In the early light of dawn, Samford Crew members can be found working hard on improving their rowing skills at Lake Purdy. Dedication to our sport and to our teammates leads us to commit to spending our available hours practicing for regattas, fundraising for the team, or just spending time together. Since the beginnings of Samford Crew, equipment problems have been an obstacle for us to overcome. With only one boat to our name, we struggled to split it amongst racing team members for practice time, and, on top of that, the boat is old and can at best be described as faithful but severely battered.
Many mornings were spent dreaming of a new boat. The idea of not having to stop practice to adjust a broken rigger, break out the wrenches to attempt a quick fix on a foot stretcher, or worry about the duct-taped bow was nearly mouth watering. As Samford Crew grew, the need and desire for a new boat intensified.
Summer 2015 brought high hopes for the purchase of a new shell. With a strong semester of budget organization and fundraising in spring 2015, Samford Crew’s leadership team aimed to buy a new boat for the fall semester. After many phone calls, emails, and countless hours of searching for available boats, Samford Crew finally made the big purchase. On September 26, 2015, our new boat arrived on a trailer from Georgia State University. Smiles wide and tears flowing, leadership team members unloaded the boat that had, in the preceding weeks, travelled all the way from New York.
On September 26, 2015, a dream came true. A beautiful blue Vespoli shell now belongs to Samford Crew, and we cannot be more proud of how far our club has come since its inception in 2010. With such a passion for what we do, I can happily and hopefully say that this is only the beginning.