Last weekend, 25 masters athletes travelled north to Lake Karapiro to attend the MastersNational Championships. For those not aware of what goes on at this event, it’s not a bunch of old buggers pottering around in boats. There are some serious athletes and some very competitive racing . This year there were..
- 31 organisations
- 357 athletes (347 rowers, 23 coxes [including 13 rowing coxes])
- 598 boats (sculling = 431, sweep = 167, big = 256, small = 342)
- 1895 seats (sculling = 1015, sweep = 822, sliding = 1837, cox = 58)
The biggest challenge of the weekend was to get all those events completed, day one was interrupted twice by the weather, shortened to 500 mtrs for a few races, lengthened again and truncated by the setting of the sun, the last race held in near darkness. Sunday started early to accommodate the previous evenings “catchup”. Including a North vs South Island challenge with a total of four WRC athletes representing the North Island (Christine Phillips, Huw Mitchell, Kim O’Neill and Sara McFall). With the men’s boat storming through to victory and the women’s crew being overhauled 200 mtrs from the line.
The regatta produced some great results for WRC, including a number of gold medal performances. The results can be found on RowIT, there are too many to list here.