HB Cavs Crew debuts at biggest rowing regatta in the world

The weather made for challenging conditions for the rowers from Hollis Brookline Cavaliers Crew who raced recently at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. It is highly competitive so HB was thrilled to secure entries for the Women’s Youth Coxed Four (Brianna DeJoie, Julia Pepin, Jenna Swabowicz, Katie Souza, cox Jack Hattamer and alternate Myah Caplan) and Men’s Youth Coxed Quad (Alex Dougherty, Roy Nagle, Patch Whalen, Madoc Lewis, cox Nate Buckley and alternate Grant Partin). Despite the strong winds and waves, both crews acquitted themselves admirably, beating some notable regional competitors.

Head coach Mark Lewis added some context: "The Head of the Charles is one of the most prestigious rowing competitions in the world, with 11,000 competitors, including many current and ex-Olympic rowers, and is a benchmark for any oarswoman or man. I was impressed with how the team approached this highly competitive race, and our results on the day give us great optimism for the future. My ambition for HB Crew is for us to be one of the top clubs in New Hampshire, and this is an important step on our journey."

HB Crew, founded in 2012, is still a relatively new entrant into the rowing community, but had its most successful season ever last spring, with medals in many of the region’s top rowing events. The autumn season has also hit a new high, with wins across many of the region events. These include a Silver Medal at the New England Championships for the U15 Junior Women’s Coxed Quad and Bronze Medal for the Junior Women’s 3rd Varsity Club Four. The club also secured wins at Westford, Mass., in the Junior Men’s Varsity Coxed Four, Junior Men’s Coxed Quad, a second place in Junior Women’s Coxed Four and a Bronze medal in the Junior Women’s Lightweight Four at the highly competitive Lowell Invitational Regatta.

The club also went to Saratoga, N.Y., to compete in the Head of the Fish Regatta, another prestigious East Coast competition.

Hollis Brookline Cavaliers Crew, based in Lone Pine Hunters Club in Hollis, welcomes new members from both the High School and Middle School. Please contact Joyce@HBCrew.org or visit hbcrew.org for more information.