The second day of racing for the weekend saw a smaller group of Nepean rowers competing. This gave rowers a good chance to see what their higher end speed is like coming into State Championships that is only just over two months away.
Under 16’s and 17’s
Victoria made it through her heat comfortably in the single and then progressed through her semi to put herself in a good position for the final which she ended up placing 7th in. She then teamed up with Genevieve. They made it through the heat and had a good race in the final pacing themselves well however were unable to pull in Central Tablelands in the closing stages and went away with fourth. They both then teamed up with Alyssa, Maral and Elizabeth for the under 17 coxed quad. They had to work hard but they progressed through to the final which they then placed fifth in which is a good effort with most of the crew having another year in this category.
Under 19’s and 21’s
Joel had a hard race in his heat and knew he would have to give it his all in the final to be in contention. He raced his own race in the final and paced it very well and pushed through rowers as the race progressed however he was unable to pull in the three lead boats and went away with a fourth placing. He then teamed up with Angus in the double and after a good heat race they were confident for the final. They went off and started gaining on the other crews as the race went on but they had to settle for fourth with less than half a second between themselves and the third placing crew of Endeavour.
Erik raced in a straight final in the under 21 single. Five rowers lined up and less than two seconds separated first and fifth. Erik got out hard but he was unable to hold off a mid-race surge from a Sydney sculler and he went away with second with only five hundredths of a second separating him from first. Erik then combined with Will for the under 23 double due to the under 21 double being cancelled due to insufficient entries. They lined up against one other under 23 crew and lightweight crews. They got off hard and took the lead early on and held it for the race to take the win.
Tallara won the under 21 single last year but this year saw stronger competition however she had improved since last year and was excited to race the single again. She raced well to claim third place behind two UTS scullers.
Masters and Para
Paul raced in the masters single and had a tight race with a St George sculler however he had the better of him and took out the win.
Mark put himself down to race the single and double once again and went away with a second in the single and claimed the win with Fiona in the double.
A big thankyou to everyone who made it a successful regatta. We now move onto the last few weeks of training before taking a short break followed by the yearly camp which leads us into the second half of the season.