This Saturday is the Annual Head of the Yarra (HOTY) Regatta on the Yarra. For those not rowing it is an amazing spectacle come down and cheer on the 3 Richmond crews Women’s D, Mens C and Mixed Masters A-C . It’s one of the few head races you can also follow along the entire course on a pushbike.
- this year there will be 180 boats competing in various club and school categories. 180×9= 1620 competitors (rowers and coxswains)
- Clubs from all over Australia compete.
- Each boat traverses the 8.6km winding river course.
- Racing starts in the City and ends at Hawthorn Rowing Club
- There is only a 10 sec interval between crews and a 5 min break between brackets
- Coxswains need nerves of steel:
- A racing eight is 18 metres long and weighs approx 100kg. (empty)
- On water it’s 7 metres wide and can weigh nearly a tonne (with crew and oars)
- Wallan Road (Leonda bridge) arch is only 9m wide
- An A-grade heavyweight male crew can travel at over 6 metres a second.
- An eight can take 4 times its length to turn 90 degrees.
- The coxes view of the course is semi obscured by the crew.
- A brand new racing eight costs upwards of 35k plus oars.
- So remember to listen to your Coxswain at all times!!!
- and have Fun!!!!
Hawthorn RC put on a big event at the finish line so come along and support your Richmond Tigers.
Plus don’t forget the Powerhouse post HOTY Toga party.
|Come join us after your day of racing for a TOGA PARTY at PHRC.BYOS (Bring Your Own Sheet)
Tickets: $10 via http://www.trybooking.com/CCBJ
There will be jelly shots.
You’re going to have a SHEETload of fun.
It will be unforgeTOGAble!
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing