At the start of racing at 7:50AM: Cloudy, fairly strong tailwind, looks like it's right down the course.
Sick Qualifying Demands Today
The B finals might be the real news today; in the women's quad and the men's eight, only the B final winner gets the Olympic qualifying spot. The petite finals are no mere grudge matches this year; the Olympic slot usually brings money and comfort to the entire delegation.
IRN On Time
The Independent Rowing News are on top of things; the new issue showed up at the course today, packed with photos from the heats last weekend. Kudos go to Chris Milliman and Chip Davis for blasting that one out. The papers are all over the place in St. Kitts; it's like the Weekly Shopper of rowing.
There were a bunch of finals yesterday (B,C, and D), but revelers were nowhere in sight. Could it be that a certain famous party-goer gave a heater of a party just across the border? No one is saying much this morning.
The 1974 US gold medal boat, including Sheeley, Cashin, Vespoli, and others (I'll try to get the lineup later), took a trip over the course last night in the same shell in which they won the Worlds. The boat was bought by Mike Vespoli, and he brought it up here for the 25th anniversary row.
Kris Korzeniowski was sitting onshore watching the crew. "Very good crew, picking up boat on run, good rhythm," he said. Like riding a bike...