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This is a picture from the wedding of Jim MacKenzie and Mary O’Hara. Both were members of the crew, 1983 – 85 or so. Everyone in the 1984 Gold Medal Lwt 8 is in the photo, as well as John Riley, the tall guy in the back. He is an Olympian as well as a 2x World Champion.

This is an excellent example of how the connections and relationships we make in the URI Rowing Community are priceless and timeless.

 

 

A Rowing Wedding

On Sunday, March 30, members of the team and several of their parents attended a Senior Brunch at the Mariner Grille in Narragansett. The brunch was organized by  Team Capt. Charlie Boyle’s mom, Lurene, and as if that wasn’t enough, she also arranged for a generous benefactor to donate the team members’ meals. Andy Law’s parents provided an amazing layer cake adorned with the URI Crew logo, custom made in a Boston Italian bakery, and reputed to pack 1000 calls. per slice; rower fuel!
We recognized the accomplishments of Seniors Charlie Boyle, Andrew Law, and Devon Kirk, who have managed to successfully balance the demands of rowing and school for four full years. We are hoping the best is yet to come as they embark upon their final spring season.
And we welcomed the parents of 1st-year rowers, whose sons and daughters just competed in their first spring race the day before. Hopefully they were struck by how proud we are of this Senior class, and look forward to seeing the day when their children are the guest of honor at their own Senior Brunch.
it was a much appreciated and welcome respite from what has been a very difficult spring so far, as a result of the unusually long winter. For a couple of hours, everyone got a chance to enjoy some great food and great company. It was such a stark contrast to the day before, where we spent 8-hrs. slopping around in a sea of mud, and battling wind and rain on the course at the Murphy Cup.
Charlie Boyle called upon the younger members of the team to reconvene next year, and each year after, to make the Senior Brunch an ongoing tradition of URI Crew.

The Coaches and Seniors. From left to right: Coach AJ Fournier, Devon Kirk, Andrew Law, Charlie Boyle, Coach Bob Gillette.seniors

 

The Team.

 

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Here is an outstanding video from the late Harry Parker, the coach of Harvard Heavyweight Crew for 51 seasons.  Harry Parker is considered one of the greatest collegiate coaches of all time, in any collegiate sport.

A great video featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand talking about  passion.

“There is no passion from dreaming small. We dream big, and we win big.. through passion.”

jeff sweenor log

On the top is URI Rowings current training schedule for the week of February 17, 2014.  On the bottom in URI Rowing Alumni Jeff Sweenors’ log from the same week, 30 years prior. It’s interesting to see how the training has stayed the same, but has also changed in that time frame.

One thing that has stayed the same throughout these 30 years though is “Think Gold!!”