Lorne World Champions finish equal with Dee Why at Aussie Masters
In their first season together the crew from Dee Why have finished equal first with Lorne, who are the reigning world and Australian champions, at the Australian Masters Championships at Broadbeach.
The seven crews completed three round-robin races, in testing conditions on Tuesday, and the top two female 160 year crews could not be separated.
“It was an amazing day, pretty testing conditions with a few thrills and spills but generally a lot of fun” 49-year-old Lorne captain Paula Matthews said.
“After the three races we were on equal points with Dee Why, which is fabulous.”
The sweep of the boat is Paula’s husband Geoff. And the crew is Shea Grant, Tamara-Leigh Brawn, and Jo Siebenga.
“Jo is the new member of our crew this year from the one that won the Aussies last year in Scarborough and the world title in Adelaide,” Paula explained.
The Lorne crew were equally as happy with performance against the experienced champions.
“They are a really, really good crew so to come away as equal gold medallists is great,” 33-year-old Lyndsay Dowsett said.
“This is our first season together as a crew, so we are really happy to be on the podium with them and both be successful.”
‘Families and different priorities’ meant a crew from Dee Why and Warriewood disbanded, forming this Dee Why crew of two women from each club.
“The conditions were good for us, we like a bit of chop,” Dowsett, who has raced for 15 years, said.
“We’ve got a great sweep in Shaun Stacey who can definitely hold a wave and has been sweeping for several years.
“It was really enjoyable being back here with surf, as surf boat racing should be.”
Robyn Moore, Alexandra Salier and Nicki Daley with the other members of the champion Dee Why crew who have been training everyday of the week for the Championships.
“In the boat we train three days a week. We do ergs about twice a week and then weights and fitness by ourselves. So we train every day or twice a day.”
The Lorne crew trains together in relatively flat conditions on Port Phillip Bay once a week and try to get down to the coast on weekends when they can to train in the surf. Three of the four women train together more regularly in their reserve crew.
‘We have loved the challenging conditions here and are looking forward to the (open) reserve races on Thursday,” 49-year-old Matthews, who has been rowing for 20 years, said.
Yamba took bronze and the other Surf Boat winners on Tuesday were Caloundra SLSC in the female 120 years and Torquay in the 140 years.
In the men’s events, Bilgolga won the 140 year event, Stockton won the 160 year title, the Mairangi Bay crew from New Zealand led from start to finish to take the 180 years gold medal. Bilgolga SLSC won again in the 200 years event, St Kilda won the 220 years and Burnie SLSC the 240 years Australian title.
You can find full results here.