Archive for month: March, 2012

The Connect-a-Dock pontoons have arrived from America and are safely stored at Yarralumla Bay.
Tomorrow at 9:30am a small team will connect the modules under Doug Lumsden’s guidance.
Alan Buterac will co-ordinate volunteers as he did today with the unloading.

The end product will be 2 full (4 x 10 module) pontoons and 1 shorter pontoon (4 x 8 module) as we could not fit everything in the container. Once the remaining modules arrive in the second container they can then be attached to the shorter pontoon.

Once the pontoons are pieced together we will tie them off to the moorings in the middle of Yarralumla Bay using the deep water hardware supplied. The NCA has approved this providing they do not inconvenience the other bay users. An alternative is to either tie them to the moorings adjacent to the AIS pontoons or the wharf next to the CGGS shed.

The CLRC pontoon will be relocated to their shed early next week by Ecoway staff.

A big vote of thanks from the rowing community to James Hammond for carrying this major project through to near completion, to the ACT government for providing half the funds, and the NCA for expediting planning approval, and funding for installation

A reminder to all that these are Rowing ACT facilities. They have been purchased for the Rowing Australia Masters’ Championships, and will be relocated for that regatta, and are not long-term Yarralumla Bay facilities.
Thanks to all our volunteers who unloaded the container today.
David Bagnall

On 16 March local ABC presented this Stateline report:

I do not agree with the presentation 100% but it is pretty fair.

David Bagnall

10 September 2012

Please book your accommodation early!

In Canberra’s Centenary year, accommodation is expected to be highly sought after. General information on accommodation options can be found at the Canberra Tourism website under Accommodation-

The Organising Committee has a number of preferred accommodation suppliers for the event. These have now been listed on the Rowing Australia Website here. These hotels are all close to the CBD and within 15 minutes drive from the Regatta venue at Weston Park.

For further information on the Championships keep an eye out for the 1st Bulletin to be issued later this month, September 2012.

22 March 2012

Rowing ACT is particularly proud to be bringing the Championships to the ACT during the Centenary of Canberra in 2013.

Lake Burley Griffin is a superb sporting venue, and is the key element of Walter Burley Griffin’s design that has become the heart of Canberra. The lake’s first sporting event in 1964 was the Australian Rowing Championships and Olympic Trials National Regatta where selections were made for the Tokyo Olympics (For a more detailed history view Andrew Guerin’s History of the 1964 National Championships ). It is therefore fitting that a major national regatta returns to Lake Burley Griffin in our Centenary year.

The Organising Committee (OC) is up and running and promises to bring you a wonderful four day event. Canberra is home to Rowing Australia’s National Office, The Australian Institute of Sport and a number of nationally significant cultural institutions, so we plan to bring you a social program that takes advantage of these unique national treasures.

OC members:

• Ann Landrigan: Chair
• David Bagnall: ACT Rowing President and representative
• Geoff Brown: Director Finance & Governance
• Geoff Northam: Director Competition & Venue Operations
• Leigh Gordon: Director Technology
• Brendon Prout: Director Marketing & Communications
• Deb Styman: Director Administration
• Kath Wellman: Director ACT Government and NCA Liaison

As accommodation will be our biggest challenge during a year of celebration in Canberra, we will provide information as soon as we can on package options. However in the meantime, you might like to visit: Australian Capital Tourism’s accommodation page

The Centenary of Canberra in 2013 will present a year of memorable celebrations to mark this special anniversary for all Australians. For more information on Centenary events and commemorations visit: Canberra’s Centenary website

A number of our OC will be in Ballarat in May, where we hope to provide interested participants with more information on the 2013 Masters Championships. In the meantime watch this ACT Rowing site for further updates.

Ann Landrigan
Chair, Organising Committee

The National Capital Authority (NCA) advises Lake Burley Griffin is now open to all uses.

Parts of the lake have been closed following sewage contamination on 1 March.

Water quality results received today indicate bacteria levels across the whole lake are now within safe parameters for both primary and
secondary contact.

NCA Chief Executive, Gary Rake thanked the community for their patience and understanding.

“We are grateful to the community for their understanding over the last
fortnight,* said Mr Rake.

“The closure of Lake Burley Griffin, particularly over the Canberra Day celebrations, impacted on many Canberrans and visitors to the National Capital.

“I would like to thank the community, particularly event organisers and sporting groups, who worked closely with the NCA to alter their plans.”

With the complete lifting of the lake closure, the NCA asks users to take extra care in the water.

“Although bacteria has returned to a safe level, there is still a risk of damage to craft or injury, due to partially or completely submerged
debris,* said Mr Rake.

“The NCA urges users to exercise caution and to assess risk levels before entering the water.”

The NCA will now begin clearing as much of the debris in Lake Burley Griffin.

The Captain Cook Memorial Jet will remain off until the assessment of possible damage and reinstatement of the buoyline.

Radford College at the 2012 ACT Rowing Championships over the weekend secured the 2011 – 2012 Rowing ACT Premiership finishing with 559 points, just 60 points ahead of Canberra Rowing Club (499).

