New rowing regattas scheduled for Lake Karapiro
Requests for more rowing competition has resulted in two new regattas scheduled heading into the 2017/18 summer season.
The annual Karapiro Spring Regatta was held at Lake Karapiro at the weekend, a month earlier than normal, to accommodate the new events.
It included the Guy Fawkes Regatta and Karapiro Memorial Regatta, introduced into the calendar by Karapiro Rowing.
The new events would be held in November, which was why the Spring Regatta was held earlier this year.
The first of the new events, the Guy Fawkes Regatta, was planned for November 4.
The event was the brain child of Eric Murray and Laszlo Boats NZ.
Those that progress from their heats to either semi-finals or finals, would row straight back to the start after completing their race.
They would be back on the track racing again soon after picking up a bow number from the floating numbers hut on the way.
The umpires would be static, as they were in the recent World Masters Games.
With the events being run in blocks, athletes would have the opportunity to enter several races throughout the day.
Entries for this event close October 26.
The Karapiro Memorial Regatta would be held November 18 and 19.
The regatta would feature heats on the first day and finals on day two.
The programme would be similar to the club regatta last year, but modified to cater for the new grades that were introduced with the revised rules of racing from Rowing New Zealand.
In recent times, Karapiro Rowing had lost a number of its volunteers and race officials, most recently Martin Hyde, who was a board member and umpire.
It was thought to be fitting to name this event as the memorial regatta where the rowing fraternity could honour the memory of those who have worked so hard for Karapiro over the years.
Karapiro Rowing reported the Karapiro Spring Regatta, held October 8 and 9, had smaller numbers than previous years, likely caused by the school holidays and being six weeks earlier than normal.
But there were 36 crews which competed in the regatta. Crews from as far away as Whangarei and Whakatane competed with large numbers attending from Mt Albert Grammar School and the Auckland Rowing Club (Auckland Diocesan School for Girls).