Red Bull High Stakes is a wrap with Ever Green topping the alumni-focused crews and coming in 6th out of the 14 teams. I was a little skeptical of the event, but it turned out to be well-run, smoothly organized, and with a ton of rolodex crews that were the Who’s Who of anybody who wasn’t currently going to worlds (and some who were)!
There was a wide mix of teams – elites, alumni/ae, adaptive, veterans, and clubs, which made for exciting racing. Even the elites were not immune from mishap (e.g. the Graves brothers getting divebombed by geese). The vibe was causal, Riverside was a great host, and Sean Wolf was a great ringleader.
I was definitely one of the older athletes, and it was fun to mix it up with the young guns. Good luck to Dave Smith and Phil Henson who were a couple of days away from a plane ride to Aiguebelette in the ML8+, and I hope to do it again next year!
Thanks to Igor Belakovskiy again for fabulous pics at http://scullingfool.smugmug.com/Rowing/Club-Racing/Red-Bull-High-Stakes-2015