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2000 Regatta Results
April 22nd - New Zealand Universities Rowing Champs, Wellington
The NZU Rowing Champs were held on a typically sunny Wellington day on the Korokoro course. Unfortunately bad weather caused the cancellation of the second day's racing so the results from the first day became the final results.

2000 saw the first overseas entries in the regatta with 11 women from the Adelaide University Boat Club coming over and racing in the championship womens double, four and eight.

Thanks are due to the Wellington Rowing Association for their good humour and smooth running of the regatta. Thanks also to the Wellington rowing clubs, especially Porirua Rowing Club, for lending equipment to crews from other universities. Finally thanks to the rest of the prople helped the regatta and prizegiving run smoothly, Dave Martin who ran the canteen, Craig Stansfield who helped with heaps of things, CentrePort for letting us park the trailers safely inside the port, Victoria University Rowing Club members who ran the bar, Lisa Ewer who was our bar manager and everyone else who helped out.

Lastly, thanks to all the competitors who came along, raced hard and hopefully had a good time.

Overall Results: 1stOtago University120 points
2ndCanterbury University56 points
3rdVictoria University29 points
4thMassey University10 points

Men's Championship EightCanterbury 1Otago 1Canterbury 2
Men's Championship FourCanterbury 1Otago 1Otago 2
Men's Championship PairCanterbury 1Otago 1Massey 2
Men's Championship DoubleMassey 2Otago 1Victoria 3
Men's Championship SingleVictoria 1Canterbury 1Otago 1
Men's Intermediate EightOtago 1Victoria 1 
Men's Intermediate FourOtago 1Otago 2Victoria 1
Men's Intermediate QuadOtago 2Otago 1Massey 1
Men's Varsity EightCanterbury 1Otago 1Canterbury 2
Men's Varsity FourCanterbury 1Victoria 1Otago 1
Men's Novice EightCanterbury 1Otago 1Victoria 1
Men's Novice FourCanterbury 1Victoria 3Otago 1
Women's Championship EightOtago 1Canterbury 1Adelaide 1
(3rd NZ Crew - Victoria 1)
Women's Championship FourOtago 1Otago 2Canterbury 2
Women's Championship PairOtago 1Canterbury 3Otago 2
Women's Championship DoubleOtago 1Massey 1Otago 2
Women's Championship SingleOtago 1Victoria 1Victoria 2
Women's Intermediate EightOtago 2Victoria 1Otago 1
Women's Intermediate FourOtago 1Victoria 1Otago 2
Women's Intermediate QuadOtago 1Otago 2Canterbury 1
Women's Varsity EightOtago 2Otago 1Canterbury 1
Women's Varsity FourOtago 2Canterbury 3Victoria 1
Women's Novice EightOtago 1Canterbury 1Otago 2
Women's Novice FourOtago 2Otago 1Canterbury 1

July 12, 13 & 15 - NZ Universities vs Australian Universities Series, Melbourne, Australia
This year's trans-tasman regatta was held in Melbourne on the Yarra River. Unfortunately the competition from our Australian counterparts proved too strong this year with Australia running out the winners by 8 to 1.

The following report is the one published in the NZ Rowing magazine, while the second report is the official one from the Australian regatta organisers.

Tour Report

Crews to represent New Zealand Universities in a test series against Australian Universities were selected from trials held after racing at the New Zealand University Games at Easter this year. The women’s lightweight quad was selected later on at trials held in Christchurch on the same weekend as the New Zealand University Lightweight Eight trials. Crew members come from all over the country making training together a difficult task, but one which any University rower can handle. This year the crews we were to race all came from Melbourne - the men’s eight from Melbourne Uni, the women’s eight from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), and the quad from Melbourne Uni. These crews each won their Open Eights races and Quad races at the Aussie Uni Games last year, and because of this they were selected as the Australian University Representatives.

The NZU rowers congregated in Christchurch for a training camp before leaving for the test-series as this is where the coaches were situated - Geoff and Malcolm both coach Christs College, and Kerry coaching Rangi Ruru. The boys were particularly keen to get training together and they met in Christchurch two weeks prior to us leaving - the quad and women’s 8 had members who were otherwise committed to other things both crews came together in Christchurch the Monday prior to us leaving. The race was on for us to firstly get to know each other, then to develop combinations within the boat, sharpen our skills, and to help get us up to speed. Many of the rowers had come off racing at Super 5, which was a benefit to our crews. At this stage the crews didn’t have much contact with each other as we were all training at different times and staying with different people. So we were looking forward to getting to know each other on tour.

