Sean Donza has done it again!
Sean was a member of the first placed crew in the NSW Mens Masters Quad State Team Trial, winning by 2.47 seconds ahead of Glebe and a Glebe/St George composite crew.
This is Sean’s fourth selection as a NSW representative to the National Masters Championships.
NSW Representative Quad: Roy Halliday (Manning River), Sean Donza (Endeavour), Rhett Pattison (Manning River), Jason Waddell (Nepean).
In previous times, the new year of racing has started with the Taree Summer Regatta in January but a combination of COVID-19 and the limitations of a construction site resulted in the cancellation of that regatta for 2021. Furthermore, the Endeavour regatta had been conducted on the first weekend of February before the NSW Championships but, to avoid the hot weather experienced over the past few years, it was decided that the 2021 regatta would be pushed back to the end of the month. As a consequence, racing in 2021 began 6 weeks later than in previous years.
Another consequence of COVID-19 was the limitation of regatta entries to CDRA crews only. At least one of the local schools had indicated that if crews from Sydney entered, the school would not allow their rowers to compete. The local association decided in favour of local crews over Sydney crews. As a result, racing in 2021 went from 8.00am to 2.30pm compared to the first draw in 2020 that went until after 6.00pm although the subsequent redraws were shorted after all schools pulled out due to the predicted heat wave.
The weather forecast for the weekend was for rain to be followed by more rain but Saturday was relatively dry and Sunday had scattered showers, which weren’t a problem. The water was calm for most of the weekend although it did get rough when the wind came up after lunch on Sunday. However, after the continuous rain of the past weeks, the flow of the river was rapid with some fast times recorded.
Over the two days, 50 Endeavour crews started for 10 firsts, 14 seconds and 16 thirds. Our new recruit Lindy Nisbett led the way with 4 wins followed by Gillian Weatherall, Rosalie Furness, Chris Brennan and Sean Donza with 3 wins each. Sean raced with the composite crew preparing for the selection race in a fortnight to decide the mens masters quad scull to represent NSW at the Australian Masters Championships in May.
Mixed Masters Quad Sculls: Roger Young, Rosalie Furness, Gillian Weatherall, Al Atkins (both days).
Womens Masters Quad Sculls: Chris Brennan, Rosalie Furness, Gillian Weatherall, Di McShane.
Mens Masters Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Mens C Grade Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Mens Seeded Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Womens Masters Double Sculls: Chris Brennan, Lindy Nisbett (both days).
Womens Masters Single Sculls: Lindy Nisbett (both days).
Reindeer Regatta 5/12/2020
A single Endeavour competitor attended with excellent results. Sean Donza raced twice for a win in the mens masters quad sculls (composite) and a second by 0.6 sec in mens masters double sculls.
NSW Sprint Championships 6/12/2020
Eleven Endeavour masters participated in Sunday’s 500 metre sprint regatta for 12 starts and 2 second places. Guess who were the cover boys for the printed program (see below)!
Sean Donza was our stand-out competitor, featuring in both Endeavour placings.
Sean, a D category master, earned a silver medal in mens masters single sculls behind an A category sculler with a time that would have earnt him gold if he had been drawn in the other division containing D competitors.
The Endeavour performance in the mens masters four was worthy of a silver but unfortunately, with only 2 entries, a second medal was not awarded. Competing in the coxless four, our crew were also rudderless but kept a (reasonably) straight course to make time on the more experienced Mosman crew although they could not quite bridge the gap.
Kerry Blatchley travelled all the way to Penrith for only 2 seconds of racing. On the second stroke of her racing start, the plastic bracket securing the rigger broke and Kerry had to crawl along the back deck to retrieve the rigger before it was lost. The rigger was saved but not the race.
Champion Mens Masters A-D Single sculls: silver medal - Sean Donza
Champion Mens Masters Four: 2nd - Ged Coran, Sean Donza, Owen Redhead, Tim Blomfield
CDRA Sprint Championships – 22nd November 2020
With corona virus restrictions casting a gloom over all sporting activities, the conduct of the Newcastle regatta was uncertain. The Manning River CDRA regatta set down for the end of November had been postponed (probably cancelled) and the Taree Summer Regatta was also listed as “postponed”. To keep the sprint championship regatta within limitations set by NSW Health, Newcastle Rowing Club decided to reduce the number of entries by removing all non-championship events from the program which restricted the number of races for all Endeavour competitors.
