Louis Petrin writes from Down Under:
Another year has passed so quickly and as always, it has been a pleasure to read the various HTBS blog posts.
A tricky question children often ask is, how can Santa deliver presents to children across the world? Well, I don’t know how he does it but whatever he does, it seems he still had time this morning to join a multitude of rowers for the yearly Santa Row from the Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Grumpy Oarmen of Drummoyne RC, set of this morning for a 5 km row to the start line just east of the Opera House.
Boats of all sizes and types, except for a randan or an octopule, were there. Rowers from all the rowing clubs in Sydney came to race from the Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Dawes Point), a distance of about 300 meters or so. The numbers seemed lower this year, about 40 boats or so, but the excitement was great.
So about 7.10, the boats were off! As always, the start was very haphazard and not all crews in a line but when the started said “Go”, all heads were in the boat and our crews aim was not to crash and to overtake other boats.
Best wishes to all rowers and those interested in rowing history across the world. Be aware, Santa is on his way!