Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Team CDU denied glory in famous boat regatta

By Patrick Nelson

CDU's Henley-on-Todd funsters The Black Pearls

Charles Darwin University's "The Black Pearls" went within a breath of glory in the BYO Boat class at the Henley-on-Todd regatta in Alice Springs last month.

Decked out in the bottomless and almost weightless "MkII", the trim, taught and terrific team of Lilibeth Sleightholme, Nicole Waters, Mandy Langenhorst and Helen Mason held a narrow lead until a wayward opponent sideswiped them at the mid-way barrel.

Not to be outdone, CDU's second team, the fleet-of-foot Carolyn Galea, Roz Russellhuber, Anna Cranney and Debbie Boon, lined up in the next heat, determined to set the record straight.

The awesome-foursome stormed to the front early, much to the delight of 3778 delirious fans on the banks of the dry Todd River. But alas, their date with destiny came adrift when a squad of fast-finishing outsiders pipped them at the post.

A whimsical Captain Debbie Boon said every member of the team had given everything they had.

"And didn't we look fantastic in our black outfits and matching gloves? You can't ask much more than that.

"Our plan was to run our hearts out and hope the team next to us fell over, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

"I'd like to thank Bob the Builder (aka Jeff Nobbs) in Trades Central for building a lightweight, sleek and dynamic racing machine.

"We'll spend the next few months recovering, and then start planning our assault on next year's regatta. I think we'll need a bigger cheer squad."