Weather turns out fine for Shawigan’s early regattas

Last weekend’s weather might not have seemed like the best for heading out on the lake, but it was ideal for the two regattas hosted by Shawnigan Lake School.

"We had some rain and even snow, but the water was flat for most of the weekend," Shawnigan head of rowing Tim Coy commented. "No delays the entire weekend, so the weather was rowing-friendly."

Saturday’s Hungerford Cup began with a skills event for novice and junior varsity rowers, won by a Brentwood quad, followed closely by a Shawnigan eight. That afternoon, novice and JV rowers ran short

head races, with Claremont and Vic City winning five events. More than 400 athletes took part in the 32nd annual Head of the Lake Regatta on Sunday, including the Canadian national team, which won the open eight, then entered three quads in the second race, finishing one-two-three.

"No surprise there," Coy admitted.

Shawnigan won both junior A coxed fours races, with Maia du Toit, Danielle Schmidt, Alex Lubbe, Sierra Farr and Shanti Thurber in the girls event, and Kristina Lau, Bayley Wells, Mykael Hughes-Mussio, Wyatt Huber and Liam McKay in the boys race. Vic City won three of the four high school events, with Brentwood winning the jr. A boys eight.