Departure day cam around pretty quickly - almost too quickly for some: Manager Hunter Tretheway’s flight from Auckland to Christchurch was cancelled the evening before we were scheduled to leave; leaving Hunter flying down express style on Friday. He was just lucky that he wasn’t due at the 5am Friday check-in that half the team had to endure.

Upon our arrival in Melbourne we were met by the Melbourne Men’s coach (and head coach at Melbourne Uni Boating Club), Paul Reedy and various other Aussie Uni rowers (our competition) who kindly took us to our accommodation: the luxurious Chapel St Backpackers in the heart of Windsor. Chapel St is a very long street - at one end there are stylish, sophisticated, and affluent looking shops and people, and at the other end there were the alternative people and shops (this was our end of the street, and I think we were in the right place). The backpackers provided us with the opportunity to live in cosy close quarters and to get to know each other and bond with each other. Unfortunately there was not enough room for our entire team to stay at the backpackers. The lightweight girls moved into an MUBC “safe house” owned by one of the Aussie rowers who just happened to be away trying to qualify for the Olympics - good deal! So now we were spread out….not to worry we had the public transport system sussed! We had a tram stop right outside our backpackers and the train station was right there pretty much also. So the following day we took the train (for the first of the few billion times during our stay) to Melbourne Uni Boating Club, which is situated on the Yarra in the heart of Melbourne city. First impression: jeepers perhaps the Avon’s not so dirty after all! The water was a lovely shade of brown. But what an awesome place to row - fantastic water, weather, and scenery. Our first day was spent setting up our boat - nothing new about that - and going out for a paddle. Each crew had a few niggles with their boats - having been used to the slick and responsive KIRS boats, (good job Bob, Craig and Team) 400 hours later we were out of there and off to check out the food situation - this was to become somewhat of an issue as we ended up eating out almost every night.

Wednesday July 12 - Race Number 1
The boys were up first (up against a pretty impressive Aussie crew). The NZ crew got away to a good start, and had a canvas lead going into the first bridge. But the Aussies fought back and pulled back on the NZ crew on a corner that should of given the Kiwis a half length lead, the Aussies then also had the advantage of the next corner and pulled out to almost three lengths. With about 700m to go the NZ crew took the rating up and started to make some gains on the Aussie crew, but with the line fast approaching the Aussies managed to hang on and win by a length and a half.

The women’s eight was next up. The Aussies got an early lead on NZ, but NZ held Aussie on each of the corners and fought back during the middle thousand of the race. But the Aussies sharpened up their act to push away from NZ through the last bridge at the 400m mark to win by ¾ length.

The lightweights were next to race (again the Aussie crew was pretty formidable). The Aussies stayed true to the previous 2 races by getting a good start and staying in front for the entire race. NZ pushed closer at the second bridge, but the Aussies were on form and pushed away to win by a few lengths.

With the racing being held in the early morning to avoid river boat traffic, the NZ crews had the rest of the day to assess the racing and work out the plan of attack for the next days racing.

Thursday July 13 - Race Number 2
Men’s race: The start was again in favour of the Kiwis and we took a quick half length lead, but the Aussies had the advantage of the first corner this time and with this pulled back the deficiet and also took a half length lead. On our corner the Aussies having the half length lead pushed across into the Kiwis water and stole our advantatge, moving out to almost two lengths. By the 500m mark to go the Aussies had almost three lengths, coxswain Rachel Goudie took control and wound the crew for home early, the Aussies were beginning to see there lead fading, but again the line came up too soon and the Aussies won by ¾ of a length.

Women’s eights race: Like the men’s race the start was even for this race. Australia though pushed out around the corner to a lead of ½ length at the 1000m mark and going into the final bridge they had a lead of one length. The kiwis were having none of this and went, to quote Paul Reedy, “bananas” and were catching the Aussies with every stroke. The Aussies went over the line first - only just though - winning by 0.4sec! Fantastic race! We almost had them - had there been another 50m of water we would have had them!

