High school crews hit Lake Massabesic Saturday for regatta
Derryfield single crew rower Regina Salmons runs for her oars after setting her boat in Merrimack River during practice in Hooksett on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
For the first time since at least 1882, the lake will play host to a racing regatta with rowers traversing in sleek, colorful shells.
But Lussier and his crew hope to achieve a longer-term goal for the lake.
The course will stretch about three miles across the lake, which provides drinking water to residents in Manchester and parts of surrounding towns.
The finish line will be near the picnic tables and parking lot just south of the Massabesic traffic circle.
Mayor Ted Gatsas, whose attendance at a regatta in Pembroke a few years ago helped stir his interest, convinced the Manchester Water Works to spend $35,000 in surplus funds to build a dock near St. Peter Church in Auburn to aid the regatta.
"I think it's exciting to go and have new scenery on the lake where no one's ever rowed," Ashooh said.
Crew is not a varsity sport in the state, but some student rowers benefit by getting school credit for gym.
Lussier noted that adopting crew as a varsity sport would limit a student's participation to one season, either spring or fall, whereas rowers in a club sport can participate year-round.
"I personally like the club sport as it is, but there are some who would like to see the city fund it as a sport," he said.
Bowling took a couple of years to add, but bass fishing needed only a little over a year, he said.
For now, regatta organizers are hoping for a successful event to help build momentum to get other schools to establish teams.
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