I’ve been on vacation this week, in Sarasota, with my husband and some friends who are rowing with us at the Masters Nationals regatta. Today was the first day of racing, and I had a busy schedule, with two quads (4-person sculling boats) and my single. The first quad was a women’s lightweight crew. We got down the course pretty fast and won second place. Then I rowed in a mixed quad with my husband and two friends who also rowed a quad with us at last summer’s regatta. We improved on our performance from the previous year and took third place.

By the time I rowed the single later in the day, I didn’t have much energy left, and I ended up finishing last. Still, I felt that I was rowing smoothly and not making mistakes, which was something. Every time I go out in the single, I feel just a little more comfortable in it. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have thought there was any possibility I would race a single scull at major regattas. They are tiny boats that feel as if they could tip over at any time (although they don’t really). It takes some persistence to get out and row one anyway.

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  1. This is so cool! Congratulations on being part of the Masters National regatta! 🙌. I love Sarasota. Was lucky to get to be there during the World Rowing Championships back in 2017. So exciting to get to watch the finals & see some of the top international athletes. Frequented Sarasota often while my daughter was in college there & love the art vibe of the place. The John & Mabel Ringling Art Museum (and grounds) are a favorite, as is the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Hope you have a fab trip & high fives again on wonderful rowing adventures!! 🙌

    • Hi Paula! I went to the World regatta with my team and even rowed there, although of course I didn’t win anything. But it certainly was exciting to be a part of it! Sarasota is indeed a lovely place.

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