The NSW Grade Championships was upon us again and marked the final regatta for the season for the majority of our rowers. It allowed us to race big crew boats that are not possible in aged racing and allow the mixing of experienced and less experienced rowers to compete in different grade events.
Singles took to the water in the Novice, D, C and B categories. Miles went off hard from the start in his D heat and held on to make it through to the semis in a personal best time however he was unable to progress further. Erik and Magnus both progressed to the final in the B single where Magnus then went on to win the silver.
The men’s eight has been a work in progress for a few years now and this year we had the numbers and depth to warrant entering both a C and D eight. The C eight of Elizabeth, Chris, Joel, Jason, Angus, Henry, Daniel, Will and Erik, though competitive were unable to hold onto the top three and went away with fourth. This crew split up into fours with a couple dropping out and Matt and Airtarn coming in and both coxed by Elizabeth. The C four of Jason, Joel, Will and Angus had to back up with less than an hour passing since the C eight. The boys got out well however through the later stages were unable to lift and had to settle for fourth. The D four of Chris, Henry, Airtarn and Matt had a longer rest and with two fresh rowers were keen for the race. After last year’s steering issue by an experienced coxswain who will not be named, they claimed the silver. Henry and Chris were part of that crew and were ready for redemption. The start was rough, and the rest of the row was just as rough, but the boys gave it their all and claimed the gold.
Tallara and Raquel after having their first row in the pair only a matter of hours before the race performed very well. The girls got off the line in a controlled manner and given their lack of work together in the pair it was always going to be through the middle where they could make ground. They both worked very hard together and pushed through to go away with the bronze.
The day’s racing showed much like the next day of racing, that the lack of crew familiarity can be overcome with a positive attitude and everyone giving it their best.
Sunday began with the men’s C grade quad of Joel, Angus, Henry and Miles. Due to the boys moving up grades, the usual quad with Chris had to be altered and Miles was put into the hot seat. They had to work hard in the heat but progressed to the final. The final was a very tight race with third to seventh only being separated by two seconds. The boys just missed out on the podium and came in the same position as the crew of last year did, fourth.
Next up was Raquel and Tallara in the more familiar double. The girls had a comfortable heat coming in second with Leichhardt pushing off early. The final saw the same unfold with Leichhardt pushing off early with the others having to fight out for the other positions. They were able to settle into second position early and they maintained it for the duration of the race to claim silver.
The men’s D grade eight was up and after two prior attempts in this event that saw a fourth and a third in past performances, we were ready to step up a spot, or two. The crew saw a late change with Joel being replaced by Jason. Elizabeth, Chris, Henry, Jason, Angus, Airtarn, Matt, Will and Pat pushed off early and maintained the lead throughout the race to take the gold.
Novice racing for the day saw Macleay and Liam row through for the silver in the novice double and Elizabeth after a hard fought race took away fourth in the Novice single.
The long awaited ‘priority crew’ of Jason and Joel in the C grade pair took to the water. A comfortable heat saw the boys not lacking confidence as they approached the final. The experienced Glebe pair were always going to be hard to beat and given the boys were coming into the final only having been in the boat together four times including the final, they were going to have to pull a great race to get on the podium. They went off hard and held a high rate throughout the race but were unable to hold with Glebe and took the silver in narrowly holding out the Canberra crew who claimed bronze.
The men’s D grade doubles saw four crews take to the water. Airtarn and Matt pushed hard in the later stages of their heat to make the semi but were unable to progress further. Alaaddin and Miles along with Daniel and Will progressed comfortably through their heats and faced off in the semi. It was tight to the line but both crews’ progressed, coming in fourth and third respectively. Conditions changed for the final too much rougher water than early on in the day, however both crews gave it their best. Alaaddin and Miles came in seventh while Daniel and Will took out the silver.
The final race of the day saw Elizabeth once again in the coxswain seat. The women’s D grade four of Tallara, Victoria, Fiona and Jacqui did not have a good start and were at the back of the pack from the start. They fought hard through the entire race to eventually take the win by almost five seconds and claimed the gold which bettered last year’s silver.
The teamwork exhibited over the weekend was again great to see. From loading on Thursday, unloading and rigging on Friday, cheering on of crews, jumping in new crew combinations and loading/unloading on the Sunday. It was once again a credit to all rowers and supporters alike who were a part of it all and it was a great way to finish off the 2015/16 rowing season (except master’s rowers who will continue to compete).
We were welcomed with good conditions early on but the conditions changed shortly after and a big headwind faced all crews. Though the conditions were rough, the rowers performed very well.
The men’s C eight of Alaaddin, Pat, Matt, Airtarn, Henry, Will, Joel, Chris and Eli were first up. A lack of knowledge of the course cost the crew dearly, however it provided a valuable experience which helped them in their other races later in the day. The men’s C quad event saw a Nepean crew in each of the three divisions. The first division was won by Henry, Alaaddin Joel and Chris while Jooya, Pat, Campbell and Will took out the third division.
