#THE Bahamian contingent in competition at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta turned in several milestone performances for Bahamas rowing against some of the top sailors around the world.
#Dehron Smith competed in the Men’s Championship Sculls Division, Dr Kathryn De Souza in the Grand Master Veterans Single Sculls Division and sisters Jessica and Poppy Proffitt in the Youth Women’s Under 17 Doubles Sculls Division at the event last weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
#The Proffitt sisters, both students at the Lyford Cay International School, were the top finishers for Team Bahamas and finished 37th overall in the 55-team field of race 51 in 21:00.467 seconds. Their time finished 15th among the under-17 teams.
#This was the second appearance at the Head of the Charles Regatta for the 16-year-old Jessica. She has also rowed at the Indian Creek Regatta (Miami, October 2019), Miami International Regatta (Miami, April 2022), CanAmMex International Regatta for Team Bahamas (Ontario, Canada, July 2022)
#Poppy, 14, has rowed in both the Miami Regatta and CanAmMex.
#Dr De Souza finished 61st overall in the 79-competitor field of the Women’s Grand Master Veterans Women’s Singles Race.
#Her time of 25:22.116, no. 26 among the Grand Master Singles Fleet of 34 competitors.
#Dr De Souza, 58, is a physician specialising in sports medicine/physical medicine and rehabilitation, and has been rowing competitively for just over four years.
#She made her debut at the Head of the 2021 Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
#Smith finished 24th in the 21:17.852 seconds in the Men’s Championship Singles.
#A 22-year-old senior at Ithaca College, Smith has also competed at the 2022 Under-23 World Rowing Championships.