Wins add up for Long Lake Rowing Crew in Canada

The Thunder Bay Regatta Rowers from the Long Lake Rowing Crew are pictured, from left: Coach Nicholas Miller, Ava Winkels (Orono), Anna-Maya Sipila (Orono), Ryan Rudow (Orono), Mina Abukjadra (Blake), Gavin Siegert (Blake), Natalie Steine (Wayzata), George Esau (Orono), Samantha Fischer (Orono), Andy Berrell (Orono), Jack Marquis (Orono), Cameron Davison (Orono), Drew Mitchellette (Orono). (Photo by Karen Berrell)
The Thunder Bay Regatta Rowers from the Long Lake Rowing Crew are pictured, from left: Coach Nicholas Miller, Ava Winkels (Orono), Anna-Maya Sipila (Orono), Ryan Rudow (Orono), Mina Abukjadra (Blake), Gavin Siegert (Blake), Natalie Steine (Wayzata), George Esau (Orono), Samantha Fischer (Orono), Andy Berrell (Orono), Jack Marquis (Orono), Cameron Davison (Orono), Drew Mitchellette (Orono). (Photo by Karen Berrell)
By Jodene Marquis
For The Pioneer

Rowers from Long Lake Rowing Crew (LLRC) headed to Thunder Bay, Ontario this weekend to kick off the 2016 Midwest Region rowing season at the Thunder Bay Sprints. This is the 52nd year the Thunder Bay Rowing Club has hosted this regatta, an event famous for hearty competition for youth and adult rowers, and a Canadian-style potluck dinner and awards ceremony.

LLRC joined rowers from three other Minnesota rowing teams, as well as Thunder Bay’s, at the one-day event. Although a three-hour rain delay was necessary because of severe weather, it didn’t dampen the team’s enthusiasm or success.

The day started off with the Junior Men’s Single race, with LLRC taking 1st place, 2nd and 3rd place—George Esau, Ryan Rudow and Gavin Siegert respectively. LLRC went on to place twenty times, the most from any of the competing clubs.

Notable other first place wins went to LLRC in the Junior Men’s Double (Esau and Siegert) and the Junior Men’s Quad, (Esau, Siegert, Andy Berrell and Ryan Rudow).

LLRC women rowers had had an impressive showing, with the 1st place Junior Women’s Single going to Sam Fischer; the 1st place Junior Women’s Double going to the team of Sam Fischer and Natalie Steine; the 1st place Novice Junior Women’s Double, to the team of Anna-Maya Sipila and Ava Winkels; and the 1st place Junior Women’s Quad team, which included Mina Abukjadra, Natalie Steine, Anna-Maya Sipila and Ava Winkels.

In the true collaborative spirit of rowing, LLRC combined forces with junior rowers from the Minneapolis Rowing Club to take 1st place in the Men’s Eight Person (Gavin Siegert, George Esau and Ryan Rudow were seated in that boat); and 1st place in the Women’s Eight Person, in which Sam Fischer and Natalie Steine joined forces with rowers from the St. Paul Rowing Club.

LLRC head coach, Nicholas Miller, says this is a special regatta for many reasons, not the least of which is its long history.

“The Thunder Bay Sprints is a favorite among rowers and parents alike because of the size and because of the spirit of fun and friendly competition. They have been hosting this regatta for so long, and teams enjoy it because the Thunder Bay Rowing Club takes great care of all of us. It’s an amazing venue to row and to watch a regatta. We’re excited that LLRC did so well today,” he said.

LLRC has three more regattas on their schedule this season, including the Duluth International Regatta on Saturday, July 16. The team also plans to travel to Kenora, Ontario for two regattas
in August.

Long Lake Rowing Crew provides a safe, inspiring and educational opportunity for people of all ages to learn, enjoy and excel in the sport of rowing, for both competition and recreation.