Pat teamed up with Chris in the C grade double and took out a win. Chris was able to build on this with a win in the C single shortly after. Pat raced later that day with Jooya in what was meant to be the men’s D double however they mixed up their event time and instead took part in the novice double which they convincingly lead from start to finish but were sadly informed of their mistake at the conclusion of the race. The men’s D four of Henry, Will, Joel, Chris and Eli were only one hundred metres away from the finish when they caught a crab and their three length lead was brought in very quickly by the St George crew. The boys were able to recover and pushed hard to the line to take the win with less than half a second separating themselves and St George.
Victoria had another successful regatta, she took out the women’s B single, women’s C single and the women’s B double with Tallara who had earlier that day taken out second in the women’s B single.
This was the first year that has seen both regattas held on the same weekend. We had good conditions on both days of racing and it presented good weather for fast times
The Saturday saw the girls take to the water. First up was the schoolgirl year 9 single which saw Elizabeth and Victoria both representing their school, Penrith Christian School. Elizabeth was unable to progress to the final, but was able to pull a personal best by thirteen seconds. Victoria claimed second in her heat to qualify for the final. The final saw everyone go out hard and Victoria got into second place early with the winner, who claimed silver in the under 16 single at State Championships a few weeks prior, pushing off early. Victoria was pushed to the line by a Hunter Valley rower, however she was able to push off in the later stages of the race, to claim the silver.
Raquel competed for Cherrybrook Technology High School in the schoolgirl single. Being a bottom age competitor, in being in year 11, Raquel raced well to place first in her heat and progress to the final, where she went away with sixth place.
The next day, was the boys turn. First up was Angus in the year 10 single. Angus had a well-paced race and claimed silver, and was just four seconds from a Kings sculler who claimed first place. The schoolboy singles were up next. Chris and Joel were drawn in the same heat, Chris and Joel were in the front pack, but Chris was unable to hold on as the race progressed and slipped from the important fourth place and was knocked out. Joel claimed third and progressed to the final where he took out sixth place. Ryan competed in the schoolboy single and Sam in the year 10 single and though both were unable to progress to finals, they represented their schools (Penrith Christian School and St Pauls Grammar respectively) for the first time and raced their first 2km singles.
The final event for the day was Jooya and Miles in the year 8 double. Having to compete against older competition due to their young ages, this race presented them the first opportunity to finally verse rowers their own age. The boys pushed to a lead early, and held out St Augustines and St Josephs to claim the gold.
Racing began with the men’s D grade quads. First up was Daniel, Jooya, Sam and Ryan. After a good start, the crew was confronted with technical difficulties. Ryan fell off his seat early on in the race and Sam lost a wheel. However, regardless of the obstacles they faced, they went away with a fourth placing. Immediately following was Will, Airtarn, Matt and Pat who were able to hold with Leichardt early on but their fitness was not able to hold out for the duration of the race, and they took away second place.
The men’s and women’s 19/21 singles were up next in which Tallara and Chris claimed second placing’s in the under 21 and 19 singles respectively.
The women’s C grade quad of Raquel, Tallara, Victoria and Elizabeth came out of the blocks in a paced fashion and though they worked hard through the middle section, the wining crew of St George had too big of a lead and they went away with third.
The men’s D grade four saw Will, Pat, Airtarn and Matt take to the water with inexperienced cox, Jooya. They came out well and though they were unable to hold with the leaders through the second half of the race, they pushed to the line and claimed a fourth.
The crew combinations were again ones that we do not currently consistently train due to other regatta’s taking precedence however all crews should be congratulated on their efforts.
The racing was spread out for Nepean, however it was great to see many dedicated rowers stick around for the duration of the day and everyone’s help in packing up and unloading was greatly appreciated. The cheering of fellow rowers despite our small size was again, great to see.
This year saw a very strong field in many events with countless interstate crews coming to the event in preparation for Nationals that will be held at the regatta centre later next month.
Friday saw the under 19 singles and the under 21 lightweight single of Erik take to the water. In the under 19 women’s single, Raquel was able to claim a third in her heat to progress to the semi-final, in which she subsequently placed eighth and recorded a personal best time. Erik was also able to progress to the final in his under 21 lightweight single event and went on to claim fourth in the final on the Saturday. Later that day, he teamed up with Chris in the under 21 lightweight double, in which they held off a late surge from Central tablelands to claim the silver medal.
Kate reclaimed her title in the women’s Parra single in dominant fashion and then the next day partnered up with Kevin from UTS to claim a win in the Parra double.
