It has been 10 years of planning for the Cromwell Rowing Club and thanks to the help of some generous local businesses and fundraising, the club now has its first rowing eight.
The boat was officially named “Cromwell”, at a small boat naming celebration last Friday evening at the rowing club, with sponsors and club members.
The name signifies the partnership between the Rowing Club and local businesses, as being mutually beneficial. Each group contributes to building a strong community base in Cromwell and surrounding districts.
The eight is ‘’convertible’’ enabling it to be rowed as a sweep boat with eight oars, or a sculling boat, known as an “Octuple” with 16 oars. With a large squad of novice rowers this year, the eight is a welcome addition to the club’s existing fleet.
The eight had its debut race from Cromwell to Clyde at Labour Weekend, with a mixed crew of school age rowers and one master, who were the first Octuple home.
The eight will be on the trailer this weekend heading to Lake Ruataniwha for the club’s first regatta this season, the Otago Rowing Champs. Cromwell Rowing Club wishes to sincerely thank the following businesses and groups for their generous contribution to the eight: Southern Lakes ITM, Truss Tech, Highlands Motorsport Park, Wooing Tree, Guthrie Bowron, Gary Anderson, Summit Financial, The Gate and Cromwell Masters Rowing.For further information please contact: Natalie Wilson, Cromwell Rowing Club
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