The team from Grafton Rowing Club on the Clarence River.
The team from Grafton Rowing Club on the Clarence River. Brendan Ray

Grafton set for rowing masters

THE GRAFTON Rowing Club is gearing up for one of their biggest events on the calendar when they host the NSW Masters Rowing Championships on May 15 and 16.

The Clarence River is seen by many as one of the world’s best rowing courses and Grafton Rowing Club president Greg Thompson is hoping the regatta will once again put the Clarence River and Grafton on the map.

“The last Masters event we held in Grafton was back in 2006 and I think we had about 50 clubs involved from throughout Australia,” Thompson said.

“This year we look like hosting a record 65 clubs for the two day regatta which is great news for the rowing club and Grafton.

“The committee has been working hard to make the event a showpiece and at this stage every thing is falling into place nicely.”

Work undertaken by the Clarence Valley Council earlier in the year to the river bank in front of the clubhouse has given the launching area a much needed facelift.

This is something Thompson is very proud and appreciative of.

“Council have done a wonderful job beautifying the bank and thanks must also go to the weekend detention workers for their efforts,” he said.

The Grafton Rowing Club has a proud history dating back to 1882 and Thompson indicated this year’s Masters is likely to be regarded as one of the best regattas ever held in Grafton.



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