Big weekend of rowing at New Norfolk

IT has been a busy weekend on the water with New Norfolk. Saturday saw the hosting one of the biggest rowing regattas at the Derwent Valley Boat Shed, while today (Sunday) saw the same venue host the Sharland Sculls and Aly Cashion Long Distance event.

Saturday’s fixture was organised by the New Norfolk Rowing Club, The Friends School and St Virgil’s College. With 300 rowers entered, and adding officials, volunteers and supporters, the crowd swelled to more than 1000. The novel event saw only quad boats used (four rowers each with 2 oars, plus a coxswain) all rowers rotated between the boats.

Derwent Valley Councillor Peter Binny, right, presents a shield to a representative of St Mary’s College.

As each race finished and returned to the ways, the next crew replaced the finishing crew and headed to the start. This avoided any hold-up with boats having to be removed from the water. A couple of spare quads were kept handy in the event of mechanical difficulties.

Senior rowers from all schools assisted all crews with getting their boats both on and off the water and even filling in as a cox for those who needed. All southern rowing schools participated – Hobart High School (the merged Ogilvie and New Town schools), St Mary’s College, St Michael’s Collegiate, St Virgil’s College, The Fahan School, The Friends School and The Hutchins School. Northern crews did not participate this year as Launceston held a junior regatta on the Friday.

Girls from The Friends School who did a great job helping the junior crews to get on and off the water safely on Saturday.

The regatta catered for boys and girls in Year 7 (aged 13 and under), Year 8 (aged 14 and under) and Year 9 (aged 15 and under), with the largest representation being by the Under 14 girls and boys group and Under 13 boys. All crews rowed 750m except the Under 13s who rowed 500m. Each crew had two races, being a heat and a final.

  • With points awarded for all placings, the overall school placegetters for the shields were:
  • Boys – 1st place Hutchins
  • Girls – 1st place St Mary’s

Shields were presented by Derwent Valley councillor Peter Binny. Organisers Peter Nicholls (NNRC), Anthony Edwards (Friends) and Oliver Wilson-Haffenden (St Virgil’s), were delighted with the regatta and thanked all volunteers for their help in making the event such a success.

Representatives of The Hutchins School receive their trophy from Derwent Valley Councillor Peter Binny.

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