The following message was sent to the Gonzaga Community from Head Coach Marc Mandel from London on June 25.
Greetings from Henley!
Today marks our 7th day in the UK and by all accounts we seem to have adjusted to the time change, our new homes and a new river. As you can imagine, we’ve spent the last week rowing up and down the Thames. Here are a few video clips from practice on the course:
We’ve also brought three additional oarsmen who have been splitting time in a pair, running and erging. They are seen (in the first clip of the video above) on the race course rowing in a shell used by Canada in the Rio Olympics.
Outside of rowing twice a day the boys spend their time walking to and from our homes on St. Andrew’s Road (a 20′ walk each way), eating sandwiches from the famous Patisserie Franco-Belge, resting and of course playing ping-pong after dinner.
The draw for the races was yesterday. You can find it here. Our event is the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. Our first race is on Wednesday against the Great Marlow School from just down the road – the race is at 10:15am EST and you can watch live online here. Our quarter of the draw is packed British crews of a very high standard, including Shiplake, Westminster, Winchester and Abingdon, so we certainly have our work cut out for us in the early going.
It has been fun to run into and spend time with many alumni who are here competing with their universities (I’ve listed their event after their school): Phil Bates ’12 (Harvard – Ladies Plate), Woods Connell ’16 (Yale – Temple), Trevor Dowd ’16 (WPI – Prince Albert), Devin Flynn ’14 (Williams), E.J. McCarthy ’07 (Goldie BC Cambridge), and Frank Vasquez ’14 (UVA). Frank and E.J. face off on the first day – small world.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has supported the trip with your contributions and well-wishes. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive alumni, alumni parents, current parents and friends of the program. Your support never ceases to amaze me.
Eagles Fly High!
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