The annual Nepean Rowing regatta was back after a year off due to the bridge construction. Great conditions all day saw a very successful event unfold.
The under 19 single was first up and Miles went away with a good win. Paul was the next win for Nepean in the master’s single holding off a Glebe sculler. Miles and Paul together with Jacqui and Tallara teamed up to race in the mixed quad and had a battle with Glebe for the majority of the race, but Glebe pushed away in the last three hundred meters to take the win. Miles and Paul then teamed up with Jack and Hugh and won the C quad. Hugh pushed hard in his single, going away with a personal best and taking away another medal.
Aimee contested the lightweight single and performed well to beat Glebe and take away first place. She also contested the open double and quad in composite crews and placed second in both. The D quad of Sarah, Cleo, Fiona and Letisha being a scratch crew gave it their best but were beaten to the line by Penrith to claim second.
The big event of the day was the mixed A grade eight. The handicap of four seconds was questionable but the crew just wanted to get out there and give it there best and see what they could produce. The crew were happy with the race but Sydney were too good and took away the $500 prize money with the event being gratefully sponsored by @Print and Powersmart.
We were sadly informed during the week that the club Patron, long time member, ex board member and rower Ken Henson passed away. As a sign of respect for Ken’s amazing contribution to the club over so many years all club members wore a black arm band at the regatta. It was a great honour to row in the mixed eight that was only two years ago named after Ken in recognition of his service.
A big thankyou to all the club members who baked cakes, setup and packed up the course and helped on the day. Also, the boat race officials contribution was greatly appreciated and without which the event could not have run as smoothly as it did. Thankyou also to all the clubs that came to the event and supported us.
We travelled for the second time to Newcastle to compete in the CDRA Sprint Championships. The penultimate event of the day was the GPA Matrix Linwood Throsby Gift Relay. After last year's victory we were keen to give it another go this year. There was plenty of more racing also which gave everyone the opportunity to test out their sprinting abilities with NSW State Sprint's less than a month away.
Non-championship events kicked off our day with Jack and Hugh taking out their division of the D double while Miles and Will put up a good effort but a late substitution in the other boat resulted in the boys placing second in their C double. Jack went on later in the day to claim a comfortable win in the C single.
Next up was the much anticipated relay. Daniel and Aimee were first off in the double. Getting off to a good start they pushed away from the other crews throughout the race with a rough but effective last push in the final stages to ensure a good lead for the next crew. The four of Jason, Tallara, Will, Jacqui and cox Hugh capitalised on the lead and continued to push the other crews further away. The quad of Jack, Miles, Victoria and Hugh started with a less than desirable line but quickly corrected this and sealed a well deserved team victory.
We had some fantastic results in the singles. Jason claimed second in the Championship event and won the Wavecutter invitational. Though rumours are that if he rowed more aggressively like his brother he could go faster but this is only speculation. Tallara won the Championship event with a tight race in the final against Newcastle University though in typical Tallara fashion it looked very controlled, some would say too controlled, but it was enough to take the win. Jacqui claimed the Master's title after a protest in the first race meaning she had to race twice but this proved to be in her favour with her second race being a better one than her first. Hugh and Aimee both claimed third in their under 16 singles.
The doubles were another successful event. Tallara and Jacqui claimed the championship double with a good win over Hunter Valley Grammar. The men's Championship double saw the two Nepean crews progress to the final to face off with each other in the final. Will and Jack had a good race but Jason and Daniel proved too strong in the later stages of the race and they went away with the victory. It was a good accomplishment to have an all Nepean final in this event. In the younger age categories, Miles and Hugh claimed second in the under 17 double while Aimee and Genevieve placed third in the under 19 double.
In the big boats we claimed a good win in the Championship quad with Jason, Daniel, Jack and Will while in the Championship coxed four the crew of Jason, Daniel, Will, Miles and cox Hugh had a tough race against Newcastle but were able to push enough in the final stages to take the win.
Retaining the relay title for the second year and winning many other events was a great accomplishment by everyone racing on the day but it all would not have been possible without the support from everyone. From loading, unloading and everything in between. As always, a big thanks to Mark for towing the trailer and looking after the boats on the day.
We had sixteen new comers take to the water and experience rowing for the first time. Everyone enjoyed themselves with many taking on the challenge of the single, with a few going for a swim. Thankyou to all the rowers who came out to help and make this day possible. Our next 'Come Try Day' will be held on Sunday 25th November.
We had two girls head off to SIRC to represent their schools. Sarah raced for St Paul's Grammar in the year 9 single and placed second in her division. Aimee represent Blaxland High School in the schoolgirl single and placed second in her division pulling a big personal best in the process.
We were off to Newcastle for the second time this year, though this time we had a much larger squad with twenty rowers travelling for the regatta.
The mixed doubles were first up and it was Miles and Jacqui to claim the first win of the day followed by Jason and Aimee who took out the next division. After a short break Aimee and Jacqui teamed up for the open double. They had a tussle with the Newcastle/Newcastle Uni crew early on in the race but they pushed away for a good win. The women’s seeded singles saw Tallara, Letisha and Sarah go away with wins. The Campion squad had six singles in the same event and went away with some good results with Dominica taking the best placing, with a second. The commentator did mention on a few occasions the good technique of a few Nepean scullers but some would say otherwise.
Aimee took out another win in the C single and Jason in the seeded single. Aimee combined with Dianne from Brisbane Waters, Will and Miles to take out the first division in the mixed quad and Jason raced with Daniel, Sarah and Libby from Brisbane Waters to take out the second division. While the two races had close winning times rumours were that the second division crew would have been the crew to beat if the two crews had to face off.
The women’s seeded double saw Tallara and Jacqui win the first division and Letisha and Sarah claim second in the second division. The final event before lunch break saw the Nepean composite crew of Sarah (BWRC), Eleanor, Jacqui and Tallara with cox Hugh face off against Dominica, Cecilia, Bonnie and Kate with Sarah as cox. The composite crew took out a convincing win but it was great to be able to boat two fours in one event.
After the lunch break the much anticipated mixed eight race was upon us. Hunter Valley Grammar was going to be our key competition for the race. As always, we went out at our own pace without concern of what other crews were doing. Hunter Valley pushed out to an early lead but this did not bother the crew. As we approached the final 250 meters we climbed the rate and pressure up with some calls made from the power seat rowers and we began pushing through Hunter Valley. We went on to take away the win with a two second margin. We found out later that at the start of the race a fish landed in the boat and remained in the boat until the end when a rower (who will not be named) threw the fish out accompanied by what was later remarked by another rower as a very high pitch squeal.
The women’s D grade doubles saw the first win for the Campion squad with Dominica and Bonnie taking out a well-earned victory. Head Coach Jason was happy for his crew though he had to go out one last time to race in the men’s seeded four with Daniel, Miles and Will with cox Hugh. In the early stages of the race the Hunter Valley composite crew held on but the Nepean crew proved to quick and pushed away for a clear water win.
Thank you to everyone for chipping in, from loading and unloading the trailer, helping setup and pack up on the day and for helping each other when needed. As always the support Nepean rowers give to each other is a pleasure to witness.