Head-of-the-Hunter – 16 September 2023
The Head-of-the-Hunter mini-marathon over 12.5 km from Raymond Terrace to Berry Park was reintroduced this season in place of the Pre-IV regatta of previous years. This event had been run in the early 1990s and in more recent years had been a shorter alternative offered as part of the 44km marathon from Newcastle Harbour to Berry Park that was last conducted in 2019.
Race organisation suffered from inexperience (all were new to marathon planning) but the 47 starters eventually got underway although their start times were spread across 55 minutes rather than the 24 minutes originally scheduled.
Ten Endeavour rowers made their way up-river. The pace was comfortable with them arriving in times between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes. They enjoyed the trip, saving themselves for the more frenzied racing on Sunday.
Completing the 12.5km were:
Henley-on-Hunter –17 September 2023
The last 3 Henley-on-Hunter regattas had to be cancelled for
Although we finally got our beach back, the Sydney clubs that previously entered regularly had broken their habit of attendance and the only entries were from local clubs. With the schools deciding not to attend, the number of entries was small. Only 13 of the 41 events received enough starters to form a race. The events conducted were grouped into 4 brackets, each containing four masters races with 30 minutes between brackets. Masters from Endeavour, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and NUBC had some fine racing in wonderful Spring weather although the wind did get up for the last few events.
Endeavour rowers performed particularly well, gaining 7 wins, 4 seconds and 2 thirds from 14 starts in regular events. Also, each of the winning crews in the 3 mixed club Endeavour events contained at least one Endeavour rower. Alex, Brueton, Dave Percival and Di McShane each took home 3 medals – a very successful day of racing!
Mens Masters Single Scull: Alex Brueton.
Womens Masters Single Scull: Chris Brennan.
Womens Masters Double Scull: Myff Lawrie, Rosie Furness.
Womens Masters Double Scull: Chris Brennan, Di McShane.
Mens Masters Quad Scull: Tony Chadwick, Chris Bonomini, Dave Percival, Alex Brueton.
Womens Masters Quad Scull: Katrina Whiteley, Diana Trescott, Rosie Furness, Di McShane.
Mens Open Quad Scull: Reg Vaughan, Dave Henderson, Dave Percival, Alex Brueton.
Mens Endeavour Quad Scull: Dave Percival + composite.
Womens Endeavour Quad Scull: Myff Lawrie + composite.
Mixed Endeavour Eight: Tony Chadwick, Peter Bowman, Di McShane + composite.