6:05 a.m. The frontrunners in Monmouth Boat Club‘s annual solstice race make a U-turn just east of the Oceanic Bridge. Taking off just before sunrise in Red Bank, they finished in daylight.
The solstice race, once Navesink River Rowing‘s traditional first of the season, is the second race this year in a biweekly series among the “Rowing Fleet” of the MBC. The two rowing organizations are intertwined today as members of both join in the fun.
“Our speeds are so different that there is usually little actual competition,” said Jim Shelton, fleet captain. “Rather, the ‘competition’ is more frequently against our own individual record.”
(Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)