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    Tory Row Feeds the Regatta

    Kyle Lafferty and Phil Oertle will be representing the United States at this year's World Rowing Championships, August 28 – September 4, in Bled, Slovenia. They were named the US Lightweight Men's Pair after winning the USRowing Senior World Championship Trials on August 4th, and are now training on the Charles River until August 19th under coach Fred Schoch.



    Tory Row is a sponsor of Head Of The Charles Regatta, and so it was only fitting that they feed the local rowing celebs.  Tory Row has been serving Lafferty and Oertle all of their meals 'on the house' during their training weeks in Cambridge, and the athletes have taken a particular liking to the Tory Row yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola bowl every morning.  Fred Schoch, the Executive Director of Head Of The Charles Regatta, is a good friend of Matthew Curtis and Chris Lutes, the owners of Tigers & Bears (which includes Tory Row).  Both Chris and Matthew were Ivy League athletes and are active members of the local rowing community, even competing in a few races as a duo.  As a neat local connection, Schoch was also Curtis' high school rowing coach at Belmont Hill School.


    Philip Oertle
    Age: 20, born 1990
    Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland
    Education: Georgetown University, Class of 2014, Economics Major
    Began Rowing: 2003
    Years on National Team: 1 (2011)
    Favorite TV Show: Family Guy, The Simpsons

    Weight: 165 racing at 158


    My hometown is Zurich, Switzerland, where I grew up. Now you might ask, what is this kid doing on the US National Team then? I was born in Chicago, while my dad was working there. However, I never lived in the United States. The first time I saw the US and remember it, was when I was 15 and my mother took us to vacation on a New England tour. So the first place I saw in the US was actually Boston. I fell in love with the US and decided to go to College here. So when I got into Georgetown I was really excited. Back home I started rowing in 2003 and since then I won 3 Swiss Championships in various events. I was also on the Junior National Team for Switzerland. But it was always my dream to row under US flag. It’s kind of my personal Ellis Island. So I am very excited to go to the World Championships wearing the Stars and Stripes, especially at this young age.

    Unfortunately Rowing doesn’t leave us with a lot of spare time. But if I have some I love to go skiing, especially backcountry skiing. I just love the feeling of accomplishment when you hit the summit, knowing that I have the best and most virgin slopes to go down ahead of me. Even if it’s just 30mins after a 7 hour ascent. In the summer of course I like to be in the mountains as well. I like to hike and bring everything that I need with me. So I’m packing heavy, but I just love to be absolutely independent up there. In Boston training has been good so far. The Charles is a good river to row on. And we are very thankful that we can eat here at Tory Row at no cost. Harvard Square is incredibly nice, and I like the place so far a lot.


    Name: Kyle Lafferty

    Age: 23
    Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 160
    Hometown: Hockessin, Delaware
    College: Bucknell University, Major - economics

    I have lived in Brighton for the past year while training at Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge.  While training, I also worked full time in Downtown Boston at eGenerationMarketing, Inc. (a small internet marketing startup) as an associate editor.  A typical day consisted of waking up at 5:15am, riding my bike along Western Ave to the boathouse where I would have a training session, train for a couple of hours, bike downtown along the esplanade where I would work from 9-5, bike back along the river to the boathouse, train for another couple of hours, bike home, and try to cook and eat some food before I went to bed around 9:30pm.  It was a tough regimen for sure!  We typically trained 12-13 times per week at the boathouse and I was working 40 hour workweeks as well.