Weekend Wrap: Hammer the Erg Kicks Off Indoor Season
Competition/ Jan 15

Weekend Wrap: Hammer the Erg Kicks Off Indoor Season


The first indoor rowing event of 2024 took place on Saturday as the annual ‘Hammer the Erg’ indoor regatta took place from St. Mary CSS in Hamilton, ON.

The event was hosted by the Leander Boat Club and featured age divisions ranging from bantam to masters 50+ in eight 500m, 1km or 2km race distances. A total of 16 clubs or high school programs attended the event, with many coming from Hamilton and the Niagara region. The indoor event was well attended with 159 entries, the majority of which came in the U17 and U19 age divisions.

Racing out of the U19 men’s category, Leander’s Braden Durcak pulled the fastest time on the erg for the men’s side in the 2km races, coming across the finish line in 6:24.5. On the women’s side, Emerson Wehmeyer (U19), also from Leander, crossed the line in 7:16.8 for the fastest time for the women.

Category Winners

Bantam Men (1km): Marcus Alves – Leander (3:28.9)
Bantam Women (1km): Madison Dyer – Leander (3:54.4)
U17 Men: Joshua Vander Vaart – Denis Morris (6:50.6)
U17 Women: Kennedy Bartel – Eden (7:49.6)
U17 Lightweight Men: Myles Quintyn – Niagara Falls (6:51.9)
U17 Lightweight Women: Shanelle Burcher – Denis Morris (7:51.4)
U19 Men: Braden Durcak – Leander (6:24.5)
U19 Women: Emerson Wehmeyer – Leander (7:16.8)
U19 Lightweight Men: Val Hudson – West Niagara (6:52.0)
U19 Lightweight Women: Kairsen Frick – Sir Winston Churchill (7:49.1)
Rec Men (1km): Jack Vandenbosch – Blessed Trinity (3:11.9)
Rec Women (1km): Daniela Lisa – Unaffiliated (3:46.2)
Coxie Crawl (500m): Ella Leblanc – Notre Dame (2:06.5)
Masters Men 30-49 (1km): Greg Hanta – Leander (3:27.8)
Masters Women 30-49 (1km): Adrienne Vraets – Leander (3:39.8)
Masters Men 50+ (1km): Grant Akitt – Leander (3:35.6)
Masters Women 50+ (1km): Mary Ann Repa – Leander (3:48.2)

For full results from the Hammer the Erg, please visit RegattaCentral.

For the full regatta schedule, please visit the Row Ontario website.