After yesterday’s 200m races, 500m suddenly seemed a long way!
The conditions were very rough. Boat crew limits dropped to 18, then 16, then 14. Many boats capsized. Luckily not us.
Our women performed magnificently. They changed boats on the dock from the Mixed final – all other boat crews were fresh – but still won convincingly. Let them tell you themselves:
Our Mixed crew had an awesome battle in the first heat with Lantau Boat Club, coming second, and finding themselves in a battle with a fully loaded VRC team and the HK National team. Third place was not enough to make the Grand final, even though our times were faster than some of the boats who had an easier path. We competed in the plate final and won with a good time.
Our men had four races, and it was a great opportunity for some of the newer members of the team to get some competitive race experience. We made second place in the plate final. A great team performance.
As soon as the races stopped, the skies opened, and the rain fell upon us. That made collecting medals a very wet affair.
Our women remain the true heroes. Not only did they add to our gold tally, but as champions, they won us a pig. A very big pig. We would have photographed it but it did not last very long.