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1998 Regatta Results
New Zealand Universities Champs - April 11th & 12th
The NZU Rowing Champs was held in sunny, calm conditions on Wellington Harbour (don't believe a word they say about Wellington conditions...) with over 400 competitors from the 7 universities present.

The regatta itself was run by the Wellington Rowing Association. Special thanks to them, their expertise and good humour as well as the good attitudes of the competitors made for a smooth and enjoyable regatta for all.

Thanks also to Pacifica Shipping for providing us with extremely cheap transport for the boats from Lyttleton to Wellington and back. The ability of the South Island Universities to bring their own boats was instrumental in the overall success of the regatta.

The Hebberley Shield for the Men's University Eight was won by Otago, as was the Tamaki Cup for the Women's University Eight.

Finally, congratulations to Otago University, Overall winners of the 1998 NZU Rowing Champs.

Overall Results: 1st Otago University 90 points
2ndCanterbury University69 points
3rdVictoria University22 points
4th=Massey University15 points
4th=Auckland University15 points
6thWaikato University4 points
7thLincoln University3 points

Event1st2nd3rd
Men's University EightCanterburyOtagoWaikato
Men's University FourCanterburyOtagoVictoria
Men's University PairCanterburyCanterbury 3Auckland
Men's University DoubleOtagoMassey 1Massey 2
Men's University SingleOtago 1Otago 2Victoria
Men's Intermediate EightCanterburyVictoriaOtago
Men's Intermediate FourVictoriaCanterburyAuckland
Men's College EightOtagoCanterburyAuckland 2
Men's College FourOtago 2LincolnAuckland
Men's Novice EightCanterburyAuckland 2Auckland 1
Men's Novice FourCanterburyAucklandOtago 2
Women's University EightOtagoCanterburyWaikato
Women's University FourOtagoCanterburyMassey
Women's University PairOtagoCanterbury 
Women's University DoubleOtagoAucklandVictoria
Women's University SingleOtagoMassey 1Massey 2
Women's Intermediate EightOtagoMasseyAuckland
Women's Intermediate FourOtago 2Otago 1Auckland
Women's College EightOtagoCanterburyMassey
Women's College FourCanterburyVictoriaOtago 2
Women's Novice EightOtagoCanterburyOtago 2
Women's Novice FourOtagoCanterburyMassey

New Zealand Tertiary Eights Challenge - August 29th
The regatta was held on the Avon River at Kerr's Reach in Chrishchurch.

This event is open to all students of tertiary educational institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, Teachers Colleges etc).

The regatta was run smoothly and professionally by the Canterbury Rowing Association on behalf of the New Zealand Rowing Association. Special thanks to the CRA for running a great regatta and to Adrienne Rush for all her organising.

Heads Race
Placing Crew Time (min:sec)
Open/Intermediate Mens Division (5Km)
1stNew Zealand Universities Lightweight Men15:57
2ndNew Zealand Universities Heavyweight Men16:33
3rdCanterbury University Open Men16:43
4thLincoln University Open Men17:23
5thOtago University Open Men19:36
Open/Intermediate Womens Division (5Km)
1stOtago University Open Women18:17
2ndNew Zealand Universities Heavyweight Women18:34
3rdCanterbury University Open Women19:37
4thOtago University Intermediate Women A20:52
5thVictoria University/Wellington Polytechnic Intermediate Women21:17
6thOtago University Intermediate Women B22:34
Novice Mens Division (2.5Km)
1stAuckland University Novice Men8:36
2ndLincoln University Novice Men8:51
3rdMassey University Novice Men9:17
Novice Womens Division (2.5Km)
1stOtago University Novice Women9:15
2ndVictoria University Novice Women9:29
3rdCanterbury University Novice Women10:00
4thLincoln University Novice Women11:16