Despite the limits placed on participation, the regatta was a great success and our rowers performed magnificently. The weather was perfect with sunny skies, moderate temperature and little wind giving ideal racing conditions. Endeavour had 22 starts for 6 wins, 8 seconds and 6 thirds. Nine Endeavour rowers won championships with Sean Donza (3 gold medals) and Rosie Furness (2) being multiple winners.
Our new boat ‘Ian and Margaret King’ saw its first regatta and its first win with Reg Vaughan, Sean Donza and Owen Redhead in the mens masters coxless four.
Champion Mens Masters D Single Sculls: Sean Donza.
Champion Mens Masters C Double Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Champion Womens Masters C Double Sculls: Kerry Blatchley, Rosalie Furness.
Champion Mens Masters F Quad Sculls: Digby Rayward + composite.
Champion Womens Masters D,E Quad Sculls: Katrina Whiteley, Rosalie Furness, Gillian Weatherall, June Lacey.
Champion Mens Masters Four: Reg Vaughan, Sean Donza, Owen Redhead + composite.
Corona Virus Restrictions
In the week following the CDRA Championships in March 2020, reaction to the world-wide corona virus hit all sporting activities. In mid-March, Rowing Australia cancelled the Australian Championships and a week later cancelled the Australian Masters regatta. At the same time, Rowing NSW cancelled the rest of the state’s regatta season. All rowing clubs went into lock-down with no activity for two months.
On 21st March the Endeavour boatshed was closed. All squad rowing, general rowing and Learn-to-Row was cancelled although club members with a key were allowed access to the shed to row or use rowing machines.
On 24th March, following “strong advice” from Rowing Australia, the Endeavour boatshed was closed for all rowing activities including the use of ergometers. Members wishing to continue rowing in their own boat were advised to remove it from the shed and operate from home.
In response to the easing of covid restrictions by the NSW Government which took effect on 15th May, Rowing NSW put forward recommendations that were adopted by Endeavour Rowing Club.
On 20th May, rowing re-commenced out of the Endeavour boatshed using club boats restricted to single sculls or doubles sculls for members of the same household. A maximum limit of 10 people was set with no access to upstairs, showers or changerooms. Rowing machines remained out of use.
Coaching for the racing squad recommenced on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Full rowing commenced from the Endeavour boatshed on 15th July using club boats in line with Rowing NSW’s Stage 3 guidelines. The use of all classes of boat was authorised along with rowing machines. The maximum limit was increased to 20 people although restrictions on access to upstairs and changerooms remained. Club rowing recommenced on Sundays from 19th July although Learn-to-Row was not available for another month .
2020/21 Regatta Season
The 2020 CDRA annual general meeting in May set a regatta program that included 8 CDRA pointscore regattas, 2 non-pointscore regattas, 1 marathon and 2 RNSW regattas. Of the 9 events scheduled before Christmas, 5 were cancelled due to corona virus concerns, 2 were postponed and 2 were conducted with reduced programs under corona virus restrictions. In December 2020, the Taree Summer Regatta of January 2021 is listed as “postponed”. The second half of the 2020/21 regatta season remains uncertain.
The regatta season was to open with the double regatta weekend: Endeavour’s Henley-on-Hunter and NUBC’s Pre-IV regatta scheduled for 26th and 27th September. As these regattas fell within a period of restricted competition in which the mixing of participants from different regions was banned, Endeavour and NUBC cancelled the events.
This ban was lifted at the end of September before the next scheduled regatta, the Lake Macquarie Derby on 11th October. Lake Macquarie decided to cancel. Similarly, HVGS and NUBC decided not to host their regattas on 24th and 25th October.
CDRA Spring Regatta 7th November - After Newcastle Grammar School declined to host or compete, the CDRA committee took on the running of the regatta with a reduced program of events. 17 Endeavour crews started for 3 firsts, 3 seconds and 6 thirds.
CDRA Sprint Championship 22nd November – to comply with limitations set by NSW Health, Newcastle Rowing Club removed all non-championship events to reduce the number of entries. Endeavour had 22 starts for 6 wins, 8 seconds and 6 thirds.
The plan, which was a very good plan, was to purchase a brand new coxless quad, a boat that was designed to cater for the larger of the racing crews. The order was placed, monies were exchanged but before delivery this best laid plan went awry - Covid had caused the cessation of all activities - the heavyweights went home, the coccooned vessel was stored away and the shed was locked.
