Today, tomorrow and Sunday: 28th, 29th & 30th of January 2011.
602 Maungatautari Road, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge New Zealand.
Photos taken in the boat park at KRI # 2, this afternoon as the well oiled machine of volunteers processes hundreds of young rowers, representing schools and clubs, onto the water to race the 2000 metre Lake Karapiro course and then back off the water to the busy boat park behind. The safety of rowers is of constant concern and each boat inspected – particularly the footwear of each rower. Footwear is attached to the boat and must allow for immediate and unimpeded release of the feet in the event of a capsize. As I over heard Roger Milne explain to one crew, whose setup exceeded the 50mm mandated safety tolerance, it is like trying to remove gumboots without the purchase of a step or your toe at the heel of the boot. The difference between being trapped under a boat by your feet or a straightforward dunk and escape to the surface.