The call went out around the Sydney waterways earlier in the year - who could come together to go and compete in one of the world’s greatest rowing festivals - the 2018 Head of The Charles Time Trial in Boston.
They rounded them up - a small core of three from Sydney Uni Pollett, O’Malley and O’malley were soon joined by some nearby locals from Balmain RC, Ypma and McDonald and the they found Pendleton wandering down the Lane Cove River. Throw in Nisbett from Drummoyne and Liljeqvist from Sydney RC on the Parramatta River - and hey presto - the “Sydney Harbour Stars” are in training and ready to tackle this regatta.
The crew in detail: Gillian O'Malley (SUBC), Jo Pollett (SUBC),Renate Ypma (Balmain RC),
Cassie McDonald (Balmain RC), Lindy Nisbett (DRC),Kirsten Liljeqvist (Sydney RC and SUBC Masters coach), Jannet Pendleton (NSRC),Stephanie O'Malley (SUBC)
Throw in veteran masters rower and coach, Phil Titterton and this high functioning unit is ready to head to Boston.
There were 44 entries in this years women’s masters eights. The event was won by the 1992 Canadian Olympic eight with the “Stars” coming in 21st.