A Shawnigan men’s quad crew heads out on the water last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

A Shawnigan men’s quad crew heads out on the water last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Shawnigan Regatta returns with 20 clubs

Event was ‘blessed with flat water and cursed with rain’

The Shawnigan Lake School Regatta returned last weekend for the first time since 2019, with 20 clubs from across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland taking part.

The host school collected 13 medals, including one gold, and Shawnigan head of rowing Julie Platt was thrilled with her first regatta in that position.

“It was the first regatta in a long time and the regatta chair, Paul Hawksworth, new staff to Shawnigan, did an amazing job piecing it together,” Platt said. “We were blessed with flat water and cursed with an awful lot of rain. The athletes all had a great time.

“It was so special to get this event up and running again and we want to thank all the volunteers who helped run the event as well as the Shawnigan Lake community as well as the rowing community for supporting the event.”

Shawnigan’s medals included gold in the U19 JV men’s 4+; silver and bronze in U17 JV women’s 4+; silver in U17 women’s 2x, U19 women’s 8+, U19 men’s 1x and U19 men’s 4x-; and bronze in the U17 JV men’s 4+, U19 men’s 8+, U17 men’s 8+, U19 JV women’s 4+, U19 lightweight women’s 4+ and U19 women’s 4+.

Local rivals Brentwood College School earned gold and bronze in the U19 women’s 8+ and U19 JV women’s 8+; gold in the U17 JV women’s 4+ and U19 JV women’s 4+; silver in the U19 men’s 8+, silver in U17 JV men’s 4+, U19 JV men’s 4+ and U17 JV men’s 2x; and bronze in the U19 JV men’s 8+, U19 novice women’s 4x+, U17 novice men’s 4x+, U19 lightweight men’s 2x, U19 men’s 1x, U17 JV women’s 1x, U19 lightweight men’s 4+, U19 women’s 2x, U17 women’s 4+ and U19 men’s 4+.

The Maple Bay Rowing Club picked up gold in the U15 women’s 4x+, U19 novice men’s 4x+ and U17 women’s 4+; silver and bronze in the U15 women’s 2x; silver in the U19 JV women’s 4+ and U17 women’s 4x-, and bronze in the U19 JV men’s 2x and U17 novice men’s 2x.

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