Archive for month: October, 2011

Rowing ACT is pleased to advise that throughout the 2011-2012 regatta season you will have access to live results. Martin Sessions has been busy through the winter developing the capability to deliver live results. For the first time these will be available for this weekend’s Capital Lakes Rowing Club regatta.

The page has been developed for the ever expanding mobile capabilities. To access live results simply type into your browser. For even faster access have a look through the detailed instructions currently available on the page and bookmark the address in your browser.

We would like to know what you think, so at the conclusion of the regatta please email any thoughts or suggestions you may have to Please remember this is a project in development and as such there will be improvements with time.

Preview the live results page here.

With the knowledge that many hands make light work Rowing ACT is asking for Volunteers to help out this coming Sunday.

Preparations are underway to install the new rowing course within the next two weeks. However, before this can occur, the current temporary course needs to be removed. This course will remain in place for Saturdays Regatta (Saturday, 5 November) but needs to be removed immediately afterwards, commencing Sunday, 6 November.

John Simson and Alex Leitch will coordinate the process and brief all helpers on Sunday morning.

We are asking for people to volunteer their services from 8am this coming Sunday (6th Nov) until the job is completed. Remember the more help we have the faster the job will be completed.

The simplest method of completion involves as many crews of 2 people in 1 boat (one must be licensed) as we can find. Please find yourself a larger tinnie and a partner then send an email to to confirm your participation.

You will need:

• Old clothes
• A hat
• Water
• Gloves (optional)
• A sharp knife

We hope to see you there.

View the 2011 Colin Panton Memorial Marathon results here .

Congratulations to Luke Letcher the overall winner, and all other category winners.

The final Winter Time Trial Point Score is now available. Congratulation to all the monthly and overall winners.

Rowing ACT would also like to thank all who have assisted within administration and on water official roles. Without these contributions this series would not have been the success it was.

View the 2011 WTT series Saturday point score here .

View the 2011 WTT series Sunday point score here .

Radford College has 2 Concept II model D ergometers for sale. Both machines are in very good condition and have been well maintained by us since new. The price for each machine is $950 ono. Full details and inspection can be arranged by contacting Philip Winkworth on: 0439 997 804.

Important Note. The Sri Chinmoy Triathlon Festival will be running between Yarralumla Beach and Spinnaker Island between 7am and 9am. Crews travelling to the start line MUST KEEP CLEAR of this area. Please use the northern side of Spinnaker Island. Any competitor(s) who act carelessly may be excluded from competition.

Crews must be behind the start line before 9:15 am. Late arrivals may be excluded.

View the 2011 Col Panton Start List here .

Please take the time to read Instructions for Competitors found here .

View the Col Panton Course here .

Following the completion , at 11:30am Canberra Rowing Club will host a presentation BBQ which will include the Col Panton and Winter Time Trial presentations.

Radford College has 2 Concept II model D ergometers for sale. Both machines are in very good condition and have been well maintained by us since new. The price for each machine is $950 ono. Full details and inspection can be arranged by contacting Philip Winkworth on: 0439 997 804.

John Simson and Alex Leitch, former long term Captains of Canberra and Black Mountain Rowing Clubs, received recognition from the ACT Government when they were presented with Thanks Awards at the National Press Club in Barton on 25 October. The Rowing Association nominated John and Alex for that long term contribution to their clubs, and specifically for their role in maintaining the Yarramundi buoyed rowing course, and reconstruction of the temporary buoy lines following destruction of the course across summer. The Thanks Awards is an ACT volunteer recognition program for the local sport and recreations sector, and 17 nominees were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to their sport, and were presented with a framed certificate of recognition by Chris Bourke MLA.

As most rowers know, Alex and John have maintained the buoyed rowing course over the last 10 years on a voluntary basis. This difficult job involves replacing boys and cables that have broken off from the Albano framework within Lake Burley Griffin. This is unpleasant work involving slimy ropes and buoys and very cold water throughout much of the year. When the floods of summer 2010 – 2011 washed away our course, Alex Leitch and John Simpson removed many very large logs, retrieved remnants of the course and constructed lanes of boys on the edges of the course, so that the association could continue to host regattas and rowers could continue to train safely on the Yarramundi reach. This outstanding effort is appreciated by all rowers from world and Olympic champions at the AIS to recreational and novice scullers.

View a photo of Alex (second from the left) with James, David and Alan here

Status update for the Yarramundi Reach Rowing Course is as follows;
All works that can be executed in Tasmania are now complete. Minor maintenance and additional anchors have been completed over the last week and all parts are now being packed for Transportation to the mainland.

The booking for the Ferry from Tasmania to Melbourne still stands and all materials & tools will be loaded on and ferried across to Melbourne, leaving Tasmania on the 30/10/11. Ian and his team will also travel over at this time as well.
The materials will then be transported to Canberra by Ian, and on the way he will also pick up the remainder of the buoys from Northern Victoria.
Ian will arrive in Canberra on the 2/11/11 to commence the installation. Pending that there are no issues onsite, in discussions with Ian all works will be complete by the 10/11/11.
In discussions with David from Rowing ACT, concern had been raised that the installation works will impact on planned events on the Lake such as Dragon Boat Regattas and Rowing Events. Confirmation on these concerns was sought with Ian and it was stated that the majority of these works will be conducted from the shore, and when works are required to be conducted on the Lake it is easily programmed in order to ensure zero disruption to all Lake users and planned events.

The 28th ClubsACT Sportstar of the Year Awards were held on Friday 21st October 2011 in The Ballroom at the Woden Southern Cross Club, and Geoff Northam received an award for his boat race officiating. The awards are a glittering annual event to recognise the outstanding achievements of ACT Athletes, Coaches and Administrators, and Geoff has been adjudged the outstanding sports official across all sports in the ACT in 2011. He was presented with an attractive trophy in front of his family, and a packed ballroom of sports identities.
Geoff is a nationally accredited Boat Race Official who is among an elite group of officials who umpire at the National regatta. Apart from filling senior roles at virtually all local regattas over many years, he has been the principal organiser, recruiter, examiner and co-ordinator of our officials for the last ten years.
This role involves negotiating with both the sport’s administrative committee, but also with the many volunteer boat race officials, and co-ordinating their varied activities. Apart from very long competition days, the sport involves a lot of maintenance and planning. Geoff has also assumed the role of safety officer for the association up until very recently. Geoff has been responsible for our sport adopting a safety first attitude to the risks associated with cold water. Apart from drowning, cold water from May to October is the single greatest risk for participants in our sport.