THE St Andrew’s College Rowing Club’s youngest and newest members had a successful day’s racing at the Grey Junior Regatta at Redhouse at the weekend.
This regatta is geared specifically at young boys and girls who are new to the sport, and enables them to race and gain experience in an easier environment than normal regattas, where time pressures, impatient officials and sharing river space with vastly more experienced crews can be a baptism of fire.
The 17 St Andrew’s boys who participated came away with the lion’s share of medals, winning 11 races out of 15 starts from a total of 16 events.
Besides St Andrew’s, teams from Grey High, Selborne and ZRC took part in the regatta.
Although there were few nail-biting finishes to the races, the boys gave their all to try to cross the 1000m finish line first. Some looked more confident than others, but they all tried their best and the coxes’ voices could be heard across the water, telling their crews to push harder.
One of the most touching and sporting moments of the day was when the Grey, Selborne and St Andrew’s crews drew to a stop after the finish line to cheer on a struggling ZRC quad which had lagged far behind.
The young competitors took part in 16 races in sculls, doubles, quads and octopuls. Grey came second overall, with Selborne in third place and ZRC fourth.