CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jacksonville University women's rowing is set to open its fall slate after feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew with a trip to the prestigious 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta on the St. Charles River on Oct. 22-23.
Hurricane Matthew laid significant damage to the docks at the Negaard Boathouse. The damage incurred forced the Dolphins to remove themselves from competition from their first two fall season races. While the program is still working to recover from the impact of the hurricane, they have readied themselves to hit water again this weekend.
"We have faced tremendous adversity this year, having our trailer break down, our truck, need major repairs, and our docks being destroyed by the hurricane dealt a real blow to our preparation leading up to this event," said Head Coach Mike Lane. "However I am extremely proud of how our athletes handled the adversity and used the grittiness they have built to overcome this challenge."
According to HOCR.org, "Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles Regatta has welcomed the world's best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Preparing for an event that attracts over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators requires a great deal of preparation."
"Racing in the biggest fall head race in the world is an awesome opportunity not only for our athletes but Jacksonville University. Representing JU on the largest stage having 100,000's of people come out to cheer on rowing is truly one of the coolest rowing events in the world," said Lane.
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"I am very grateful for the support from alums, friends, neighbors, and peers from around the country to come to our aid. We have had people offer support and money to help us solve our problems, and we are very grateful. We are hardly out of the woods, but the outreach of support has been inspiring," said Lane.
The Dolphins will row one boat in the Women's Club Fours on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:10 p.m.
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