Posted by: wildsidezambia | September 29, 2010

Zambezi International Regatta 2010

Dodging hippo’s and crocs and watched by elephants from the banks of the Zambezi River, eight top international university rowing teams battled it out in choppy conditions during the fourth Zambezi International Regatta in Livingstone on 25 September 2010. The University of Johannesburg’s women’s team, lead by team captain Tiffany Rolando, gave a splendid showing by beating their Oxford and Cambridge counterparts in the 500m and again in the 2000m.

The Oxford Men’s Eight Man team walked away with the overall Victor Ludorum Floating Trophy, beating their arch rivals Cambridge as well as teams from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Held just 5 kilometres away from the Victoria Falls, the event also included mokoro and raft races, won each time by Zambians.

Zambezi International Regatta 2010
The Ladies Eight from the Johannesburg University won both the 500 and 2000m courses at the Zambezi International Regatta. Here they have a quick quiet moment, while an elephant walks past on the bank of the river.

photo: Lindy Nauta

Previous regatta’s were held in 2004, 2005 and 2007. This year also marked the historical 100th anniversary of The World Professional Sculling Championships, held on the Zambezi in 1910.

The UCT’s Men’s Eight team, with captain Joe Muller, lost narrowly in both the 500m sprint and 2000m events to the heavier and more experienced Oxford and Cambridge crews. The Oxford men, including all former Oxford Blues or Isis rowers as well as a number of Olympians and World Champions, won the 500m, but lost to Cambridge in windy conditions in the second race, the 2000m.

The scullers, racing exactly 100 years after the initial Sculling Championships held on the Zambezi, had a popular, though not particularly welcome, following among crocodiles during their training sessions, adding a unique African flavour to their efforts! Among them was Briton Dan Barry whose great great uncle, Ernest Barry, competed in the 1910. Barry Jr was narrowly beaten by fellow Briton Dan Arnold over the 500m course. South Africa’s Rika Diedericks, a Beijing Olympian, gamely competed against the men, coming in a close third.

Wild Side Tours’ Karien and Peter Kermer provided their 12-seater river safari boat as a safety boat, keeping hippo’s and crocs at a safe distance from the rowers during the event.

Final results of the Zambezi International Regatta 2010:

The main results for the regatta are as follows:

Men: 1. Oxford 2. Cambridge 3. UCT
Ladies 1. Oxford 2. UJ 3.Cambridge

Ladies eights 500m 1. UJ 2.Oxford 3. Cambridge
Ladies eights 2,000m 1.UJ 2.Oxford 3.Cambridge
Men’s eights 500m 1.Oxford 2. Cambridge 3. UCT
Men’s eights 2,000m 1.Oxford 2.Cambridge 3. UCT

Raft sprints:
Men 1. Zambia 2. Zambia 3. Oxford
Ladies 1. Zambia 2. Cambridge. 3.Oxford

Victor Ludorum 1. Oxford

Single Sculling race:
1. Dan Arnold 2. Dan Barry 3. Rika Diedericks


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