Since my last blog we have attended Bennett Shield, Mercer, Muudi Cup and Co-operation Cup regattas and I am pleased to report a significant improvement in our performances at all of these.
This was a challenging day and the decision to call the regatta to a halt midway through was disappointing for the rowers, but the correct decision in terms of the safety of the competitors.
Results improved across our squads throughout the day, even though we had set ratings to stick to we remained very competitive in all our races. Well done to the rowers across all our age groups.
A great days racing for all at this regatta last Saturday - some excellent results across all classes as we took yet another step up. We did not have a restricted rating at this regatta so it was all go for the crews and they stepped up very well. More importantly they showed that we could maintain our composure and technique at the higher ratings, something that does not always happen.
An interesting day - an argument with a bridge, a few swims and a row through some mangroves, all in all it was a fun day of intensive racing that did not see much time off the water for the majority of our crews. Some impressive results in the mixed eights which saw us win all three races and some excellent double and quad wins.
Sadly the Muudi Cup has eluded us for yet another year but maybe next year.
Overall I was very pleased as this was the second of two days intensive rowing for the athletes and some very tired looking children made their way home from Muudi Cup.
This event between Waitemata and TGSRC was another step up this year with a lot of very closely contested racing with some excellent results over the day. Sadly again the Cup stays with Waitemata for another year but certainly a great day with lots good food and friendly people.
This week we are off to camp from Friday until Wednesday. This will allow us to get back to some long distance training and some days of technique training, to bed in what we have been trying to achieve over the last few months
I am sure we will see huge improvements as we get more water time especially for the juniors and under 16’s who have struggled for quality water time at Bayswater this year.
So, I look forward to spending some quality coaching time with the junior crews as well as putting the seniors and juniors through their seat racing for the first time this year. It’s great to see some close competition for spots in the top boats and this all looks good for the after Christmas racing at the bigger regattas.
Testing is going well with lots Personal Bests being recorded across all groups. This morning seniors had 100% Personal Bests on their 5km test, along with high percentages across the remaining under 16 and junior squads. The aim in each squad should be to have every squad member within 2% of the best time in that squad which we are not far away from in many of the squads.
Development group training is going well and the rowers certainly are showing the benefit of this training and we will look to increase this group after the camp.
Thanks to Jo Gibbs and the PTA who donated $2,300 for new weights equipment, which is allowing us to train with the latest weights equipment at the school.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and supporters for their untiring help through the season so far and long may it continue. To the rowers and coaches that give up so much of their personal time - thank you for the efforts at training and racing.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and a prosperous new year and I look forward to catching up with you at the camps and upcoming regattas
Director of Rowing
TGS Rowing Club Inc