2008 Moscow Race of Champions - Alumni
Article on John Sayre, 1/28/09:
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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;
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.
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-
9/5 2:00 pm pdt update: Notes from Lenny O'Donnell, in Moscow filming
the alumni team:
After a grueling 18 hour trip, all members of the 2008 Husky Alumni Moscow
Crew arrived tired and stiff in Moscow on Wednesday morning , September 3. On
the long drive from the airport to the hotel, we drove by the Khimkinskoe
reservoir, the site of the 1958 race; a fitting beginning to the venture.
Chuck Alm and John Sayre could not believe how much the city had changed in
50 years. The area around the reservoir was essentially undeveloped back
then, with only a few houses interspersed among the trees on either side of
the main access road. Today there are giant, dilapidated apartment buildings
from the Soviet era and ongoing construction on a massive scale on both sides
of the road, which is now one of the main arterials in Moscow. In 1958, it
took 25 minutes for the crew to drive out to the isolated boathouse over empty
roads. Today, the traffic is completely gridlocked on this route: it took
about an hour and a half to cover the same distance.
After check-in and lunch, the crew proceeded to the launch site on the
finish line of the race on the Moscow river. They picked the best boat
available, but it was a challenge to rig. And it was small. They didn't
have time to finish rigging it out and had to return to the hotel without
getting on the water.
That evening was a reception and ceremony inaugurating the regatta, with
many speeches and the presentation of the permanent "Golden Boat" trophy
back to the sponsors by Mike Callahan. Several Russian oarsmen from the
1950's were present, including 3-time Olympic gold medalist single sculler
Vyacheslav Ivanov. He and Chuck Alm and John Sayre recognized each other
immediately: Ivanov competed in the single sculls at Henley and in Moscow in
1958, and they met each other again when they all rowed in the 1960
Olympics. They had a great reunion. The sponsors of the regatta, JSA
Sports Marketing, and the race sponsors staged a truly memorable event. Our
Russian hosts have certainly continued the tradition of magnificent
hospitality that began in 1958.
Thursday was devoted to rigging the Vespoli shell and finally getting out on
the water. The training this year all takes place on the Moscow river over
the course of the race. The conditions are challenging. The river is a
huge cement-lined channel, not unlike the Montlake Cut only ten times as
wide, miles and miles long, and full of boat traffic featuring barges the
size of aircraft carriers and tour ships that make the water a constant
challenge. Bailing water out of the boat was continuous.
Later in the day, the draw was made. The Huskies will be in the outside
lane - five - next to main rival and last year's runner-up Cambridge. The
interior three lanes will be occupied by collegiate crews from Russia,
Italy, and France.
Friday morning the Huskies took to the water and the water was taken in
again by the shell. After their workout, John Sayre hopped in the stroke
seat and took the eight out for a short turn down the river. Chuck Alm
would have joined him but he had knee surgery this year. Sayre, the Husky
Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist, looked right at home leading the
Husky eight, dipping his oar in Russian water for the first in 50 years.
After an impromptu tour the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, and Moscow
University, the crew took to the water again for a workout and a practice
start with the other crews. Once again, the water was rough; the bow four
came back drenched. The Moscow River will probably be as big an opponent as
the other crews on race day.
After the workout, Mike Callahan gathered the group and dedicated the
borrowed Filippi, dubbing it the "Swiftsure II," which was tattooed with ornate black electric tape. John Sayre and Chuck Alm poured a
bottle of champagne over the bow to christen it.
On Saturday the Huskies will go out for a morning row, then chill before the
race, which is scheduled to go off at 7:50 p.m. Moscow time.
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
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:
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