Friday 7 August saw the Victoria Rowing Club travel up to the cosmopolitan Mecca of Hamilton, to take part in the much-anticipated Tertiary Rowing Games.
The races consisted of a brisk 700m sprint across the picturesque Hamilton Lake. To the obvious dismay of many competitors, the rumoured “buoy-turn” did not eventuate, as crews had to settle for the tried and tested straight-line racing style. The weather was fantastic, with not as much as a light breeze, and as the searing heat baked down on mystical foggy Waikato morning, perfect racing conditions eventuated.
The intermediate men’s and women’s crews could only manage a few 3rd placings, owing in part to a combination of stiff competition and heavily reduced training opportunities. However, the Victoria novice crews pulled out all the stops and treated the boisterous spectators to a no-holds-barred thrashing of the competition. The novice men easily won their fours race against experienced Waikato, Auckland and Wintec crews, and the novice women demolished the opposition crews with a 7-legth decimation in what has been described as the race of the day. The two crews combined for one final race in the novice mixed eight, and to nobody’s surprise, they won comfortably.
Final results, Victoria placed a close 3rd behind the experienced rowing juggernauts of Auckland University and Waikato.
[Victoria University Rowing does not in any way condone binge-drinking]
That said, the fine men and women did Victoria University proud by achieving a post-regatta land-based boat race whitewash, firmly entrenching our reputation as the most battle-hardened university, as the long hours training paid off once again.
Thanks goes out to the Victoria Rowing Exec (especially Lisa and Elyse) for making our attendance possible, and to the lovely folks at the Hamilton Rowing club for the use of their boats, and the Waikato Rowing club for the use for their floor. Thanks must also go the organiser of Tertiary Rowing, Pip of Waikato.
Finally, Exec thanks the Vic rowers for their determination and dedication over the past month and a bit, for putting up with our enthusiasm, and for placing the club into a commanding position heading into the 2010 season.