Another regatta at Berry Park was upon us. Normally the wind creates issues but today we were welcomed by great conditions. With over twenty rowers competing it presented a good opportunity to boat plenty of crew boats which saw some good results.The first race of the day for us saw the women’s C grade quad’s take to the water and it was the composite crew of Aimee and Jacqui teaming up with Brisbane water’s rowers Kristy and Maggie who took out the win in their division. We had a few composites with Brisbane Water’s over the day and another win was achieved by Jason teaming up with Sean to take out the men’s seeded double.
Single’s results were strong with Tallara taking out the women’s seeded single, Henry winning the men’s seeded single, Aimee winning the under 15 and 17 single, Johno winning the D grade single and Jason taking out the master’s single. Kate won her first single race after an exciting finish which saw her ability to stay relaxed coming into the final stages ensure her win and she even celebrated with an unexpected swim. She later backed this up in teaming up with Marie in the seeded double to take out another win.
The crew boats showcased some exciting racing. The men’s seeded quad had Angus, Erik, Joel and Henry in a tight battle with Newcastle Grammar with the boy’s coming out on top with a margin of four tenths of a second separating the two crews. Henry teamed up with Miles later in the day to take out another close race in the open double. Joel had a more comfortable race at the conclusion of the day in the seeded coxed four racing with Angus, Jason, Daniel and coxswain Alyssa.
Mixed racing is always fun and CDRA regattas present numerous opportunities. The highlight event of the day was the mixed eight. Three school crews were entered along with us and we knew it would not be an easy race. Aimee, Angus, Henry, Joel, Erik, Tallara, Jacqui, Maral and Genevieve got into their rhythm early and slowly got out to a lead to take a one boat length win. We were also able to boat a second mixed eight crew which we were very happy to be able to do, the crew consisted of Bonnie, Kate, Marie, Dot, Xavier, Sean, Eli, Johno and coxed by Alyssa. Other mixed crew victories included Angus, Joel, Tallara and Jacqui in the mixed quad, Miles and Aimee in the double and Bonnie and Sean also in the double.
A big thankyou to everyone who made this day possible. As always it was great to see everyone helping each other get out on the water and cheering each other on as they came down the course.