This season will be remembered for a few milestones, the most significant of them being the 150th celebrations. It will also be remembered for some less than positive things too. Thank you to Eddie Martin and his team who organised our sesquicentennial celebrations, it was a great opportunity to celebrate the history of the club and catch up with old friends.
This has however, been a tough season for CRC and as a result we have a battle on our hands to get the wheels of the club turning again. We have just ended our 150th year with no adult active members in the club. This is in part due to fallout from the earthquakes that have affected Canterbury since September 2010 but the incoming management committee will have to be more effective in providing a positive environment for rowing at CRC to prosper in.
We were sad to farewell James Armitage and Alison Coates during the winter of last year. We hope to see them again around the Club in the future at some stage.
Early season training was tough and featured a lot of weekend trips to Kaiapoi for on water time and a lot of off water work until the re-opening of Kerrs Reach at Show weekend in November. Use of the Avon River was still challenging particularly for coaching purposes.
With no active CRC rowers it was left to our schools to spend the summer outdoors at Porritt Park with Rangi also making use of the Waimakariri River. This season we have been joined by a small contingent from Avonside Girls High School and we hope to see them strengthen in the coming seasons. The bulk of the season went mostly to plan, similar to last season, the two regattas in Twizel during January were wind affected but the Canterbury Mazda and SISS regattas were rowed in calm conditions
Maadi Cup was a more successful affair than last year for each of our other three schools which is great to see. Rangi Ruru coming home with a welcome silver medal, Girls‟ High built on their success of last season with six medals including one gold and Boys‟ High with their first medals in four years including the first gold since 2006. It was also pleasing to see CBHS with a significant increase in numbers on last season. CBHS also made the Maadi Cup final for the first time since 2007. Following Maadi, 5 of our School members were selected for the SI U18 team which dominated the U18 regatta against the North Islanders in April at Karapiro.
Our earthquake damaged Leander building was destroyed by fire at the end of February and some possessions belonging to the Club and its Schools were lost but should be covered by insurance. The remains of the building are now gone 1 but a re-building project appears to be gaining momentum and we look forward to having a home next summer. This will be necessary for us to attract more rowers for the coming season.
Our RPC athletes had a mixed National Championships with our Men unable to emulate the success they have become used to. The women performed well to retain the Premier eights title and also win the quad. I had the pleasure of presenting Anna Dawson with her first Red Coat and later in the regatta Sophie Speirs also won her first. Following national trials Lucy Spoors was selected in the U23 Quad to compete in Lithuania in July and CRC will be represented at the London Games by Matthew Trott and Eve MacFarlane in the Men‟s and Women‟s Quadruple Sculls respectively, we wish them all the very best.
Michael Petherick Club Captain: 2010-Present