Nanaimo Rowing Club one of 32 in weather shortened Brentwood Regatta

By Dan Marshall
May 1, 2017 - 11:59am Updated: May 1, 2017 - 5:38pm

The 47th Brentwood Regatta on Sunday.Jim Ganley (

MILL BAY — The 47th Annual Brentwood Regatta was supposed to be one of the biggest on the schedule for the Nanaimo Rowing Club, but it didn't turn out that way.

Rain and wind hampered the event which was supposed to run last Friday through Sunday.

Nanaimo coach Craig Rutherford said there was no racing at all on the Friday and a four-hour delay on Saturday.

He noted one of the junior teams did very well, but there wasn't any time left for a final heat.

"Our Junior A men did really well with the men's double pulling off a second place finish which was really good. They were back in about fifth, sixth place in the quads. It would have been nice to see them race that final," Rutherford said.

Teams had come to the island from around B.C., Washington State, and Oregon and because of the weather and the travel situation for the 12-18-year-old competitors there wasn't a way to get all of the racing in.

The Brentwood Regatta started out as a dual event with a private school in Seattle. It has grown now into what Rutherford believed is the largest regatta put on by a private school in North America.

Because it is a large 32-club event, not getting to finish all the racing is a big disappointment for Rutherford and the Nanaimo crews.

The Royal Canadian Henley in Ontario is the biggest regatta remaining in the 2017 season.

It takes place in St. Catharines in August, but unlike Brentwood the Nanaimo club will only take 10 athletes instead of 20.

There's also the Nanaimo Junior Sprints Regatta coming up on May 27.

It's the first year of the event and it's also the only regatta hosted by the Nanaimo Rowing Club this season.


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