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Australian Rowing Professional
Flooding Grafton
Early Shipping on the Clarence

Grafton Rowing Club History - The 1990s - The Clarence River Rowathon

1997 also saw the introduction of what has now become a popular annual event – the Clarence River Rowathon. This is a 68km row from Iluka at the mouth of the Clarence, up river to Grafton.

Grafton Rowing Club Captain Ken Maughan – almost home after
sculling the whole distance in the inaugural rowathon in 1997

Competitors can row the whole distance, or can break the course into stages and compete as a relay team. All classes of boats are welcome, from singles to eights – sculling or sweep oar – even “octas”:

The event is not a race (although times are recorded) – it is more about fun and the achievement of completing the course.

John Ryan (Murwillumbah – standing) and John Newcomb (Manning River) –
fastest boat in the 2006 rowathon

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