The Oamaru Rowing Club traveled to Lake Hood to compete at the Ashburton Club Regatta last weekend in blustery conditions.
Despite the windy weather forcing the the regatta to be shortened, the event produced was some fine racing on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Racing was set for 8am to 1pm over the two days to beat the expected nor’easters but it was a strong southerly that saw the regatta abandoned after two hours of racing on Sunday.
Medals were awarded based on heat times, with the Oamaru contingent taking away 18 overall, the club’s best medal haul yet from the Ashburton regatta.
Highlights for the club were came from Oamaru’s number one Mark Taylor, who won gold in the under-16 single sculls before finishing second in the under-18 single sculls.
Doubles pair Maysie Scott and Sydney Telfer took gold in the Woman’s Club Double and silver in the Woman’s Open Double. The Men’s under-16 quad of Jack Smith, Kalas Taukamo, Adam Sew Hoy, Mark Taylor and Cox Molly Kay produced an impressive performance leaving the field behind them, winning by a 17 second gap between second-place-getters Christ’s College.
There were also some positive displays from local rowers in the lower classes. Riku Koyama and Gus Harper were the best of the Novice Boys with a silver medal finish in the Double, finishing eight seconds behind Roncalli College while the promising Waitaki Girls’ rowers were given quality water time.
The club will now look ahead to the Otago Championships in Twizel on December 13 and 14.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: Maysie Scott and Sydney Telfer in Ashburton. SUPPLIED