The wait is finally over.
This afternoon at Pavilion Beach the sporting events of the 86th Annual St. Peter’s Fiesta will begin starting with the men’s seine boat elimination races (5:00 p.m.).
Last year will be tough to top but there is plenty to look forward to this weekend. Here are some of the top storylines heading into Fiesta weekend.
Last year’s men’s seine boat final will go down as the closest and one of the most thrilling races in the sports history. Closing Time, Wharf Rats, and three time defending champion Kaos battled tooth and nail for the duration of the one mile row off of Pavilion Beach and by races end it was Closing Time in first by the slimmest of margins in a race where first and third place were separated by less than a quarter of a boat length.
The eventual victors lived up to their name as closing time was when they were at their best.
This year all three crews are back and all are hungry for a title. As defending champs Closing Time gets a bye to Sunday’s championship race while the other eight crews will be in action at today’s elimination races, which will feature two three boat heats and a two boat heat.
A rematch of last year’s race is far from a certainty, as the field appears to be pretty deep this year. Kaos and the Wharf Rats are the obvious favorites to make it to Sunday but Anthony Saputo’s crew, a group of college kids who gave the Wharf Rats a run for their money on Wednesday last year, Vincent Orlando’s crew, and a combination of the top two junior crews from 2012 are all teams to look out for tonight.