Following the challenging conditions at the State Championships the week before, BRC was blessed with fine weather to host their Regatta on Sunday 16 February.
The day ran smoothly thanks to everyone assisting under the guidance of Captain Nick and Vice captain Renate. A 6am start to 3pm lock up is a long but rewarding day. Special thanks to Chris Morgan, David Longhurst, Rob Keane, Heather Hunt and Grant Hunt for driving the Racing Officials tinnies and Barbara Ramjan (actual BRO) for a full day in the saddle.
Our women's D grade 8+ honoured the memory of Shirley Croot with a win in the "Don & Shirley Croot".
Despite some challenging conditions, a great weekend was had by all at the Manning River Summer Regatta. Congratulations to all who competed, particularly Zoe & June with a win in the WD2x, Niki & Anthea with 2 second places in the WD2x and WM2x and further placings and some great racing in the doubles and womens 8+ - also captured by Maria on GoPro.
A record six crews from Balmain went to Melbourne this year to complete in the 61st Head of the Yarra. The 8km winding course from the boathouses opposite Federation Square to Hawthorn Rowing Club is a true test of preparation, strength, endurance and the coxswain ability to manage other crews, the winding course and 11 bridges. BRC recorded a number of personal bests and the weekend was rounded off with dinner (and dancing!) at The Crafty Squire. Thanks to those who participated in organising the event and to Glebe rowing club in assisting with logistics.
BRC entered the school girl regatta arena last weekend with the junior girls competing at the MLC School Regatta. Supported by their coach, Zoe and enthusiastic BRC mum, Vic Clay the girls notching up two credible third places in the doubles and came back smiling.
Congratulations Eleanor Taylor who received a special blazer from her school (PLC) for representing Australia at the INAS Global Games.
The presentation was attended by Balmain/ex-PLC girls Lauren and Ruby as well as proud parents.
Thank you everyone who competed, volunteered or just simply turned up to spectate at yesterday's Iron Cove Classic!
Thank-you coaches & athletes - we fielded six full BRC crews and can see some great improvements in times and results. Our WD8+ came second in their event and our MM8+ were the third quickest MM8+ on the course on raw times. Every crew did our tiger colours proud, so well done! Great to see competitors spanning the full range of abilities and ages.
Thank-you volunteers - the volunteer group of Renate Ijpma, Jim Lucas, Bob Greaves, Rob Keane, David Longhurst, Chris Morgan, Niki Reed and Ann Pham made sure the regatta ran smoothly and on time. We started 46 racing crews within 20 seconds of the gazetted start time and the race was held with minimal fuss. The efforts of this team enabled to BRC to field as many athletes as possible. Thank-you also Jeremy and MM crew for setting and packing down the course with minimal fuss.
Thank-you everyone who pitched in to cook the BBQ -...