Team of North Fork rowers dominates masters race

A team of former collegiate rowers featuring two current and one former North Fork resident finished first in the 60-and-older division of the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Saturday.

The Motley Rowing Club senior masters eight team included 67-year-old East Marion resident Joe Townsend, 54-year-old Greenport resident Rob Buchanan and 65-year-old former Greenport resident Dick Curtis, currently the varsity rowing coach at Salisbury (Conn.) School.

The Motley crew finished the three-mile course on the Charles River in 16:49.47, placing ninth overall in the 50-and-older division, which was won by the Palm Beach (Fla.) Rowing Association in 15:49.78.

It should be noted, however, that the average age of the Palm Beach crew is 50, while the average age of the Motley crew is 61. No other 60+ team finished inside the top 20 teams in the 50+ race.

Townsend and Curtis rowed at Boston University; Buchanan at Princeton.