Park Point Packed with People Enjoying 61st Annual Duluth Rowing Regatta

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 13, 2019 07:41 PM

The Duluth Rowing Club hosted its 61st annual International Rowing Regatta Saturday where hundreds of rowers from across the country battled it out on the water at Park Point.

There were lots of people across Park Point showing their love and support for the sport. The event is considered the largest fundraiser for the rowing club.

Over 300 rowers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada came to Park Point to partake in the excitement of the regatta.

“Duluth’s Reggata is fabulous! They run an excellent regatta. They keep it on time and they support the athletes fabulously,” Donna Peszek, a member of the Minneapolis Rowing Club, said.

“The course runs parallel to Park Point. It’s 2,000 meters long and starts by Hearding Island and finishes here at the rowing center," Greg Peterson, a Duluth Rowing Club board member, said.

The event offered 29, 2000-meter events for both men and women. The racing events were in the Junior, Open and Master’s categories. Master’s events raced in 1000 meters with each heat being a final. Junior and Open races were run as a seven lane time trial with the fastest time determining the winner.

The Duluth Rowing Club got to use its new facility for the event, which offered lots of space for teams and their boats.

Bystanders came prepped to cheer on their teams by setting up their lounge area throughout Park Point as teams competed.

“It went really well! We were in a composite. It was our first time racing with people from Minnesota and it was a nice boat,” Rory Smith, a Thunder Bay Rowing Club member, said. “We actually have a small club compared to everyone but we always come out and race and we usually do pretty well.”

“We had some rollers come in which is the nature of the water here, but we fought through it and did our best,” Peszek said. “Minneapolis is a very competitive club, we have some fabulous rowers and you have to be on your game all the time to keep up with them.”

The Duluth Rowing Club had over 100 youth and adult members participating in the regatta this year.

“With the doubles coming up, it’s going to be more difficult than the eight and four probably, but we're doing well so far. We've gotten third and first place in the eight and got first and second place in the four,” Carter Meintes, a member of the Duluth Rowing Club, said.

And with Duluth’s Rowing Club's rich history in the sport, it makes it that much more special for members when they’re out in the water competing.

“The history goes back a long time. You can just look around and see all the names, they got stories behind them and I think that’s super cool. You're carrying on the tradition when you're rowing here, it’s not just another club,” Meintes said.

The passion and substantial support for the sport shows with the hundreds of volunteers, attendees, and teams coming out for the annual event.

“If you look around there will be people helping other clubs and cheering for other clubs,” Peterson said.

“There’s all ages, all sizes, all abilities, as long as you go out there and work hard and give it all you can, you’ll have some measure of success,” Peszek said.

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Alejandra Palacios

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