Racing began with the men’s D grade quads. First up was Daniel, Jooya, Sam and Ryan. After a good start, the crew was confronted with technical difficulties. Ryan fell off his seat early on in the race and Sam lost a wheel. However, regardless of the obstacles they faced, they went away with a fourth placing. Immediately following was Will, Airtarn, Matt and Pat who were able to hold with Leichardt early on but their fitness was not able to hold out for the duration of the race, and they took away second place.
The men’s and women’s 19/21 singles were up next in which Tallara and Chris claimed second placing’s in the under 21 and 19 singles respectively.
The women’s C grade quad of Raquel, Tallara, Victoria and Elizabeth came out of the blocks in a paced fashion and though they worked hard through the middle section, the wining crew of St George had too big of a lead and they went away with third.
The men’s D grade four saw Will, Pat, Airtarn and Matt take to the water with inexperienced cox, Jooya. They came out well and though they were unable to hold with the leaders through the second half of the race, they pushed to the line and claimed a fourth.
The crew combinations were again ones that we do not currently consistently train due to other regatta’s taking precedence however all crews should be congratulated on their efforts.
The racing was spread out for Nepean, however it was great to see many dedicated rowers stick around for the duration of the day and everyone’s help in packing up and unloading was greatly appreciated. The cheering of fellow rowers despite our small size was again, great to see.
This year saw a very strong field in many events with countless interstate crews coming to the event in preparation for Nationals that will be held at the regatta centre later next month.
Friday saw the under 19 singles and the under 21 lightweight single of Erik take to the water. In the under 19 women’s single, Raquel was able to claim a third in her heat to progress to the semi-final, in which she subsequently placed eighth and recorded a personal best time. Erik was also able to progress to the final in his under 21 lightweight single event and went on to claim fourth in the final on the Saturday. Later that day, he teamed up with Chris in the under 21 lightweight double, in which they held off a late surge from Central tablelands to claim the silver medal.
Kate reclaimed her title in the women’s Parra single in dominant fashion and then the next day partnered up with Kevin from UTS to claim a win in the Parra double.
Sunday’s racing saw the under 19 events first up for Nepean. Joel and Henry progressed to the final after coming third in the heat and this was followed up by a seventh in the under 19 double final. Raquel raced with Lauren from Leichardt and they had an impressive heat to progress to the final. Going out hard in the final, they held with the leaders, however they were unable to hold on in the later stages. None the less they went away with a very well deserved fifth placing that will see them go to Nationals to try and improve on this performance.
The under 16 women’s single event saw Victoria take to the water. Nerves were present, but she got into her groove early and had a comfortable heat which then was followed up by a well-executed semi-final. The final saw some very quick times produced and Victoria had to settle for eighth which is a great achievement in the single. Angus was the next up and raced in the under 17 single. A comfortable heat and semi’s saw him race a well-paced race that allowed him to go to the final in good condition. The final was another case of rowers going off hard and this left Angus to fight from the back. He pushed hard, but he was unable to reclaim the leads that resulted from the first half of the race and he went away with a fourth pacing. This performance will see Angus go to Nationals in the single.
The heat was a factor that all athletes had to contest with and Nepean rowers should be congratulated on the whole, for being sun smart during the regatta. Again, a big thankyou to all individuals who made the weekend possible and a big congratulations to all rowers who competed over the three days.
Racing out in the city is normally seen as an opportunity to experience rougher water than we are accustomed to but today was an exception and we were, like the last weekend of racing greeted with great conditions.
The racing began with the men’s D singles and saw Sam, Jooya, Ryan and Miles take to the water. Ryan and Miles went away with third placing's and this was followed up by a third by Tallara in the B single.
The first of two quads for the days racing was up as Will, Pat, Campbell and Alaaddin contested the C quad. After a hard fight with rivals St George, the boys were beaten to the line by only four tenths of a second. The D quad of Jooya, Daniel, Will and Miles were out classed by a stronger Glebe crew who led from start to finish and they had to settle for second.
Alaaddin contested the B single and after a hard start, he was unable to hold on to the leaders and fell back to fourth however he went on to race the C single later that day and took away third place. The final race of the day loomed and saw two crews take to the water for the D doubles. Campbell and Pat were racing side by side with Glebe from early on in the race and the two crews stayed on each other for the whole race. The Nepean boys were able to pull away and claim a two second win.
This was the first race at the regatta centre for the year and we were greeted with great conditions for the morning races. First up was Raquel in a composite double with Lauren from Leichardt and racing up in under 23’s the girls performed very well to take out third place. Next up was the men’s under 16 double and though out sized, Miles and Jooya gave it their best and took out third. Angus was coming back from another holiday, but again he raced a well composed race to claw back the competition who pushed off early, to take out the win. Joel and Henry cruised to the final and though they were both not in their best condition, they performed admirably to take a fifth in the final.
The weather started to turn for the worse and the predicted storm started coming in very quickly but before it came in, a few more races for Nepean went ahead. Erik claimed a second in the under 21 lightweight single and Victoria won her heat in the under 16 single which would have put her in a good position if the final did go ahead.
Unfortunately racing was called off early due to the incoming storm and as the weather worsened we rushed to load and unload boats. A big thanks to everyone’s help on the day, particularly for packing up very quickly to get out of their promptly.