What a race. 5.7km pretty much redlining, trying to kick it with the big boys. All the way through to a length on the unmarked finish line when I mistook Jordan's (2nd place) finish hooter as my own, and Chris rowed through me to claim third. You can see the despair in my face as I realized what had happened. To be honest, I was happy to just be alongside rowers of such caliber. Looks like I may have to return in 2018 to try redeem myself.

Here is a link to the race: Race 58:00, hairpin turn 1:07, Finish 1:19.30.

Thank you Billy Webb Challenge for putting on an OARsome event and to my support crew Steph and Shannan, and congratulations to John Storey for claiming the title.

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LIVE STREAM for tomorrows Billy Webb Challenge!

Competitors include: Mahe Drysdale (M1x Olympic Champ), John Storey (M2x World Champ), Chris Harris (M2x World Champ), Jordan Parry (M4x U23 World Champ) and more!


As for Schedule:
9.00 Registration
9.45 Billy Webb Challenge briefing
10.10 Interview with Mahé Drysdale
10.15 Sprint Challenge Race
10.35 Interview with world champions Chris Harris & John Storey
10.45 Community Eights Race
11.00 Billy Webb Challenge crews launch
11.20 Winners of ‘Check-in with Air Chathams’ announced

To go into the draw to win a return trip for two with Air Chathams, you just need to click GOING on the 2017 Billy Webb Challenge event here:

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Watch i-Film NZ Sport's Billy Webb Challenge 2017 on The return of NZ’s premier long distance single sculling race. The Whanganui Rowing Association is extremely pleased to announce the return of crowd favourite and Kiwi icon, twice Olympic Gold Medalist, the irrepressible Mahé Drysd...

How about this for a developmental tactic: find out where the fastest man in the world is racing and chase him... Olympic Champ, Mahe Drysdale, Elite World Champs, John Storey and Chris Harris, and U23 World Champs, Jordan Parry and Jack O'Leary, are all racing in the 2017 edition of the #BillyWebbChallenge, a challenge too good to miss out on. The race will be live streamed (link to follow) so you have every opportunity to support your favourite. On another, completely unrelated note, any support would be much appreciated. I'm going to need it!

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Competition season has arrived! We (Waikato RPC) have our first regatta this weekend, the Te Awamutu Regatta. Time to clean out the cobwebs.
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The FISA Ordinary Congress held after the 2017 World Champs saw amendments to both the Olympic Qualification System and the World Championship Program.

The World Champion event program will now be gender neutral! To achieve this, the Men's coxed Pair (M2+), and Lightweight Men's Four (LM4-) have both been removed and the Lightweight Women's Pair (LW2-), Para-rowing 2 Single (PR2 1x), and Para-rowing 3 Pair (PR3 2-) added. This is exciting for lightweight women as this will b...e the first time female lightweights have had a sweep rowing event.…/FISACouncilrecommendationonRul…

As for the Olympic program, proposed changes from Rio 2016 largely surround lightweights. Where there were 418 open weight seats and 132 lightweight seats, there would be 454 (+36) open weight seats and 72 (-60) lightweight seats in Tokyo 2020. This results from the removal of the lightweight Men's four event and a reduction in the total amount of lightweight doubles to qualify by 2 for both genders from 20 to 18. There is also a change to qualification allocations at regattas with the number of qualification spots in the lightweight doubles at the World Champs (Excellence positions) being reduced from 11 to 7 and reallocated as participation positions to continental regattas.…/2020OQSCouncilLatestDraft02091…

It's good to see our sport putting so much emphasis into equality.

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What an exceptional team. If I ever needed motivation, I need not look far. Second on the medal table at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Congratulations to all athletes.
Women’s Pair - World Champions!
Men’s Double - World Champions!
Women’s Double - World Champions!
NZ Women's Lightweight Double - Silver Medal...
Men’s Ltwt Single - Silver Medal
Men’s Pair - Bronze Medal
Women’s Eight - Bronze Medal
Robbie Manson - Rower - 5th
Kiwi 8 - 6th
Quadlife - 7th
Women’s Single - 8th
Women’s Four - 10th
Men’s Four - 12th
Photo Credit: Rowing Celebration

