We celebrated the 2018/19 season on Sunday. We had a lot to be proud of this season and it was great to see so many rowers come and enjoy the day. Congratulations to all the award winners and boat name recipients. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a great season.
We headed off to the first regatta of the season with a squad of nine rowers. Glebe is always a fun regatta with 500 metre sprints always making for some exciting racing.
Sarah placed second in the under 16 single, beaten to the line by a Sydney University sculler.
The intermediate quad of Aimee, Annelise, Edee and Macayla took out the win.
Aimee won the handicap single and Macyala placed third.
The novice single saw two rowers go for a swim and Monique go away with the win.
A big congratualtions on all those competing in their first regatta: Alliah, Annelise, Monique, Alex and Tanish.
Jason and Aimee put their hands up (or were gently persuaded) to compete in the sixteen kilometre Perth to Fremantle race in their singles.
They both endured some tough conditions and I know short and long term they have learnt (or will eventually) something from the experience that will help them further their rowing in the future.
Aimee won the A-E grade category and Jason placed third in the A-E category.
Will recently moved over to WA and lucky for us he put his hand up to jump into a masters composite eight. While cardio has never been Will's strength, we knew he was going into this event not prepared in the slightest, but he gave it a go, and that is all you can ask.
The much anticipated Australian Masters Championships was upon us once again. With the event being held over in Perth it was no small feat to organise a trip of this magnitude. A big thank you to Jason and Mark who were fundamental to the success of this trip.
We had six rowers along with Mark make the trip from Nepean; Jacqui, Fiona, Aimee (coxswain), Andrew, Jason and myself.
With such small numbers we only had five events that saw exclusively Nepean rowers in the boat.
Mixed A/B quad of Jason, Myself, Fiona and Jacqui placing third overall and first as a non-composite crew.
Mixed A/B double of Jason and Jacqui wo placed second against Rowan and Shantelle from Newcastle University.
A grade double of Jason and myself placing first.
A grade pair of Jason and myself placing second.
A grade single with Jason taking the silver.
Due to only having a small number of rowers we teamed up with numerous clubs to justify taking a trailer over to the other side of the country. These included: Manning River, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Newcastle University, Brisbane Waters and Endeavour.
With many of these clubs we also formed composite crews. These proved very successful with the below resulting in medals.
A grade coxed four- silver- Fiona, Dux (BWRC), Shantelle (NUBC), Jacqui and Aimee
A grade pair- bronze- Jacqui and Shantelle (NUBC)
A grade coxed four- gold- Sean (END), me, Sean (BWRC), Jason and Aimee
A grade quad- gold- Rowan (NUBC), me, Rhett (Mann) and Jason
C grade quad- gold- Sean (END), Rhett (Mann), Sean (BWRC), Jason
B grade coxed four- silver- Sean (END), Rowan (NUBC), Sean (BWRC), Jason and Aimee
Mixed A/B coxed four- silver- Shantelle (NUBC), Jacqui, Sean (BWRC), Jason and Aimee
Mixed A/B eight- silver- Fiona, Dux (BWRC), Shantelle (NUBC), Jacqui, Sean (BWRC), Rowan (NUBC), me, Jason and Aimee
,We also had some very good performances, that while not producing medals, are still commendable, especially considering the high standard of racing this year.
A grade quad- 4th- Fiona, Dux (BWRC), Shantelle (NUBC) and Jacqui
B grade pair- 4th- Sean (BWRC) and Jason
A grade double- 5th- Dux (BWRC) and Jacqui
A grade single- 6th- Jacqui
Jason and myself were privileged this season to be part of the interstate racing as coaches of the men's quad consisting of Gary (Drummoyne), Sean (Endeavour), Sean (Brisbane Waters) and Rhett (Manning River). While they did not have the perfect race they still went away with a fourth and learnt a lot form the experience, as did Jason and I.
A big thank you to everyone who made this such a great trip. I will leave you all with some pictures I got on our way back, along with some great snap of Mark.