SRC Desire Warms Frigid JB Sharp Regatta
The second of the JB Sharp Regatta series was held last Sunday over the marathon 900 metre UTS-Haberfield Course in Iron Cove. Cold weather failed to temper the passions of the Sydney squad on the day and this proved to be the ideal state for on water performance as the club enjoyed numerous successes over the day.
Gifted pole position on the Leichhardt banks by the early morning advances of Captain Pauli, the mood was buoyant amongst the SRC contingent racing at JB Sharp II. With the club again boating large numbers of juniors the chances of a lift in point score standings seemed high, and these hopes were boosted as key rivals were spotted spurning the chance to race in favour of training drills. While perhaps this strategy will deliver a long term dividend for its investors, the SRC squad had their minds only upon immediate returns.
Beginning the Sydney charge for the day was young Timothy Trent who boated under simple instruction – to crush his enemies, see them driven before him, and hear the lamentations of their coaches. To this metric he was surely successful as he won the under 16 single scull comprehensively.
In the women’s open double Sydney was represented by Debora Prospero and Sara McDonald, and the girls put on a dashing display. Jumping swiftly from the start the Sydney boat led throughout, staying on resolutely in the concluding stages to hold off late challenges from the Tara School and Sydney University.
The open men continued their strong form with a second win in as many races for the open four. The quad of Callum and Liam Moran and Joe and Tom Bennet proved that even with the levels of industrial contaminants in Iron Cove, blood is thicker than water, with a resounding win soon after to take the men’s tally to 2/2. This strike rate would drop to a credit average following a poor showing in the eights, where again Glebe had Sydney’s measure.
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The point score competition is now evenly placed heading into the 3rd regatta which will be held on the Drummoyne course on the 10th of July.