Last Sunday was the NUBC regatta at Berry Park. Manning River Rowing Club Members Colin Broos and Hugh McLeod made the trip early Sunday morning determined to get the season rolling and put some runs on the board for Manning.
First up the boys tested themselves, pushing outside their comfort zones by racing the Men’s B Grade Double. Col was pushed outside his comfort zone by racing the 1750m distance and Hugh was pushed outside his comfort zone by having Cols breath on his shoulder. The Scrappy duo held on for a respectable 2nd place just behind a very in tune combination from Newcastle Rowing Club.
It was a long wait until Col and Hugh’s next races in the Masters and Open Singles which gave the pair ample time to socialise and spruik the upcoming Australian Indoor Rowing Championships.
The next to race was Colin in the Men’s Masters Single. Despite the tide turning against the course the wind remained calm and provided flat water. The only disruption coming from a passing ski boat early in the race. Colin was able to overcome the wash while calmly and politely explaining his frustration to the ski boat driver all while making up the 23 second handicap to win the race.
The last race for Manning was Hugh in the Men’s Open Single. The incoming tide brought with it a lot of debris turning the race into an obstacle course. Hugh got in front early and lead for most of the race but it was a case of student out strips the master as Ben Homer of Newcastle Rowing Club, who Hugh had been mentoring, pushed ahead in the last 500m to claim victory leaving Hugh to settle for 2nd place.
The next regatta is the Port Macquarie Regatta Saturday 21st October with close of entries Monday 16th.
See full list of events on the Rowing NSW Regatta Calendar.
If you are interested in competing and want to know more contact Club Captain Phil Walters by messaging the Clubs Facebook page or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org