Jul 01, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College graduate David Watson '15, a rower for the Potomac Boat Club, will get his first test at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) from July 4-8 in England.
Watson, a former All-New England Small College Athletic Conference rower for the Mules, and his crew are trying to raise money for the trip. Donations can be made on the crew's website at potomacboatclub.org
"We have been preparing for this race since last fall," Watson said. "We practice at 5:20 a.m. each day and then go off to our jobs. We've had some great training the past few weeks and have been on the water eight or nine times a week."
The Potomac Boat Club will be rowing in the Thames Challenge Cup for club 8 boats. Watson, who will sit in the four seat for the crew, will row with graduates from Syracuse, Yale, two from Cornell, Boston College, Middlebury, Boston University, and Williams. Club 8 is for rowers who are part of an established boat club and have not rowed in the Olympics, word championships, or medaled in an under-23 word championship event.
The HRR has been held annually every year since 1839 on the River Thames. Each race at the regatta is 2,112 meters long (1.3 miles). The HRR is a bracket style event, with all races rowed two abreast and the winner advancing.
"I can say for sure we are not going across the pond to lose on day one or two," Watson said. "Good crews have come in thinking they will make day three or four and have lost early on. We are taking it day by day, focusing on the first race, taking care of business, and hopefully moving on."
The Potomac Boat Club was formed in 1869 and the boathouse is located along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.