The Annie C. is an elongated Cosine Wherry (not a traditional wherry) built for OARS in 2008. It’s probable the easiest of the OARS boats to row, and it’s very maneuverable. It’s a favorite of many members, and the Lady Oars Racing Team uses it often.
Her namesake is Anne Curtis Bowman, wife of Angus Bowman, Anacortes’ founder.
The Annie’s planking is Western red cedar, covered by layers of fiberglass saturated with epoxy.
Wherries were traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England — think water taxis. They differed from gigs, generally, in that they were lighter, built for calmer water and often rowed by a single waterman — though an understanding of both types of boats and their offshoots and adaptations would require a lengthy, and interesting, trip through boatbuilding history. In the end, they are both rowboats.
The Cosine Wherry has Pacific Northwest roots and a strong connection to Anacortes and Flounder Bay Boat Lumber. In 1982, Flounder Bay owner Bob Pickett asked John A. Hartsock to design a 14-foot, strip-planked rowboat designed for one or two rowers. It was a success right away. Ours is a stretched version that can accommodate four rowers and a coxswain.
Interestingly, Hartsock decided to call the new rowboat the Cosine Wherry, not because she met the definition of a wherry, but in memory of the old Navy boat in which he learned to row.
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Do you want to easily copy and paste all these email addresses into your email app, all in one go? Use one of these buttons to do it.
But first, a small wrinkle: different email apps have different requirements for separating email addresses in the To: field. So it can matter which button you use to join and copy these email addresses.
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