The last few minutes were tough, the rowers going hard, finishing their early workout with a sprint.
Backs straight. Arms outstretched. Legs pumping with each clockwork stroke of the oars.
Their long, low boat cut through Newport Harbor on a morning that would be perfectly calm if not for their coach hovering alongside in a motorized launch, yelling at them through a megaphone.
“Finish,” he hollers. “Finish.”
The eight-man crew from Orange Coast College has been preparing all month for the race of their lives, a trip across the Atlantic to compete in the storied Henley Royal Regatta.
It will be a David-and-Goliath proposition.
Orange Coast is the only...