EASTERN Cape rowers showed their ability by winning several events in a wind-interrupted Knysna Heads schools regatta at the weekend.
The 12 schools – from Cape Town, Somerset West, Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred and East London – showed their tenacity in the strong wind, but as the conditions worsened, the regatta was postponed until Sunday morning.
The Eastern Cape Schools were particularly impressive. The 6000m Heads race was won convincingly by the St Andrew's eight, stroked by Matt Kroon, with the Selborne first eight coming a respectable third.
The junior women's Heads race was won by the Clarendon first quad by almost a minute over Somerset College.
The Grey High first quad defeated a much-respected Somerset College outfit in the 1000m race.
Most of the sculling races were cancelled but Grey's Oscar Hobson managed a second in the junior men's under-19 sculls race.
The St Andrew's U15A quads won their event, while the club also managed second places in the second eights and U16B fours.
In the sprints on Sunday, over 6km, the St Andrew's U15A octuples came second, while the U15B quads took first place.