Re­gatta fundraiser will en­able boat pur­chase

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

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.’’

Photo: SUP­PLIED

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.

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