Scenes from the Michigan Club Invitational Regatta
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.
âIt’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. âI 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, âsaid 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.