Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

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ANN ARNOR – Rowers of all ages, skills and experience levels competed in the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta on Argo Pond on Saturday.

The cooler weather was a pleasant surprise for the 292 participants, who competed against each other between 7.45 a.m. and around 4.30 p.m., with breaks for a morning break, lunch and high tea. Spectators lined the Huron River in lounge chairs and picnic blankets and cheered the rowers passing by.

“It’s more of a fun regatta. There are only three lanes and 1,000 meters compared to other regattas that are usually 5 or 6 lanes and 2,000 meters long, “said US Rowing Judge / Referee Rhaea Miller between races. “This is a good opportunity for people who are just starting out in the clubs to practice, but we still have some really competitive rowers here.”

Some novice rowers like Isabel Albaitis of East Grand Rapids, a student athlete at Grand Valley State University who rowed from Detroit this summer, missed the 2020 spring rowing season due to COVID-19. “I started rowing my freshman college, which was entering our 2020 season, which was canceled. So this summer is the first real regatta season that I was able to drive, ”said Albaitis.

Albaitis and her team of five or four rowers and a helmsman took second place in their race today.

Below are some of our favorite scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta, with the full picture gallery above.

The Greater Columbus Rowing Association competes in the Mixed Masters 8+ Zingerman’s BAKEHOUSE Cup during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive, Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The helmsman Christian Blanco on the far left is accompanied from left to right by James Waterfield, Gordon Fullerton, Marc Guerrero, Casey McKenna-Monroe and Sarah Herald-Miller.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

Rowers and parents watch the dock as the teams return to the launch point during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 31, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

A member of the Greater Columbus Rowing Association relaxes after finishing their race for the Mens Open 1x during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive, Ann Arbor, on Saturday, July 31, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

The Traverse City Tritons team will return to the starting point on Saturday, July 31, 2021 during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive, Ann Arbor. Coxswain, Samantha Thomas, far left, is joined by teammate McLean. accompanies Desmond, Megan Lautner, Abby Rockwood and Isabelle Baumann from left to right.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

A member of the Detroit Boat Club crew returns after competing in the Womens Open 4+ race on Saturday, July 31, 2021 during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive, Ann Arbor.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

A member of the Washtenaw Rowing Center relaxes after finishing their race for the Women’s Open 1x during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 31, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

University of Michigan students Robin Albert (left) and Rachell Kroll watch the races during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 31, 2021. “I have a couple of friends who are on the rowing team. I always knew it was a difficult sport, but it’s so much more impressive to see it! ”Said Albert. Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

Lila Miller (left) and Elizabeth Saunders of Lake Leelanau Rowing Club will compete in the Inclusive PD or ID 2x race on Saturday, July 31, 2021 during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive, Ann Arbor on.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

A member of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club competes in the Women’s Open 1x during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 31, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

Two teams, both from Cincinnati Jr. Rowing Club, Inc., are returning from their Men’s Novice / Rec 4+ race during the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 31, 2021 return .Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta

The crew of the Detroit Boat Club prepare to carry their boat away after they have all seats for transportation after racing in the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta at Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore Drive, Ann Arbor, on Saturday, July 31st 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News


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