Both King & WinTech came away with over 34 medals at the Head of the Hooch after another stellar year at one of the world’s largest rowing events. Held over two days on the first full weekend in November, the Head of the Hooch is run downstream on a 3.1 miles (5.0 km) course on the Tennessee River for over 10,000 athletes and over 2000 boats to compete. King & WinTech managed to secure 18 gold medals in a remarkable weekend across junior and senior level.
Standout amongst our performances were the three medals, plus a fourth place, achieved in the Women’s U19 Eights category. Cincinnati Juniors Rowing Club, whose story is told in one of our club spotlight series articles, ran out victors in a King SE. Close behind were St Andrew Rowing Club and Chicago Rowing Foundation, also in King SEs. To claim first, second, third and fourth in a field comprising 49 boats from all over the USA is an astonishing achievement and all crews raced superbly to set up a fantastic season of rivalry. In the same category on the men’s side, King SEs were responsible for both gold and silver as St Louis Rowing Club claimed victory whilst Chicago Rowing Foundation – who also featured in one of our club spotlights back in August – raced a King SE to the silver medal position.
Our junior success did not end there though; further wins were achieved in the Men’s U19 Coxed Four (St Louis Rowing Club), Women’s U17 Eight (St Louis Rowing Club), Women’s U19 Coxed Four (Cincinnati Juniors Rowing Club), Men’s U17 Single (Camp Randall), Men’s U15 Single (Camp Randall) and Women’s U17 Pair (OKC Juniors). The latter won their event by a colossal 40 seconds in a truly dominant display.
On the senior side, Team King dominance shined through once again as we collected a further eight gold medals across the Saturday and Sunday. King SEs were responsible for wins in the Men’s Masters Coxed Four (Chinook) and Women’s Masters Eight (Chinook) whilst the Saturday was rounded out by WinTech golds in the Mixed Masters Quads and Coxed Fours (both Chinook).
The Sunday saw WinTech shells deliver victory in the Women’s Master Singles (Rio Salado), Women’s Masters Lightweight Single (Chinook), Women’s Lightweight Coxed Four (First Coast) and Women’s Championship Lightweight Single (Gainesville).
We had another fantastic weekend at the Head of the Hooch and were delighted to see so much WinTech and King success across so many different categories and age groups. Thank you to the Head of the Hooch organising committee for putting on another spectacular event – we’re already looking forward to 2023!
|Men’s Masters 4+||Chinook||1st||King SE|
|Men’s U19 4+||St. Louis||1st||King SE|
|Women’s Masters 8+||Chinook||1st||King SE|
|Women’s Youth U19 8+||CJRC||1st||King SE|
|Women’s Youth U17 8+||St. Louis||1st||King|
|Men’s Youth U19 8+||St. Louis||1st||King SE|
|Men’s Youth U17 8+||St. Louis||1st||King|
|Women’s U19 4+||CJRC||1st||King|
|Mixed Masters 4x||Chinook||1st||WinTech|
|Mixed Masters 4+||Chinook||1st||WinTech|
|Mixed Masters 4+||Chinook||2nd||WinTech|
|Women’s Youth U19 8+||SA||2nd||King SE|
|Women’s Youth U17 8+||CJRC||2nd||King|
|Men’s Youth U19 8+||CRF||2nd||King SE|
|Women’s Masters 4+||Chinook||2nd||WinTech|
|Women’s Masters 4+||Rio Salado||2nd||King SE|
|Mixed Masters 4+||Rio Salado||2nd||WinTech|
|Women’s Youth U19 8+||CRF||3rd||King SE|
|Men’s Masters 8+||Chinook||3rd||King SE|
|Women’s U19 4+||St. Louis||3rd||King SE|
|Women’s Youth U17 4+||Camp Randall||3rd||WinTech|
|Mixed Masters 4x||TriStar||3rd||WinTech|
|Mixed Masters 4+||Chinook||3rd||WinTech|
|Men’s U17 1x||Camp Randall||1st||WinTech|
|Women’s Masters 1x||Rio Salado||1st||WinTech|
|Women’s Masters LWT 1x||Chinook||1st||WinTech|
|Men’s U15 1x||Camp Randall||1st||WinTech|
|Women’s U17 2-||OKC||1st||WinTech (won by 40 seconds)|
|Mixed Youth U19 8+||Northville||1st||King|
|Women’s LWT 4+||First Coast||1st||WinTech|
|Women’s Championship LWT 1x||Gainesville||1st||WinTech|
|Women’s Youth U19 2-||Triangle||2nd||WinTech|
|Mixed Masters 8+||Chinook||2nd||King SE|
|Men’s U17 4x||Camp Randall||3rd||WinTech|
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