 crews that finished behind us. (Syd Williams)
Men's Alumni 8+

"A" Boat: C — Reilly Bertasi ‘13 / S — Syd Wlliams ‘89 / 7 — Nick Dawe ‘10 / 6 — Don Wyper ‘05 / 5 — Quincy Darbyshire '11 / 4 — Parker Lewis ‘05 / 3 — Shane Keane ‘05 / 2 —Gabe Mahoney ‘08 / 1 — Nicolas Giometti ‘11
"B" Boat: C — Ashley Nowygrod ‘03 / S — Nick Birasa ‘11 / 7 — Matthew Oatway ‘12 / 6 — Joe Polwrek ‘12 / 5 — Graeme Calloway '12 / 4 — John Strizich ‘14 / 3 — Max Goldberg ‘12 / 2 —Tyler Maloney ‘12 / 1 — Rahul Raina ‘14