Yar­ra­wonga RC at Essendon Re­gatta

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

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