Lightweight quad race: The Aussies took a commanding lead from the beginning of this race - but the kiwi girls fought back to hold the Aussies to a boat length lead at the 1000m mark. The Aussies pushed hard over the last 1000m to win by 2 boat lengths.

Saturday July 15 - Race Number 3 (4km race)
We were down 6-nil in the test series to date and we were out to show the Aussies what we were made of. All three crews were more determined that ever to beat the Aussies.

The lightweight girls started the racing for race number 3. There was nothing in it over the first 500m, with the Aussies edging out to ½ a boat length. With every stroke the Aussies began to pull away from the Kiwis, but not as much as they would have liked. Our girls fought back, but the Aussies got the better of us, winning by 2 lengths (again).

The men’s race was next and these boys were fired up. After the start the Kiwi boys took a half length lead into the first bridge (there were now 4-5 bridges on the course, plus 3-4 corners). At the second bridge the Aussies knowing the river took a faster line and on the other side devastated the Kiwis when they came out half a length in front. By the half way stage the Aussies had pulled out to almost two lengths and because of boat race rules were allowed to take there chosen course and sit right in front of the NZ crew. This time the NZ crew sitting in the Aussies dirty water were not able to make any further gains and the Aussies won by two lengths.

The women’s 8’s race was going to be a close one if the first two races were anything to go by. The start of the race was even, but the kiwis took a canvas lead into the first bridge and by the half way mark they had extended their lead to 1/2of a length - but the Morrel St bridge was coming up….both crews wanted the same line through the bridge. Cool thinking and steering by Jaimee Drew meant that the two crews were locked in a tacking dual for the bridge - with a bit of old fashioned clashing of blades the kiwis pushed past their rattled counterparts to get their line into the bridge. There was no turning back for the kiwis who were quick to pounce on a wounded Aussie crew, and they took over a length lead. With every couple of hundred metres the Kiwi crew would take another length out of the Aussies to cross the finish line a victorious 4 lengths ahead of the Aussies!! Fantastic!

The test series may have been won by the Aussies but the New Zealand University crews can come away feeling very pleased with their effort. We rowed with a lot of pride and determination and will be even more competitive next year when the test series comes to New Zealand.

But no rowing adventure is complete without some form of social side. The New Zealand Uni crews should be congratulated for immersing themselves into the Australian culture - with trips to the AFL (Aussie Rules), Colonial Stadium to watch ‘real rugby’, tour around the MCG, ‘boys tour’ of the Holden factory, shopping down Chapel St, malls galore, and general visitation of local hotels. One of the highlights of the trip was the Saturday night after racing. All of the rowers ventured to one of the Aussie guys parent’s house to watch the ‘real’ rugby - AB’s vs Aussie…what a place to watch the rugby! Thank god for Jonahs last minute try.

“Thank yous” must go out to everyone on the tour - fantastic bunch - and to Hunter Tretheway for being our Manager, who never let us down things to do or see on our time off. And to the coaches who took time away from work and young families thank you whole heartedly.

If your at Uni or starting next year there are great opportunities to further your rowing, don't let those old buggers tell you it's not serious, it's changed a lot over the past 10 years, a lot of hard rowing, but also a lot of fun and a great way to meet rowers from all over the country. To be eligible to row for or cox NZU crews you must compete at the NZU Games held at Easter every year. Every campus has a rowing team and it is the largest sport at the Games. For more information about NZU Rowing or University Rowing Clubs contact: Glen Sinclair (President, University Rowing New Zealand) Ph: 03 471 8322 or 025 ROWERS, or write to New Zealand University Rowing, P.O Box 1436, Dunedin.

Official Australian Regatta Report

Day 1: Wednesday July 12, 2000: 2000m Henley Course, Yarra River, Melbourne.

Conditions: clear, cool. no wind, 2C - 7C.

Race 1: Mens Eight
New Zealand with a blistering start are off at 50 and take an early lead over the steadier Australia at 43.
Australia settle into better length and rhythm and by the first mark at Hoddle Street have pushed back to lead by half a length.
New Zealand with the advantage of the bend push back up to Australia so that as the crew straighten under Morell bridge the margin is down to two seats, with both crews striking 35.
Australia with an aggressive push to the second bend move out to a clear length to effectively cut the kiwis out of the event. Australia striking 34 to New Zealand's 35 1/2. Australia continue to gradually move away and lead by one and a half length's at the third mark at Swan Street and almost two lengths at the finish.

