Thrilling contest on the water

February 22, 2018

Nagambie Rowing Club hosted their second two day rowing regatta at Lake Nagambie on February the 10-11.

Nagambie Rowing Club hosted their second two-day rowing regatta at Lake Nagambie on February 10-11 providing a thrilling occasion for spectators and competitors.

The February Regatta attracted one of the highest numbers of competitors for the two-day contests.

The conditions changed throughout the day with strong winds and rain at times on the Saturday. While Sunday was dry, the wind and resultant choppy water tested competitors’ resolve.

‘‘The Regatta presents as a great opportunity for School and Club rowers to gain race experience on a buoyed 1000m and 2000m course in preparation for the State Championships and even National Championships coming up,’’ Nagambie Rowing Club coach Beth Walter said.

This year’s regatta consisted mostly school aged and youth entrants who competed in all boat classes in more than 300 races, that were either 2000m or 1000m. The 2000m start required the stern of the boats to be held and lined up, then released under starter’s orders.

‘‘A late cancellation of the Saturday boat holders caused mild panic to organisers, until a switched-on local girl suggested a call to the Nagambie youth via the Community Facebook page,’’ said Dave Andrews of the Nagambie Rowing Club.

‘‘The response was overwhelming and 12 of our best young ladies and men, ensured the racing would go on,’’ he said.

‘‘There was an appropriate incentive for their efforts, which they well and truly earned, not finishing until 6pm, having started at 8am. A great job by all involved.’’

While closing Lake Nagambie for the two days does upset some water-goers, their adherence to the rules was appreciated. The success of these events does spotlight Nagambie and brings a lot of business to the town. Thanks must also go to Rowing Victoria, the umpires and the locals who ran the cafe at the regatta centre.

Nagambie Rowing Club invites everyone to the next regatta in a few weeks’ time to be part of the scene on Lake Nagambie and enjoy some exciting racing.

— Diane Grant

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