Once restrictions had eased and rowing had tentatively resumed, attention was drawn to the long package residing on the top shelf. It had been determined that the boat be named prior to launching and former President Les Geczy proposed that Ian King was most deserving of this honour. The committee considered the proposal and agreed that it be named "Ian and Margaret King", a suitable launching date was determined and the appropriate signage was ordered and fitted.
With warm and sunny conditions prevailing the 15th of November turned out to be a glorious day. After the Sunday mornings regular row attendees assembled in the shade of the trees for refreshments and to listen to Les Geczy speaking of the enormous contribution made by both Ian and Margaret to the formation of the club. Following Les’s warm words champagne was produced and without further ado, the Ian and Margaret King was launched.
Under the restrictions due to the corona virus, the 2020 CDRA annual general meeting in May was held virtually via ‘Zoom’. The meeting proposed a full season of local regattas consistent with the regatta program of recent years. In light of Covid-19 restrictions, each host club was given the option of deciding whether to proceed with their regatta, postpone or cancel.
The regatta season was to open with the double regatta weekend: Endeavour’s Henley-on-Hunter and NUBC’s Pre-IV regatta scheduled for 26th and 27th September. As these regattas fell within a period of restricted competition in which the mixing of participants from different regions was banned, Endeavour and NUBC decided to cancel the events.
This ban was lifted at the end of September before the next scheduled regatta, the Lake Macquarie Derby on 11th October. Lake Macquarie decided to cancel. Similarly, HVGS and NUBC decided not to host their regattas on 24th and 25th October.
The sixth local event was to be the Newcastle Grammar School regatta on 7th November, however the school indicated that they would neither host nor participate in the regatta. At this point, the CDRA committee stepped in, deciding that the association would take on the running of the regatta to give local rowers the chance to compete. As all 3 local schools had indicated that their students would not participate, a reduced program of events was set including masters, seeded and mixed events with no junior races. The regatta was renamed the CDRA Spring Regatta.
We had dodged several bullets with the first five cancellations. The wind in September had been gale force and neither regatta could have run, while it rained continually on both days at the end of October and racing would have been cold and miserable. In comparison, the day for the season’s first regatta was absolutely perfect – the weather was mild with sunny skies and the water was smooth.
17 Endeavour crews started for 3 firsts, 3 seconds and 6 thirds. The club had three debutants in their first starts and it was pleasing to hear their positive reports on how much they enjoyed the day.
Mens Masters Single Sculls: Sean Donza.
Mens Seeded Double Sculls: Mitchell Scales, Robert Weatherall.
Mixed Double Sculls: Diana Trescott, Dave Percival.
While COVID has had a deleterious impact on the regatta season recreational rowing has continued to prosper. Here two new members, Teresa and Jules, are being guided by our experienced Master rowers, Al and Jill.
On 15 July the club captain advised that the committee had decided that "club rowing will recommence this Sunday at 7.00am but not Learn-to-Row. We will re-assess Learn-to Row when Sunday activities have returned to normal."
Endeavour Rowing Club Members
Following a discussion with members and after consideration of the options the Endeavour Rowing Club committee has made the following decision with respect to the corona virus: The shed will be opened at the usual times with any rower allowed to go out in a single. The coach will not allocate crews although crews who organize to row as a crew by mutual consent will be allowed to row in crew boats.
This decision may change in response to anticipated announcements from Rowing Australia and Rowing NSW this week.
After the extreme weather of last year’s championship regatta, this year was a complete contrast with calm water and little wind (although the water at the end of the island always provides some challenge). 174 races were completed in 16 hours of racing with the regatta running to time on both days.
33 Endeavour crews started for 5 wins, 6 seconds and 11 thirds. Ged Coran and Matt Patton opened our account with a win in the MD2x. The four other wins went to Sean Donza, rowing composite with the NSW representative masters crew.
Champion Mens Masters A-E Double Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Champion Mens Masters A-D Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Mens D Grade Double Sculls: Ged Coran, Matt Patton.
Mens Seeded 1000m Quad Sculls Saturday: Sean Donza + composite.
Mens Seeded 1000m Quad Sculls Sunday: Sean Donza + composite.
Endeavour had one starter for one win – and what a win!
Sean Donza stroked the CDRA crew vying for selection as the NSW representative Mens Quad to the National Masters Championships. The CDRA crew led all the way for an 8.75 second win ahead of St George and Mosman. Sean earned his third sky blue state singlet.
