2008 Moscow Race of Champions - Alumni
Article on John Sayre, 1/28/09: Skagit County's News and Information Source | goskagit.com
9/6: Husky Alums finish 3rd. The crew drew the far outside lane (5) and after the first wide inside turn, about 1000m into the race, had fallen significantly behind Italy and Russia (in lanes 1 and 2). Italy continued to push, rowing an exceptionally strong race throughout, and finished ahead of the field, the finish as follows: Italy; Russia; Washington; Cambridge; France.
From Len: "After the race there was a wonderful ceremony celebrating the 1958 Oarsmen from the US and Russia. They were all given special commemorative medals marking the 50th anniversary. Only one of the Leningrad Trud Club members was present, Yaroslav Chiorstvy, the 5 seat. He and Chuck Alm had a great reunion and talked for hours. We will see him again in St. Petersburg tomorrow..."
9/5 More photos, thank you Lenny:
|Christening the Swiftsure II||In Moscow, Vyacheslav Ivanov, '56, '60, '64 Olympic Sculling Champion, with John Sayre, 1960 Olympic Champion 4-||Toby||Diplomacy|
9/5 2:00 pm pdt update: Notes from Lenny O'Donnell, in Moscow filming the alumni team:
Photos Friday, 9/5 - thank you Kiel Peterson and Lenny O'Donnell
|John Sayre '58 in the stroke seat||Left to right: Kiel Peterson, Lenny O'Donnell (video/photographer), John Sayre '58, Heath Allen, Drew Fowler, Kyle Larson, David Worley, Micah Perrin (cox), Andrew Beaton, Tad McCrea, Toby Dankbaar, Ben Fletcher, Steve Full, Chuck Alm '58, Michael Callahan|
|Christening the Swiftsure II|
|Beaton and Sayre|
|Husky Alums on the Moscow River, September 3, 2008||With the Kremlin in the background, Huskies out for a spin on the river|
Photos - thank you Kiel Peterson
On Saturday, September 6th, a group of recent UW alums will defend the Moscow Race of Champions ("Golden Boat" Race) title won last year by the UW varsity. They will face four other teams (one more than last year), including host Russia and teams from France (H.S.C. Paris), Italy (Universita Degli Studi Di Pavia), and Great Britain (Cambridge). All of these teams will likely field international (elite) athletes in their crews. The race is being held at 7:50pm Moscow time (approx 8:50 a.m. Seattle time on the 6th).
More information (in translated Russian) is here: Program of the Moscow International Regatta 2008
From Kiel, 9/5:
|Banquets to honor members of 1958 crews, John and Chuck got to interact with opponents from the original race in 1958.|
|John Sayre, stroke of the '58 crew and Olympic gold medalist (1960
Rome, 4-), stroked the Husky Alum 8 in practice.|
Photos to follow. John is still in heavy contention for a seat in the boat. Update: guys, stop emailing, he's kidding!
The race is expected to be +/- 3.5 km (depending on conditions).
Here is a map of Moscow and our best guess on the route of the course - starting at the green dot in the lower left corner, finishing at the red dot near the center. That distance is about 4k, and the purported distance of the race is 3.5k, so give or take some there.
More on the '58 crew here - The History: 1950's
The Centennial Project: John Sayre
describes the 1958 race as you listen to the original play by play given by
a young Keith Jackson -
Video: Huskies win in Moscow in 1958
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