A special crew came together at the Dimboola Rowing Regatta on Saturday to honour a Dimboola rowing icon.
It was the 50th anniversary of Dimboola crew Ivan Kuhne, Rodney Pilmore, Geoff Gazelle and Bill Taylor winning the Victorian Four-Oared Sprint Championship at the Dimboola Regatta in 1969.
They were the last team from Dimboola to win the prestigious race.
Ivan Kuhne died in July this year, but had always hoped to do something special at the 2019 Dimboola regatta for the 50th anniversary of their historic victory in 1969.
To honour Ivan, his sons Robin Kuhne and Lyndon Kuhne, former crew-member Rodney Pilmore, Dimboola's John Nichols and cox Ben Salter rowed in a masters event on Saturday.
Lyndon Kuhne said it was a special way to honour his late-father.
"Rob and I were talking about it at Dad's funeral, and we said it would be good to get in the boat and have a bit of a tribute row and celebrate the 50th anniversary," Lyndon said.
"Dad was pretty keen on celebrating that 50th anniversary this year, but unfortunately he passed away and didn't get to see it.
"But it was great to row with my brother, and with Rodney today. It's a testament to (Rodney) that he's still rowing and rowing well."
Pilmore was the youngest of the crew in the 1969 team at just 17 years of age.
He said he remembered the occasion and what it meant for the town quite vividly.
"Back in those days, the whole town came alive," Pilmore said.
"It was a very proud moment for us and for the town."
For Saturday's race, Pilmore wore the same singlet Ivan Kuhne wore during the race in 1969.
"I was the only one that fitted into it actually," Pilmore said.
"It has brought back a lot of memories."
The crew finished second in the Male Masters Coxed Four, an impressive result considering the crew had rowed together for the first time on Friday night.
Despite gusty conditions on Saturday, it was a fantastic turnout for the regatta with several impressive results for the Dimboola Rowing Club.
Junior representatives from the club claimed wins in six different events on Saturday.
Tonnis Wolthuis, Ben Salter, Rory Hallinan-Jones, Indy Ward, Tilli Menzel, Alyssa Petschel, Brook Ward, Tori Menzel, Freya Colbert, Maddy Toet and Alex Salter were all rewarded first-place medals for their performances in several different events.
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