The Big Wet – March 2021
A week after the CDRA Championships it started to rain – and rain – and rain – and rain. Our last on-the-water session was 16th March before the river rose. Even though the river didn’t break over the levee bank, it did get to the base of the Endeavour flag pole and stayed up for two weeks. The local run-off built up behind the levee and flooded Duckenfield Rd so that we couldn’t get to the shed. When we did gain access, the river had left a heavy deposit of mud on the beach and a thick pile of mud 10 metres up the ramp. On 3rd April, a path was cleared through the mud to the water’s edge but the last 3 metres of mud stayed wet and slippery. Training, limited to ergometers, recommenced on 6th April but on-the-water training was not approved by the committee until 16th April after the final approaches to the river had dried out. A month of on-the-water preparation for the Edward Trickett and Masters championships had been lost.
Edward Trickett regatta - NSW Grade Championships – 17th April 2021
As well as flooding the Hunter River, the big wet flooded through the Penrith Lakes system. Blue-green algae from the back lakes was washed into the rowing course, causing a contamination that closed the course to all activities. The Edward Trickett regatta had to be relocated to the Nepean River. The course angled from the start on the eastern bank to pass under the middle and western arches of the rail bridge and finish on the western bank.
While 9 Endeavour rowers competed in 12 starts none made it to the finals. Our only competitor to progress past the heats was Lindy Nisbett who reached the semi-final of WD1x.
Drummoyne Masters regatta – 24th April 2021
Only 2 Endeavour rowers raced at Drummoyne but what a performance – 3 firsts and 2 seconds from 5 starts!
Al Atkins rowed with the Ancient Mariners for a win in the Mens Masters F-M quad and Lindy Nisbett had two wins composite with Drummoyne in Womens Masters F-M double and Womens Masters F-M pair.
Iron Cove Masters regatta – 2nd May 2021
Endeavour’s sole competitor at Iron Cove was Lindy Nisbett who took a win in Womens Masters F-M double plus 2 seconds and a third placing from 4 starts.
Queensland Masters Championships – 1st, 2nd May 2021
Sean Donza was the only Endeavour member to travel north with a squad of NUBC rowers to compete in the Queensland Masters Championships. Sean earned 4 medals from 5 starts, gaining silvers in each of Mens C Quad, Mens D Quad and Mens E Quad as wells as a bronze in Mens A&B Double.