TuksRowing Dominates Buffalo Regatta 2014

Posted on February 17, 2014

The Buffalo Regatta is one of three tours that TuksRowing goes on in the season. It is one of the oldest rowing regattas in the country and should come as no surprise that all the clubs have their eyes on bringing home the silverware up for grabs at this regatta. TuksRowing had their hearts firmly set on carrying on with the relentless momentum that it has gained from the extremely impressive results from their previous races.

Although the water of the incoming tide hindered performances; it did not stop the Tuks Women from doing well in the  6 categories that they participated in. The women's eight is unbeaten up to this point of the 2014 season and will continue the hard work to keep up such results.

Buffalo Regatta 2014 – Women’s Results

Women’s A 1x (Single scull)

1st – Kirsten McCann

2nd – Naydene Smith

3rd – Kate Johnstone

4th – Ursula Grobler

Women’s B 1x

2nd – Krizia Giammartini




Women’s A 2x (Doubles)

1st – Kirsten McCann & Ursula Grobler

2nd – Kate Johnstone & Naydene Smith



Women’s A 2- (Pair)

3rd – Ciara Nutter & Ashleigh Nicholas




Women’s A 4-

2nd – Leighann Norton, Robyn Phillips, Krizia Giammartini & Imogen Mackie




Women’s A 8-

1st – Leighann Norton, Naydene Smith, Robyn Phillips, Imogen Mackie, Ciara Nutter, Kritzia Giammartini, Rochelle van Coller & Ashleigh Nicholas




 The Men’s team also rose to the occasion and displayed the pedigree and depth of rowers within the club.

Buffalo Regatta 2014 – Men’s Results

Men’s B 1x (Single scull)

3rd Charles Stevens





Men’s B 2x (Doubles)

1st – Charles Stevens & Ben Johnston

2nd – Darren Venter & Stuart Chamberlain




Men’s A 2- (Pair)

2nd – David Hunt & Jake Green




This was an extremely closely contested race, and David and Jake performed admirably in their first race together for the season.

Men’s A 2x (Doubles)

1st – Sizwe Ndlovu & John Smith

2nd – Shaun Keeling & Lawrence Brittain

3rd – James Brittain & KG Sotsaka



Men’s A 1x (Single sculls)

1st – Lloyd Bemelman

2nd – James Thompson

3rd – Devon Miller

6th – Stuart Chamberlain

This event is named the Silver Sculls and holds the highest prestige in sculling in South Africa. Tuks dominated in this event as well. We got all three podium finishes and also 6th place. Lloyd Bemelman won the race in impressive style for the second year in a row.

Men’s A 4- (Coxless four)

1st – Sizwe Ndlovu, Gareth Maybery, John Smith & James Thompson

2nd – Lawrence Brittain, Shaun Keeling, David Hunt, & Lloyd Bemelman

3rd – Michael Voerman, Devon Miller, Jake Green & KG Sotsaka


This event is named the Grand Challenge and is one of the oldest races in the country. We had three Tuks crews on the start line and they took the top three places. The event was very close between the light weight four and heavy weight four but in the end it was the light weight four who took gold

Men’s A 8+

1st – Tuks Men A Crew




This is the race in which the other Universities had been putting their best work into. We knew that if we were to take home the gold, we couldn't row anything less than brilliantly. With the 8 being made up of the younger guys in the club the pressure was on. The guys came down rowing a relentless rhythm and took 1st place convincingly.

 Tuks Men and Women dominated this regatta and won the overall points trophy.

Published by Erhardt Maritz

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