Archive for year: 2012

The second annual Head of the Molonglo was held for this morning in perfect conditions on Lake Burley Griffin.
Fourteen crews participated (the same number as the initial Head of the Yarra!). The wind picked up after the last crew finished and we had superb conditions for the race.
The association is aware that north side clubs were inconvenienced by road closures for the Iron man triathlon. These road closures were listed on the NCA website but the local ramifications were not apparent to RACT. So excellent perseverance of the various northside rowers to surmount this hurdle to get to the start line.

The results of the event in categories:

Mens quad:
BMRC/ANUBC 41m 31s
CRC 42m 10s
BMRC 50m 14s

Women’s quad:
ANUBC 46m 41s

Men’s eight:
Cranbrook 40m 24s
Marist 45m 36s

Masters eights:
CRC 48m 04s

CRC 45m 31s

Schoolgirl Quad:
Radford 50m 24s

Schoolboy Coxed Quad:
Cranbrook 46m 48s
Marist (Dunphy) 46m 58s
Radford (Stuchbery) 47m 25s
Radford (Cameron) 49m 22s
Marist ( MaCormack) 55m 32s.

Great work for all crews.
I would like to thank all our volunteer traffic marshals.
We managed this event with a great effort from club volunteers, while our Exec Officer was in Canberra Hospital.

I commend those volunteer traffic marshals, Marist parents for providing the barbecue and Michael Cusack for his help at the start and finish.
I visited James Hammond at Canberra Hospital and he was operated on this morning (during the race) and he is recovering from his appendectomy.
I informed him that the event had run perfectly.

David Bagnall

ACTAS will be conducting an NTC Time Trial this Friday (Dec 14) and Saturday (Dec 15). Rowers will start at the AIS White Poles and progress to via the most direct route to Kingston Harbour. The time trial will commence at 7am. All other rowers are requested to keep clear of those competing and coaches are asked to insure they do not wash off those competing.

Results for the Black Moutain Rowing Club Regatta will be posted throughout Saturday 8th on a race by race basis. View the results here . Photographs of boats crossing the finish line may also be available for each race.

Download the final results for “BMRC Regatta No 4 2012-13 Results”:file_download/356

Rowing ACT is seeking Nominations from Rowers, Coxswains and Coaches for the 2013 ACT Kings Cup Team to compete at the Interstate regatta on the 23rd March during the Sydney International Rowing Regatta.

Nominations are due on the 22nd of December 2012.

Any individual considering nomination must familiarise themselves with the Rowing ACT Selection Policy along with the 2013 Kings Cup Team Event Requirements.

Rowing Australian Capital Territory Selection Policy .

2012 Kings Cup Team Event Requirements .

Please note the eligibility requirements for youth eights have been updated as of 08/12/2012 to reflect the correct requirements. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Download the athlete and coxswain nomination form “here”:file_download/353.

Download the coach nomination form “here”:file_download/354.

The Regatta Reverse Traffic Flow procedure dated 16/11/2011 will be in place throughout the Black Mountain Regatta. The presence of the Reverse Flow Gate indicates reverse flow is in place.

View the Traffic Flow Procedures here

Weston Park Regatta Setup, Boating Arrangements and Safety Warnings

Due to low lake levels Weston Park will once again act as the alternative regatta hub. Regatta commentary will be broadcast in Weston Park as well as Lady Denman Drive. The First Aid facilities will be located in Weston Park.

Unfortunately, however, there will be construction underway in Weston Park for some time. To limit access to the construction site a fence has been erected along the line of the site. We have however made arrangements for a break on the fence to allow boating form Weston Park. Spectating is available from this section and through the fence. We acknowledge this is not ideal, and we ask for patients given the circumstances.

Please ensure you do not cross the fence line into the construction site.

View the Weston Park Regatta Setup Map


Within Weston Park adequate spectator parking is available in the car park at the end of Pescott Lane. The access route will be sign posted from Weston Park road.

Weston Park trailer parking is available in the car park at the end of Pescott Lane (accessed via Pescott Lane). When entering Weston Park follow the regatta parking signs. Please insure you park trailers as close to the boat park as possible.

Weston Park Setup

Please ensure you do not setup or drive vehicles in the additional spectator area as there are irrigation pipelines below the surface. This area is north of the dirt path leading from the end of Pescott Land to the water’s edge.

Lady Denman Drive Parking

Please ensure those viewing from the finish area do not park illegally. Ample parking is available on Black Mountain Peninsular which is less than a 6 minute walk from the finish line.


