Did the Bard row? It's doubtful. But Shakespeare did inspire modern-day row clubs from Ashland, Klamath Falls and Humboldt County to race, some in Elizabethan costumes, in Emigrant Lake on Sept. 16.
During the 10th annual Much Ado About Rowing Regatta, teams competed against each other for the best time. Men, women and junior rowers started close to the water slide and looped around to finish at the dock.
The 5K race took from 22 to 30 minutes to complete, with competitors rowing in singles, doubles, quads and eights. Shouts of "Way enough!" (meaning to stop) and "row" could be heard across the water.
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The races were aptly named for the occasion: "The Taming of the Crew," "Oarthello" and "The Merry Wives of Windsoar."
The Ashland Rowing Club was founded in Fall 2000 and its first Much Ado About Rowing Regatta was April 27, 2002.
Nicole Sagal, 13, attends Ashland Middle School.