Australia vs New Zealand Intervarsity Rowing Race

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mannum to host Australia vs New Zealand Intervarsity

Mannum to host Australia vs New Zealand Intervarsity
The Mannum Rowing Club will host the Australia vs New Zealand Intervarsity rowing race on
Friday 7th of July.
Adelaide University won the rights to host the 2017 Trans-Tasman University rowing regatta
after they won the Australian title last year in Perth and have chosen Mannum as almost a
straight course and the ideal river conditions.
Men’s and Women’s Australian and New Zealand eights will race in the best of three series,
the first two races over 2000 metres, on the Alex Ramsey International Course at West
Lakes on 4th and 5th July.
On Friday, July 7th the same crews will compete on the Murray River at Mannum over the
famous traditional 3 mile course which hosted the 1930 Kings Cup Regatta with all States
competing. Mannum also hosted the 1966 Australian Intervarsity regatta which was the
last time the 3 mile course has been raced.
The international race will commence adjacent to the Granite Quarry on East Front Road
approximately 4 kilometres from the Mannum ferry on the road to Younghusband.
Spectator /official boats will follow the race and will finish at the Mannum Wharf at Mary
Ann Reserve near the Mannum Rowing Club.
Dean Mobbs, Chairman of the Mannum Rowing Club is thrilled the Adelaide University
Rowing Club has chosen Mannum for this renowned international 3 mile rowing race and
said the Mannum ferries will be holding position on each side of the river to allow the race
to have a non-obstructive passage to the finish line.
“Bringing back this 3 mile race is in line with the Oxford vs Cambridge race in England who
race over 4miles 374 yards”.
“The New Zealand team will be made up on a combined university crew and whether its
Basketball, Rugby, Netball, Rowing or other sports, is one of the most watched and intense
rivalries on the Australian sporting agenda”.
Mannum will be taken to the world stage with the return of this prestige international race
said Mayor Dave Burgess, Mid Murray Council.
“The river stretch along Mary Ann reserve is one of the best for rowing in the State and we
see many rowing teams from across South Australia select Mannum as their training ground
and holiday camp”.
“Rowing is part of Mannum’s strong river heritage and bringing back a major rowing event
after 50 years highlights the appeal of our town as an international rowing destination”.
The 2017 Trans-Tasman University rowing regatta will be held at Mannum on Friday 7th July
between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. For further information contact Dean Mobbs from the
Mannum Rowing Club on 0437 946 104 or the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on
85691303.