Season Highlights

NOTE:  For the most up to the minute results, check out our recent posts


A small squad of just 6 rowers and 1 coxen (Nathan Redai, Helena Crawford, Maddy Ball, Olivia Pearce, Bridie Hurley, Beth Gale and coxen Alex Mitchell)  attended the first regatta of the season at Twizel on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2013.

With fantastic weather and a slight tailwind, conditions were perfect for rowing all weekend with all crews making finals and 6 podium places.

Nathan Redai was 2nd in the Under 15 and 3rd in the Under 16 single and joined Wakatipu Crews for some exciting races in the Men’s Novice 50% four and Under 16 Quads. In the final of the under 16 quads two Wakatipu Crews ( including Nathan) were 1st and 2nd and just a foot apart on the line. It was one of the most closely contested races of the day.

In the Girls Under 15 Single sculls, 3 of the 4 Wanaka girls made the final . Olivia Pearce had the 3rd fastest qualifying time but unfortunately in the final going hard off the start line she clipped a buoy and went for a swim leaving the field open for the other scullers. Bridie Hurley of Wanaka took the lead straight away, holding clear water for the majority of the course. She had been in bed with flu all week and with nothing left couldn’t quite hold on to the lead, eventually coming third, with Helena Crawford in hot pursuit 4th. A fantastic result for their first buoyed single sculling race.

In the Under 15 double sculls, Olivia Pearce and Beth Gale had the 3rd fastest qualifying time and held onto 3rd place in the final with Maddy Ball and Helena Crawford coming in 7th overall. It was an exciting event for the crews and it was pleasing to see the rewards of their winter training efforts. Most of these rowers will race Under 16 for the rest of the season and are aiming for medals at the National Schools regatta at the end of March.


In the first major regatta for the season the Wanaka Rowing Club had a very successful outing with our small squad.

Four girls, two boys and a coxswain made the trip to Lake Ruataniwha for the Otago Championships regatta.  Several distruptions due to variable high winds meant not all races were rowed, however, the group managed to participate in 8 finals.

Nathan Redai and Riley Bruce (15) rowed a very dominant race winning the Under 16 Mens Double Sculls.  The race developed into a match race with the strong Blenheim combination.  Riley had the following comments about the race:  “We covered the moves from Blenheim and were waiting for their moves.  We struck a good patch with 800 metres to go and managed to gain a length and a half”.  From that point, the crew held that margin to the finish.

In the Mens Club Single, Riley continued to build on form of last season.  He was second overall in the field after the heats.

Anna Watson-Taylor (19) rowed very well in the Under 20 and Open single sculls heats.  Unfortunately, the wind prevented the small boats rowing finals but Anna gained two A finals in these very competitive events.

The Under 16 girls squad made significant improvements with the Under 16 Quad placing 4th in the B final.  Other final racing was curtailed due to wind.

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