NSW Representative Quad: Roy Halliday (Manning River), Gareth Salkield (Newcastle), Rhett Pattison (Manning River), Sean Donza (Endeavour).
A record number of entries for Saturday’s regatta and significant entries for Sunday resulted in first round draws of 123 races and 81 races finishing at 6.15pm on Saturday and 4.00pm on Sunday. With the temperature predicted to be over 40 degrees on both days, Redlands school pulled their 176 crews out on Thursday resulting in second round re-draws with finish times of 3.00pm and 2.00pm. On Friday, Newcastle Grammar, Scone Grammar and Hunter Valley Grammar pulled out, necessitating a third round of draws that gave 36 races on Saturday and 34 races on Sunday with both days scheduled to finish at 12.00 noon. Maybe both programs could be completed before the temperature climbed too high – maybe!
Saturday’s Lake Macquarie regatta started in good conditions, warm but not hot, with perfectly flat water. However, the temperature climbed rapidly, reaching 38º before the lunchbreak at 9.45am. A meeting of all clubs during the break resulted in the decision to cancel the rest of the regatta due to heat. 18 races had been completed.
The first race of Sunday’s Endeavour regatta started in 34º heat which steadily climbed to 37º by 9.30am. After mill pond conditions on Saturday, the wind kicked in on Sunday reaching 20 kph after half an hour. The wind was relatively consistent for an hour then picked up with 37 kph recorded just before a big gust took out the judges’ tent. With the tent in disarray and the computer and timing system removed for preservation, the regatta was cancelled after 17 races due to wind – the temperature hadn’t reached the cut-off point of 38º.
16 Endeavour crews started for 2 wins, 3 seconds and 5 thirds. 17 crews missed races due to regatta cancellations. The all-Endeavour Masters Four event saw the more experienced H crew (average age 70 years) make the most of their 25 second handicap for a comfortable win. Sean Donza’s composite CDRA crew had a strong win in the Seeded Quad, looking good in their campaign for NSW selection to the Australian Masters Championships.
Mens Masters Four: Al Atkins, Roger Young, Les Geczy, Reg Vaughan, coxn Jill Carlstrom.
Mens Seeded 1000m Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
The weather was hot and windy on Friday, cold and windy on Saturday and relatively pleasant on Sunday. A rapid incoming tide combined with a strong head wind on Friday afternoon created a 300 metre stretch of rolling waves just after the start that caused many crews grief. However, that same stretch of water was well behaved on Saturday and Sunday although many crews were caught out by the strong side breeze at the end of the island – but after the mini-cyclone last March, no-one was complaining.
39 Endeavour crews started for 4 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds. Peter Bowman and Tim Blomfield mastered their opposition and the rough water on Friday to win the D Grade Double Sculls. Sean Donza made a great start to his campaign for selection in the state masters crew with 3 wins in composite masters crews. Although the rest of our rowers did not get a medal, all of them said how much they enjoyed their races. The Endeavour racing squad is rowing well, we just need more race fitness.
On the Wednesday before the regatta, Katrina Whiteley had damaged a finger on a sliding boat rack that required surgery and excluded her from racing. Lucy Coren stepped into the breach and did a great job, gaining a second place at her first regatta for Endeavour.
Mens D Grade Double Sculls: Peter Bowman, Tim Blomfield.
Mens Masters Double Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Mens Masters Four: Sean Donza + composite.
Mens Masters Quad Sculls: Sean Donza + composite.
Womens C Grade Double Sculls: Lucy Coren, Diana Trescott.
Mens Masters Eight: Al Atkins + composite.
Womens Masters Eight: Di McShane + composite.
Endeavour did not attend Saturday’s Reindeer Regatta, which was just as well because it was cancelled after 39 of the scheduled 92 races had been conducted. The smoke from the bushfires became so thick that the first half of the course could not be seen from the finish. Although the air quality was constantly monitored at Sunday’s State Sprint regatta, the pollution did not reach the high levels of the previous day and all races were completed.
Five masters men attended the regatta, four who had done some training and one who wanted to give his home made timber single its maiden run on the Olympic course.
