Winery bragging rights are at stake tomorrow when the Blenheim Rowing Club hosts its annual Inter-Winery Regatta from 10am.
Delegats will endeavour to hold on to the trophy they won last year while Saint Clair Family Winery and Wairau River Wines will attempt to get their names on the silverware, alongside previous winners Indevin and Giesens.
The indoor rowing component of the Inter-Winery competition took place on Tuesday at the Redwoodtown Tavern. This gruelling test has teams row a 4000m course with all eight team members rowing 500m. Indevin won the erg challenge by 19 seconds from Delegats followed closely by Wairau and Saint Clair so the battle on the river will be tight.
The inter-winery competition has been running for five years and this year is shaping up to be the best yet as the course is lengthened from 500m to 750m.
The finish line is outside the Blenheim Rowing Club Sheds on Jones Rd, with plenty of viewing space and vocal encouragement from supporters. To be eligible, rowers must be on their respective winery's payroll - so it would be no surprise to see current Central RPC members, national titleholders, age group reps and Maadi Cup winners grace some teams as the wineries offer employment opportunities to elite athletes training on the Wairau River.
Racing starts at 10am. Spectators are encouraged to come along and cheer on their favourite crews. Organisers praised The Grovetown Hotel and Vitis for their sponsorship and support.
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