It was a big weekend with 8 hours of racing on Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday. Significant entries from SCECGS Redlands on Saturday, Nepean on Sunday plus North Shore and Black Mountain (Canberra) on both days gave the local clubs plenty of competition.
The tides ran strongly on both days with misty rain and near 100% humidity on Saturday followed by beautiful sunny skies on Sunday. Blustery wind on Saturday combined with the tides made for some tricky racing on Saturday but the wind calmed on Sunday giving more pleasant racing conditions.
Over the two days of racing, Endeavour had 39 crews start for 5 wins, 9 seconds and 11 thirds. With Lake Macquarie giving second place medals (provided by Lake Macquarie City Council), 20 of Endeavour’s 22 contestants took home medals. The big story of the weekend was the success of our new mens masters crew racing in their first regatta who won two of their three starts. Congratulations to Peter, Ben, Matt and Mick!
Sunday was a particularly big day for the Endeavour rowers as also being hosts of the day’s regatta. Entries were limited to two races each in order to free up bodies for all the tasks necessary to run a regatta. The absence of the SES meant that we needed to provide 6 licensed boat drivers as sentries and BRO boat drivers. We had to withdraw a crew so that the crew members could fulfil that obligation. We need more members to become licensed boat drivers.
However, the effort was worth it. Between the canteen and raffle about $1800 was raised with more money to come when our share of the entry fees is remitted.
Mens D Grade Quad Sculls: Peter Bowman, Ben Leacey, Matt Patton, Michael Shepherd.
Mens D Grade Four: Robert Weatherall, Sean Donza, Dave Percival, Prentice Bond with coxn Katrina Whiteley.
Mens C Grade Quad Sculls: Reg Vaughan, Roger Farquhar, Greg Cook, Owen Redhead.
Mens Seeded 1000m Quad Sculls: Peter Bowman, Ben Leacey, Matt Patton, Michael Shepherd.
Mens Masters Quad Sculls: Al Atkins + composite.
Saturday’s Second Place Medals:
Womens C Grade Quads: Sue Edwards, Gillian Weatherall, June Lacey, Di McShane.
Womens Seeded 1000m Quad Sculls: Jill Carlstrom, Katrina Whiteley, Diana Trescott + composite.
Mixed Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Mixed Masters Quad Sculls: Al Atkins + composite.