Archive for month: May, 2012

The second of Rowing ACT’s 2012 Winter Time Trials will be held on the 16th and 17th June 2012. The format of the event is singles and pairs on the Saturday, doubles, quads, fours and eights on Sunday. Rowing ACT is willing to accept double entries on Saturday, however crews must be early novice. Clubs need to be aware these crews will NOT be competing in any official category and will not be awarded prize or point score rewards.

The course is 3km long and runs from near the Governor Generals wharf, around a turning boat near the 1800m start, down Yarramundi Reach, around Kurrajong Point and up Tarcoola Reach finishing at the first of the white timber piles, opposite the AIS in Lotus Bay.

The series winner for each category of boat is determined by a point score based on handicap times. Crews/scullers receive one point for each race they complete, plus one point for each opponent in that race that they beat on handicap time. Crews can accumulate series points provided they do not change more than 25% of their crew from one time trial to the next.

Entries should be via your club and sent by email to Rowing ACT . Entries close at 10pm on the Friday preceding the time trial (8th June). Larger clubs may collate entries into the template spread sheet below.

Download the “spread sheet template”:file_download/248.

Race the country’s longest and oldest flat water sculling race, which is held annually on the lower reaches of the Yarra River. The race starts at Hawthorn Rowing Club located at the foot of Bridge Rd Bridge. Passing beneath 10 bridges as it winds its way through Melbourne’s leafy suburbs of Kew, Toorak and South Yarra. Passing along the edge of the Botanic Gardens, Olympic Park and the tennis centre and finishing almost in the heart of the CBD

For more information view the flyer

Rowing Australia Ltd is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for key positions in its national high performance system.

The national high performance system incorporates the National Rowing Centre of Excellence (NRCE) and the network of State Institute and Academy of Sport Rowing Programs.

The NRCE is a joint venture between Rowing Australia (RA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). It incorporates RA’s High Performance Program and the AIS Scholarship and National Camps Programs. The primary objective of the NRCE is to achieve sustainable medal winning performances by Australia at Olympic and Paralympic Games consistent with the Rowing Australia High Performance Plan. The NRCE is managed by a Joint Management Committee (JMC) of RA and AIS personnel and is located at the AIS Rowing Facility in Canberra.

The seeking of EOI’s is part of new quadrennial process whereby key positions in the Australian high performance rowing network are declared open to expressions of interest prior to each summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The EOI process is a means of determining market interest in positions. It will be used as part of a process of making informed retention and recruitment decisions for key positions immediately after the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It may also be relied upon as the sole means of advertising for the recruitment of those positions.

If you wish to be considered for a key role within this exciting and dynamic high performance rowing environment, your expression of interest should provide specific reference to the position or range of positions that you wish to be considered for. You may express interest in one or several position/s in the same letter.

Positions for consideration include:

National Rowing Centre of Excellence
1. Head National/AIS Coach – Men; position description (pdf, 98kb)
2. Head National/AIS Coach – Women; position description (pdf, 115kb)
3. Senior AIS Coach – Men; position description (pdf, 111kb)
4. Senior AIS Coach – Women; position description (pdf, 111kb)
5. Senior AIS/National Coach – Paralympic; position description (pdf, 479kb)
6. Assistant AIS/National Coach – Paralympic; position description (pdf, 479kb)

High Performance Network Rowing Programs
1. Rowing Coach – Tasmanian Institute of Sport; position description (pdf, 279kb)
2. Rowing Head Coach – New South Wales Institute of Sport
3. Other positions in State Institute and Academy of Sport rowing programs may become available during the EOI process

Expressions of interest in the form of a resume and a one page cover letter must be lodged with by 5.00pm Australian EST on Monday 3 September, 2012. Your EOI will be assessed against the selection criteria stated in each job description. If you wish to provide additional information that you believe will assist in that assessment you are welcome to do so. All expressions of interest that are received will be acknowledged.

All enquiries about the positions and the EOI process should be directed to:
Andrew Dee – RA Chief Executive Officer, by email: or Ph: +61 417 687 418
Colin Smith – RA President, by email: or Ph: +61 411 850 133

Please note that both Colin and Andrew will be attending the Samsung World Cup Regatta in Lucerne if prospective candidates wish to discuss any of these opportunities in person.

*Official Results*

The first Winter Time Trial of 2012 was held in calm sunny conditions. A shortened course owing to the works being carried out on Scrivener Dam.

The Winter Time Trial Sunday big boat event was held in conditions similar to Saturday. A calm partly cloudy day.
Great rowing conditions.

*Official Results* are availble in the links below.

View the Saturday Results.

View the Sunday Results.