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3 more medals and 1 new world champion crew this morning for the New Zealand Rowing Team. Massive congratulations goes out to Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler on their dominating performance, not just at the 2017 World Rowing Championships, but all year. Truly exceptional. The exact same can be said about NZ Women's Lightweight Double and Men's Pair as well.
One more day of racing before the close of the 2017 international season. Go Kiwi!
Women’s Single| 2:20am | Final B
...Women’s Double | 3:27am | Final A
Men’s Double | 3:42am | Final A
Kiwi 8 | 4:12am | Final A
Robbie Manson - Rower | 4:27am | Final A
Women’s Eight | 4:42am | Final A
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Matty D, you're a bloody legend mate. This Skinny, speedy bugger claimed silver through an exceptional display of rowing this morning.
The Men's and Women's Doubles and Robbie Manson - Rower also secured spots in A -Finals, ensuring the next couple days of finals will be exciting one for NZ!
Tomorrow morning, the New Zealand Rowing Team have the following crews finishing out their seasons.
Men’s Four | 2:20am | Final B
Women’s Four | 2:25am | Final B...
Quadlife | 2:35am | Final B
Women’s Pair | 3:23am | Final A
Men’s Pair | 3:38am | Final A
NZ Women's Lightweight Double | 4:08am | Final A
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Day 5 for the New Zealand Rowing Team​ set the scene for some very exciting finals days with Matty D in the Men's Lightweight single, the Men's Pair, the NZ Women's Lightweight Double and the Kiwi 8 all earning a spot in their respective A-Finals.
Early tomorrow morning, the other crews in the team will have the opportunity to do the same, plus, the first A -Final!
Men’s Double | 3:15am | SA/B 2 | 1-3>FA, 4..>FB
Women’s Double | 3:35am | SA/B 2 | 1-3>FA, 4..>FB
Robbie Manson... - Rower | 3:45am | SA/B 1 | 1-3>FA, 4..>FB
Women’s Single | 4:15am | SA/B 2 | 1-3>FA, 4..>FB
Men’s Ltwt Single | 5:15am | Final A
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Day 3 for the New Zealand Rowing Team​ was quieter with only 2 crews racing, but not lacking success. The Women's Eight claimed line honours in their heat to earn the only automatic progression through to the A-Final. Their male counterparts fought hard to claim 4th and will need to contest the Repechage if they too want to progress to the medal final.
Day four the team will contests two reps and two quarter finals:
Women’s Four | 4:30am | Rep 2 | 1-2>FA, 3..>FB
Women’s Sing...le | 5:05am | Rep 4 | 1-2>SA/B, 3..>SC/D
Men’s Ltwt Single | 5:21am | QF 2 | 1-3>SA/B, 4..>SC/D
Men’s Single | 5:41am | QF 1 | 1-3>SA/B, 4..>SC/D
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Day 2 for the New Zealand Rowing Team did not disappoint. Both doubles and the Women's pair all won their races, progressing through to semi-finals for the doubles, and straight through to the A-Final for the pair. The women's single and four missed out on progression and will contest the repechages after their 3rd and 6th place finishes respectively.
Day three we only have two crews hitting the water:
Women’s Eight - 6:25am - Heat 1 - 1st>FA, 2...>R
Men’s Eight - 6:40am - Heat 2 - 1st>FA, 2..>R
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What a stunner start to the 2017 World Rowing Championships campaign! Matty D in the LM1x, Jamie and Tom in the M2- and the NZ Women's Lightweight Double all won their their races in impressive fashion, Quadlife and Robbie Manson - Rower placed a close 2nd, and the M4- placed 3rd! All progressed through to the next round of racing.

The second round of heats kicks off tonight with the following New Zealand Rowing Team crews set to race:
3:39am / W2- / Heat 1 / 1->FA, 2..->R
4:...00am / W4- / Heat 2 / 1->FA, 2..->R
4:28am / M2x / Heat 3 / 1-2->SA/B, 3..->R
4:53am / W2x / heat 2 / 1-3->SA/B, 4..->R
5:32am / W1x / heat 4 / 1->SA/B, 2..->R

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Thanks to Mahe Drysdale's incredible performance in 2009, this KIRS was the fastest single skiff in the world until 3 months ago when Robbie Manson - Rower set the new fastest time of 6:30.74. How's that for rowing memorabilia!

KIRS stands for Kiwi International Rowing Skiffs, a company that is still producing boats today with their world class molds, but with some fresh faces at the helm and a new brand, Laszlo Boats NZ. Check them out

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Fastest Single in the world 2009-2017.
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Couldn't be happier to have been selected into the Waikato RPC for another season. I first got selected back in 2010 and have been proudly wearing the black, red and yellow ever since. I very much look forward to training and competing alongside some exceptional athletes this season, while also contributing to it's governance as a board member.

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Rowing New Zealand

A solid weekend of performances. As a part of the 2017 Performance Centre Trials I had a 2km erg test Friday, a 2km race Sat morning, a 2km Time Trial Sat afternoon, and finally a 4km Time Trial in a Lighty Double on Sunday morning.

I'm stoked to come away with a PB in the erg and some solid performances/times on the water. Now all that's left to do is sit back and wait for the New Zealand Rowing Team selectors to make their decisions on who will make the cut for the high performance teams with the RPC's named on the 18th Sep and the Summer Squad on the 11st Oct.

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Congratulations to all athletes selected to compete for the New Zealand Rowing Team at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. There's a whole lot of talent within this group and I very much look forward to watching and supporting them as they do the business at the end of September.

Concept2, Inc. just posted this image with the word "tomorrow"... The placement of the fan and the supporting frame is unlike any other Concept 2 product I've seen! The anticipation is real! Any guesses on what it could be?