By Peter Bond.
Saturday’s regatta was run in perfect weather with warm sunny skies and no wind while Sunday’s weather was overcast, cold and windy. The tides on both days flowed quickly due to the full moon on Friday night. The effect of the tide was most significant on Saturday afternoon after the tide had turned, with the many novice crews having trouble with the outgoing tide carrying them over the start line and being unable to back their boats to return. One race had to be abandoned with it being impossible to form up the 6 crews on the line.
Eight hours of racing were required on Saturday to cater for the large number of entries. Both Hunter Valley Grammar and Newcastle Grammar Schools used the regatta to introduce their new novices to racing as did visitors SCEGS Redlands. Nepean Rowing Club from Penrith added to the numbers.
Over the two days, 23 Endeavour crews started for 5 wins, 6 seconds and 3 thirds, all wins going to our masters men’s squad. After success at Port Macquarie last week, our masters women had their crews disrupted due to two rowers having to withdraw for medical reasons. Owen Redhead and Greg Cook had a great weekend, each winning 4 medals while Roger Farquhar and Sean Donza each won 3.
Winning Crews Saturday:
Winning Crews Sunday: