NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - An accident on the river has left the Northampton High School Girls Rowing team with no boat to race.
The accident happened last weekend during the Paper City Regatta in Holyoke . The Northampton Girls Varsity Crew Team crashed its best and only racing boat into a submerged tree in the Connecticut River.
"It happened about 250 meters in, so we weren't rowing for very long," explained Hamp Crew Captain Madeline Lens. "It was a 5k race, and we were picking up some momentum. It started to feel really good, and the whole boat just jolted to a stop."
Because of the accident, the team could lose its chance to race in next month's Head of the Charles ; the world's largest two-day rowing event on the Charles River in Cambridge.
Northampton Youth Rowing Club Coach Erin Andersen said that it would be a shame, considering it's hard to get into the prestigious regatta.
"It's a lottery system, so not everyone is guaranteed an entry, so I entered a bunch of our boats into the Charles, and luckily our Varsity girls were chosen to be in the Charles this year," she said.
The team now needs to raise $30,000 to buy a new boat before the regatta on the Charles, which will be held October 20.
The Northampton Youth & Community Rowing Club serves 12 schools in the Pioneer Valley. If you would like to help, visit their website at hampcrew.com .