The Glebe Regatta, being round 1 of the 2020 JB Sharp Memorial Regatta Series, was held on a wet but fast course in Blackwattle Bay this morning.
Despite the impact of COVID and the weather reducing numbers on the day, there was some very competitive racing, especially in the Men’s and Women’s handicap sculls, and in the Men’s open pair – traditionally a very strong event for host club Glebe
“It was a really strong race, and I would have thought that 10 seconds would have been a tough handicap, but the other crews were barely ahead by the end” said Kevin Wall, Glebe sculler, after a tough handicap single sculls race.
Club Captain Brad Smith ensured the regatta continued humming along smoothly, keeping a watchful eye over both the hosting duties and the competition from the boat shed.
There were also strong performances from new club Abbotsford, as well as Drummoyne, MLC, Balmain and UTS / Haberfield Rowing Clubs.
After the first regatta, Glebe has opened up a commanding lead on the JB Sharp Memorial Cup, with Drummoyne running in second place. Glebe and Drummoyne are also battling for supremacy in the Glebe Centenary Shield, for the Men’s Open and Intermediate Pointscore. Balmain is in the lead in the Para Shield on 4 points with Glebe coming second with one point to date.