Yarrawonga RC at Essendon Regatta
Yarrawonga Rowing Club again travelled down to Melbourne to compete at the prestigious “Head of the Maribyrnong” rowing regatta hosted by Essendon Rowing Club.
Both clubs have had a long history together with the latter using Yarrawonga as a base when competing at the regattas in the area over the Christmas New Year period in years gone by.
Essendon then reciprocating with accommodation, loaning of boats, etc when Yarrawonga club members travelled down to the big smoke to compete.
The conditions were not very pleasant for the Regatta. A very strong Westerly was blowing a few crews out of there lanes. This year, the mixed doubles combination was Patrick and Mary Mansfield. They produced a gallant effort in their heat. Going down to the eventual winners of the event.
Patrick later on rowed in a composite eight made up of members of the local rowing clubs from the area. Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and Corowa were all represented.
This eight gave the opportunity for Lucynda Mansfield to cox (steer) the eight for her first official race in club colours. The eight missed out on a win but put in a great effort considering they had never rowed together before and were thrown together for the race that day. Lucynda hopes to next year be rowing and competing at the regatta.
That wraps up the season for the Rowing Club this year. The club has progressed a lot this season with a few more new rowers getting confi- dence and experience. The club has also benefited from the upgrade of some new boats acquired through the year. Our juniors are making great steps forwards and hopefully they will start competing next season.
We are always looking for new members to learn, socialise or even compete so do not be afraid to come along and have a go. We cater for all sorts and families are especially welcome. This is one of the few sports where all generations can be equal, socialise, complete and have fun together.
Any enquiries reading rowing this year or next, please contact Patrick on 0427 632 322.
Lucynda Mansfield was Cox for the local eight crew.