On Nov. 3 and 4 the Clermont Crew Rowing Team, which includes four McNicholas students, traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to participate in the Head of the Hooch Regatta on the Tennessee River. The Hooch is the second largest regatta in the United States.
There were more than 1,600 teams at this regatta, including others from Ohio. There were also colleges in attendance.
Sophomores Molly Kidwell, Daria Hofmann, and Randi Dailey, and freshman David Towell are part of the 20 person Clermont Crew team, where ages range from 13-18. This is Kidwell’s second year participating in the regatta, but for everyone else it was their first time.
The crew practices every day after school from 4-6 p.m. at the Stonelick River. They also practice on Saturdays.
Dailey and Kidwell were in a boat that ranked 58 out of 83, and Hofmann rowed in a boat that ranked 11 out of 24. One of the crew’s former coaches was entered into the regatta as a singles master and won first place. According to Kidwell, this was a highly competitive regatta.
In rowing there are head races and sprint races. In sprint races, all of the boats race alongside of each other. In the head races the boats are raced one at a time, with the best time winning. Races are divided by age and how many people are in each boat. A double, single, and quad have two, one, and four people in the boat with two oars each. An eight, a pair, and a four have eight, two, and five people in each boat. In the four, there is a coxswain, who does not paddle, but gives direction.
Kidwell mentioned that they have a really good team. “When you row, you race not only for yourself, but you race for your team,” Kidwell said. Hofmann added, “It’s very exciting. There is a lot of good energy.”