Spirits high in the water at rowing tournament

Murwillumbah Rowing Club girls Charlotte Doss (front) and Emily Carey.
Murwillumbah Rowing Club girls Charlotte Doss (front) and Emily Carey. Larissa Nicholson

THE Head of the Tweed half marathon rowing race held on June 16 said the rowers were in high spirits during the annual event.

"The weather was excellent," Murwillumbah Rowing Club spokeswoman Karin Schiller said.

"Returning competitors were eager to better previous times and race 'virgins' were excited with expectation if they would last the distance.

"Supporters and spectators were entertained by music and supplied with good food whilst they waited in the sunshine for the rowers to arrive."

Line honours was taken by the University of Queensland Boat Club men's eight in 1 hour 15 minutes.

"They powered their vessel by pure raw muscle energy and sweat," Ms Schiller said.

Brisbane River Dragons were the first Dragon boat to cross the line, out-paddling the local Mt Warning-Coolangatta boat by 32 seconds.

First single rower was Rick Kranen of Coomera Watersports, with second place going to Tweed Heads' Ben Walsh.

Commercial Rowing Club Brisbane won the Quad Division with a time of 1 hour 21 minutes.

The Propertyspot surf boat finished in two hours.

The ocean racing ski division was taken by Grant Cook, of Currumbin Creek Paddlers, in 1 hr 48 min.

The main prize of the WinTech scull was won by Redlegs Rowing Club.

Somerset College took out the trophy for the largest representation of crews at the event.