West Side Regatta washed out by storms

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some Sunday showers proved to be too much for a traditional race at the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo.

Time trials got underway at the Club when severe weather moved in, including a soaking rain and lightning.

Clubs from several cities across New York, Michigan and Ontario were at the Rowing Club for the one-hundred-first annual invitational.

“It’s a safety issue. Once you see white caps on the canal, you know it’s pretty windy. We’ve got a machine upstairs that tells us it’s blowing at 25 miles an hour. The kids coming off the water were having trouble. The boats could get swamped if a wave were to swamp em; some of the kids were having trouble controlling the boat in the high winds,” said Richard Schaus, Rowing Club President, of the decision to call off events.

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