Nassau RC competes at 47th Miami International Regatta
The Nassau Rowing Club (RC) competed in the 47th Miami International Regatta, hosted by the Miami Rowing Club, on Saturday April 6, in Miami, Florida, USA. The event is one of the largest high school regattas in Florida, attracting 236 separate entries from 13 rowing clubs in South Florida, with Nassau RC being the only non-American club in attendance.
Nassau RC fielded the largest pool of competitors in the club’s history, with seven rowers contesting five events – Jackson Mamock and Tim Stuby raced high school singles and lightweight single sculls, respectively, and combined for the freshman double sculls; while Sascha Proffitt, Crachante Laing, Leila Valerius and Lily Rose Jamieson raced the girls high school novice quadruple sculls. Jessica Proffitt joining to form the novice coxed fours.
It was the first competitive experience outside of the club for all of the young rowers, as Nassau RC holds intra-club regattas approximately once every quarter. During these local competitions, rowers of all ages and skill levels switch boat classes and crews for everyone to develop. The clubs in the South Florida area have the advantage of larger squads and more regattas, which provide them the luxury of more competitive experience.
Coach KariAnne Kulig remarked on the rowers’ performance. She said: “I am so proud and happy for these rowers. Their physical performance and mental attitude surpassed my expectations. We were less than two seconds from the podium in the boys freshman double sculls. I’m looking forward to where we go from here, being that we are still a very young team. Well done, all!”
The young rowers train out of Nassau RC’s home base on the northern shore of Lake Cunningham, and can often be seen training after school and early on weekend mornings. Crachante Laing said: “The preparation, the endurance, and the power all came together – the crew and I are so proud of what we did, and the pain and sweat was totally worth the experience. We will only get better from here.”
Nassau RC President Kyle Chea, who first coached Nicholas Mindorff and Tevin Creary-Roberts as the first ever Bahamian competitive rowing entry at the 2013 Miami International Regatta, is proud of the Bahamian rowing ambassadors. He said: “These young rowers performed spectacularly in their first regatta, especially at one of this size. There are no opportunities to compete locally, so it’s great to test our homegrown talent against some of South Florida’s best – even moreso to see in which areas we are competitive. I hope it fuels the desire for the next generation of Nassau RC rowers to keep striving to improve, compete, and build friendships through sport.”
While many Bahamian students find themselves funnelled into more established ball sports like tennis, soccer, and basketball, those seeking a new athletic experience find different avenues and opportunities through rowing. Mark Palmer, parent of Leila Valerius, reflected: “Through rowing we have seen our daughter Leila grow in confidence, become fitter and make new friends. Her international rowing experience has been the icing on the cake for us. Joining the Nassau Rowing Club has been truly a great experience for our family.”
Mamock and Stuby finished fourth out of 13 teams in the boys freshman double sculls; Sascha Proffitt, Laing, Valerius, Jamieson and Jessica Proffitt were fourth out of seven teams in the girls novice coxed fours; Mamock finished 10th out of 11 competitors in the boys high school singles; Stuby finished fifth out of five competitors in the boys lightweight single sculls; and finally, Sascha Proffitt, Laing, Valerius and Jamieson were fifth out of five teams in the freshmen novice quadruple sculls.
The Nassau RC is sponsored by Asa H. Pritchard, Arawak Port Development, Bahamas Waste Ltd., Bahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd., Bahamian Brewery (Sands), Cacique International, Cole Insurance, Harbourside Marine, Higgs & Johnson, Holowesko Pyfrom Fletcher Counsel & Attorneys, John Bull, Lowe’s Wholesale, Marlin Marine, Morley Realty, Nature’s Way Nursery, Oasis Landscape Limited, Odyssey Aviation, Pinder’s Custom Brokerage, Powerboat Adventures, Super Value, The d’Albenas Agency Ltd., Think Simple, W.E. Services, Weikert Ford, the Cable Cares Foundation, Bahamas Charitable Giving Foundation, and the Aliv Foundation.