This last Saturday the Redhawks visited the Vikings on their home course for their second annual duel. The water started out flat at 7AM, but the wind came in quickly from the SE by the time racing got started. The first event of the day, the Varsity 8, saw a tail/crosswind from the SE that churned up some waves, but the course remained rowable. The Vikings led the 2-2.5k race from the beginning and finished 4 lengths ahead of the Redhawks. The second race of the day, the N8’s, also saw increasingly rough water and once again a stout tail/crosswind on the shortened 1500m course. The 1st Western N8 led the race from the first strokes and finished 5+ boat lengths in the lead. The race between Western’s 2N8+ and SU was a close one however, and the Redhawks edged out the Vikings by a length in the last 500m of racing. Unfortunately the 4’s races were cancelled due to poor rowing conditions.
It was a great time for both teams and the Vikings look forward to hosting SU again next year! The team now looks forward to the WIRA and NCRC Championships coming up in the next 2 weeks. Western will be taking their V8+ and N4+ to Rancho Cordova, CA this next weekend, then the whole team will be in Eugene, OR on the weekend on May 3rd. See you at the races!