ROCCS participates in first Citrus Sprints regatta

ROCCS row to success

The Citrus County ROCCS team rows in Lake Henderson at the first Citrus County Regatta. (Photo: Supplied)

The Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS) participated in Citrus County’s first ever regatta Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Wallace Brooks Park on Lake Henderson in Inverness, Florida.

“This event meant a lot to this team. The regatta was basically just a practice run to show the city of Inverness that we have potential and that we deserve what other teams around us have. It was also for the city of Inverness to see what rowing is all about so they knew what to expect for the next regatta that will be held,” said junior Morgan Brown.

This regatta consisted of six different teams: Barkley Prep Tampa, Gainesville Area Rowing, Lake County Rowing Association, ROCCS, Stewards Foundation Tampa, and the South Orlando Rowing Association. Races in this event ranged from novice/beginners to varsity levels.

Each race consisted of different kinds of boats and rowers:

4+ boat (four people – four oars)

4x a quad (4 people – 8 oars)

1x a single (1 person – two oars)

2x a double (two people – four oars)

2+ a pair (two people – two oars)

8+ an eight (8 people – 8 oars).

The “+” is known as a “sweep” (1 oar each person) and the “x” is known as a scull (2 oars each person). Races are all mostly divided by gender.

Lecanto High School rowers felt confident about the regatta.

“I felt like everything went very smoothly, and the venue was excellent,” said sophomore Sierra Lemos.

Sophomore Christian Dossett believed the overall performance by his team and his competition went well.

“I feel that my team’s overall performance was really great. We came home with plenty of wins. Although there is always room for improvement, we definitely worked hard and I felt that the opposing teams served as good competition,” said Dossett.

This regatta was definitely successful.

“For Citrus County’s first ever regatta, I felt it all went very smoothly. There may not have been many teams there, but it all still turned out great,” said junior Colton Gardner.