GOING FOR IT: Nicole Depiante (back) battles against Leah Saunders at the annual Lower Clarence Rowing Club regatta on Sunda
GOING FOR IT: Nicole Depiante (back) battles against Leah Saunders at the annual Lower Clarence Rowing Club regatta on Sunda

Wet calms river for annual regatta



LOWER Clarence Rowing Club last Sunday held its annual rowing regatta on the South Arm course.

Maclean once again lived up to its reputation of a wet regatta, with light rain falling all day.

But with the rain and wet competitors came calm water, which made for great rowing.

For Maclean it was a welcome break from the ritual of loading and unloading the boat trailers for a regatta.

As well as a full contingent of Lower Clarence rowers, visiting rowers came from Grafton, Grafton High, South Grafton High, Surfers Paradise, Lismore, Lismore's Trinity College, Murwillum- bah, and Tweed Heads, proving that rowing is going strong in this area.

An action-packed program of 55 races were rowed and won during the day, with the women's novice single scull, and the women's Under-15 single scull each having four divisions.

While the men's novice single scull and the women's intermediate single scull both rowed three divisions.

All were a credit to their hard working coaches and assistants.

The Northern Rivers Rowing Association officials, with the assistance of the Maclean SES kept the program running smoothly all day.

In his presentation speech, vice president Bob Paterson, thanked competitors for coming, and advised them to once again have their wet weather gear ready for next year's regatta.

The club is very appreciative of the assistance and sponsorship of local businesses, he said.

He also thanked the small band of workers who have worked tirelessly to make this day the success that it was.

Rowers are now keeping up their training for the next race on the Northern Rivers Rowing Association calendar, the Lismore rowing club's regatta, which is being held on their Coraki course on Sunday, October 30.



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