Crisp autumn air. Heart-pounding races.
A memorial to a true champion.
The Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta honors the spirit of Bill Braxton, a Marietta College student whose Lighweight 8 crew went undefeated and won the Dad Vail Regatta in 1973. Later that year, Bill's life was cut short by a fatal car accident.
The Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta stands for the selfless dedication of the true oarsman, one who holds the true spirit of competition as a healthy, integral part of life.
As the final regatta of the season, one never knows quite what to expect. Rowers have alternately competed in slush and snow, in rain, and under sunny skies. In one year rowers may wear long underwear and pogies; in the next they may row in t-shirts.