Sean Donza got the show underway with a dominant 2.08 second win in the Mens A-E Masters Single Sculls. Next up was the crew of Matt Patton, Sean Donza, Dave Percival and Tim Blomfield in the Mens Masters Coxless Four. Having never rowed together in a four and with none of them having any sweep training for at least the last month, the crew looked good coming second in a borrowed boat. Our crews did not fire in the doubles but they certainly did in the Mens Masters Quad Sculls. If the borrowed boat had gone straight, they might have made up the margin of the handicap but at least they halved it to take the silver medal and gain the satisfaction of pulling away from St George who had overcome them in the four.
A gold and 2 silvers from 6 starts - not a bad day’s effort!
Gold MMA-E 1x Sean Donza.
Silver MM 4- Matt Patton, Sean Donza, Dave Percival, Tim Blomfield.
Silver MM Qx Matt Patton, Tim Blomfield, Dave Percival, Sean Donza.
With 148 starts at 2½ minute intervals, the racing was frenetic but everything ran perfectly.
15 Endeavour crews started for 6 wins, 6 seconds and 3 thirds with 13 of our 16 competitors winning medals. Jill Carlstrom, Katrina Whiteley, Diana Trescott and Sean Donza each won two championships
Champion Mens Masters [D] Single Sculls: Sean Donza.
Champion Womens Masters [G-H] Single Sculls: Jill Carlstrom.
Champion Womens Masters [E] Double Sculls: Katrina Whiteley, Diana Trescott.
Champion Mens Masters Four: Reg Vaughan, Sean Donza, Dave Percival, Owen Redhead with coxn Prentice Bond.
Champion Womens Masters [F] Quad Sculls: Jill Carlstrom, Gillian Weatherall, Katrina Whiteley, Diana Trescott.
Mens D Grade Quad Sculls: Peter Bowman, Roger Young, Roger Farquhar, Matt Patton.
As a consequence of the hot, windy, dry conditions, the north coast region of NSW was on fire with 150 homes lost over the weekend. The highway south of Taree was closed and Manning River Rowing Club had to pull out of the regatta as they could not get their boat trailer through. The strong wind threatened to blow out the regatta but, as the wind was perpendicular to the course rather than straight down it like a fortnight ago, the water stayed relatively calm and all races were completed.
The three schools; HVGS, Newcastle Grammar and SCEGS Redlands used this regatta to blood all of their new rowers and the number of entries was so large that the gap between races had to be reduced from 5 minutes to 4 minutes. The 110 races went from 8.00am to 5.00pm and even though it fell to half an hour behind time at one stage, the regatta finished just 10 minutes late. It was a hectic day!
Many Endeavour rowers had other commitments on the weekend and only 9 crews started for 2 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds. The wins both went to our more experienced mens crews with Reg Vaughan and Dave Percival featuring in both successful combinations.
Mens D Grade Quad Sculls: Reg Vaughan, Roger Farquhar, Dave Percival, Sean Donza.
Mens C Grade Quad Sculls: Reg Vaughan, Robert Weatherall, Dave Percival, Prentice Bond.
Lake Macquarie Derby - 13 October 2019
Last season, this event was for mixed squads of eight rowers competing in doubles and quads. This year’s event was limited to mixed teams of four rowers competing in quads only, each crew having four starts against varying opponents in three boat races. None of the Endeavour crews managed to record a win but they had a lot of fun. The smorgasbord put on for lunch after the completion of racing was luxurious.
Manning River Regatta - 19 October 2019
The Manning River club decided to hold this regatta after the association regatta program had been agreed to at the CDRA annual general meeting. Consequently, several clubs and schools had decided on their program of regattas to attend before the Manning date was known. As a result, the entries for this regatta were minimal with only 22 races conducted. Although this was just one third the size of a normal CDRA regatta program, Manning were keen to proceed in order to test their ability to conduct a regatta under the limitations of their storm damaged club house.
After the cyclonic conditions at the last Manning River regatta that took the roof off their boatshed, the weather gods tried to balance the books by providing perfect conditions. The Endeavour crews enjoyed their races although no wins were recorded. From 8 starts, our seven competitors recorded 4 seconds and 3 thirds.
After a leisurely 9am start, it was all over by 1 o’clock and we had a relaxed drive home in time for afternoon tea and a snooze before dinner.
Newcastle Grammar School and Newcastle University Regattas - 26 & 27 October 2019
The weather forecast for Saturday’s regatta was ominous with high temperatures and gale force winds predicted – and that is what we got! The first two races were rowed on a mill pond and then the weather kicked in. Within 20 minutes white caps were rolling down the river and the regatta had to be cancelled after only 8 of the 62 races had been conducted. Sunday’s conditions were more benign with pleasant temperature and a mild breeze that made for enjoyable racing.
