As boats steered down the race course, hundreds of kids, parents, and volunteers gathered together with one common goal: raising awareness for breast cancer. Although a competitive regatta, the Row for the Fight event tore down tensions between rival crew teams and created a fun and spirited environment to support a great cause.
This is the second year that the Row for the Fight has been organized by the Manhasset Crew Team, and it has been receiving support from locals and Long Islanders alike. Hosted at Bar Beach, the regatta attracted many rowing teams, including Port Washington and Cold Spring Harbor, making the races competitive and exciting. All the teams have been training extensively and had an opportunity to showcase their progress on the 4 km race course. Manhasset came home with several first-place finishes, but came shy of the overall points trophy by one point; Port Washington took the Men’s Varsity 8+, Women’s Varsity 8+, and Overall Points trophies.
Off the water, many Junior Coalition members of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC) were wearing their Row for the Fight shirts and selling all sorts of items to raise money. One of the tents sold cupcakes and other baked goods made by Junior Coalition members themselves. The atmosphere was energetic and joyful; it was truly a community event that brought people together.
The Manhasset Crew Team hopes to host the event again in future years. The Row for the Fight is a symbol of how a small group with a big goal can achieve great things with the support of its peers.