The foot brace of the Hankins was also crazy different. In the early 80’s, it too, was a strip of old firehose bolted to the wooden brace but eventually, someone would wrap them neoprene to help ‘prevent’ chaffing on the top of feet. Some wore runners on their feet, some didn’t.
I’ve attached a few photos of Kim & I during the Jack Wright Memorial row. Honestly, back then, it was rare for photos during a race and especially training. So, good photos are hard to come by.
Gosh, the stories we could tell you about those days rowing the old Hankins. The average weight of one of those boats was 325-350 lbs. That 2 women were able to lug it around the Atlantic Ocean was a feat in itself. To beat some of the male teams was unthinkable (I reckon we had a weight advantage over the boys…. ). But we did it and to this day, are super proud of that. Again, back then it wasn’t broadcasted however, those who were in the rowing circle were super supportive, extremely helpful, and recognized us as challengers.