YRC tackle Head of the Goulburn

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Yarrawonga Rowing Club competed at the annual regatta in Nagambie recently with a strong showing in the mixed quad sculls section. 

The “head of the Goulburn” is a 7.2 km race from Nagambie Lake to Tihbilk Winery. 

This regatta has been held for the last 13 years and has been growing in stature each time. 

This year’s regatta was no exception with 873 athletes competing in 54 separate events over the one course. 

There were male, female, schoolboys and girls as well as masters and novice events to cater for all.

The Yarrawonga crew had three generations of local rowers with Mary, Patrick, Emily (Mary’s children) and Lucynda (Patrick’s daughter) Mansfield all in the one boat. 

The final crew member was Diedre Poll, the clubs current secretary doing a great job in the number one seat at the bow of the boat. 

They competed in the Masters mixed quad where they came a gallant third, crossing the line in approximately 38 minutes, with the winners, crossing three minutes quicker.

Rowing into a strong head wind made the race particularly hard for the rowers but they did an outstanding job. 

Made all the more outstanding as Emily lives and works down at Apollo Bay and travelled up just for this event to row with her family and support the club just at this event. 

She also hopes to compete when the club travels to Melbourne earlier in the new year in Melbourne.

Exhausted, the YRC crossed the line to the sound of thunderous applause when it was announced the significant makeup of the crew. 

It was a great day had by all and after the last boat crossed the line and gear was stowed away, all involved moved onto the forecourt of the winery where there were food stalls, tastings and trophies for the winners. 

The day was a well organised event and hats off to all of those involved. 

The YRC will definitely be making their way back in 2019 where they may have to find some accommodation so as to kick on a little longer. 

If this article has made you curious into giving rowing a go, why not come out to the club and take a free “come and try” lesson. 

You don’t have to have any previous experience. 

The Yarrawonga Rowing Club is happy to let anyone try out this sport and welcome new members. 

Contact Patrick Mansfield on 0427 632 322 or visit the club’s Facebook page, Yarrawonga Rowing Club. 

It is a sport for all ages, abilities and attitudes.