Top photo: The Saugatuck Rowing Club women’s U17 4+ boat won gold in its competition at the recent Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Lower photo: Rowers from the Saugatuck men’s varsity 8+ boat finished second in their event. / Contributed photos

WESTPORT — Rowers from the Saugatuck Rowing Club junior program turned in the group’s “best-event overall showing” in the recent Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, according to the club.

Six boats from the local club, with rowers from Westport and area communities, competed in the regatta, which took place Oct. 20-22 on the Charles River.

The women’s U17 4+  boat, with Madeline Casano (coxswain, Fairfield), Anne Studnicky (stroke, Weston), Rylie Cordella (Westport), and Kate Weitz (Westport), won gold, defending Saugatuck’s streak of winning this category nationally.

The men’s varsity 8+ boat, with George Bentley (coxswain, Fairfield), Jack Kiely (stroke, Westport), Gavin Marshall (Weston), Aidan Montanaro (Fairfield), Ben Whelan (Westport), Theo Herzog (New Haven), Campbell Cohen (Westport), Will Shockley (Fairfield) and Dylan Bhutani (Wilton), placed second in its competition, behind only a late-entry from Britain, according to the club’s announcement.

That performance currently makes it the fastest men’s youth 8+ boat in the United States, the club said.

All four of the Saugatuck women’s boats placed in the top 10 in their respective races, many of which had 90 entries, the maximum allowed.

“The 2023 Head of the Charles was our best performance as a club from our current and alumni rowers [rowers who rowed as juniors at Saugatuck now at colleges and universities],” Dave Grossman, overall program head and the junior men’s head coach, said in a press statement.

“I am so proud of the complete performance from our team,” he added. “It is really special to have the majority of our boats finish in the top 10 of some very competitive junior categories.”