2002 North East Regatta - River Dee, Aberdeen
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East Regatta 2002
11th & 12th May 2002
The Championship of the Dee is the victor ludorum award for the main rowing event in Aberdeen. It is calculated over both days of the North East Regatta. Each winning finalist in an event earns his (or her) club two points. Runners up (losing finalists) are awarded one point.
Aberdeen Boat Club again won the Championship of the Dee award. This was despite the absence of their very strong senior mens squad who were competing in Ghent. The ABC eight had won the Senior 1 pennant at the Tideway HOR two months previously so many other clubs were probably quite happy that the big boys were playing elsewhere!
Junior rowing again dominated Saturdays points table with Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) having a clear lead at the end of Saturdays racing. George Heriots Rowing Club was in third place on Saturday but did not compete on Sunday (went home to study for exams!). It was not only in junior events that ASRA gained points they had convincing wins in Mens R2 divisions (Eights and Coxed Fours) and also in Womens Novice Fours (a closely fought contest with ABC at the end) and Womens R2 Pairs. Another very impressive showing for the schools crews.
The course was resurveyed for this years regatta and has shrunk to a shade over 700m (from our previously-advertised 800m). This has resulted in a recalculation of the Veteran handicap tables. Despite this lowering of the handicaps it often seemed the case that being older greatly increased chances of victory perhaps we need to look at further modification of the standard tables. The impressive (or should that read unbeatable?) Veteran E crew from Glasgow Rowing Club dominated Mens Veteran Fours. Other veteran awards went to Inverness Rowing Club (Mens Pairs) and Dan Davidson of ABC (Single Sculls)
North East Regatta 200211th & 12th May 2002
Coming the week after Strathclyde Park Regatta, and with the senior squad competing in Ghent, we did not expect to emulate the record entry from 2001.
The 2002 event saw the number of races reduced to a more typical 62 races on Saturday and 37 on Sunday. There were large entries in Novice and R2 events for both sexes.
The weather was good (but not spectacular) for both days with good sunshine for spectators on Saturday. Sunday saw some choppy water at times due to a freshening wind.
We made a number of changes to the course and think that these were helpful as we only had one disqualification over the course of the regatta. We bought new big, bright buoys to mark the finish line and these were positioned well over to the City Station (which is where crews should finish). We also hung course markers from both the Suspension and QE2 Bridges. The final important change was abolishing the despised umpiring position on the Suspension Bridge and moving the umpire to a stationary launch holding position above the Suspension Bridge. This allowed the umpire to get close to any potential incident and communicate more effectively with competitors.
Thanks to all our umpires; Mike Haggerty (senior), Peter Morrison, Neil MacFarlane, Ian Duncan, Terry McNeill, Angus Campbell, Gary Bain, Sandy Walker, George Lawson, Raymond Dixon, Bryan Steel, Lydia Coffey, Gill Laing, and our local trainee umpire Catriona Norris (Wilson)
There was a worrying moment two days before the event when Ron Wallace found that the white fence rail which marks the start had been painted over in shiny black making it indistinguishable from its neighbours. This was in preparation for the Queens visit to Duthie Park on her Golden Jubilee tour. Further evidence that the Queen must think that the world smells of fresh paint!
On Sunday, the floating umpire was also able to help Fred Stalin of ABC when he capsized in his single scull above the Suspension Bridge. Fred had perhaps just run out of energy having competed in three events on each day and also recently had run his first (and never again) full Marathon
We managed to finish both days racing ahead of time.