The rowing season got off to a positive start over the past weekend, with the first fixture of the new season taking place on the Kowie River in Port Alfred.
The College rowers competed against open squads from Grey, Selborne and Bishops in various formats over Saturday and Sunday. The aim was to prepare all crews for the season and the South African Schools Boat Race in December.
In Saturdays’ first event – a long-distance time trial over the Boat Race course, the College crew came away as clear winners with a 35-second margin over the top Bishops crew. Everyone had to navigate some challenging windy conditions to make it down the course.
Later on, a side by side ‘knockout’ event took place in Coxed Fours. From 12 crews starting the event, the two College fours made it through to a three-boat final against Bishops, eventually finishing in 1st and 3rd place.
To round off the day, a final sprint race took place in 8s – College again came away victorious with a clear margin of victory over Bishops and Selborne in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
The weekends’ activity was rounded off on Sunday morning with a joint training session taking place for all the crews.
The conditions on the river finally turning for the better. This allowed for a very constructive morning of rowing and providing plenty of motivation to build the squad’s momentum into this second half of term and upcoming fixtures over the coming weeks.