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Racing at the 2013 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships Begins Saturday
June 21, 2013
The men’s masters single sculls will be an interesting race to watch at this year’s USRowing Southeast Regional Championships June 22-23 in Aiken, S.C., on Langley Pond.
Besides the notorious close finishes in the men’s single, included in this event is Robert D’Italia from the Charleston Rowing Club – a competitor who has raced in every USRowing Southeast Regional Championship since the event’s debut in 1994.
Another milestone for this year’s regatta is its 20th anniversary. Besides D’Italia, four others have been to every one minus “one or two,” said regatta director Jim Buckalew.
“There are going to be some awfully good races,” he said. “So many teams have developed rivalries, especially between Jacksonville Rowing Club, Atlanta Rowing Club and Lake Lanier Rowing Club.
“I’m excited for some good racing in fours, particularly. The men’s masters fours will be very close races. It’s still all up in the air with the men’s singles. They’re always tight at the finish, and some of them are back again for their sixth or seventh time in the same event.”
Langley Pond in Aiken, S.C. is the only Olympic-sized racecourse in the state and just a few square inches short of being named a lake, according to Buckalew. The Aiken County Park staff is just one of the many reasons USRowing’s Southeast Regional Championship keeps returning.
“Aiken County Parks really just bend over backwards to make sure everything is ready,” Buckalew said. “The people are so friendly and everything is already in place, sparkling clean and perfect. On race day, they have volunteers all day long and it runs so smoothly.”
Besides the good facilities, some of this weekend’s participants are worried about the summer weather, with temperatures forecasted in the 90s and humidity around 70-80 percent.
Buckalew called this weekend’s regatta “The Rowers’ Regatta,” because of how smoothly it has been run in the past, and the high rate of returning competitors every year.
“This venue makes it the success that it really is,” said Buckalew. “It’s many of the rowers’ favorite regatta out of all of the races throughout the year.”
Racing begins Saturday at 7:00 a.m., and continues until 12:40 p.m. Racing on Sunday is scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
For complete event information and results, visit http://www.usrowing.org/Events/RegionalRegattas/SERegional.aspx.
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