Month: March 2021

Head Coach Update March 14, 2021

Vesper HP reunited on the Schuylkill 

After three months away for training camp in Austin and US Olympic Trials, Vesper HP has been reunited! The group that traveled to Austin and Sarasota has returned to join their teammates and Coach Yohann at home on the Schuylkill.


Sadly, we won't be home long. By the end of March, the athletes who won at US Olympic Trials will depart to Switzerland for acclimatization, the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta (FOQR), and World Cup II. In the coming weeks, these athletes will be logging a lot of miles on the Schuylkill in the company of their teammates and also sorting out the complex logistics of international travel and racing.

Your help and support are critical to our athletes' Olympic ambitions. Mark your calendars for these upcoming international races and scroll down to support the fundraiser for this portion of our journey. As always, please forward this email on to other rowing fans who might want to follow along.



Peter Mansfeld

Vesper Head Coach

Head Coach Peter Mansfeld
Vesper Head Coach Peter Mansfeld

Help us get to Lucerne

We are exceptionally grateful to all our generous donors who helped us get this far in our Olympic journey. The next stop is Lucerne, Switzerland! Although the lightweight and heavyweight men's doubles are Olympic events, the qualification process is not funded by USRowing or the US Olympic Committee.

We need your help to cover travel, lodging, food, boat rentals, etc. Every donation helps and is deeply appreciated!



Vesper HP Victory @ Sarasota Olympic Trials

Victory for Vesper at Olympic Trials

JP Kirkegaard (b) & Kevin Cardno (s)
Zach Heese (s) & Jasper Liu (b)
Peter Mansfeld - High Performance Coach, Vesper Boat Club

It's done, the first set of US Rowing Olympic Trials is in the books. It was nerve wrecking day that ended very well for our athletes.


First up were the singles. In the women’s single (W1x) Kara Kohler finished the final ahead of Gevvie Stone and will be representing the USA at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Her spot is already qualified. John Graves performed as expected and won the men’s single (M1x) ahead of Lucas Bellows.


The winning crew in the lightweight women's double (LW2x) and the best percentage of the day was Michelle Sechser with Molly Reckford. A very impressive line up that will have legitimate chances to qualify in Lucerne.


In a very close race Vesper's JP Kirkegaard and OKC's Kevin Cardno beat both Penn AC crews in the men’s double event (M2x), even though Kevin lost his oar just a few strokes in front of the finish line, he didn’t panic and avoided a dramatic showstopper.  He calmly got it back and pushed his bow-ball over the finish line first.


In the lightweight men’s event, three out of four boats competing in the final were Vesper crews.  It was Zach Heese and Jasper Liu who took it home ahead of Josh Remland and Jimmy McCullough.  Alex Twist and Hugh McAdams from Boston narrowly prevented a total Vesper sweep on the podium by edging out Cooper Tuckerman and Chet Bickhart.


We look forward on taking you along for the next chapter in our journey. Stay tuned!

Peter Mansfeld

High Performance Coach
Vesper Boat Club