Sunday’s racing saw the under 19 events first up for Nepean. Joel and Henry progressed to the final after coming third in the heat and this was followed up by a seventh in the under 19 double final. Raquel raced with Lauren from Leichardt and they had an impressive heat to progress to the final. Going out hard in the final, they held with the leaders, however they were unable to hold on in the later stages. None the less they went away with a very well deserved fifth placing that will see them go to Nationals to try and improve on this performance.
The under 16 women’s single event saw Victoria take to the water. Nerves were present, but she got into her groove early and had a comfortable heat which then was followed up by a well-executed semi-final. The final saw some very quick times produced and Victoria had to settle for eighth which is a great achievement in the single. Angus was the next up and raced in the under 17 single. A comfortable heat and semi’s saw him race a well-paced race that allowed him to go to the final in good condition. The final was another case of rowers going off hard and this left Angus to fight from the back. He pushed hard, but he was unable to reclaim the leads that resulted from the first half of the race and he went away with a fourth pacing. This performance will see Angus go to Nationals in the single.
The heat was a factor that all athletes had to contest with and Nepean rowers should be congratulated on the whole, for being sun smart during the regatta. Again, a big thankyou to all individuals who made the weekend possible and a big congratulations to all rowers who competed over the three days.
Racing out in the city is normally seen as an opportunity to experience rougher water than we are accustomed to but today was an exception and we were, like the last weekend of racing greeted with great conditions.
The racing began with the men’s D singles and saw Sam, Jooya, Ryan and Miles take to the water. Ryan and Miles went away with third placing's and this was followed up by a third by Tallara in the B single.
The first of two quads for the days racing was up as Will, Pat, Campbell and Alaaddin contested the C quad. After a hard fight with rivals St George, the boys were beaten to the line by only four tenths of a second. The D quad of Jooya, Daniel, Will and Miles were out classed by a stronger Glebe crew who led from start to finish and they had to settle for second.
Alaaddin contested the B single and after a hard start, he was unable to hold on to the leaders and fell back to fourth however he went on to race the C single later that day and took away third place. The final race of the day loomed and saw two crews take to the water for the D doubles. Campbell and Pat were racing side by side with Glebe from early on in the race and the two crews stayed on each other for the whole race. The Nepean boys were able to pull away and claim a two second win.
This was the first race at the regatta centre for the year and we were greeted with great conditions for the morning races. First up was Raquel in a composite double with Lauren from Leichardt and racing up in under 23’s the girls performed very well to take out third place. Next up was the men’s under 16 double and though out sized, Miles and Jooya gave it their best and took out third. Angus was coming back from another holiday, but again he raced a well composed race to claw back the competition who pushed off early, to take out the win. Joel and Henry cruised to the final and though they were both not in their best condition, they performed admirably to take a fifth in the final.
The weather started to turn for the worse and the predicted storm started coming in very quickly but before it came in, a few more races for Nepean went ahead. Erik claimed a second in the under 21 lightweight single and Victoria won her heat in the under 16 single which would have put her in a good position if the final did go ahead.
Unfortunately racing was called off early due to the incoming storm and as the weather worsened we rushed to load and unload boats. A big thanks to everyone’s help on the day, particularly for packing up very quickly to get out of their promptly.
Eighteen rowers took part in the annual camp that included the Taree Summer regatta. Lasting thirteen days, the camp was shorter than past years but it saw great improvements both physically and technically of all involved.
The training camp consisted of eighteen sessions of which fourteen were rowing sessions. The intense training was beneficial for rowing but also allowed rowers to be around each other both in the ups and downs and saw the group grow closer as a result which was great to see. By the end of the large block of rowing that took place in the first six days of camp, many were tired and sore but the hard work had to be done, and they were all starting to get excited for the upcoming racing.
The hard training on the Nepean River was rewarded by a trip to Taree but with some rowers racing up to eleven times over the two and a half day event, it was going to be anything but easy.
The hard training on the Nepean River was rewarded by a trip to Taree but with some rowers racing up to eleven times over the two and a half day event, it was going to be anything but easy.
After arriving at Taree on Friday, racing was underway by 2pm and Nepean had many entries for the three hours of racing. Weather was rough to say the least for the first day but this has become to be expected when racing at Taree. First up was the men’s D grade doubles and this saw three Nepean crews take to the water. Matt and Airtarn claimed a second place in what they describe as a rough race but the boys then combined with Jim and Campbell to claim another second in the men’s C grade quad which saw an improvement in boat feeling. The quad of Chris, Joel, Angus and Henry won their division in the same category after all coming away with fourth placings in the men’s B singles which they were all very excited to race in.
In other quad racing, Nepean competed in the women’s C quad with the crew of Tallara, Raquel, Victoria and Elizabeth. After catching a crab at around midway through the race the crew recovered well and claimed second, only one second behind Penrith who went on to win. Raquel then followed up this performance by a first in the women’s B grade single. Tallara and Victoria then teamed up with Joel and Angus in the mixed quad. Joel and Angus, being the big lads they think they are, were not coping well in the cold conditions but this did not stop the quad in recording a win.
