The US Masters Nationals was held August 17-20 on a beautiful cool river in Oak Ridge, TN. The water temperature was about the only thing that was cool as the heat steamed up during the day, but cool breezes and plenty of shade made the whole experience a delight as all the teams rented spaces for tents on shore to watch the racing. The weather and conditions were pretty much perfect though the sun was really intense as the rowers sat out in the boats waiting for the start of races. Three mornings there was an hour long fog delay but the organization by US Rowing was excellent as 99 teams with over 3000 rowers participated. Chinook again won the points trophy with almost twice as many points than second place, Texas Rowing Center. Only three members from RBC attended: Sean Wolf, Nikolay Kurmakov and Catherine Widgery.
Catherine again competed as part of a composite team of masters women from around the country and earned three golds: WF2X, WG4+ and WE8+ and three silvers: WF4X, WD8+, WF8+.
Masters Nationals moves to Oakland, CA next year.