Sunday was the day that all the training and work was going to be put to the test. There were 5 crews in our category to race over the 4.8km up the Charles River which goes through Boston. It is an absolutely amazing experience with the CRI Rowing Club transporting our boat to the MIT Rowing Shed, where volunteers took the boat and oars off the trailer and set it on trestles for us. A lady from USA Rowing – Adaptive Program Deb Arenberg introduced herself to us and welcomed the crew to Boston.
The volunteers involved in this weekend are amazing and helpful in any way that they can be. So with not having to worry about our boat we headed into the shed to do a bit of stretching and warm up. Saturday the weather was fantastic for a race up this river but Sunday morning the weather had turned and it was very cold and extremely windy. The “Basin” where the boats warm up definitely lived up to its nick name of the washing machine. It was pretty rough! But we had a pretty good warm up and headed to the starting shute. We were supposed to go off 4th but for some reason boat #5 went off 2nd with the 2 CRI crews after them and us last. We had a pretty good start but the full on head wind was fierce and it was very cold!
Our cox Mia did an amazing job and as one local told us while he was watching from one of the bridges , “She had the best line up the river than any of the other boats!” and he had done this race more than 30 times. As we went through each bridge I counted them off in my head. Knowing that once we were under the 6th bridge it was only about 1 kilometer from the finish. Mia called for a push out of every bridge and the crew responded really well each time. The last push was extremely hard and with about 300 metres to go we tried to pull the rating up. This was extremely hard pushing into the head wind.