After being cancelled due to Covid in 2021 and being deferred and restricted to 2 days in Autumn 2022, the Taree Summer Regatta returned to 3 days of Summer in 2023. Racing conditions were reasonably good during the mornings despite some intermittent rain, but the wind came up before lunch and all 3 afternoons were rowed on rough water.
Endeavour’s complete racing squad of 24 rowers attended with 2 trailers needed to transport the boats. A feature of the weekend was the club’s return to eight sweep oared racing with 5 eights entered including the Mixed Eight for the big money (we didn’t win any cash), our first entry in this event for 6 years.
Endeavour crews featured in 39 starts for 2 wins, 7 seconds and 8 thirds. Lindy Nisbett and Di McShane showed out with a win, 3 seconds and 2 thirds each, although Lindy also took a second as a coxn. Chris Brennan was close on their heels with a win, 3 seconds and one third. Racing with Rosie Furness, these girls took first place in the Womens D Grade Quad Scull, the crew’s 4th win in 4 regattas.
Katrina Whiteley, Kim Stedman, Matt Patton and Tim Blomfield had a convincing 10.6 second win in their division of Mixed Quad Sculls, while it was great to see Dave Percival and Tony Chadwick racing with their daughters for 3rd place in their division of the same event.
A very pleasing aspect of the regatta was the performance of both our mens and womens D grade eights, each of which rowed well for 2nd place in their events – not bad for rowers who only started sweep rowing a month ago.
WD Qx: Lindy Nisbett, Chris Brennan, Rosie Furness, Di McShane.
Mixed Qx: Katrina Whiteley, Kim Stedman, Matt Patton, Tim Blomfield.
WD 8+: Fiona Webb, Marg Churton, Natalie Williamson, Sarah Barnes, Gillian Weatherall, Kim Stedman, Katrina Whiteley, Di McShane, coxn Lindy Nisbett.
MD 8+: Peter Bowman, Ged Coran, Matt Patton, Tim Blomfield, Andrew Halley, Owen Redhead, Dave Percival, Prentice Bond, coxn Katrina Whiteley.
WM Qx: Lindy Nisbett, Chris Brennan, Rosie Furness, Di McShane.
WM 8+: Lindy Nisbett, Di McShane + composite.
MD 2x: Matt Patton, Tim Blomfield.
WM 2x: Lindy Nisbett, Chris Brennan.
WM 1x: Chris Brennan.