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
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.
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.
Open/Intermediate Mens Division (5Km)
New Zealand Universities Lightweight Men
New Zealand Universities Heavyweight Men
Canterbury University Open Men
Lincoln University Open Men
Otago University Open Men
Open/Intermediate Womens Division (5Km)
Otago University Open Women
New Zealand Universities Heavyweight Women
Canterbury University Open Women
Otago University Intermediate Women A
Victoria University/Wellington Polytechnic Intermediate Women
Otago University Intermediate Women B
Novice Mens Division (2.5Km)
Auckland University Novice Men
Lincoln University Novice Men
Massey University Novice Men
Novice Womens Division (2.5Km)
Otago University Novice Women
Victoria University Novice Women
Canterbury University Novice Women
Lincoln University Novice Women
Knockout Sprints (500 metres)
Preliminary rounds of knockout sprints produced the following three-boat finals:
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
2½ 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
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.
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 2½ 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.