UCT surprises in boat race

27 September 2010

SA Universities Boat Race runners-upPodium finishers: The UCT men enjoy their runners-up finish at the SA Universities Boat Race.

UCT men and women impressed with second-place finishes at the 30th Mutual & Federal SA Universities Boat Race, held in Port Alfred from 9 to 11 September.

The University of Johannesburg took the women's title, while men's favourites the University of Pretoria (Tukkies) crossed the line first once again. Nine universities took part in this year's event - Fort Hare, Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, Rhodes, Stellenbosch, UCT, Tukkies and Wits.

"Definitely no records were set this time round," said Sean Kerr, a trustee of university rowing; as weather conditions in the Eastern Cape made for a very difficult race, with rain on Friday and strong headwinds blowing up the Kowie River over the finals on Saturday.

Kerr noted that this year's winners were among the favourites, so there were no surprises in this regard. "However, a notable achievement was that the UCT got into the Men's final race."

The UCT women also had reason to celebrate their performance. "I think it is important to note that two years ago we were struggling to put a ladies' eight on the water, and this year we have three crews for the women, as well as three crews for the men," said the club's Jane Passmore. "This is surely due in part to the strong coaching that the teams are now receiving, and the revived spirit in the club."

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