Thu, Jan 13, 2022 3:36 PM

Olympian returns to Nelson waters

The winning quad crew approaches the beach. Photo: karmyniphotography.

Jonty Dine

Nelson rower Brook Robertson may not have got the Olympic result he was after in 2021, but has kicked off the new year with a win in his hometown.

The weather was perfect at Tahuna Beach on January 3 as over 80 rowers from Wanaka to Horowhenua descended on Nelson's waters for the Club Beach Sprints.

Rowers aged 15 to 65 from a range of levels including Brook and Lucy Spoors raced across junior, open and masters categories.

The event followed the format of World Rowing Coastal Beach Sprint events, which are held all over the world.

Nelson Rowing Club secretary Sally Knight says rowers raced in Swift Coxed Coastal Quads and Coastal doubles.

"These are wider, heavier, and more robust than regular rowing boats. They are designed for rowing on the ocean."

Sally says the event was run thanks to lots of volunteer assistance provided by members of Nelson Rowing Club.

"Nelson Rowing Club thanks the Nelson branch of Surf Lifesaving NZ for safety support, NCC Harbourmaster and reserves team for their assistance, and The Workshop, who hosted the prizegiving function."

Plans are already underway to run the event again in 2023.

Race Results:

Mens Club Quad, won by Lucy Spoors, Brook Robertson, Joe Bennion, Ben Mason, coxed by Suzanne Hannen.

Womens Club Quad, won by Charlotte Lightfoot, Brook Pitchford, Kyla Otway, Orla Fitzgerals, Cox Amanda Inkster

Mixed Club Quad, won by Brook Pitchford, Reuben Cook, Fred Vavasour, Charlotte Lightfoot, Cox Clare van Eeden

Masters Mixed Quad, won by Anton van der Wilt, Matt Barker, Steph Knight, Megan Walklin, Cox Amanda Inkster.