2nd August 2015
By Hayley & Olivia Tzakos
What a way to kick off our first regatta for the NSW 2015/16 season. We arrived to a brilliant sunrise with hardly any wind and sunshine all day until the last race.
With a keen group of paddlers, we fielded teams in the Premier Mixed, Senior B Mixed, Opens, Women’s and Junior/U24 categories. The team spirit on the day was vibrant from race to race.
Our highlight of the day was when we had the opportunity to combine our talent with Marist Dragons to form a composite team to race in the Junior/U24 category. With one training session together we managed to finish 1st in Heat 1 and 2nd in Heat 2 without any U24 paddlers in our crew. With the times combined, DSA/Marist Dragons finished in second place, 0.7 seconds behind Sydney Zodiacs.
A special mention goes to our women’s crew for the 4km race. Not only did the women’s team finish in 2nd place but 10 crew members backed up after racing in the Mixed crew race. What legends!
Overall Race Results:
Premier Mixed Yellow – placed 14th
Premier Mixed Blue – placed 19th
Premier Open – placed 12th
Senior B – placed 1st
Junior/U24 – placed 2nd
Women’s Yellow – placed 11th
Women’s Blue – placed 9th
4 Km, Premier Mixed – placed 6th
4 Km, Women’s – placed 2nd