After a fun day of racing the day prior it was all business on Sunday as we ready ourselves for the NSW Sprint Championships. A selected squad of ten rowers competed for Nepean and they all performed extremely well.
The women’s racing began with Victoria taking to the water for the under 16 single. After a comfortable heat she was made to work hard in the semi’s to qualify to the final that saw her gain a well-deserved sixth place. Next up was Raquel in the under 17 single. After a mishap with officials starting the heat early, Raquel was able to progress directly to the final and gained the silver behind a strong Sydney sculler.
Tallara raced in a straight final in the under 21 single and she lead the race from early on and held out a Sydney sculler to take the gold.
Kate again had a successful regatta in claiming the gold in the parra single even after a mistake during the race which given the short distance of racing is very hard to come back from and is a credit to her. She then went on to row with Erik in the double and after Balmain was scratched they went on to row through for the gold.
Pl where he placed fourth in front of fellow rower Henry who came in sixth. The under 17 racing for the men saw Joel claim fourth in the final with Chris shortly behind in sixth after hitting the buoys mid race. Joel paired up with Angus in the under 17 double and after a comfortable heat they were pipped at the line to claim fourth just a quarter of a second behind Endeavour. Angus raced in the under 16 single and progressed through the heat along with Pat however Pat was unable to progress to the final. Angus paid for the effort it required to progress through the semi’s and went away with a seventh in the final.
As I have stated before, I would just like to remind rowers that mistakes are made and the manner in which these issues are dealt with are a reflection of you as an individual. Rowers are also reminded that it is their own responsibility to ensure they are at the course on time, ensure their single is rigged, they have a bow number and that they have enough time for an adequate warm-up.
The Reindeer regatta gives the opportunity for all clubs to embrace the spirit of Christmas. Again this year Nepean put in a good effort for the day. A special mention goes to Sam who had the best decorated boat for Nepean on the day.
The first race of the day for Nepean was the men’s D grade four with Chris, Henry, Airtarn, Matt and coxed by Elizabeth. After a clean start the boys were holding with UNSW and Canberra in the top pack. As they neared the 250 mark the UNSW crew made a mistake and the Nepean rowers capitalised on it. They went on to take the lead which they were able to hold to take out first place by just over a second.
The men’s under 16 single event was up next and saw four Nepean rowers take to the water. Pat took out third and Angus first in their respective divisions. Pat and Angus teamed up in the under 16 double later on in the day and took out second place against a strong Hunter Valley Grammar crew. Angus also rowed an under 17 double with Joel in which they took out a convincing first place. The two teamed up with Chris and Henry to take out the men’s C grade quad which saw the boys come out at a steady pace and hold their composure over the whole course.
The mixed quad is always a favourite event for rowers and this was no exception with Chris, Joel, Tallara and Victoria taking the opportunity with both hands. They had a good start and despite a mishap at the half way mark they were able to recover well to get into a strong rhythm to take out a boat length win over Glebe.
Tallara and Victoria went on along with Raquel and Bianca to take out a good win in the women’s C grade quad. Earlier that day Raquel raced a smart race to push through some fast starting crews to take out third place in the under 17 single. Other strong single performances included Joel taking out a third in the under 17 single and Erik also went away with a third in the under 19 single.
I would just like to say congratulations to all rowers for their effort on the day. A big thankyou to all the coaches and support members who made the day possible for all rowers and to the rowers who put in the effort to help load and unload boats. Many crews had to race as is the case at most regattas in combinations they had never rowed in before and it was great to see so many take this opportunity and give it their best effort.