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The 27th Inter University Regatta 2010 : Preview
Written by Editor    Thursday, 30 September 2010 12:54    PDF Print Email

 

Acknowledgements: Dananjaya Bandara

 

Introduction

The Inter University Regatta is the benchmark event of university rowing in Sri Lanka. It is considered to be the most coveted championship to win among university oarsmen and oarswomen. The regatta was first held in 1980 and ever since has been held 26 times. The regatta, dubbed as the local version of Oxford – Cambridge boat race, has primarily featured the crews from the University of Moratuwa (Mora Rowing) and the University of Colombo. It is noteworthy that this is also the 2nd oldest Regatta in the history of Sri Lankan Rowing. This year the regatta is organized as part of the Sri Lanka University Games 2010.

 


Time and date

1st of October (Friday) at Colombo Rowing Club premises from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm.


Tally

Over the past 25 regattas University of Colombo is leading the tally, but university of Moratuwa leads the tally in the recent years.

University of Moratuwa has been able to come up strong and win the last two years’ regatta under the captaincy of Pradeep Dalpatadu(2008),and Lakmal Arandara(2009) after consecutive losses in 2004,2005,2006,2007. In both those years the regatta has gone down to the wire where, Moratuwa graduates went to win the regatta by winning the final and the most prestigious race “the Boat Race” (A Four)

Team previews

University of Moratuwa team

- Has performed impressively in the Sri Lanka Rowing Nationals 2010 and the Bolgoda Regatta 2010

- Team is coached by Mr.Maheel Gamage, and Mark Maurice two of the premier coaches in Sri Lanka.


University of Colombo Team

- Mr.Loyed Sirimanna Coaches the crew, who is a former Sri Lankan oarsmen and a coach.

The Ladies’ teams of the two universities also compete in the regatta (even though it does not carry recognition for inter university Games). The Colombo ladies’ team is the hot favorite for the title, because they have received full honors at the Sri Lankan Rowing Nationals 2010. The University of Moratuwa Ladies team have also performed very well at the nationals – a vast improvement from their performances in the recent past.

 


 


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