GRAFTON High School rower Jess Glawson competes in the South Grafton High School regatta on Sunday.
GRAFTON High School rower Jess Glawson competes in the South Grafton High School regatta on Sunday. Bill Counsell

Perfect one day ...

MORE than 300 rowers from across the Mid North Coast were slicing through 'perfect' conditions on the Clarence River at the South Grafton High School (SGHS) Regatta yesterday.

Covering a region between Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads, competitors went stroke for stroke on the river stretch in front of the Grafton Rowing Club to grab vital placing's in what was the last round of the Northern Rivers Rowing Association point score.

SGHS rowing co-ordinator Terry Vercoe said the rowers could not ask for better conditions for a regatta.

“Good weather, good water ... it's a great day, he said.

“It's hot but it's perfect water conditions.”

With a number of national title rowers competing at the regatta the action on the water was as heated as the air temperature.

“There have been some great results from Grafton High School and Maclean High School as usual,” Vercoe said.

“There are crews for the Northern Rivers Academy with rowers from everywhere ... they entered a double scull and won that comfortable.”

South Grafton High School rowers performed admirably at the regatta, but were still in the process of learning the trade.

“The kids are going good ... they are basically beginners,” Vercoe said.

“A lot of them are just starting off but we're getting places.

“They're not disgraced.”

Vercoe said the number of rowers trying to leave one another in their wake had proved the regatta's importance within the Northern Rivers rowing circuit.

“It doesn't look busy but this is quite a big regatta,” he said.

“Three hundred and forty crews is not a bad number of crews to have entered in a regatta.

“We started at 8.30am and won't finish until after 3pm ... it has been one of the bigger regattas.”

Vercoe said the regatta was also well supported by the regions other clubs.

“We're really pleased with the support that other clubs have put into this regatta,” he said.

“To come down from Tweed Heads and up from Port Macquarie ... it's really good.”

“It's perfect water conditions”

Terry Vercoe


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