Megunticook Rowing event

Maine Youth Rowing Association Championships Regatta takes center stage

Young rowers from across Pine Tree State converge on Chickawaukie Pond
By Staff | May 26, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond.

Rockland — On a delightful spring day Johnson Memorial Park — and Chickawaukie Pond — became rowing central as youngsters across Maine turned out to showcase their impressive athletic prowess, power and stamina.

Megunticook Rowing hosted the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta — Dirigo Sprints — on Saturday, May 25 at the beach area and on the body of water off Lake View Driver/Route 17.

There were plenty of cheering fans and young competitors for the several-hour-long event, held in nearly idyllic conditions on the 354-acre, 33-foot deep pond.

Megunticook Rowing is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for people of all ages in the Midcoast. The junior program has grown rapidly in the last five years as it has increased from 12 to 51 rowers. This spring the team launched a popular, non-competitive middle school program. In June. Visit megunticookrowing.org.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Meg Webb, vice president of Megunticook Rowing, said four teams were involved in the regatta: Wayneflete School of Portland, Yarmouth Community Rowing, Merrymeeting Community Rowing of Brunswick and Megunticook Rowing.

The regatta included boys and girls 4s — boats with four rowers, each with one oar, sweep rowing, and a coxswain — and girls pairs — two girls each with two oars, sculling.

Megunticook Rowing typically rows 8+ boats (a coxwsain and eight rowers each with a single oar), but two of the teams in the event did not row 8s, so all rowed in 4s.

It was an annual event that typically has happened in Portland Harbor amid all the tug boats and working craft, Webb said.

One of Megunticook Rowing's new board members, John Romain, who is the head starter at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge  — the world's largest regatta — had the idea that we should host on Chickawaukie because the pond is beautiful, she said, it is perfect for spectators, and hosting the event in Rockland rather than Camden might introduce rowing to a wider community.

The Megunticook Rowing junior program welcomes rowers from any high school or middle school in the Knox, Waldo and Lincoln areas.

On the day, Wayneflete went home with the "Dirigo Sprints" Trophy. It is a new trophy and Romain's brainchild, Webb said.

"It is a beautifully-crafted work of art made from an oar that had belonged to some rowing legend from Harvard," Webb said. "The hope is that this trophy, like the Stanley Cup, will travel from team to team each year, going home from 'MYRAs' (Maine Youth Rowing Association Championships) with the winning team."

Webb said Waynflete earned a "resounding" in the Chickawaukie event. The team has  70 rowers.

Webb said "varsity" in rowing means a year has elapsed since a rower's first U.S. Rowing-sanctioned regatta. It has nothing to do with talent.

The individual race results were:

Varsity boys 4+ final were first, Wayneflete "A"; second, Wayneflete "B"; and third, Megunticook Rowing, with a time of 5:31.6 over the 1,500-meter course. The rowers in the Megunticook Rowing boys varsity boat were coxswain Charlotte Taylor, and rowers Jack Hanson, Luke James, Jason LeBlond and Devon Guptill .

The boys second varsity 4+ race was won by Wayneflete A. Second also went to Wayneflete and third to Megunticook Rowing's second varsity boys boat coxed by Katherine Bowen, and rowed by Tristan Black, Tanner Castellano, Dominic Piconi and Oliver Worner in bow.

There were six first varsity girls boats in two heats with the top four moving to the finals. Megunticook Rowing's two varsity girls boats made it to the finals.

The varsity girls final race was won by Wayneflete. Megunticook Rowing's first varsity boat finished second in 6:06.1 and was coxed by Sophie Love-Webb and rowed by Kerry Ettinger in the stoke seat and Aniela Creek, Leah Doolen and Elsa Chandler.

Megunticook Rowing's second varsity boat came in fourth with a time of 6:23.6. The second varsity boat was coxed by Kat O'Brien and Katherine Bowen and rowed by Tessa Meil, Sage Curtis, Lyra Kalajian and Alley Johnson.

The girls novice 4+ race had eight entries and was won by Megunticook Rowing with a time of 6:22.7. The boat was coxed by Kat O'Brien and Katherine Bowen and rowed by Leah Bloomquist, Iselin Bratz, Kate Walker-Spencer and Oona Stewart.

There were novice boys races but Megunticook Rowing did not have boats entered in those races.

There were two entries in the girls pairs,  both from Megunticook Rowing. The race was won by Eleanor Greer and Alison McDonald in 7:20.8 as they raced against (coxswains) Charlotte Taylor and Kat O'Brien, who had a time of 7:26.7.

The weather was perfect and the venue exceeded the race committee's expectation, said Webb.

"Feedback from the other teams was incredibly positive and I think we will aim to do this again next year," she said.

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Maine Youth Rowing Association Championships Regatta
Maine Youth Rowing Association Championships Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond in Rockland. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the Maine Youth Rowing Association Championship Regatta on May 25 on Chickawaukie Pond. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The Dirigo Sprints trophy is held by Wayneflete Coach C.C. Stockly. Second from left is Megunticook Rowing head coach Tris Coburn and standing behind the Wayneflete coach is head of race John Romain. (Courtesy of: Megunticook Rowing)
Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 27, 2019 10:11

Will Rockland be creating Pond Avenue and Pond View Drive?  Call it what you will, for us native natives it will remain Chickawaukie Lake.   Well, we all needed a good chuckle and we got it.   PS Yes, we always knew it was really a pond.   :)



Posted by: Ken Waltz | May 27, 2019 09:50

Editor's note: It always has been known by and referred to as Chickawaukie Lake by Midcoast residents but "officially" it is a pond. So either works to describe the well-known body of Knox County water.



Posted by: Don Dickinson | May 26, 2019 22:18

Could be called both I guess.

 

https://www.maine.gov/dep/water/lakes/lkepond.html



Posted by: CHRIS & CINDY MUDGETT | May 26, 2019 18:17

When I was growing up in Rockland we called Chickawaukie a lake. When did it become a pond?



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