FRIENDLY RIVALRY RESUMES
Grafton Rowing Club Two-Island Rowathon, in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, took place on Saturday 15th July.
Commencing on the beautiful Clarence River in front of the Grafton Rowing Club, competitors had a choice of either 10kms around Susan Island or 20 klms around both Susan & Elizabeth Islands.
All crews assembled at Grafton Rowing Club for registration followed by the compulsory Pre-Rowathon briefing.
Clarence Coast & Grafton Dragon Boat Clubs opted for the 1-Island Course. Both boats paddled around the south-side of Susan Island returning on the north (Grafton) side as well as passing under both Grafton Bridges before returning to the start. Friendly banter between both crews followed as the kilometres slowly passed by. All participants enjoyed their bacon & egg roll at the conclusion of the paddle and conversations continued between both clubs in the fabulous sunshine. Many thanks to Grafton Rowing Club for their organisation & hospitality.
The rivalry will continue at the upcoming Rainbows Regatta at Ballina 26th, 27th August. Members are encouraged to add their name to the Regatta Page if they intend to participate.
For the 6th year Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club members searched their wardrobes to find and wear a flannelette shirt to the paddling session to support Flannie Day Food Drive.
Paddlers also donated non-perishable food to raise awareness about homelessness and provide practical support for the hungry in our community. The donated non-perishable food was then taken to Wellspring Christian Church, Yamba. Wellspring Community Care support those in need with access to groceries at reduced prices as well as providing access to emergency food parcels for those in need
Paddlers and social members met at Café Marina for the Women’s World Cup draw. Members now own one of 32 teams and are ready to wear their colours, learn a greeting in the country’s main language and find out who their key players are. The excitement is growing with kick-off on July 20.