This year’s Aon Maadi Cup marked the end of a lengthy family tradition for the Rutledge boys of St Andrew’s College.

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The three boys, George, Oscar and Fergus, all rowed at both the 2018 and 2019 Maadi regattas, and were back together for the regatta at Lake Ruataniwha in March.

Their combined Maadi effort goes back to George’s first year, 2015. He turned 21 this year and is on leave from the University of Sydney, where he’s studying commerce, and coaching at Newington College. He started coxing at 12 and won the Simon Briggs Cup as top cox in his final year at high school.

Oscar, 19, is at Canterbury University, also studying commerce, and coaches the St Andrew’s squad.

They have a common interest. They are passionate about the same thing, which makes them very close. It is unusual to find siblings passionate about the same thing.  Justine Wyld

And Fergus, 17, is in his final year at school and is in the St Andrew’s eight, having won bronze in the same event last year. Their father, Andrew Rutledge, is on the St Andrew’s rowing committee.

“They have a common interest. They are passionate about the same thing, which makes them very close,” mother Justine Wyld said. “It is unusual to find siblings passionate about the same thing.”

She was one of the contingent of volunteers at the regatta, without whom, put simply, you don’t have a regatta. She wanted to do that to keep busy while the boys were on the water.

“I wanted to contribute, and it helps to get to know the kids a lot better.”