Wind has biggest say in rowing

01:58, Jan 22 2013

Wind ruined the Canterbury Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel over the weekend, at which several Marlborough crews were hoping to shine.

Racing stopped about 11am on Saturday due to rough water and again it was called off early on Sunday.

In the racing that took place Corey McCaffrey and Tom Murray, representing the Central Region Performance Centre based at Wairau, flexed their muscles, winning their heat of the men's pair. Likewise the women's pair of Ruby Tew and Robyn Munro.

Three-time world lightweight single scull champion Duncan Grant and James Hunter won their respective heats of the open single.

Picton crews got on the water briefly with the old firm of Keiran Gaudin and his brother, Ryan, winning their heat of the club double scull.

Caitlin Harvey also made two A finals, but unfortunately no finals were contested due to the weather.

Picton coach Dave Bugler said it was extremely frustrating to travel all that way only to be thwarted by the weather.

There were no Blenheim clubs competing and the next hit-out for Marlborough rowers is the South Island Championships at the same venue in Twizel on February 2-3.


The Marlborough Express