Region takes notice of young rowers

Region takes notice of young rowers

Members of the East Bay Rowing's successful new youth team.

Members of the East Bay Rowing’s successful new youth team.
East Bay Rowing’s newly formed competitive youth team has competed with success in several local regattas this fall, including the New Bedford Chase, Textile River Regatta in Lowell, Mass., and New England Junior Regional Championship in Worcester, Mass.

The team, comprised of both a novice junior women’s 8 boat and novice junior men’s 4 boat, as well as individual local rowers, practices daily out of Barrington’s Walker Farm under the guidance of East Bay Rowing coach and Barrington resident, Deb Sullivan.

In inclement weather, the team trains on WaterRower machines at 426 Fitness in Warren. Recently, team members participated in Row for the Cure at 426 Fitness, rowing 500 meters each to raise funds for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation.

East Bay Rowing hopes to expand its roster of rowers, both youth and adult, for the coming spring season and beyond. A celebration and fundraiser for East Bay Rowing was held October 20 at Barrington Yacht Club. For more information about team and its programs, visit


Shea skippers Naval Academy boat at worlds

Naval Academy midshipman Andrew Shea, a 2009 Barrington High School graduate and Naval Academy senior, leads a group of seven midshipmen from Annapolis to La Rochelle, France as the United States representative in the 32 nd Student Yachting World Cup from October 27 through Nov 2 .

Thirteen nations sent crews to the coastal town of La Rochelle to challenge for the world championship of collegiate big boat racing in a weeklong series of races.

The Naval Academy earned the right to represent the United States by winning the Kennedy Cup, the U.S. national championship of collegiate big boat racing.

Shea, an international relations major, is the captain of the Naval Academy’s Varsity Offshore Team and the skipper of the crew competing in France.

The one-design series will be sailed in the 32 foot Grand Surprise class, a French boat designed for fast sailing with a symmetrical spinnaker. Team members are Pat Duffett (Michigan), Neil McMillian (New York), Mary Cox (Mississippi), Phil Reynolds (New Jersey), Dave Medina (Virginia), and Taylor Marton (Illinois).


Where boats go to sink

A lobster boat has become the latest vessel to sink at its mooring in Portsmouth’s Blue Bill Cove. A boat described as a lobster boat, about 35 feet long, went to the bottom last Thursday. Only the boat’s cabin top remained visible above the surface.

A witness said that a man had been on the boat the day before and could be seen running pumps. He added that the boat had been moored there for a number of months.

There was breezy weather last week but no waves close to big enough to have caused a boat that size to go down.

This boat is several hundred yards west of the large cabin cruiser that sank during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. That boat is still there although pieces of it continue to break off and float ashore.

Last week, the Town Council voted to seek bids on an emergency basis to remove the cabin cruiser. Police Chief Lance Hebert, Cove resident Don Kidd, and James Seveney were among those who called the boat a safety hazard and said it must go.


Hawks rank fourth in nation

Roger Williams University and Brown University are tied for fourth in Sailing World’s latest national collegiate co-ed dinghy rankings. Georgetown is first.

In the women’s rankings, Roger Williams stands 8th, with Brown 10th and University of Rhode Island 10th. Yale tops that list.

Victory at Sea!

New England Surf  ( which posts the most comprehensive surfing condition forecast around, predicted “Victory at sea” surfing conditions on Monday for Little Compton, Westport and beyond.

Later, the site forecasted that the seas would subside to “fading giant.”

The ‘Victory at sea’ is “used to describe incredibly windy and choppy conditions in the ocean. Often used by surfers to describe stormy surf conditions. It is derived from the old tv show Victory at Sea from the opening scene showing a very stormy ocean. Some people simply call it VAS — We couldn’t surf today because the conditions were victory at sea.”