School merger pays off for rowing club

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Oamaru Rowing Club travelled to Lake Hood at the weekend to compete at the Ashburton Club Regatta.

Despite windy conditions shortening the regatta, there was some excellent racing on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Club member Peter Scott said the amalgamation of the three schools seemed to have paid off, with some sterling efforts.

“Mixing rowers from all Oamaru schools has proven to be a winning formula for the club, with promising results produced in the boys’ and girls’ doubles, quads and boys’ eight,” he said.

Highlights for the club were two winning performances from the Girls’ Under 15 and Novice quads (Lily Graham, Georgia Dyson, Tayla Evans, Loren Cunningham, Megan Nicol and coxswains Jessica Mulligan and Lily Fincham-Wells).

The under-16 boys performed consistently throughout, with third places in the eight and four, in strong fields. Both Oamaru crews in the Boys’ Under 16 quads were second in their races. Novice rowers Thomas Crutchley and Jack Smith also produced impressive displays in their first regatta.

Maysie Scott was pipped at the line for second in the Women’s Open single in an exiting contest and then partnered  Julia Fauth for a convincing win in the Women’s Open Double.

The duo raced in the new Wintech international double, which was named after club stalwart Stew Mitchell. Mitchell has worked tirelessly for all schools since he joined the club in 1955.

The boat was purchased at the beginning of the season with the help of a large donation from the Irvine-Ferris family.

The club is now looking forward to the Otago championships in a fortnight.

By JAMES FORD