On Saturday, Richmond rowers headed to Nagambie to compete in the 8th Annual, Head of the Goulburn, Tahbilk ‘Bridge to the Vines’. A favourite amongst many, the 7.2km course commenced at Chinaman’s Bridge and finished at Tahbilk Winery.
The women’s D8+ crews were first off the mark. With the hint of a glass of wine spurring them on, the senior D8+ coxed by Derek had a strong second place row, missing out on first place by only 7 seconds. For many in the women’s novice D8+, this was their first ever race. Coxed by Lindsey Brown, it was a fine and admirable effort from all.
Next came the men’s C4X+ finishing in third place. With an exuberant shout from commentator Neville, the boys had spectators running to see the finish.
Our women’s C4X+ were next to power to the line. With a daunting 23 crews their competitors, Richmond finished in fifth place with a mere 24 seconds separating the first five crews.
Rachael Button put in a fantastic effort flying the Richmond flag in a Latrobe Uni/Richmond women’s M4X+ and placing second overall.
The men’s D4+ represented by Matt Crouch, PJ Eadie, Charley Catford, Dylan Nicholson and cox Rebecca Lionnet had a convincing win, charging to the line with over a four minute lead. And finally, Carolyn Manning in the women’s masters 1X flew to the finish at an incredible 28 strokes per minute to win her division. Fantastic wins for both the men’s D4+ and Team Carolyn.
Congratulations to all Richmond crews who participated and a special thanks to the many Richmond volunteers and supporters whose assistance and encouragement we’d be lost without. From coaching, coxing, towing boats, carrying oars and the loud cheering over Neville’s dulcet tones, there are many people who contributed to Richmond’s successful day on the Goulburn.