The Endeavour entries were fewer that normal with many regular contestants either away or injured. 13 rowers contested 14 starts for 2 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds with 12 Endeavour crews being deprived of races due to Saturday’s cancellation.
Our men’s masters crew of Peter, Ged, Sean and Matt had one win on Sunday but could well have had two for the weekend but for Saturday’s cancellation. Their event was the next to be conducted when racing was stopped. Rowing back from the start, the Endeavour crew handled the rough water better than the other crews and looked as if they could have won under race conditions. The second win went to Prentice racing with the Newcastle University rowers he had competed with at the University Games in September.
Mens Seeded 1000m Quad Sculls: Peter Bowman, Ged Coren, Sean Donza, Matt Patton.
Mens Open Quad Sculls: Prentice Bond (composite with NUBC).
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Rowing conditions for the first regatta of the 2019-20 season were as close to perfect as the club has ever experienced. The water was flat with no debris and the weather was mild. The only negative was the swarm of flying ants that were just too friendly. These conditions continued until lunch time on Sunday when the wind increased for the second half of the Henley regatta – but at least the ants were blown away.
At a social get together in the club house on Saturday evening, Endeavour celebrated the beginning of the club’s twenty second season of competition by commemorating the first twenty one years of club achievements. The food was an artistic cornucopia “grazing table” that tasted as good as it looked, washed down with champagne and Dave Allen’s craft beer.
The Endeavour entries in these two regattas were the lowest for many years with 17 rowers contesting 19 starts for 3 wins, 4 seconds and 7 thirds. Endeavour rowers also picked up two medals in the feature Endeavour events on Sunday.
The most pleasing aspect of the weekend was the performance of our masters men with wins in the quad on Saturday and the eight on Sunday. Where-as the quad has regularly trained together, the eight was very much a scratch crew which had never rowed together before. Tim Blomfield found himself in the stroke seat via a process of elimination, but he did a great job as did the rest of the crew to overcome a 5 second handicap and win by six and a half seconds.
Mens Masters Quad Sculls: Reg Vaughan, Owen Redhead, Sean Donza, Dave Percival.
Mens Masters Eight: Al Atkins, Peter Bowman, Reg Vaughan, Roger Farquhar, Dave Percival, Sean Donza, Duncan Begley, Tim Blomfield (+ non-club coxn).
Mens A/B Grade Four: Prentice Bond (composite with NUBC).
Feature event winners:
Mens Endeavour Plate Quad Sculls: Al Atkins.
Mixed Endeavour Kings Cup Eight: Prentice Bond (coxn).
On 26th July 2019 the Endeavour Rowing Club's Annual General Meeting, where reports on the past year were presented and new office holders were elected, was held. Following on from the AGM awards for the past year were presented at the clubhouse on 28 July 2019.
The following are the President's and the Club Captain's reports together with above photos, which were taken at the Award presentation.
Endeavour Rowing Club
Annual General Meeting
I’d like to start with a thank you to both the Committee and the members of Endeavour Rowing Club (ERC) for working together towards the common goal of making sure ERC is a friendly, supportive/competitive, successful club. The success of our 21st dinner in May can only confirm this.
Through the year we have held 2 Regattas as well as the Marathon (though cancelled at Raymond Terrace due to deteriorating weather conditions), hosted the Central Districts Rowing Association (CDRA) Coaching Camp, established a school rowing partnership with Maitland Christian School, adopted our new Constitution which brings us in line with the Dept of Fair Trade compliance. We have also held a very successful Bunnings BBQ fundraiser as well as celebrated our 21st year of rowing.
We have purchased a new motor for the tinny, a trailer for the flat bottomed tinny, boat lights for our early morning safety, upheld the upkeep of our boats and equipment and as we speak the slippery floor of our Boatshed is being addressed. We have also painted the deck and railings and continued with the kitchen refurbishment.
Socially, we have established a bi monthly family friendly Sunday Brekkie and continue with our learn-to-row/social row on Sunday mornings. We have a group of social rowers on Wednesday that continues to grow.
