The 19th annual Don Lubber’s Cup Regatta, located at the Spring Lake Yacht Club, brought together some of the greatest rowing talent in the state of Michigan and from around the country. Michigan, Grand Valley, Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Colorado State came together to provide an aggressive racing weekend. This annual regatta, hosted by Grand Valley State University, is notorious for having rough weather. This year proved to be no different, adding rain, wind, and cold to test the skill of the crews. Traditionally a one-day regatta, Lubber’s Cup had two days of competitive racing. A new scoring system was implemented that allowed for teams to race against one or two other crews in a total of 3 races to determine the overall winner.
Michigan State got off to a slow start this weekend but showed steady improvement from all 3 boats entered. The V8 lost to Cincinnati in the first race of the weekend but made a strong comeback in the next race, beating them by nearly 15 seconds.
The V8 in a close race with Purdue
In their final race, the V8 finished only 3 seconds behind Purdue. These results are a good indicator of what a few more weeks of practice will help the Spartans achieve. The Varsity 8, Novice 8, and Varsity 4 all took 4th place in their respective categories. The University of Michigan took 1st place in the Varsity 8 and Purdue surprised many by beating Grand Valley for second place. For the full results, go to http://row2k.com/results/
The Spartans are excited to prove themselves at MACRA in two weeks from now, taking place on Saturday, April 26th at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI. Race details are provided at http://www.macrachampionship.com/