The second day of racing for the weekend saw a smaller group of Nepean rowers competing. This gave rowers a good chance to see what their higher end speed is like coming into State Championships that is only just over two months away.
Under 16’s and 17’s
Victoria made it through her heat comfortably in the single and then progressed through her semi to put herself in a good position for the final which she ended up placing 7th in. She then teamed up with Genevieve. They made it through the heat and had a good race in the final pacing themselves well however were unable to pull in Central Tablelands in the closing stages and went away with fourth. They both then teamed up with Alyssa, Maral and Elizabeth for the under 17 coxed quad. They had to work hard but they progressed through to the final which they then placed fifth in which is a good effort with most of the crew having another year in this category.
Under 19’s and 21’s
Joel had a hard race in his heat and knew he would have to give it his all in the final to be in contention. He raced his own race in the final and paced it very well and pushed through rowers as the race progressed however he was unable to pull in the three lead boats and went away with a fourth placing. He then teamed up with Angus in the double and after a good heat race they were confident for the final. They went off and started gaining on the other crews as the race went on but they had to settle for fourth with less than half a second between themselves and the third placing crew of Endeavour.
Erik raced in a straight final in the under 21 single. Five rowers lined up and less than two seconds separated first and fifth. Erik got out hard but he was unable to hold off a mid-race surge from a Sydney sculler and he went away with second with only five hundredths of a second separating him from first. Erik then combined with Will for the under 23 double due to the under 21 double being cancelled due to insufficient entries. They lined up against one other under 23 crew and lightweight crews. They got off hard and took the lead early on and held it for the race to take the win.
Tallara won the under 21 single last year but this year saw stronger competition however she had improved since last year and was excited to race the single again. She raced well to claim third place behind two UTS scullers.
Masters and Para
Paul raced in the masters single and had a tight race with a St George sculler however he had the better of him and took out the win.
Mark put himself down to race the single and double once again and went away with a second in the single and claimed the win with Fiona in the double.
A big thankyou to everyone who made it a successful regatta. We now move onto the last few weeks of training before taking a short break followed by the yearly camp which leads us into the second half of the season.
The final weekend of racing for the year was upon us and first up was the Reindeer regatta. Boats were decorated for the festive season and we were welcomed with good weather for the first half of the day with the second half seeing an increasing tailwind develop.
Mark made his racing debut. He placed second in the para single and took out a convincing win with Chris in the para double. Chris also raced in the men’s C grade four with Jason, Airtarn and Will. However, that did not go as smoothly with the crew catching a crab with 250 metres remaining. Though their hopes of racing a perfect race were over they recovered quickly from the mishap and gave it all they had until the finish.
The mixed quad event saw a Nepean crew in all three divisions. A first in two divisions and a third in the final division was a great effort. The first winning crew was Pal, Peter, Sienna and Paul and the second Jacqui, Airtarn, Tallara and Will.
Victoria and Genevieve had a tight race in the under 16 double after the leading crew caught a crab with only 100 metres to go. The girls jumped at the opportunity but Kinross Wolaroi were too strong and took the win with less than a half a second margin. Victoria went on later in the day to claim first in the under 16 single after catching a crab herself mid race.
The novice racing saw Jarrah and Lara making their debuts in their singles. Letisha and Will also contested the novice event. Letisha had a good race showing some good improvements from the Spring regatta earlier in the season though she unfortunately fell in with 250 metres to go. As noted in the four above, what is important is not making the mistake but rather what we do after it.
Overall a great day was had and a big thankyou again to everyone who helped make the day possible.
We were back to Berry Park for another regatta and the weather was much more pleasant than last time.
Twenty one rowers represented Nepean on the day. Though we did not have any eights competing we did very well in the quads and four. The men won the D quad, C quad and the seeded coxed four. While the women took out the D quad, C quad and the under 17 quad. They also combined to take out two divisions of the mixed quads.
Women’s under 17 quad: Genevieve, Victoria, Maral, Alyssa
Women’s C grade quad: Tallara, Jacqui, Fiona and Aimee
Men’s D grade quad: Daniel, Will, Airtarn and Johno
The small boat classes also saw some good results. Victoria and Genevieve stepped up to racing in under 17’s in their double and took out a good win. They then went on later in the day to take out their respective divisions in the C grade singles. The D grade women’s single saw a close race with Aimee claiming the win with less than a three second lead over an Endeavour sculler. Maral took out the win in the under 17 single. Tallara and Jacqui were coming off a win in the pair in the Spring regatta earlier in the month and looked to replicate this in the C grade double this regatta. They worked well together and took out the win. Tallara then teamed up with Jason in the mixed doubles and though some would say their technique was ‘rough’, they got the job done and went away with the win.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make the day possible and it was once again great to see fellow rowers support each other both on and off the water.