The mens and womens premierships went to Canberra Rowing Club (302) and Canberra Girls Grammar School (262) respectively. Competition was tight with CRC finishing only 2 points ahead of Radford who were also only 3 points behind CGGS for the womens premiership.

CRC performed well at this year’s ACT Championships to secure the Phere Niki Trophy which is presented to the highest point scoring club of the annual ACT regatta. The competition for the Phere was also close with Radford trailing CRC by only 7 points.

Find the details of the premiership point score in the competition tab above.

Congratulations to all the place getters throughout the season and thank you to all who have participated, we hope you have enjoyed the season.

Lastly a huge thank you to all those who have volunteered their time and resources. Without out you all, we would not have such a great local competition. Thank you.

Refer to 2012 ACT State Championships below for administrative details about the regatta.

Local Photographer Peter Williams has taken some great photos of the Capital Lakes Rowing Club regatta. You can view the photos on Peters website .

These links have been setup for the weekend regatta.

Download the progressively updated 2012 Chamionships Draw with Finals

Download the progressively updated Official Results for 2012 Champinships

Download the progressively updated Official Results with Events for 2012 Champinships

View provisional results as races finish – Live Results

With the Lake now open we can confirm the 2012 ACT State Championships will be going ahead.

Download the “ACT Championships final draw”:file_download/218
Download the “ACT Championships final program”:file_download/219

For general information on boating, venues, parking, lake traffic flow, catering, etc please refer to the Information Bulletin

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

View the Traffic Flow Procedures here

Unfortunetly due to the continuing rains in Canberra, Parks and Consivation have made the decision to cease vehicle access beyond designated roads. This means we will not have access to the planned car parking arangements or boat trailer access to the boat park.

As an alternative arangment we will need to utilise the car park at the end of Pescott Lane for both spectator parking and boat trailer parking. When parking trailers please insure you use the last bay of the car park and park utilising as little space as posible. Boats may be unloaded and then stored on the grass at your discression.

Additionaly as a consiquence the First Aid station will be located in the car park rather than the boat park.

The Regatta Reverse Traffic Flow procedure dated 16/11/2011 will be in place throughout the Rowing ACT Championships on the 17th and 18th March. The presence of the Reverse Flow Gate indicates reverse flow is in place.

View the Traffic Flow Procedures here

The National Capital Authority (NCA) advises that the western section of Lake Burley Griffin is open to secondary contact recreation, but remains closed to primary contact recreation until further notice.

East Basin and Central Basin remains closed to both primary and secondary contact following high levels of bacteria. The Captain Cook Memorial Jet will remain off.

The western section of the lake from Commonwealth Avenue bridge to Scrivener Dam is open to secondary contact only. The whole lake remains closed to primary contact.

Primary contact recreation means recreation that involves whole-body water contact or submersion of the head. Examples include swimming, diving and windsurfing.

Secondary contact recreation, such as rowing, fishing, boating and canoeing, will still be permitted in the western section of the lake, although persons engaged in secondary contact recreation should be careful to limit any water exposure.

Lake Burley Griffin has been closed since Thursday 1 March as a result of sewage contamination.

Congratulations to all of the follow for your outstanding performances.

Finalists – and in many cases just missing out on a medal

Riley Owen (ANU) and Nicholas Barnier (CRC) – U23 mens single scull
Riley Owen, David Wright (ANU) – Open Men’s Double Scull Final
Dylan Conolan, Mack Wilcox (ANU) – Open Men’s Lightweight Double Scull
Claudia Burbidge, Anna Brooks, Eleanor Smith, Sarah Davis, c:Mount (Radford) – Schoolgirl Coxed Quad Scull A Final
Charlie Mackenzie (Dickson) – Schoolboy Single Scull A Final
Riley Owen (ANU), the only representative of the ACT came 5th in the Interstate Men’s Single Scull Final, ahead of NSW and WA

Medal winners


Angus Moore (CRC) Sam Hookway (Melb) – Under 23 Men’s Coxless Pair
Luke Letcher(Radford) – Under 19 Men’s Single Scull
Matt Hart (UQ), Luke Letcher (Radford), Riley Lum (Torrens), Daniel McCarthy (UQ) – Under 19 Men’s Quad Scull


Angus Moore(CRC), Taylor Wilczynski (MRC), Adendorff*, Nicholas Barnier (CRC) – Under 23 Men’s Quad Scull


Ben Morley (Grammarians), Nicholas Barnier (CRC) – Under 23 Men’s Double Scull Final
Toby Pitt (HRC), Declan Martin(HRC), Dylan Conolan (ANU), Mack Wilcox (ANU) – Open Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull Final
Sam Hookway (MUBC), Angus Moore (CRC), Thomas Simpson (MUBC), Michael Poulter (MUBC) – Under 23 Men’s Coxless Four
James Janissen, Alistair Northam, Luke Letcher, Andrew Cameron, c:Alana Barry (Radford) – Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull
Jeffery, Casey, Ellis, Simpson, Hookway, Angus Moore (CRC)*, Poulter, c:Webster4 – Under 23 Men’s Eight