The University of Waikato women and Harvard University men were the big winners on the day, taking home the Bryan Gould Cup and coveted Harry Mahon Trophy respectively.
It was a tough battle for second in the men’s race, with Cambridge finishing only 0.17 seconds ahead of the home crew. The Waikato women put on a dominating performance, leading from the outset and finishing in open water with Sydney coming in at second and Melbourne finishing in third place.
Hamilton Boys’ High School made history in the Secondary Schools competition with their third consecutive Head of the Waikato championship win. Auckland based Diocesan School for Girls were the winners of the girls competition and the Gallagher Energizers took out the Corporate Challenge which was held the previous day.