Rowing: The Buffalo Regatta - St Andrew's College

Rowing: The Buffalo Regatta

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Sporting action in the water
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Sporting action in the water
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Rowing: The Buffalo Regatta

This past weekend saw the College rowers back on the Buffalo River in East London for their first major test of the 2024 season as they took on the top opposition from Gauteng and the Western Cape at the 136th Buffalo Regatta.

 Heats races took place on the first day of the event with our rowers across the respective age groups stepping up to the challenge and showing that their hard work is paying off and holding their nerve in some highly pressured races to qualify the majority of crews for the Saturday finals. This is a harder task at Buffalo with only 6 spots available in a final, compared to the usual 8 places at the Schools Championships.

 The second day of competition included the Selborne Sprints event over a shortened 500-metre distance. Some highlights of the day included Rafael Carrara showing huge determination to qualify for the single sculls final, one of the most highly contested events at Under-15 level. He took 5th place and became the highest-ranked rower in the event not from St Benedict’s College! Rafael also combined with Jock Estcourt to take a well-earned 3rd spot in the Doubles event.

 The Under 16 squad also showed their raw speed over the short course with 2nd place finishes in both the Coxed Four and Eights event, in both cases coming in barely half a second behind St Benedict’s.

 Moving on to Saturday’s finals, with the South African Schools Championships now only a few weeks away, it was encouraging to see all the crews benefitting from the race experience with increasingly promising form over each day of racing.

 Saturday finals Result Highlights:

 Max Estcourt – 2nd place in the Open Sculls

 Under 16 Four and Eight, both took 3rd place

 Second Eight and Second Four both placed 4th

 Open Coxed Four – 3rd place

 Open Coxless Four – 5th place

 1st Eight took 4th place behind St Stithians, St Benedicts, and Rondebosch.