|NIELSEN KELLERMAN (NZ) MASTERS REGATTA
Post-Regatta Newsletter – Thanks to the 24 Clubs who entered our regatta earlier this month and to the 316 rowers who competed; we had the biggest turn-out we have had for many years. The rain stayed away and the wind behaved itself. As well, we were fortunate enough to have a great group of volunteers to act as boat holders at the 1000metre start which I am sure the competitors were very happy about.As to the number of rowers who came up to our BBQ at the end of the day’s racing to have some free food and buy a drink or two – we would like to say a big “Thank You”. We very much want to try and replicate our “social gatherings” of past regattas and, with the help of a good selection of donated spot prizes, we were able to create a great post-regatta atmosphere.The Legion made the competition for our much sought after gold medals a little tougher, this time, with all mixed races being Open events as well as the last two Eights events on the program and as a result “the winners took all” As always, we attempt to put as many same-grade crews as possible in each division, but it is not always feasible to do so.Upcoming Masters Regattas are…
South Island Masters Championships will be held at Lake Hood, Ashburton on 5th June and
Legion Masters North Island Championships are now scheduled for Saturday 4th September, at which we will not only be awarding Medals for the winners, but also a selection of Trophies and
New Zealand Masters Championships are scheduled for 18th/19th September at Lake Ruataniwha
LEGION TROPHIES MISSING IN ACTION – A call-out to two Clubs who competed in our August Regatta IN 2019 and who, according to our records, still have not returned a Legion trophy:
FISA MASTERS REGATTA 2022 – This regatta will be held at Libourne, France in 2022.
WORLD MASTERS GAMES REGATTA – This regatta at Kansai, Japan, was originally to have been held this year. Due to the postponement of the 2020 Olympics until this year, the Masters regatta has been rescheduled for 2022.
Last weekend ARC hosted a race between Oxford and Cambridge alumni on the Tamaki.
Boat Race Auckland offered some consolation for Oxford on the Tāmaki, after a run of losses on the Tideway and Great Ouse. Around 60 people turned out to witness the ancient rivalry transplanted, including former light blues, John Maasland and Tim Hannah. Oxford won the coin toss and selected Seaside Park station, looking to take advantage of deeper water mid-channel on the fast, outgoing tide.
Cambridge got off to a superb start, rating 40 but Oxford stalled miserably.
Within ten strokes the light blue boat had taken four or five seats off the dark blue one. But then Oxford settled into its race rating of 32 and the boats remained locked in position for 500 metres, close beside one another, with Oxford refusing to allow Cambridge out into the stream.
The dark blue boat, gradually dragged itself up, as Cambridge reluctantly surrendered seats, one by painful one. By eight hundred metres the boats were level, and then the pressure began to tell. Cambridge’s rhythm faltered, and Oxford’s cox finally had her nose in front of her rival.
At 1,000 metres a Cambridge rower lost a seat, and with it went any chance of recovery. Oxford surged clear, settled and eased to the finish, despite a desperate closing effort from Cambridge over the last fifty metres.
NOTE: Auckland Rowing Club would love to hear from any ex Oxford or Cambridge old boys and girls who would like to take part in next years event.
NZ Masters Championship Regatta Cancelled
Yet another regatta bites the dust!
Rowing New Zealand has announced the cancellation of the NZ Masters Championship Regatta that was due to be held at Karapiro in September due to the current and probably future restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, there is still the World Rowing Masters Regatta – Virtual being held…
More can be seen on the RowingNZ website