Building Bridges Rowers Compete in Boston Open-Water Rowing Championship

Photo by Damian McDonald

Some of the rowers (photo by Damian McDonald)

A contingent of teenage rowers from Philipstown’s Building Bridges Building Boats organization participated in the Boston-area Hull Lifesaving Museum’s (HLM) “Icebreaker” Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water Rowing Championships this past Saturday, Nov. 17, competing against 25 boats and 35 crews from five states.

According to the HLM, “The Icebreaker draws 200 of the region’s best youth open-water rowers — from Boston Harbor, Lake Champlain, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine’s North Haven, Rockland, Vinalhaven, New Haven, Avery Point, New York City, Plymouth, and Scituate — compete for the coveted ‘Key to the Harbor.’” The young people, from middle school through high school, race throughout the day in a series of round-robin-style heats, culminating in a huge nautical-mile race across the bay.

In their first such event, a “first” and “second” team of fours took to the water, with the first four finishing third in their group and the second four finishing fifth.

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