Tweed Regatta a winner with rowers

THE Tweed River provided cold but perfect conditions for the second annual Head of the Tweed Regatta at Chinderah yesterday.

Almost 380 rowers and 150 paddlers tackled the gruelling 21-kilometre marathon, racing downstream from Chinderah Bay to Murwillumbah.

Clubs from as far adrift as Canberra attended the meet,with hosts Murwillumbah and fellow locals Tweed Heads and the Mt Warning Dragon Boat club flying the flag for the Northern Rivers.

Murwillumbah Rowing Club president Tim Rose said that the variety of competition and good race spirit made for a highly successful event.

“We had people aged from 13 to 80 years old competing in a host of different sculls and mixed crews events ... we've got the lot,” he said. “Everyone enjoyed themselves again and we're already taking enquiries for next year's event.”

The fastest team on the day were the eights from the University of Queensland, who blitzed the course in one hour and 18 minutes to take overall victory.

In the quads it was the open male side from Commercial Rowing Club in Brisbane who took top honours in 1hr 29min while in the doubles it was a Masters team from Toowong who crossed the line first in 1hr 32min.

In an impressive individual performance, Murwillumbah rowing veteran Rick Kranen set a blistering time of 1hr 31min to take gold.