Big month ahead for region’s rowers

COROWA Rowing Club is turning 150.

The club, which will again co-host the annual Lake Moodemere regatta this weekend, will celebrate its anniversary next month.

But its attention will first turn to the 147th edition of the Moodemere regatta, with Murray Rowing president Paul Somerville delighted to announce last year’s record number of entries had been smashed.

Last year’s regatta, which broke the record of 520, had 680 entries.

This year’s has almost 1000 already.

“It continues to keep growing and has developed a bit of a cult following now,” Somerville said yesterday.

“It’s just great. We’re getting club’s visiting one year and coming back with even more crews the next year.

“We had 36 entries in 2002. There’s 980 this year.”

Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and Corowa rowing clubs will once again join forces to host the event which has been regularly voted the most popular regatta in Victoria.

And in a further boost, it has been chosen to host the Victorian state sprint titles on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Corowa will celebrate its 150-year milestone with a dinner on February 2.

Three-time Olympian and silver medallist at London, Sarah Tait, will speak at the event.

Tait will be joined on the night by her husband Bill, who is the national rowing coach and the head coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport.

For tickets contact Stacey Whitechurch on 0412 699 115 or

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