Race 2: Womens Eight
After an even start Australia, benefiting from a better change into race rhythm, push through New Zealand to lead by half a length at Hoddle Street. Again the New Zealanders push back with the benefit of the inside of the bend to be down by only two seats at Morell Street.
The race continues around Australia's bend and down to Swan Street with the Australian's clinging to the same two seat margin. Australia looking a bit ragged unable to push clear and New Zealand hanging on tenaciously, unable to push through. The run to the line is a titanic struggle - New Zealand narrowing the gap slightly and then Australia push away to cross the line one third of a length up.

Race 3: Womens Lightweight Quad
Australia with clearly superior sculling skills are never challenged after the first one hundred and fifty meter's.
At the first mark the Australians lead by five lengths, and are able to break it down, with the race continuing as a procession. The margin continues to increase. Official margin - easily.

Day 2: Thursday July 13, 2000: 2000m Henley Course, Yarra River, Melbourne.

Conditions: clear, cool, no wind, 7C - 14C.

Race 1: Mens Eight
New Zealand started with much greater intensity and moved out to an early half-length lead. Australia settled into good rhythm and pushed back up to level by Hoddle Street. With the inside running around the first bend Australia powered out to lead at Morell by half a length. The New Zealand crew rating 35 stuck to their task, but were unable to make any impression on the Australians striking 34. The half-length lead was maintained around the next bend. The Australian lead stretched slightly to two thirds of a length at Swan Street. The Kiwis lifted to 37 past the Henley staging, but Australia held form and continued to slide away at 34 to win by a clear length.

Race 2: Womens Eight
After an even start with both crews striking 41, New Zealand settled the better and pushed to an early half-length lead. The Australian were forced to make an early push to avoid the margin blowing out any further, and fought back to lead by a seat at Hoddle Street. The Australians continued to surge ahead and led by two thirds of a length when the crews straightened up under Morell bridge. New Zealand with a winnable race slipping away, went "bananas" and started closing the gap. The crews were locked seat for seat for the next five hundred meters. A big surge from the Australians maintained the slender two-seat margin at Swan Street. New Zealand again raised the rate to challenge for the lead along the Henley staging. In the run to the line Australia held out the charging Kiwis for a hard fought one seat victory.

Race 3: Womens Lightweight Quad
In similar fashion to yesterday's race Australia was always in command, but diligently kept the work the work rate up at 33 for the duration. The four length margin at Hoddle Street blowing out to easily for the rest of the race.

Day 3: Saturday July 15, 2000: 3600m Henley Long Distance Course, Yarra River, Melbourne.

Conditions: clear, cool, no wind, 5C - 12C.

Race 1: Mens Eight
New Zealand led off the start, but Australia with good early endeavor managed to minimise the deficit to one seat. New Zealand with the advantage of the first bend pushed out to a half-length, but could not make any more ground as the crews straightened towards Hoddle street. The Australians, biding their time until their bend, slipped into a smooth rhythm and, under-rating the opposition seemed happy to keep the margin at half a length. When the push came on the bend the New Zealand crew was unable to hold the Australians back and the deficit quickly turned into a half-length lead at Morell Street. With their bow in front and confidence growing the Australian's managed to slide a little more in front over the next eight hundred meters, with the Kiwi's hanging on doggedly. The margin at Swan Street - three quarters of a length. The Australians raising another powerful push, finally broke the kiwi's and moved out even further so that by the time the finish was in sight under Princess Bridge the margin had blown out to two and a half length's. The New Zealanders mounted a late charge and closed a little. The margin at the line a neat two length's.

Race 2: Womens Eight
Both crews got off to an even start. New Zealand with the advantage of the inside on the first bend went out to a third of a length lead as the crews straightened up to head toward Hoddle street. New Zealand held doggedly onto this advantage down through Hoddle Street and with a mighty push around the outside on Australia's bend, pushed out further to lead by half-length at Morell Bridge. The Kiwi's pressing their advantage held a tight line through Morell and the ensuing clash of blades together with the realisation that the race was rapidly moving out of their grasp, seemed to ruffle the Australians and the Kiwi's continued to forge ahead. With the race effectively over the Kiwi crew growing in confidence and with powerful rhythm continued to pull away the margins two lengths at Swan Street and three lengths at Princess Bridge. The official margin at the footbridge finish line was four and a half lengths.

