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Rowing camp great, except for smashing finale on highway

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club and the Anchorage Rowing Association just spent two wonderful weekends with Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist Carie Graves from the University of Texas at a rowing camp on Trail Lake in Moose Pass.

It came to a most unfortunate ending, however, when the trailer hauling boats fishtailed and flipped just outside of Cooper Landing July 20, blocking traffic and smashing several very expensive rowing shells across the Sterling Highway.

The Kenai Crewsers pulled it together as a team and spent several hours getting the boats (and pieces of boats!) off the road. Thank you, team, for your hard work and dedication! And thanks to the Alaska State Troopers, in the area on a manhunt, who were a great help with traffic control and the donation of emergency flares. Thanks to Hamilton's Towing in Cooper Landing who helped get those 40- and 60-foot long boats off the road and towed the damaged trailer to Cooper Landing. Thanks to Jamie, the coxswain from Ohio State University, and to coaches, Sarah Riggs and Sarah Canfield, for their leadership and direction. Thanks to the National Guard, the U.S. Forest Service, and numerous people who stopped to lend assistance and tools.

And most of all, we are thankful that no one got hurt. With fund-raisers and hard work, boats and trailers are replaceable people aren't!

Vickie Tinker, vice president

Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club



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