FIFTEEN U14 St Andrew’s College rowers travelled to Swartkops River last weekend to race in the Grey U14 Regatta.
The most exciting races to watch were both the A and B Octuple races (eight rowers plus a cox), as St Andrew’s managed to lead the races to win both events. Overall it was a very successful regatta with St Andrew’s winning the overall points trophy with 30 points ahead of Selborne (22), Grey High School (18) and Redhouse Rowing Club (14).
The regatta is raced over 500m, and the St Andrew’s boys raced between two and five races each. This regatta is seen as a great introduction to rowing racing for the boys, as the officials are generally a bit lenient and so is great practice in the lead up to bigger competitions such as the South African School National Championships held at the beginning of March at Roodeplaat Dam in Pretoria.
The St Andrew’s U14s had to learn fast as most of them were put in the single scull for the first time, getting a crash course to row such a technical and unbalanced boat. Some of them tipped in but Luke Grobler won the C singles race and Daniel Cotton won the D singles race by a comfortable margin.
They then teamed up into doubles with Daniel Cotton and Liam Field coming out on top in the D double, McLeod and Marr winning the C double and Walsh and Schmidt winning the B double. The A quad had a few steering issues and ended up beached on a sand bank, but the D quad came through to win their event.