Once again in 2019, row2k covered dozens of regattas around the US and the world. Read on for our ten most-read regatta dispatches from the past year!
Head of the Charles
1: One Final Row and a Charles River Burial for Larry Klecatsky
Jim Dietz racing Saturday with Larry Klecatsky's ashes in a cylinder taped to his rigger.
"Larry was one of the most influential guys in rowing in the United States, he was larger than life, and he loved the Head of the Charles. So I taped Larry to my rigger and I raced with Larry all the way."
Of all the races rowed by the late Dr. Larry Klecatsky, one of most decorated scullers in US history, the Head of the Charles Regatta was at the top of his favorites list.
Not only did he love rowing in it, he won a basket full of championship medals, including 11 lightweight single titles - eight in a row between 1970 and 1978 - and seven others in the double with Jim Dietz.
After Klecatsky died last December, his wife Susan pulled Dietz aside at the funeral and asked Dietz if he would give Klecatsky one last run down the Charles River in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Dietz, who counts himself as one of Klecatsky's lifelong friends and teammates, immediately agreed. Read more
Head of the Charles
2: HOCR Sunday: Impressive One-Two Finishes and Near Sweeps
US women's eight bow number 1.
"This all comes from inside. I mean we all want it really badly. And I know that it's easy to say you want it, but after practice seeing people do extra work, you know that we were all working so hard for it."
Grace Mensi, RA Rye
The 55th Head of the Charles Regatta wrapped up Sunday with an impressive set of results for the US national team crews and a near sweep for RowAmerica Rye in the youth events.
When the US men's and women's national team training centers put together the lineups for their Head of the Charles crews, they stressed that they wanted to race even eights. If even was what they were looking for they apparently got what they wanted with both squads finishing first and second.
And if there was a single program that was going to come away from this Head of the Charles knowing that what they are doing is working, it is the RowAmerica Rye, which won both the men's and women's youth eights and the women's youth four.
3: 2019 IRA Selections Announced
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association has selected the crews that will compete in the 2019 IRA National Championship Regatta. Read more
Head of the Charles
4: Head Of The Charles Rumor Mill 2019
Not everything is black and white (and geese set up for the start better than you do)
"The College Board is requiring all students who were admitted as fake recruits to row together in an eight. Don't worry they're all club eligible #WheresAuntBecky"
Some are true, some are not, some might be; that's the 2019 Head Of The Charles Rumor Mill. Read more
5: IRA Sunday: Yale Wins Again, Cornell Bounces Back, Stanford Notches a Fifth
Yale on the podium
"Every year it's gotten better and better, and the main part of that is just the performance of the whole team."
Charlie Elwes, Yale
The 2019 IRA Championship was packed with perfect weather, excellent conditions and race that made history.
The morning saw the Cornell University lightweights redeem their Eastern Sprints hiccup - the one where they missed the Grand Final after being edged out in the heat by the University of Pennsylvania, which went on to win their first sprints title since 1976. Cornell won the varsity eight, and took the team points trophy to boot.
Stanford University has held the gold standard in women's lightweight rowing - and the national championship title - since 2015. They came in as a four-time defending champion, and went out a five-time consecutive winner.
Henley Royal Regatta
6: Henley Sunday: Two US Wins, Broken Records, and Full-on Pagentry
Navy rowing to victory
"It was a great feeling to be here with our team, and do this for Navy and everyone back in the States, and for the United States Armed Forces"
Jared Taintor, US Naval Academy
The 2019 Henley Royal Regatta ended in with a flourish of pageantry, two wins for the US and a list of broken records.
When it comes to putting on an elaborate event, the folks that run the Henley Royal Regatta don't lag behind anyone. They take this whole event very seriously, and there are rules for just about everything.
So, it should come as no surprise that an event as old as Henley could wrap itself around a single anniversary like the Centennial of the Henley Royal Peace Regatta - run in 1919 to honor the end of the First World War and those members of the rowing world and Henley community that fell in the conflict - and still manage to run one of the most iconic and competitive rowing events in the world at the same time.
7: USA Women's 2x: A Double Surprise
Gevvie Stone and Cicely Madden training on the Charles
"In the double, we got to be underdogs again, and I got to enjoy the thrill of racing with a new challenge, which I really love."
When Gevvie Stone lost her bid to be the US women's single for the 2019 World Rowing Championships, she and training partner Cicely Madden decided to have a go in the double. The entry was not what they had planned - but they won.
Gevvie Stone and Cicely Madden were not thinking about rowing a double at the 2019 World Championships when they traveled together to the US women's singles trials in April.
Stone, who rowed the single at the past two Olympics, and won a silver medal in Rio, had her mind set on a third Olympics in the same boat. Madden, who was Stone's Cambridge Boat Club teammate and training partner in the run-up to Rio, was again Stone's partner on the Charles River, but also went to race trials with her only set goal being to see how fast she could go.
Henley Royal Regatta
8: Peace Regatta Centennial: Representing the US Military in a Special Henley Anniversary
US Naval Academy Crew heading to Great Britian, photo courtesy of US Naval Academy
"There's a lot of history at the Naval Academy, we're celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Navy Rowing, and it could not have been better year."
Rob Friedrich, US Naval Academy
The US Naval Academy will join crews from seven countries next week in the 100 year anniversary of the Henley Peace Regatta, which was run in 1919 to honor lost and returning veterans from World War I.
It didnt take long for the rowing coaches at the US Naval Academy to decide they wanted to represent the US military at the Henley Royal Regatta Kings Cup event honoring the 100-year anniversary of the Henley Peace Regatta.
The Naval Academy was already celebrating its 150th year of rowing, and the thought of taking an eight to Henley to race in an event that was run only once as an effort to help return the rowing world to some beginnings of normalcy after the devastation of World War I would be an added honor.
9: USRowing Announces Camp-Selected Boats for 2019 World Rowing Championships
US Men's sweep team sparring in two coxed fours (members of M8) and straight four (M4-) at Briones
USRowing names 2019 women's eight, men's eight, women's four, men's four and women's quadruple sculls Read more
San Diego Crew Classic
10: Crew Classic Sunday: Plenty of Room in the Spotlight
Marin Rowing Association's women's novice eight in the spotlight at the Crew Classic
"As soon as we were warming up, and as soon as we got the blades in at the same time, there was just such power. I will confess I was a little bit unfocused, just because I was there with these wonderful athletes and out on the water again."
By the time the 2019 San Diego Crew Classic ended Sunday 38 Trophies were presented, more than 378 medals were won and new memories were made for crews of all levels and ages.
On a weekend where they had to share the water and the spotlight with not just the best collegiate and high school crew teams in the country, but also with future and past Olympians, it might be easy to miss the youngest and newest members of the rowing community competing at the San Diego Crew Classic.
But in an event that hosts early season sprint racing for nearly every age and experience level, there was room to spare in the awards area Sunday morning and the high school novice kids had their moment to shine on Mission Bay.