WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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It was also the first time the MSP had pulled together a crew. Rowing is the latest athletic offering designed to help officers build fitness and relax. Rowing in the HOCR also enabled the law enforcement agency to be a part of the community during the regatta. The MSP announced the formation of its inaugural boat during the summer of 2015 and announced which officers would represent it in the "men's club fours" in September. Now it just needed to recruit a coxswain to complete the boat. Inna had always dreamed of rowing in the HOCR. A coxswain at Noble and Greenough School, Inna had spent many a summer on the Charles River, getting to know its turns and long stretches. When her rowing coach mentioned that the MSP had entered a boat in the race and was looking for a coxswain, Inna jumped at the chance. Never mind the challenge of adding another commitment to the already overbooked fall of her senior year of high school. "Having the chance to compete with the MPS crew in its first race, and in the Head of the Charles, was too good of an opportunity to pass up," Inna explains. Inna wasn't alone in her desire to be part of the annual regatta. Every year, more than 11,000 athletes from around the world come to Cambridge to give it their all on the Charles River. The competition is stiff. Participants include some of the best high school, college, club, and national teams—including several top-notch crews from Inna's high school and her hometown of Wellesley. Nor was Inna alone in her enthusiasm about the MSP boat. The MSP boat generated much enthusiasm. New Balance, the official sponsor of the HOCR, even provided the crew with its own uniforms. Inna applied for the coxswain position and was thrilled when they chose her. Now it was time for the five-person crew to prepare for the race, which was only three-and-a-half weeks away. It was a tall order. Although all four men were experienced rowers, three had not had an oar in their hands in over 20 years. While the strength and level of fitness of the troopers was impressive, it paled in comparison to the young crews from the likes of Dartmouth, Stanford, Harvard, and Duke, agaonst whom they would be competing. And while Inna was an experienced coxswain, she had never led a boat at the HOCR. 48 Head of the Charles W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 coxswain noun The steersman of a ship's boat, lifeboat, racing boat, or other boat.

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