The family of athletes

All of Arngrim’s brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews have athletic abilities, and some have gone on to high achievements in their sport; Helen a Lakjuni, wife of Arngrim’s brother Runi, is a volley ball player on a National Team, his nephew Per Venned and Per’s girlfriend Berit compete in rowing competitions, and all have shown remarkable skill.

A recent example is Per’s ten member rowing team, who picked up two first place wins in the Klaksvik and Skalafjord races. But let’s not leave out Berit’s female six person team, for they also placed first in the same two competitions. Good going guys, but I must shout: cheers to the women!

The ten men boat is the largest boat in all the competitive rowing events. The competition that Per’s team won, in the Klaksvikingur boat is the most prestigious win; and the latest recent win was the second time Per’s team took first place.

Last year Per and his father, Martin, were on the winning Klaksvikingur boat; unusual, indeed, for a father and son to participate in the same race.

The recent  fifteen hundred meter Klaksvikingur race, Per and his team led, ended with a time score of 6 min. 38 sec.24/100, followed by other boats with the times: 6 min. 39. sec. 15/100; 6 min. 39 sec.18/100; 6 min. 50 sec.03/100. As you can see the strength and teamwork required to row the distance in that time. (1,500  meters =  approximately 1  mile).

A ten member boat race is 2,000 meters, however some fjord’s are shorter in distance which causes a shorter race with different time results.

For those of us not familiar with the sport of rowing, the highlights of the June 4th race are on the website, Press netvarp on top right corner, and choose kapprodur, the exiting race is described in rip-roaring detail, and an excited crowd cheering on their favorite team.

Rowing competition began with the use of fishing boats similar in the style of the forefathers from the 1800s before fishing boats used engines. Rowing has become a National sport in the Faroes.

In the large boat of ten, five rowers sit side by side, with a steerer in back, giving information on speed and tactics to stay ahead. Men rowers may have a female person at the steering helm, and men steer for the women’s team boat.

The steerers are animated, shouting and cheering the rowers on, and as stated above, the crowd is wild in anticipation.

“The rowing teams begin their training in January on machines, and on April 25 they put their boats into the water for the first time of the season,” said Arngrim.

The final competition is on July 28, the same date as the Faroe Islands National Day.

The photos are Helen #6 in volleyball action and her team. Klaksvik boat winning the race and the other is  Per in the middle of the boat with his arms held up high. The last picture is the Pall Fangi boat with Berit’s team rowing fast. Permission was granted for use of the photos by Jens Kristian Vang in the June 4 and June 11 edition of the Sosialurin Newspaper.

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