March 12, 2023
The boat trailer was loaded and the Bond-mobile set out down the M1 only to have the temperature gauge rise to 95%. The car was nursed home and a replacement vehicle was called in – thanks Di.
When we arrived at Leichhardt, all the parking spots were occupied but we sweet talked Glebe and squeezed in to a site that was much closer to the launching ramp than our last visit.
Entries had been lodged for 12 Endeavour members but before any of them got on the water, there was an Endeavour zootie in the bow seat of the leading boat of the Mens Masters F-M Eight. He’d kept it a secret, but Al Atkins held on to win in a J crew with an average age between 80 and 83 – who says old blokes can’t perform?
Iron Cove is not the calmest body of water and as the regatta progressed the water got more lumpy and the wind and tide played havoc with the start until officials called the regatta off after 41 of the 57 scheduled races.
From 12 starts, Endeavour had 2 wins, 4 seconds and 5 thirds with 4 crews having their races cancelled. Wins went to Al and to Lindy Nisbett in Womens Masters F-M Single Sculls.
In the WMD-E 4-, our crew carried a coxn but were taken out by two North Shore coxless crews that converged on them from either side, forcing Endeavour to stop. The BRO did nothing and let North Shore go their merry mis-guided way. In the WME Qx, the same thing happened but our girls put in a sprint and got just enough ahead to escape the squeeze, leaving the two converging crews to take each other out. The BROs on Iron Cove need some Central Districts training.