Competitively we have attended many Regattas both at home and away. We survived the storm at CDRA Championships this year, we also attended the inaugural Lake Macquarie Derby and had representation at Head of the Yarra (Allen Atkins – gold) and state representation at the National Masters Championships – well done Sean Donza.
We have refreshed our representation at away Regattas with new trailer signage, a teardrop flag and a magenta ERC tent.
Endeavour Rowing Club is extremely blessed to have our coaching program which encourages our competitiveness within the region/state/country – this takes a lot of personal time and expense and we are extremely grateful.
A highlight for the year was our 21st Celebrations which have started with a bang and are ongoing – our celebration dinner was very successful and a huge thanks to go to the sub committee for organising this with our thanks to our speakers – Barry Moynahan, Digby Rayward and Les Geczy. We can now look forward to the Cocktail Party in September.
We have started an auditing process for our membership and key holders, are establishing a Club Protocol (handbook to distribute to new members), Regatta Planning and Operation Guide – especially for away Clubs who host their regattas from the Hunter Rowing Complex. We are looking into the future and how to best take advantage of the existing complex and how we can improve it moving forward.
None of these accomplishments and plans for the future would be possible without the full support and hard work from everyone in our Club throughout the year.
Club President 2019
Endeavour Rowing Club - Captains Report 2019.
The Endeavour Rowing Club racing squad attended 18 regattas during the 2018/19 racing season. In 26 days of competition 27 members competed, 7 in their first season of competition, and in 212 starts ERC had 46 wins, 42 seconds and 45 thirds.
Medals in State and National Championship events: 9 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze
Edward Trickett Grade Championships.
Silver MC2x: Sean Donza + composite
Bronze: Robert weatherall, Sean Donza, Dave Percival, Prentice Bond, coxn Conrad Bond
NSW Masters Championships.
Gold: MM C Qx; Sean Donza + composite
Gold: MM D Qx; Sean Donza + composite
Gold: MM I-M Qx; Al Atkins + composite
Gold: MM I-M 4-; Al Atkins + composite
Gold: MM I-M 8+; Al Atkins + composite
Bronze: MM EQx; Sean Donza + composite
National Masters Championships.
Gold: MM A 4+; Sean Donza + composite
Gold: MM C Qx; Sean Donza + composite
Gold: MM J-M Qx; Al Atkins + composite
Gold: MM J-M 4-; Al Atkins + composite
Silver: MM B 4+; Sean Donza + composite
Bronze; MM C 2x; Sean Donza + composite
* Sean Donza was selected in the Masters Quad to represent NSW at the National Masters Championships, with the crew placing 4th.
* Al Atkins competed with the Ancient Mariners at the head of the Yarra to win gold in MM I-K 8+.
* Robert Weatherall was awarded a CHS blue
Boat Racing Officers (BROs). Endeavour Rowing Club members provided a significant proportion of the BROs at the 10 regattas hosted by Central Districts Rowing Association (CDRA) clubs viz Peter Bond 10, Les Geczy 9, Matt Patton 9 and Peter Bowman 8. The first 2 were in the name of ERC and the second 2 in the name of Hunter Valley Grammar School (HVGS).
2019 CDRA Pointscore - Endeavour Rowing Club finished seventh. 1st: HVGS (1189 points), 2nd: Newcastle Grammar (471.5), 3rd: Lake Macquarie (341.75), Newcastle (306), Manning River (214.75), NUBC (186), Endeavour (167), Port Macquarie (123), Upper Hunter (731), Brisbane Water (36.5), Central Coast (22.25).
Regattas - Endeavour Rowing Club hosted two regattas during the season: Henley-on-Hunter (30/9/2018) and the Endeavour Regatta (3/2/2019). Henley benefitted from being held late in September with increased entries over previous years. These regattas attracted entries from Sydney clubs: Sydney Womens, MLC, North Shore, Mosman, Glebe, Nepean, plus Black Mountain from the ACT. Both regattas were will co-ordinated thanks to the great efforts of our club members.
School Rowing - During Term 4 2018 and Term 1 2019, Endeavour hosted Maitland Christian School for sport on Friday mornings with 2 sessions per day for Years 7 & 8 and for Years 9 & 10. Ten Endeavour members assisted with the training: Sue Philpot, Marilyn Hyde, Jill Carlstrom, Di McShane, Reg Vaughan, Greg Cook, Roger Farquhar, Les Geczy, Peter Bond. It is anticipated that this will be repeated in Terms 4 and 1 this coming season.