The final scull races of the Bolgoda Regatta 2011 which is to be held today, promises to be intensely competitive. With a relatively balanced distribution of first places, during the semi-finals and heats held yesterday, the participating teams are almost equally strong.
Final races for four categories were held yesterday which included the Women’s under 16 in which Bishops College (A) won first place, Colombo Rowing Club (A) came in a close second and Ladies College (A) rowed in third place. The Women’s Under 19 finals saw Ladies College (A) winning by a large margin, Musaeus College (A) coming in second and Ladies College (B) drawing third place.
Kotelawala Defence University (A) came in first place in the Women’s Under 30 race, with the Army (B) following closely just under a second, and the Army (A) chalking up third place. Lastly the Women’s Open finals, was won by Ladies College (A), Colombo Rowing Club (A) came in second and University of Moratuwa (A) drew in third place.
The double sculls and along with the remaining scull matches which include the Boys Under 16 and Under 19 as well as the Men’s Under 30 and Open scull are expected to be completed today.
If the gloomy weather conditions prevail today as well, the finalists will have to face several obstacles. Many of the participants rowed against strong winds yesterday, and there were more water plants drifting across the courses than is typical of the Bolgoda Lake. In fact, the Men’s Open Semi-finals was re-rowed yesterday due to water plants obstructing the Asian International School participant. However, the Navy eased in first place at the Men’s Open Semi-finals and was allowed to retain their position instead of taking part in the re-row.
The Bolgoda Regatta is an annual event organized by the University of Moratuwa and was first held in 2003, with a mere five teams participating in a single scull regatta. Since then it has grown immensely with a leap in the number of participants and the introduction of categories and paired races; becoming one of the much anticipated regattas held in the country.