Race 3: Womens Lightweight Quad
Australia moved powerfully to the front to lead by a length after only two hundred meter's. The lead grew ever greater, at Hoddle Street the margin was four length's and kept stretching all the way to the finish line. The Australians showed great sculling skills throughout the race and the margin clearly reflected their superiority.

August 19 - New Zealand Tertiary Eights, Dunedin
The storm and flooding around Dunedin during the regatta weekend meant only one race was run, the novice womens eight.

The Otago women carried on their success from the Games, narrowly defeating the visiting Victoria University crew.

September 9 & 10 - I-Lan International Collegiate Invitational Regatta, I-Lan County, Taiwan
Mens Lightweight Eights
A Final
University of Sydney, Australia6:35.10
University of Melbourne, Australia6:38.03
Harvard University, USA6:41.14
Hamburg University, Germany6:43.16
B Final
University of Toronto, Canada6:30.92
Otago University, New Zealand6:34.58
Yale University, USA6:36.92
University of Cambridge, England6:44.19
C Final
Waseda University, Japan6:35.46
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan ROC6:38.18
Keio University, Japan6:41.88
Taiwan Physical Education College, Taiwan ROC6:52.12
D Final
Leiden University, Netherlands7:00.59
Oxford University, England7:13.57

Womens Lightweight Quads
A Final
US National Team, USA
(result not counted as not a university crew)
Hamburg University, Germany7:49.09
Milan University, Italy8:02.66
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan ROC8:18.95
University of Western Ontario, Canada8:33.30
B Final
University of Queensland, Australia8:40.31
University of Cambridge, England8:53.55
Oxford University, England8:56.65

Team Manager's report on the tour

NZ Rowing Magazine article about the tour

September 16 - North Island Tertiary Eights, Hamilton
The 2000 North Island Tertiary Eights was held on a typically sunny day winters day on the Hamilton River. The day got off to a rocky start due to the police closing off an area near the rowing clubs for a murder investigation. Initially we weren't even allowed access to the rowing clubs but eventually we got through. Unfortunately the Victoria boat trailer was inside the police cordon meaning Vic had to borrow boats from local clubs.

Things finally got underway with the 5 kilometre race long distance race.

In the womens race, Massey's seniors headed off first, followed by Victoria's intermediates, Auckland's seniors and finally Waikato's seniors. The Waikato crew, which included 4 of the 2000 New Zealand elite squad, were charging right from the start and quickly got close to the Auckland eight. Auckland weren't going to give up without a fight however and held Waikato off for a long time. Waikato finally passed Auckland just before the last bridge and went on to pass the Victoria intermediate crew in the final straight.

First off in the Mens race were the Victoria novices, followed 4 minutes later by the Waikato intermediates, then the Victoria seniors and finally the Auckland seniors. The Victoria novices went faster than expected and stayed well clear of the chasers, there was no passing in the mens race, with both Victoria and Auckland closing on Waikato but unable to catch them. Through the course of the race Auckland gained slightly on Victoria but down the last straight the Victoria cox steered them closer to the bank where the current isn't as strong, and Victoria managed to extend their initial lead by about 8 seconds to take the win.

The afternoon saw 500 metre sprint racing with mixed teams drawn from a hat which were great fun.

The regatta was superbly run by Kim Wilson of Waikato University and the Waikato Rowing Association. Many thanks to them for the time and energy they put in to make the event a success.

University Rowing would also like to thank the schools and clubs who generously lent out plant for the regatta, both to replace the Victoria boats we couldn't get at and for the Auckland, Massey and Waikato crews.

Overall Fastest Mens Crew: Victoria Senior Men

Jill Bainbridge (cox), Graham Maltby (stroke), Trevor Stade, Andrew Crosland, Sam Brown, Dominic Martin, Nigel White, Matt Kilkenny and ???.

Overall Fastest Womens Crew: Waikato Senior Women

Rachel Goudie (cox), Paula Twining (stroke), ???, Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell, ???, ???, ??? and Kim Wilson.

Open Mens: Victoria

Open Womens: Waikato

Intermediate Mens: Waikato

Intermediate Womens: Victoria

Novice Mens: Victoria

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