October 3, 2008
weekend, almost 200 alums, parents, and friends returned to Boathouse
to kick off the 2008-2009 year with the inaugural Gardner Cup Class Day
Regatta. If you missed out on the festivities, here’s the first thing
you should know:
THE DATE SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. NEXT YEAR’S GARDNER CUP CLASS DAY FINALS
WILL BE HELD FROM 4:00-5:00PM ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009, WITH A CELEBRATORY COCKTAIL HOUR AND DINNER STARTING AT 6:00PM THE SAME EVENING.
year’s event was a success by every measure except the weatherman’s.
But even a few soggy hours couldn’t suppress the enthusiasm behind what
was reported to be the biggest gathering of Friends since the
dedication of the boathouse.
Highlights of the weekend included:
side by side racing of the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 class crews, with
the Class of 2011 overcoming an open-water deficit to the 2009 crew to
pull even in the third-mile of the Gardner Cup final, trade strokes for
about 1000 meters, and then pull away to win by open water. Youth was
night dinner with Pete Gardner returning to the boathouse to be honored
by comments from Dick Grossman, Kurt Somerville, and Thad Seymour (via
Tom Hull, who read That’s comments in his absence). Pete concluded the
evening with remarks that showed that the values that make Dartmouth
rowing great have endured for generations.
shell dedications honoring Sally N. Toffey (given by her husband Jim),
Renate Hunter (given in her memory by her son Andre Hunter), Dick
Grossman (donated by three alums who rowed for Dick as freshman
heavyweights: John Pasquesi, Glenn Havlicek, and David Gensler), and
Scott Armstrong (given as a 10th reunion
gift by a group from the Classes of 1997-1999), who also returned to
Hanover for the dedication and for another alumni dinner in his honor
on Saturday night.
finally, Pete Gardner awarding the inaugural Gardner Cup to the Class
0f 2009. The Cup was donated by Driu Colgan, who graduated from
Dartmouth last spring, and his father Sean, who rowed on Pete’s
national team crews.
Gerrit Zwart took several great pictures of the festivities.
huge thank you to everyone who returned to Hanover to make the weekend
such a success, and here’s to making next year’s event even better.
Topher, Wendy, and Steve.