Seventeen APSM Members braved the heat at Nagambie last weekend to enjoy the first graded regatta of the season. Forty-four seats were raced in fours, quads, doubles, singles and the eight so APSM colours were a regular feature down the course throughout the day.
Lynne, Ros, Robin and Sam coxed by Naimh were the first off in the FC4+. From all reports, they had a good row and came in fourth.
Next was the F4X+ with two entries in different divisions, Ros, Siobhan, Ro and Lisa and coxed by Naimh were off first in what can only be referred to as a debacle. There were numerous delays and the strong cross winds meant the starters couldn’t get a line. The umpires decided on a running start, but only some crews got this news so APSM watched and was left behind. The starter tried again and even though no semblance of a line was achieved (with at least a couple of lengths between crews) the race started – somewhere. The results show APSM coming 6th with a very respectable time of 4:06 but we have no idea when the race and timing actually started!
The other crew of Robin, Rachael, Lynne and Danielle (coxed by Magnus) had a less eventful start and finished fourth against some very strong competition and really demonstrated some promise for this crew which just came together on the day.
Unfortunately, the long delays in the previous race meant that the MD4+ of Tom, Keir, Dan and Macson (who had to wait for their coxswain) missed their start. This was really disappointing for the boys who had won this event in Bendigo a few weeks ago. The crew rallied together and later hit the water to contest the MDX4+. This crew had some awesome competition with the winning crew coming in at a fast 3:30:27 and the boys finishing in a very strong time of 4:06:10.
APSM fielded a strong contingent in the mixed doubles with Robin and Rick, Lynne and Daniel and Lisa and Michael all competing in different divisions. These races were great fun with everyone saying they enjoyed the experience.
Next were Sam and Lisa in the singles, battling it out against each other over the 1K course. This was the first time for Lisa racing in a single on a straight course and she hit half a dozen buoys on the way down (she later said it was probably a symptom of hanging on for dear life). Sam rowed a really solid race and the two kept together the whole way down the course. In a close finish, Lisa held Sam off by a boat length before the two joined forces to contest the F2X, taking out third place. Rachael and Danielle also rowed the F2X and Rachel had a go at stroking with Danielle providing support and steering in the bow. It was great to see Rachel taking on this challenge as many avoid the seat.
The last event of the day was the mixed 8 with Keir, Daniel, Robin, Siobhan, Rick, Michael, Ros and Ro with Niamh coxing. The crew had some very hot competition with the winning crew finishing in a time of 3:25:63 and APSM coming third.
Overall, it was a very successful day with many members having a go at something for the first time and crew combinations giving people a chance to row with someone they wouldn’t normally have a chance to row with. It was a great day shared with friends. Well done APSM!