Star and Wellington R.C. shared a trailer, the odd boat and even the odd rower to attend the masters rowing champs at Lake Karapiro last weekend.
The weather was a bit shocking, and as there has been a lot of rain, there was mud galore. The place is still a bit of a building site as well, due to the lake hosting the world champs next year.
Some races were very competitive – especially in the C/D grades, while other races only had a few entries. Star was even in one row-over in the B mixed quad, but the crew made an honest effort of it.
We made finals in pretty much all events we raced in, although we had to scratch a few due to clashes with other races.
The first medal of the weekend came from the men’s A quad, made up of Rob Adin, Ben Dunsheath, Nathan Wallace and substitute Chris Jones of Wellington R.C.
It all went right for Pete Tong, helping out the Wellington R.C. men’s D 8 to take gold.
Lis and Peer Neilsen had a memorable win in the mixed double.
Melissa Bray, Caroline Bedford, Tom Kerr and Paul Ward got bronze in the mixed B four.
The weather cleared a bit for Sunday, and although we threw away a sure gold in the men’s A double, due to confusion over daylight savings ending, the medal count continued.
Cox Catherine Galuszka had to go without a cox box for the mixed B eight, containing Melissa Bray, Di Tuiomanufili, Nathan Wallace, Terry McCarthy (of W.R.C),Tom Kerr, Paul Ward, Caroline Bedford and Lis Neilsen. The big boat was just edged out by a North Shore/West End composite to take bronze.
As mentioned earlier, the mixed B quad of Melissa Bray, Rob Adin, Nathan Wallace and Di Tuiomanufili had a row-over, which was a real shame as the boat ran beautifully.
The last race of the weekend was a chance for the crew of the mens A four to redeem themselves, after throwing some races earlier on in the day, due to some confusion over times. The crew of Rob Adin, Paul Ward, Nick Cozens and Ben Dunsheath muscled their way down the course for a convincing win.
Aside from the on-water activities, it was a good weekend. Logistically things went smooth, thanks to good collaboration with the Wellington R.C. masters squad.
Next year the champs will most likely be down south, and we hope to send a squad to that as well.