The Under 21 Trans-Tasman Regatta began today in Penrith, with small boat racing – both morning heats and afternoon finals were raced in perfect conditions and in front of a crowd of vocal supporters from both nations.
The Australian team has been in team camp since last Saturday and dealt with a significant number of injury and illness concerns which have impacted the make up of the team.
Both sessions provided some great racing against a very strong and competitive New Zealand team. Australia came away with five gold medals in the finals: Women’s lightweight double scull (Katelin Douglas and Alexandra Moylan), Men’s lightweight double scull (Oscar McGuinness and Tom Williamson), Women’s Pair (Lauren Graham and Isabelle Furrer), Men’s Pair (Jack Barrett and Logan Ullrich) and Women’s Lightweight Single Scull (Celia Cowan).
A highlight for day 1 was lightweight reserve athlete Connor Ryan, racing four races across the day – heat and final in his own lightweight category and also heat and final in the heavyweight category, due to illness. At the end of the first day of racing New Zealand leads Australia by 10 points, 73 – 83.
Big boat racing begins tomorrow, with the draw and live results available here.
A reminder that points are calculated as follows:
Points for racing will be awarded in the finals as follows:
- 1st – 6 points, 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 2 points and 4th – 1 point for –W1x, M1x, W2- and M2-.
- 1st – 6 points and 2nd – 4 points for LW2x, LM2x, W4-, M4-, W4x, M4x, W8+ and M8+.
- 1st – 2 points and 2nd – 1 point for LW1x, LM1x and MixL2x.Medals will be awarded to the first-placed boat in each category.