Perth to Fremantle:
of the Day had to go to Mike “Dash” Lane who was the stand-out
performer for the 16km slog from Perth to Fremantle for this year’s
annual event. An elder of the club in both experience and, well,
experience, Dash picked up 16 points for WARC all by himself by
crossing fourth across the line in his single scull, the sexy
Fluidesign boat “Lois Lane.”
It was a strong performance for the eights as well – WARC had
a record five eights cover the course, which is the biggest number
in at least a decade, possibly ever.
men’s B8 crossed the line second behind an ANA crew which had
a comfortable 12-minute head-start on the lads, and they picked
up a cruisy 26 points for WARC.
WARC guys in the Irvine were followed by our motley C-Grade crew
which contained “we don’t need to train” rowers such as Stink,
Dazzle and Tugga who have carried on the Viking traditions of
rowing, playing and partying hard. The good news is, their efforts
were not in vain and they picked up .7777 of a point each (including
Courtney on the coxswain’s seat) to total 7 points for the crew.
in girl-world, Mat Higgins' supercrew, stroked by Meg Downes,
had a horror start and fell behind the Fremantle B crew but still
crossed the line third in one hour and three minutes. They picked
up 22 points but missed out on the fastest women’s crew time,
despite initially being awarded it. Nine minutes later, Pam Riley
stroked the second crew across the line in the Zinga to score
WARC an additional four points.
of the Day was a close-call this year.
“Shaggy” Taylor crossed the line a fair while after Mike Lane,
only to discover Dash was waiting there on the water at the finish
line to let him know he’d lost the $50 bet on who was going to
the true POTD has really had to go to the lads from Squad X. For
the first time in recent history, a crew didn’t let the small
fact a few athletes were missing stop them and they boated the
Clarkson as a sturdy six-man crew and positively nailed the course,
steered carefully by Claire Woolfitt.
at the Norfolk afterwards, the boys were lauded as local heroes.
total, the day was worth 75 pennant points to WARC but we’ve lost
our top position to Fremantle, which is ahead of our 137 points
by 29, currently sitting pretty on 166.
worry, we’ll get ‘em back.
to Andrew Taylor for driving the trailer, Jade Mitchell and Peta
Rule for being bag ladies, and Rowan “speed racer” Ellis, TC,
Nikita, Courts and Claire for coxing.