In terms of rowing courses, you could do a lot worse than the Fort Point Channel in South Boston. The manmade waterway is long, straight and protected from the wind, while the numerous bridges provide an ideal vantage point for spectators—and videographers, as BoatingLocal’s Tarah Llewellyn discovered while shooting the 2nd Annual Boston Youth Rowing Championship, held May 12, 2012.
The competition kicked off at 10:00 a.m., when crews from Green Academy and the Cushing House, both in South Boston, and the Boston Rowing Center met with coordinators from the Hull Lifesaving Museum at the Barking Crab restaurant. After going over the race rules and 3/4-mile course, the crews climbed aboard their fixed-seat, 32’ and 26’ traditional rowing gigs and maneuvered into position just below the Seaport Boulevard Bridge.
At the blast of the starting horn, the rowers poured it on. Blades flashed and spray flew as the boats quickly passed below the Congress Street bridge and the Summer Street bridge before rounding the final mark and heading back.
Claiming first place with a time of 2 minutes, 45 seconds was Green Academy, a charter school in South Boston that helps kids live “responsibly and sustainably, and to be prepared to succeed in the growing ‘green’ economy.”
The adult crew from the Boston Rowing Center, a program offered by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, placed second with a time of 2:51. The Center holds a number of events and programs, including after-school rowing programs for urban youth.
Taking third was the Cushing House team with a time of 2:53. The Cushing House is a rehabilitation center for young adults ages 16 to 19. Program director Fred Sharp involves the teens in rowing events and other healthy activities “so that they know in their sober life you can have fun doing other things besides getting high.”
The turnout for this year’s event wasn’t as large as the organizers had hoped. However, it was only the second year, and those involved had a great time. Hopefully this article and video will help spread the word, resulting in a bigger crowd next year.
By the way, if you want to check out the races for yourself, the next competition is being held on t he Fort Point Channel this Saturday, June 23, from 10:00 to 2:00.
Special thanks to Ed McCain and everyone at the Hull Lifesaving Museum, who helped coordinate this event.