We went back to accommodation and after freshening up for dinner we made our annual visit to ‘the log’. A group dinner which encapsulated one of the key purposes of a group camp, in everyone getting together and just having some fun. This was followed by many going to their rooms to watch movies and then rest up for the next day of racing.
The next day of racing was kicked off with Victoria and Elizabeth in the under 16 singles. Victoria went away with a convincing win which she then backed up later in the day in winning the C grade double with Tallara and then had another victory in the C grade single.
Elizabeth had a successful day coxing, in leading the Nepean men’s C grade eight to victory in what is the first win for a Nepean crew in the men’s grade system in an eight since the inception of grade racing in 2007. The crew of Elizabeth, Chris, Joel, Henry, Angus, Airtarn. Matt, Will and Alaaddin were ecstatic with the win and it was great to witness. Also, at his third Taree regatta, Alaaddin claimed his first win at Taree ever and it was fitting to be in real rowing, sweep. Elizabeth, later in the day went on to cox Chris, Joel, Will and Henry to victory in the men’s C grade four.
Chris, Joel, Angus and Henry had a B grade quad first up on Saturday and though they put up a good fight against a stronger UNSW crew they were unable to push through and went away with the second. Though they were all evidently tired from the race they all had four more races to compete in for the day. The boys split into doubles for the under 19 and B grade events with Joel and Henry taking a win in the under 19 double and as a result now officially B grade rowers.
Angus, later that afternoon had a hard race in the under 17 single. After trailing for the majority of the race, Angus took his opportunity at the 750 metre mark where the waterway opens up and he pushed to pull even with the Endeavour sculler. After making the mistake of looking at the other rower in the final stages and making a mistake as a result, he was still able to hold on for the win by only three tenths of a second.
Pat also went away with a third in the under 17 single after earlier in the day taking away a second in the D grade double. In other D grade racing, Miles claimed a second in the other division of the D grade single and then went on to combine with Campbell, Jim and Ryan to claim the second in the men’s D grade quad. Miles then went on to race in the under 16 single and despite being bottom age for this category, he showed great composure in taking out the win by a ten second margin but by his reaction at the end of the race, he had certainly given it his all.
Erik and Kate claimed a convincing win in the parra double on Saturday. This performance transferred to their singles on Sunday with Erik claiming third in the lightweight single, first in the under 21 single and Kate took home a second in the parra single.
Victoria was still feeling flat after the double, but she took to the water and attempted to claim her third single win for the weekend. Another strong performance saw this become a reality. Later in the day, Raquel and Tallara teamed up in the B grade double to claim a first place after Raquel had earlier that day claimed a third in the under 19 double with a Balmain rower.
The boys performances as we neared the end of the regatta continued to maintain at a high standard with Alaaddin, Jim and Miles claiming third in the C grade singles. Chris, Joel, Angus and Henry faced off with a strong Oxenford/Sydney composite and despite their exhaustion from the abundance of races over the past days they went away with a well-deserved second.
The camp as a whole could not have happened without the help of many individual’s coming together to allow the team as a whole to benefit. Special mention’s go to Mark for looking after the boats and though some may say he is OCD (not me of course) his help is greatly appreciated. To Jeff for being group photographer and helping wherever needed. Michele for preparing food for the Taree trip. Danny, Mark and Olivier who helped out for the weekend. John again drove the bus for the rowers and a big thankyou goes to him. There are several others who contributed towards camp this year and I would just like to say a big thankyou to you all and I assure you everything you do does not go unnoticed.
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.
Spring Regatta 17/10: NRC report
A warm day was expected and the weather did not disappoint with favourable conditions being around all day.
Racing for Nepean got under way with the first race of the day featuring Paul, Magnus, Ian and Peter who were contesting the men’s C quad. After a tight finish they came in second with less than a second between them and first place. The second division of the same event saw Chris, Joel, Angus and Henry take to the water and another tight race unfolded with this time Nepean taking the win. This quad separated into C doubles with Angus and Henry taking second place after losing out to a strong Drummoyne crew. Chris and Joel contested the second division and claimed first place.
The men’s C single saw Magnus take out first place while in the men’s B single Joel claimed third with Henry and Angus going away with personal best times. Tallara and Annabelle, after competing in a women’s B double backed up to race in a C pair where they took out third place. Elizabeth took to the water for her first race ever and claimed sixth place in the women’s novice single. Ertan and Matt also competed in novice racing and contested the men’s novice double and after a rough start took out first place. Pat had a very controlled race and claimed his first win in a single in the men’s D grade race.
It was a great day of racing and a big thankyou to everyone who made it such a smooth running day.