By Nick Curcuru
---- — GLOUCESTER— There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to the Women’s Seine Boat Division.
Over the better part of the last decade Oar’Dacious has ruled the roost and entered Friday’s anticipated women’s final having won four straight championships and six of the last seven championships.
But Friday was Rowgue’s time to shine.
The newly formed crew that is compiled of young but experienced rowers took the women’s division by storm Friday putting together a perfect race and knocking off Oar’Dacious with a dominant showing off of Pavilion Beach. In fact, Rowgue rowed so well and navigated the choppy conditions so perfectly that their performance can not be considered upset despite Oar’Dacious’ resume entering the race. The victors left no doubts as to who the best crew in the water was.
“Everything went well for us today,” Rowgue coxswain Gina Lampassi said. “They were just so powerful.”
Rowgue, Oar’Dacious and third place finisher Backlash all got off to strong starts and were neck and neck most of the way out to the flag, which sits one half mile off of Pavilion Beach. As the crews approached the flag Lampassi made a move telling her crew to pick up the pace just before they transitioned into the turn.
The move paid off as Rowgue took the lead about 100 yards from the flag and came out of the turn with a full boat lead.
“We rowed in pieces,” Lampassi said. “When we got to a certain spot I started giving them five hard strokes and that’s when we pulled ahead.”
From there Rowgue took over as the rowers perfectly pulled through the choppy conditions in the harbor Friday afternoon. In the final half mile Rowgue continued to extend its league until it reached the more than five boats ahead of their competition and more importantly a newly crowned Women’s Seine Boat champion.
“(The conditions were tough) but they’re used to it,” Lampassi said. “The whole way home they chanted and pulled. Even before we hit the beach I knew we had it because they were so in synch.”
Rowgue also got a little extra motivation from a column in Wednesday’s Gloucester Daily Times that stated the only way Oar’Dacious would be beat is if they make a big mistake.
“That inspired us too,” Lampassi said. “The only mistake is that I had these women in my boat. They were so strong, so in synch.”
Savages crowned junior champs
The Junior Women’s Seine Boat division also crowned a new champion on Friday as Savages put together an impressive race besting XtraOardinary and Bella Forte.
The race pitted three challengers together because two time defending champion Donna Del Mare moved up to seniors and the three hungry crews battled tooth and nail to be crowned champion.
All three crews were in a dead heat for the majority of the races first half. Savages took a small lead approaching the flag with XtraOardinary right behind them.
Savages never completely shook off XtraOardinary during the row home but slowly and steadily increased their lead taking the win by three boats.