On Sunday 3 September Balmain Rowing Club hosted the inaugural Peter Kemp Sculling Classic on the Hawkesbury River, where, in the 1840's, crowds once flocked to many a regatta.
Peter Kemp was a champion of champions in a golden era of rowing. He contesting the world sculling championships on seven occasions, coming away with the title five times. Peter competed as a professional sculler for 45 years.
Conditions were perfect on the 13km course from North Richmond Bridge to Windsor Bridge for the 59 competitors (single and double scullers only) in 57 boats from 12 NSW clubs.
Many thanks to Michael Kemp whose great-great-grandfather inspired him to create the event, and to Owen, Jeremy, Zoe, Beverley, Anja and all who made it happen.
Congratulations to all the medal winners and everyone who participated.
The inspiring course video - for next year's competitors!