27 Oct 2012

Rowing regatta numbers boom after Olympic success

5:30 pm on 27 October 2012

A novice rowing event has attracted hundreds of crews - the sport has been booming since the success of New Zealand rowers at the London Olympics.

More than 300 crews were competing at the Aoraki 1000m regatta at Lake Ruataniwha in South Canterbury on Saturday.

Organising committee chair James Sheehan says registrations for the event, which was aimed at new rowers, have boomed since the Olympics.

Mr Sheehan says so many novices have signed up that it could lead to problems for organisers of major regattas later in the season, who might have trouble working out how to fit all the races into the daylight hours available.