Regatta fundraiser will enable boat purchase
It was a nail-biting finish for corporate rowing teams vying for first place at the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club regatta. Conditions were perfect last Tuesday night for racing, which saw the Fulton Hogan mixed crew cross the line first, pipping Cromwell’s Paper Plus who had held the lead much of the race. Club president Jacqui van Dam said despite the regatta being postponed because of bad weather on Monday, the turnout of 15 crews and supporters the next day was good. ‘‘We are just delighted with the support and feeling in general. ‘‘It has been an amazing experience for the club and community. ‘‘We raised $10,000 for the club which will buy a new eight boat.’’ The club planned to make the corporate regatta an annual event, Ms van Dam said. ‘‘We have got people wanting to come back next year and join masters. ‘‘It has taken people on a journey and made them realise they don’t need to be fitness freaks to have a go.’’
Top effort: The winning Fulton Hogan team of, from front, Daniel Snow, Stacey Barker, and (obscured) Jimmy Martin and Carly Hamlin wins at the Dunstan Arm Corporate Rowing Regatta.