Rowing To Fishers Island

The Crimson Knights rowing to Fishers Island. From bow to stern: William Solberg ’11; Tim Smith ’10 (Northeastern); Bert Harney ’10 (Cornell); Grant Barnekow ’10 (U Cal Berkeley); Patrick Grogan ’10 (Trinity Dublin); Josh Weinstein ’11; Kyle Good ’10 (Cornell); stroke Emery Schoenly ’10 (Yale); cox Bryan Wong ’10 (NYU). Photograph: Tony Tremaine, Salisbury captain ’66.

Last Friday in Mystic, I had the great pleasure to meet coaches and a varsity crew from Salisbury School (Connecticut). The team was training in the nearby little town of Stonington, and with some strings pulled here and there, I ended up giving these nice chaps a guided tour in the National Rowing Hall of Fame, the rowing exhibit ‘Let Her Run’, and the Boat Storage at Mystic Seaport Museum. They very patiently and politely allowed me to show them around and to tell some anecdotes about some professional scullers, Thomas Doggett, and Dick and George Pocock, Yale’s 1956 Olympic eight, etc.

The crews’ coaches Tote Smith and Tony Tremaine told me that the boys had been up early in the morning to row their eight from the Connecticut shoreline across Fishers Island Sound to Fishers Island (which actually is in New York State!), a good 2-3 mile stretch of open water (see photograph on top), and then back. Indeed a good way to live up to their school’s motto Esse Quam Videri!

The crew – William Solberg, Tim Smith, Bert Harney, Grant Barnekow, Patrick Grogan, Josh Weinstein, Kyle Good, Emery Schoenly, and cox Bryan Wong – has a busy schedule for the next three weeks. They are going to race at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Cincinnati, and thereafter leave for England to row at the Marlow Regatta, the Reading Town Regatta, and the ever so famous Henley Royal Regatta.

Best of luck, boys, or as you probably would say:


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