The 2nd Harbour Regatta was held on March 18th, organized by RHKYC with HKCRA as co-organizer. More than 170 rowers from around 20 different clubs raced on the course starting just outside Kellett Island, rowing towards HK Convention & Exhibition Centre.
It is always such a privilege to row in HK Harbour with the magnificent views. It was a great turn-out and successful day for the Lantau Boat Club Women’s teams with four entries out of six competing in the masters double scull category. It soon became an “inter-club race” in the semi-final and final after the other clubs were knocked out.
It was a great experience, rowing in the middle of Hong Kong, beautiful settings amidst skyscrapers and the hustling big city, amidst choppy waters and strong currents with a lot of swells from boats passing by.
The race was a 600m sprint in a knock out format, with 1 turn. We had a total of 5 entries, all Masters Category in coastal doubles. The rough harbour and strong cross-wind made the rowing a challenge but it seemed to be “all about the turn” and how quickly and accurately you could make a 180 degree turn to race 300m back to the finish line.
A beautiful day with great racing started with Mary Dowd and Marina Ros winning their first race against Lok Tsui Rowing Club. Next up were Rachel Humphries and Tess Dolk against RHKYC winning with 2.5 boats length. Will Gehin and Bernard Chow did well, against a strong team from RHKYC, unfortunately not well enough to go through to the finals. Grace Bolger and Marianne Kolding, Zoe Davies and Estelle Davies were seeded directly to the semifinals which meant that Grace and Marianne’s first race was against the winners of race 3 which was Tess and Rachel.
Grace and Marianne won by 1 boats length, Zoe and Estelle had to race against the winners of race 5 which, funny enough were Marina and Mary, Zoe and Estelle also won by 1 boat length. So that meant that LBC were racing against each other in the finals. And what a final that was!
Tess and Rachel came in strong in their first heat but later were beaten by club mates Marianne and Grace in a close semi-final. Mary and Marina did a great turn and finished first in their heat then competed in the next race against Zoe and Estelle, who beat them only by a boat length.
It was then left to doubles, Marianne and Grace to face their quad teammates, Zoe and Estelle in an exciting final race, where they rightly deserved to win Gold.
The organizers had arranged for the Hong Kong pipers to come and play at the start line, so Zoe and Estelle, Grace and Marianne almost missed the sound of the start signal, listening to “Amazing Grace” which could be heard almost all the way to the turning point. Grace and Marianne won with just about a boats length and Zoe and Estelle taking the silver medal.
It was a perfect day, with medals won, great atmosphere, very welcoming hosts, absolutely a day to be repeated. Well done girls! It was a fun day out and a great club spirit for all of us.
– Contributed by Zoe Davies, Marianne Kolding