Failure to Launch

I was invited to help with photography for the John Hunter Regatta at the Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Course in Gainesville, Georgia this past weekend.  It was my first time experiencing a rowing regatta and it was a lot of fun.  This was a special treat because I was able to get in close on the teams while they were preparing for races as well as when they were on the course.

One of my favorite moments over the weekend was the scene above.  I was watching teams launch their boats and saw this one from Northwestern University.  They brought the boat down the ramp and went through the same routine as other teams – Lift overhead, filp the boat, reach out and in, then get the oars set and the rowers into the boat and they were off.  Or so it would seem…


The next thing I knew, the boat was upside down and the team members were swimming.  It happened that just as the Northwestern boat was passing by the end of the dock, another team was in the process of dropping their boat in and the oars got tangled and capsized them.  The second team ended up with their boat sideways but they were able to pull it back out without going into the water.


After a fair amount of effort to get the team out of the water and then haul the boat up on the dock, they picked it up and all that water dumped out on their heads.  As it turned out, the Northwestern team was able to re-launch and participate in the race but I bet it was very uncomfortable rowing out there soaking wet!


John Hunter Regatta 2017
Lake Lanier Olympic Course
Gainesville, Georgia

Featured image:
Nikon D7100
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
85mm @ f/10 –  1/400 sec – ISO 400