By Peter Bond.
In previous years these regatta have been held on the same weekend. This year, Endeavour decided to hold Henley-on-Hunter later in the month and that decision paid off with excellent entries. Henley was well patronised by Sydney clubs with multiple entries from Sydney Womens MLC and North Shore as well participants from Mosman and Glebe.
Over the two regattas, Endeavour had 16 starts for 1 win, 6 second and 3 thirds. Three Endeavour rowers and a coxn also picked up medals in the Endeavour events at Henley. Our numbers are down at the moment with racing squad members restricted to masters rowers only. Over the past few years, our junior numbers have diminished as students reach year 12, leave school and start university study or get a job, leaving them no time for rowing. At the moment, the last members of our junior squad are studying for their HSC exams and our active junior numbers are at zero.
The Endeavour win came at the Pre-IV regatta to the crew of Owen Redhead, Roger Farquhar, Sean Donza and Luke Budworth in Mens Masters Quad Sculls. The winners at Henley were Roger Young in Mens Endeavour Quad, Katrina Whitely in Womens Endeavour Quad and Di McShane with coxn Prentice Bond in Mixed Endeavour Eight.
The Mixed Endeavour Eight was a magnificent race with the three crews neck-and-neck all the way down the course. Although the ages of the competitors ranged in age from 31 to 77, the combined ages of each of the crews were 461 years, 462 years and 462 years. The crews’ performances were as close as their ages with lane 3 winning by a foot from lane 1 with lane 2 half a canvas behind (foot and canvas being terms understood by masters if not by younger rowers).