The peaceful hamlet of Redhouse will come alive this Saturday, 13 October, when hungry-for-gold rowing athletes push themselves and their boats to the limits whilst excited supporters cheer from the riverbank, urging them on in the annual Grey/Zwartkops Rowing Club (ZRC) Regatta.
The first post-Olympic fever clash and the start of the new 2012/2013 rowing season, this regatta will see Eastern Cape high school teams battle it over thrilling sprint distances and up to 2000m on the Zwartkops River. Grey High, ZRC, St Andrew’s College, DSG, Clarendon and Selborne College will fill the lanes with races from beginners to determined under-19 rivals.
Racing gets underway from 7:00 am. Spectators are most welcome and entry is free. There will be breakfast rolls, hamburgers and cold drinks on sale all day, as well as a coffee shop and a full bar in the historic club house.
The Zwartkops Rowing Club was founded in 1873 and is the oldest club in South Africa to row at its original venue. The quaint clubhouse walls are hung with fascinating photographs dating back more than a century, amongst other historically interesting memorabilia.