Despite windy conditions at Lake Pupuke MAGS rowers won gold and bronze medals at the short course regatta on Saturday.
Special congratulations to our gold medalists (the U16 boys 4+ and U15 boys 4+ A crews) and bronze medalists (the boys U16 8+ crew). We were delighted to have our headmaster Mr Drumm visit us to watch our crews race.
A number of MAGS old boys also came and watched some of our races and shared their experiences racing at the same regatta for the school. MAGS was one of two schools that raced in the inaugural Head of Harbour regatta in 1937, Sacred Heart was the other.
They were soon joined by Kings College, Westlake Boys and Auckland Grammar as the event took off. MAGS dominated the senior boys eights during the original Head of Harbour era, taking the title 16 times between 1937 and 1957. Girls’ events were not introduced until 1989. Last weekend more than 800 students from 33 schools competing.
In other achievements, •BU15 4+ B were 2nd in Div 2 and three crews placed 4th, just outside the medals, in Division 1 races: BU15 8+, GU16 4x, GU16 4+. Special mention also to two doubles crews who ended up in the lake after capsizing their doubles on the way up to the start line!
At the recent Cambridge Town Cup regatta at Karapiro our rowers earned themselves some great results this weekend - a nice payback for dedicating a large part of their holidays to training. We had crews in 15 finals. Congratulations to all of those crews and the wider squad and coaching team who supported them in their efforts.
One highlight over the weekend was our two boys’ crews who raced in the U18 boys eight race. Our mix of U15, U16, U17 and U18 boys in two boats acquitted themselves well, while learning a bit about what it takes to compete with the really big/strong crews.
At the rugby club, our chef Mags treated rowers and supporters to berry and apple crumble on our first night and a wonderful beef stroganoff for dinner.