ST ANDREW'S rowers put in some good performances in the opening event of the season when the Buffalo Heads regatta was held in East London at the weekend. The format of the regatta was predominantly headrace style with crews racing the clock over 3km, including a racing turn at the halfway mark.
The St Andrew's Open team dominated proceedings over their Port Elizabeth and East London counterparts, victorious in all sweep-oar events other than the second eights.
The first eight won their race by a large margin ahead of Selborne to claim the Selborne Challenge trophy over 2500 metres.
The St Andrew's Collegefirst fours picked up another trophy by winning the coveted Mayor's Plate over a gruelling 6km distance in the final race of the day.
The St Andrew's under-16s had some close racing with Selborne, winning the U16B and C fours and coming second in the A eights and A fours.
In the U15 category, there was also tough competition, with St Andrew's victorious in the A and B quads. They were outdone by their opposition in the smaller boat categories.
This weekend, schools crews will travel to Knysna for the Knysna Regatta, which includes the Knysna Heads race over 6km on Sunday, a race which gives the first eight crews from the Eastern and Western Cape an opportunity to test the waters ahead of the SA Schools Boat Race, raced over a similar distance in December in Port Alfred.