Head of the Lake - 29 October 2022
Since their first regatta in 2013, Newcastle Grammar had always scheduled their events to be run at Berry Park, although the last 2 were cancelled due to Covid. For 2022, the school decided to trial something new, a 10 kilometre event over 2 laps of a 5k course on Lake Macquarie titled ‘Head of the Lake’.
The single Endeavour crew of Peter Bowman, Ged Coran, Matt Patton and Tim Blomfield decided to gamble with the weather and entered the marathon. Unfortunately, the conditions lived up to the expectations of those who remembered past regattas on the lake. When the first boats started the waves were moderate but conditions worsened and the waves overcame many of the junior crews, who were blown into Warners Bay with several boats sinking.
Endeavour was one of two Mens Masters Quads to start. Our boat, the ‘King’ handled the conditions well, taking only a small amount of water but our opponents, Lake Macquarie, shipped a lot of water and had to pull in to the bank to empty out. Endeavour won the Mens Masters Quad category.
Lake Macquarie Derby - 30 October 2022
Two Endeavour crews participated in the Derby, a series of three boat races for mixed quads. Each crew got to race four times against different opponents with final placings determined by a pointscore of 3 points for a win, 2 for second and 1 for third. All crews started on a zero handicap with 4 seconds added for each win and 2 seconds added for a second place. Although they finished on a handicap of 12 seconds, NUBC won all 4 of their races to take home the $400 winner’s cheque.
The Endeavour crews did well, both getting up for a win. The crew of Katrina Whiteley, Kim Stedman, Owen Redhead and Tony Chadwick scored 9 points from a win and 3 seconds to be equal 5th out of the 13 crews. Fiona Webb, Marg Churton, Gillian Weatherall and Peter Bowman scored a win, a second and 2 thirds for 7 points and 9th place. A great day was had by all!