A Café is located adjacent to the car park off Pescott Lane which will open at 8am and serve everything you would expect from a typical café.

Regatta draw and program

Download the “Black Mountain Regatta #4 FINAL draw”:file_download/350

Download the “Black Mountain Regatta #4 FINAL program”:file_download/351

To SCRATCH an entry, please txt: ‘SCRATCH: Club, Race #, Lane #, Stroke’s surname, and your name’ to 0450 769 464.

For SUBSTITUTIONS please txt: ‘SUB: Club, Race #, Lane #, Name out, Name in, and your name’ to 0450 769 464.

NOTE: ONE scratching/substitution per TXT message.

Congratulations to Black Mountain Rowing Club who have taken home the first Lake Tuggeranong Festival Cup. Despite windy conditions the inaugural LTFC was a success. Thank you to all of today’s competitors for making the trip to Tuggeranong and helping make the day what it was. Congratulations and thank you to our club President Lyndon and his merry band of regatta organisers as well as everyone else who helped out at the regatta today.

Category winners were:
Open Women – CGGS
Schoolboys – Marist
Schoolgirls – CGGS
Open Men – LTRC
Mixed – BMRC
Inaugural Tug Fest Cup Champions – BMRC

View the Final Results.

A huge thank you also to the BRO’s who ran the event wonderfully and faced their own challenges with wind gusts uplifting their shelter on the rotunda at the finish.
Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club hopes to be able to make this regatta a regular event on the RACT summer regatta calendar and will take constructive notes to make it a bigger and better event in 2013.

The Australian Olympic Committee has named the ACT Youth Olympic team to compete at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.

View the article here.

The final draw for the Tuggeranong Festival Cup is available.

View the Final Draw

Crews will race between 2 and 3 races in the first 4 rounds. The Category finals will be decided based upon the points earned during the 4 rounds. Progression to the category finals will be as follows;

3 entries – 2 in the final
4 entries – 3 in the final
10 entries – 5 in the final

The top point scorers from each category will then progress to the category final. The winners of each final will then progress to the handicapped Champion of Champions race to compete for the Tuggeranong Festival Cup.

For more information please view the Competitors Instructions .

Why not cap off the first half of the competition season with an endurance challenge on Lake Burley Griffin with a touch of a socialising to bring in the festive season.

The 2012 Head of the Molonglo to be run from 8am on December 16 has changed and we hope for the better. This year’s event will be run as a test event to assess its suitability for future years.

Categories and Course

This year’s event features only 4 Men’s and Women’s categories over 2 course lengths, approximately 10.3km and 22.1km. The winners of each category below will receive awards.

View the HotM Course Map

Men’s Open Eight (22.1)
Women’s Open Eight (22.1)
Masters Men’s Eight (10.3)
Masters Women’s Eight (10.3)
Men’s Club Coxless Quad Scull (10.3)
Women’s Club Coxless Quad Scull (10.3)
School Boy Coxed Quad Scull (10.3)
School Girl Coxed Quad Scull (10.3)


The race itself will be DIFFERENT. Crews start ready and waiting at Yarralumla Beach with coxswains (Strokes for coxless boats) on land who Start with a 100m run. Crews precede east from Yarralumla Beach rowing around the Lake. The Finish requires coxswains (Bow for coxless boats) to exit their boats and run to the Finish line.
Masters events will be handicapped as per the Rowing Australia handicapping rules. Crews with a higher average will start first and the standard handicap multiplied by 10.3 (10.3km). For example a masters women’s grade G eight would start 6 minutes and 21 seconds ahead of a grade A eight. Each category for non masters events will start together.

Post Race BBQ

Immediately following the race finish a BBQ and presentation will take place at Yarralumla Beach. All crew members receive a complimentary breakfast as a part of their entry fee. Clubs are encouraged to bring boat trestles.

Seat Fee

The seat fee for this year’s Head of the Molonglo will be $8 which includes breakfast. Coffee will be available for an additional cost.


Entries close 5pm Wednesday 12th December and are to be submitted by clubs via email to Clubs must insure they use the template entry form and include average age for masters eights.

Download the “spread sheet template”:file_download/345.

Call for Volunteers

Given the size and complexity of the course we are calling on clubs to help with on water marshalling demands. All marshals will receive a free breakfast. Clubs able to provide a marshal and tinnie are encouraged to email James at