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Nassau Rowing Club Competes at 47th Miami International Regatta
By Nassau Rowing Club
Apr 13, 2019 - 9:30:02 AM

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Jackson Mamcock

Nassau Rowing Club competed in the 47th Miami International Regatta hosted by the Miami Rowing Club on Saturday, 6th April 2019. 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 7 rowers contesting 5 events: Jackson Mamock and Tim Stuby raced high school single 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, with Jessica Proffitt joining to form the novice coxed four.

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.

Nassau RC junior racing squads line up for training

Coach KariAnne Kulig remarked on the rowers’ performance, “I am so proud and happy for these rowers. Their physical performance and mental attitude surpassed my expectations!  We were less than 2 seconds from the podium in the Boys Freshman 2x.  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 says of race day, “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!”

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, saying: “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.”

Nassau RC's junior women's travel squad: (L-R) Crachante Laing, Jessica Proffitt, Sascha Proffitt, Lily Rose Jamieson, Leila Valerius

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.”

The Nassau RC’s result are as follows:

Jackson Mamock & Tim Stuby, Boys Freshmen Double Scull: 4/13

Nassau RC junior racing squads prepare on the dock

Sascha Proffitt, Crachante Laing, Leila Valerius, Lily Rose Jamieson, Jessica Proffitt, Girls Novice 4+: 4/7

Jackson Mamock, Boys High School Single Scull: 10/11

Tim Stuby, Boys High School Lightweight Single Scull: 5/5

Sascha Proffitt, Crachante Laing, Leila Valerius, Lily Rose Jamieson, Freshman/Novice 4x: 5/5

The Nassau RC is proudly sponsored by Asa H Pritchard, Arawak Port Development, Bahamas Waste, Bahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd, Bahamian Breweries (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 Limited, Think Simple, W.E. Services, Weikert Ford, the Cable Cares Foundation, Bahamas Charitable Giving Foundation, and the Aliv Foundation.

: Nassau RC at dock following a training session

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