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OMRC Rowers Compete in the Head of the Charles

OMRC rowers competed in three events in the 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta. Heather coxed the OMRC Women’s Senior Master (50+) coxed four entry, with Shafer stroking, Karin in 3 seat, Wendy in 2 seat and Bo in the bow. The women put in a strong effort, passing several boats in the process.

Michael stroked the NVRC Senior Master Men’s coxed four, which was coxed by Kristie Colorado. Damian rowed in 3 seat with Frank in 2 seat and Adam rowing in the bow. The men felt good about their row and Kristie got every ounce of energy out of the boat.

Tom Bennett rowed in 6 seat in the NVRC entry in the men’s Senior Master eights. The NVRC men’s 8+ was just a few seconds off finishing in the top half of the event.

All enjoyed the great rowing conditions, weather, venue and watching the competition. Karin Udler watched her son Burt finish 6th rowing in the bow of the UVA Alumni men’s 8. Many also watched Dane Underwood finish 11th as the bowman in the GMU entry in the Club 4 race. On Sunday, some of us watched former standout Oakton rower Daphne Martschenko stroke the Cambridge University women’s Championship eight in the fastest women’s event in the regatta.

We thank NVRC for providing our men opportunities to compete at the Head of the Charles this year.


Tom and the NVRC men’s eight stow The Shining


OMRC/NVRC men’s 4+ on the Charles River


The “Head” of “the Charles”. Get it?

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Occoquan Challenge Results

Oakton Masters Rowing Club again competed in the  Occoquan Challenge on October 5 at Sandy Run. On a beautiful warm afternoon, we raced in three events: the masters (50+) men’s 8+, the masters (50+) women’s 4+, and the masters mixed 8+. We were in the pack for all the races, and the women even won medals for their first place finish. It was also a first-time race for Mike and Shafer Dobry in the mixed double.

OMRC's Masters Women's Four (Bo, Sue, Heather, Karin, Wendy) 1st Place, 50+ Occoquan Challenge 2014

OMRC’s Masters Women’s Four
(Bo, Sue, Heather, Karin, Wendy)
1st Place, 50+
Occoquan Challenge 2014

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Head of the Anacostia Results

We competed in our first official head race of 2014 today (September 24) at the Head of the Anacostia and Apple Pie Contest. It was sponsored by the Capital Rowing Club. Our entries were the Men’s 4+ (Mike, Tom, Damian, and Adam, and Heather as coxswain) and the Mixed 8+ (Adam, Tom, Ramana, Bob, Karin, Wendy, Shafer, and Bo, with Heather coxing again). Both boats finished in second place in their events! Congratulations to Ramana for completing his first race.

The post-race Apple Pie Contest consisted of 13 apple pies, which were sampled by the judges and competitors. In a great finish to a great day on the water, the First Place Apple Pie prize went to Wendy Smith!! Congratulations, Wendy!

Wendy and her Apple Pie Trophy

Wendy and her Apple Pie Trophy

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