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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up, as the crew centered themselves. As Inna explains, "These men are trained to be in control of their emotions." It was finally time. After a few words of inspiration from their coach, Inna instructed her crew to begin paddling upstream to the starting line near Boston University's Boathouse. The wind was strong in the basin and the water, choppy. It was hard to keep their boat in place— bow #45 in a field of 55—while the faster boats launched, one at a time, at 10-second intervals to avoid running into each other. "We started on the paddle, going light until we crossed the start," Inna recalls. "And then I yelled, "'Ok, this is it!' and we were off." All was well until they approached the Weld Bridge, the fourth bridge on the course. Inna hugged the water's edge to get the fastest line on the 120-degree turn. Just as they made the turn, Inna felt an impact and the MSP boat stopped suddenly. Another boat had come up from behind them, and because they were hidden by the curve, the two boats collided. The crew's attention immediately shifted to pushing off from the boat and regaining their momentum. "Focus 10!" Inna called out as they finally became loose. "Don't let them step on us! We are the Mass State Police!" Looking forward from her waterline view, Inna couldn't see the boats that were beginning to pass them, but she knew her crew, which was facing backwards, could. To keep them motivated, she reminded her crew of why they were rowing. As they approached the Cambridge Boating Club, they could hear the crowds cheering for them; it gave them the boost they needed to negotiate the Eliot Bridge and cross the finish line. Did the HOCR live up to Inna's dream? "Yes, it was everything I imagined!" Inna says. "Rowing with the troopers, who were always polite and determined, reminded me of why I fell in love with this sport in the first place." 54 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 Head of the Charles Inna Oh leading rowers from Noble and Greenough School "Don't let them step on us! We are the Mass State Police!" - Inna Oh C O U R T E S Y O F F R A N O H

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