The Brittain brothers win is definitely a moment that will go down in history as one of the highlights for Tuks Rowing. Lawrence, Charles, Matthew and James Brittain all rowed together in a race against competitors Jake Green, John Smith, David Hunt and Lee Davis to win the final of the Grand Challenge on Saturday 11 February. This is the first time the brothers have ever competed together in a competitive race.
The Brittains got off to a quick start, managing to get out of their blocks faster than the opposition. However, they seemed to slack in the second quarter and were trailing by the halfway mark. Knowing what was at stake, the Brittains came back in the third quarter to overtake Green and his crew. The lead did not last very long as the opposition came charging back again. In the end it was the Brittains who concluded the historic Buffalo Regatta by snatching the win just before the Greens could come back.
This sealed a double win for brother Lawrence Brittain, who is also a 2016 Olympic silver medallist. He dominated the Silver Skulls race earlier in the day, in which he put up a superb fight to finish five seconds ahead of fellow Tuks rower, Kyle Schoombie. This win saw him receive gold while the Buffalo Regatta was the icing on top. Overall, Tuks finished first with 420 points while UJ finished with 300.