We were off to Iron Cove once more, but this time for a master's regatta. This is the second year we have taken rowers to this event and it is a great achievement in our quest to broaden our rowing program from our historical junior base.
We were greeted once again with great conditions which is always a surprise out in the city, which all rowers were very happy with.
The day began with Mark, 'accidently' forgetting his seat for his single and causing him to being unable to race in the first race of the day. The next race on the program for us was the women's C quad which saw Lorraine, Sam, Rachel and Lisa take to the water. Given they had not trained together they gave it a good go but were unable to find the right rhythm and were beaten to the line by the St George composite. Later on Jacqui replaced Lorraine for the C coxless four. A lack of training in this boat did result in steering issues however the crew were able to have some good rowing in the middle of the race and it proved a good learning experience for the whole crew.
In the small boat classes Lisa and Sam showed an improvement on past rows to place third in the C double. While Jacqui and Rachel made their debut as a double in the A category and placed third.
Jason had an impressive day in winning the mixed A double with Jacqui, A single, A double with Sean from Brisbane Water's and the A quad with a composite crew consisting of Brisbane Waters, Endeavour and Manning River.
The highlight of the day was in our ability to boat a composite women's C eight with Brisbane Water' rowers; Sue and Libby and Nepean rower's: Genevieve (coxswain), Jacqui, Rachel, Sam, Lisa, Lorraine and Pal. The North Shore crew were too quick for our crew but given it was a first outing the crew performed admirably and showed promise for the future.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make this day possible and hopefully this sets us up well for the upcoming Australian Master's Championships that commences on the 10th May in Tasmania.
Leichhardt regatta presented a good opportunity to boat grade based crews in preparation for the grade championships to be held at the end of this month. We were pleasantly surprised to have good conditions all day. With a squad of twelve rowers we were able to boat a few different combinations with sculling being the dominant discipline for the day.