Wednesday, August 21, 2019
First Flight of the Four Man
Each year about this time, we start getting serious about Nationals.
And while several Newport gondoliers have already begun training in solo and tandem formats, today we had our first sighting of a four-oared team in training.
This year it was the team known sometimes as the "GCON 4",
because all four guys grew up rowing in the Gondola Company of Newport.
The team consists of Parker Harrison, Eddie Rivera, Matt Raus, and Mike Ruffino. They've won gold the last two years,
and silver the two years before that.
Today, their first workout, was really a sort of wake-up call to their muscles.
This year the US Gondola Nationals will be held here in Newport.
The races and festivities will all center around the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club - much like they were during the 2015 Nationals.
The dates are October 26th and 27th.
You will likely see more about Nationals here in the weeks to come.