Rowing New Zealand's in no rush to lock in its number one men's single sculler for the 2018 international season.
World record holder Robbie Manson and double Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale are vying for the seat.
Manson, the world record holder, has claimed round one, beating Drysdale, the double Olympic champion, by a whopping 14 seconds in the Christmas regatta on Lake Karapiro.
2018's pinnacle event is the world championships in September and Rowing New Zealand high performance manager Alan Cotter says there's still a lot of water to go under the bridge before next year's world championships and they are yet to establish selection guidelines.
"We want the best single sculler representing us at the world champs in September there, so a lot of months to go yet. We'll just see how it plays out over the next period of time.
"We're just working our way through the process there, of what we do to finally get the final single sculler for the world champs. We'll just see how it works out over the next couple of weeks and let the athletes know the process we'll be following."
Manson and Drysdale will next battle it out at a Lake Karapiro meet late next month.