Knockout Sprints (500 metres)
Preliminary rounds of knockout sprints produced the following three-boat finals:
PlacingCrewTime (min:sec)
Mens Division
1stNew Zealand Universities Lightweight Men1:30.16
2ndNew Zealand Universities Heavyweight Men1:30.56
3rdLincoln University Open Men1:40.23
Womens Division
1stNew Zealand Universities Heavyweight Women1:47.75
2ndOtago University Intermediate Women A1:54.55
3rdVictoria University Novice Women1:59.56

Heavyweight men's and women's tour to Australia
The heavyweight men's and women's eights selected at the NZU Games in April were unfortunately left decimated by selections for the New Zealand Under 23 crews after the NZRA Super 5 regatta. It was great to see so many University rowers doing well and gaining selection, congratulations!

The vacant seats were quickly filled with other talented University rowers and training went ahead as planned. Charlie Flannagan, current coach of the Avon Premier Eight and coach of numerous New Zealand title winning crews over the years, did a superb job of coaching the men's eight for the second year running. While Wayne Maher, coach of the women's eight, did an exceptional job of his first foray into the international rowing scene.

The series consisted of 3 races, the first and third being over 2000 metres on the Sydney 2000 course while the second was over 5000 metres and held on the Nepean River, also in Penrith.

The Australian Universities crews won both the men's and women's series 3-0.

Despite the inexperience of most of the rowers at this level of competition, both crews did remarkably well. The women cut the Australian's margin of victory by 10 seconds from the first to third race, finishing only 2 lengths behind the impressive Australian women's eight in the final 2000 metre race. The men performed particularly well on the Nepean river where they led the Australians for a while until the 2 years of training together enjoyed by the Australian came to the fore and they pulled past the Kiwis for a hard won victory.

The post-racing festivities culminated in a cruise on the Sydney harbour which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

Thanks to Charlie and Wayne for doing a great job and staying so positive under somewhat trying circumstances and to Jenni Wiggle for organising the tour for the second year.

I-Lan International Collegiate Invitational Regatta, September 12th & 13th
The NZU Lightweight Men's eight travelled to I-Lan county in Taiwan to compete in the 1998 I-Lan International Collegiate Invitational Regatta, a lightweight men's event held on the Tung-Shen River on September 12th & 13th.

14 crews from 8 countries competed in the regatta which produced some close and spectacular racing. The course on the Tung-Shen River was of a superb standard and the equipment we were supplied was world-class. The heat and humidity combined to make racing harder than normal and consequently the times were not as fast as they might have been. The regatta was dominated by the decidedly un-lightweight but highly skillful crews from Germany and Australia and we were fairly happy with achieving the 4th fastest time overall. Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the draw to be able to take the fourth spot in the final but the Kiwis won the B final after an exciting battle with the crews from Harvard and Fu-Jen.

After the regatta the New Zealand contingent spent 2 days seeing the sights of I-Lan County and Taipei, including visits to a national park, primary and intermediate schools, cold springs and the National Muesum, before returning home.

Special thanks are due to the Taiwanese Government, the I-Lan County Government and the World Federation of Taiwanese Associations who organised and funded the regatta. Finally thanks to Mr Stanley Liao of the New Zealand Taiwanese Association who initiated our invitation to the regatta and showed us around I-Lan County.

The results of the final races were:

RacePositionCrewTime
A Final1stHamburg (Germany)5:53.77
2ndMelbourne (Australia)5:54.75
3rdSydney (Australia)6:03.84
4thCambridge (England)6:15.09
 
B Final1stNew Zealand6:14.35
2ndHarvard (USA)6:15.17
3rdFu-Jen (Taiwan)6:18.59
4thLeiden (Holland)6:34.41
 
C Final1stToronto (Canada)6:24.38
2ndKeio (Japan)6:28.41
3rdOxford (England)6:33.01
4thWaseda (Japan)6:38.09
 
D Final1stYale (USA)6:45.87
2ndN.T.O.U. (Taiwan)7:09.38

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