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Flooding Grafton
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Grafton Rowing Club History - The 1970s and 1980s

The 1970s were a fairly quiet time for Grafton Rowing Club.

One Grafton Rowing Club member who met with great success was Cheryl Everson. Coached by her father Noel, Cheryl won a string of championship races, culminating in the 1975 and 1976 Nell Slatter Trophy for Australian Interstate Womens Sculling and the 1975 and 1976 National Lightweight Womens Sculling Championship.

Noel Everson

Noel Everson and Geoffrey Day also competed at the 1975 Australian Championships, scoring bronze in the National Mens Lightweight Double Scull Championship.

The 1970s also saw the demise of the flood boats as outboard powered aluminium boats replaced them. The few remaining flood boats were removed from the boatshed and originally stored elsewhere but were later disposed of in various ways. This marked an end of an era as the pulling boats left the shed forever. The new powered flood boats were stored in a different location.

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This resulted in the rowing club having the full use of the shed for several years. In 1981, however, Grafton High School were allowed to store boats in the shed as they were desperate for boat storage after the lease ran out on their “Oxenford” boatshed (formerly located near the current 500 metre mark).

The 1980s saw a resurgence in interest at Grafton Rowing Club.

Much of this rebuilding must be attributed to the return of the dynamic Jeff Schneider to the area. Jeff used his passion, imagination, organisation skills and drive to get the club rolling again.

Jeff Schneider

Jeff's close contact with the Sydney rowing community also assisted the club in making good deals as boats were purchased to upgrade the fleet.

The club also ran several NSWRA championship regattas during the 1980s, including 3rd Grade Championships and Medals regattas.

The world-wide growth of veteran rowing events (now called Masters) also hit Grafton, with experienced rowers returning to the sport along with novices looking for fitness training in these health conscious days.

A Grafton Rowing Club crew at an early NSWRA Masters regatta.
L-R: unknown cox, Iven McLennan, Jim Young, Graham Causley and Greg Thompson

Grafton Rowing Club was very supportive of masters rowing, hosting and assisting in the organisation of early masters events and regularly successfully competing at masters events at all levels.

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