Local Photographer Peter Williams has taken some great photos of Saturdays racing. You can view the photos on Peters Flickr Page .

Please find below this weekends start lists.

Please note the start times for both Saturday and Sunday have been change to 9:30am. We apoligise for any inconvenience.

View the Saturday Start List

View the Sunday Start List

View the Course Map

Please take the time to read the following information.


• It is the responsibility of crews to ensure they are at the start on time (any crew who misses their allocated start time may be started at the end of the field). Crews should pay particular attention to the start time rather than boat number as some numbers may be missing.

• Clubs should ensure that scullers and crews have the skill and experience to complete the course under adverse weather conditions.

• Crews and scullers should take note of normal traffic rules on the way to the start.

• Slower crews should ensure that crews overtaking have space to pass on the most direct course.

• If you capsize during racing stay with your boat until a safety marshal arrives. Remember that your boat will float even when it is full of water.


Bow numbers will be available for collection from Black Mountain Rowing Club from 8am on Saturday.


Officials are required to meet at the Black Mountain Rowing Club at 8:45am on the morning of each trial for a briefing. Wherever possible bring a tinnie and a megaphone. PFDs will be supplied for all officials.

Rowing ACT would like to thank the Selectors for their time spent selecting the following team.

View the 2012 ACT Youth Cup Team.

RACT’s committee has ratified the following crews to represent the ACT at the Rowing Australia Masters Championship regatta at Ballarat on 26 May, 2012.

Women’s EIGHT:
cox Anne Whelan
str Anita Preiner
7 Elaine Bissaker
6 Kath Welman
5 Susan Linacre
4 Anne Charlton
3 Amanda Brian
2 Judi Walsh
bow Margie Pentony

Women’s QUAD:
Str Emy Ayliffe
3 Selina Rowland
2 Evelyn Sommer
Bow Judi Walsh

cox Rebecca McCallum
Str Mark Partridge
7 Scott Pagan
6 Scott Waller
5 Damien Pentony
4 Geoff Brown
3 Martin Little
2 Charles Huxtable
Bow Michael Clifford

Mens Quad:
Str Steve Mirtschin
3 Kym Fisher
2 Andy Horsburgh
bow Peter Laidlaw

We wish these crews the best of racing in beautiful Ballarat

Two more Connect-a-Dock pontoons will be arriving tomorrow (Friday, 3 May) at 7:30am. These were paid for and will be the property of ADFA and Canberra Girls Grammar, although they are a resource that improves the sporting infrastructure on the lake. As opposed to the RACT pontoons already installed in Yarralumla Bay and at Capital Lakes, these two pontoons will be permanent, and will provide drought proof safe boating for the two institutions.
For those who have free time the unloading from the container and assembly will start at 7:30am and continue throughout the day under the supervision of Doug Lumsden and Allan Buterac at ADFA boathouse. The Association is indebted to these two gents and James Hammond for their extensive help in arranging this purchase for these clubs, and to the NCA for expediting approval and installation

Rowing ACT replaced its former status rules with Rower Scores into local regattas to provide fairer racing for all participants for 2006. This was a big experiment that eliminated School and most masters events in an attempt to get bigger fields and better racing for all concerned. The ACT gained fuller fields using most of the lanes on our course, and consequently shorter regattas, and therefore more efficient use of our BROs’ time. The Victorians who pioneered the scheme reported increased participation following on from adopting Rower Scores.
However in the ACT Rower Score had shortcomings: good Masters women scullers progressed to B grade, and were forced to race 1800m, rowing school masters were not interested in rower score progression, but in separating Year groups to share equipment, some masters (veteran) rowers resented competing against students, and parents were upset that their children competed against adults. All of these issues reflect the smaller rower numbers in the ACT. RACT is unusual in that Schools and Clubs compete in the same events at regattas. I believe that this provides us with a viable, if somewhat unique, program, and is important for best use of our limited resources.
How was Rowing ACT supposed to run its Rowers Scores?
Individual scores for rower scores were supposedly updated after every regatta. Rowers scores, and crew scores could go up or down, depending on results
Group A: 0.00 – 1.50 (1800m) Elite rower, National representative
Group B: 1.51 – 2.50 (1800m) Experienced rower, eg competed at Nationals, 1st 8+
Group C: 2.51 – 3.00 (1500m) Intermediate rower, experienced masters, good school rowers with competition experience
Group D: 3.01 – 3.50 (1000m) Amateur rower, eg less experienced masters
Group E: 3.51 – 4.00 (1000m) Novice rower, usually in first season of racing, or recreational rower with limited competition experience
The Rower Score is a representation of your rowing ability so rowers compete at their appropriate level. It operates similar to a golf handicap – the more talented you are, the closer your score will go to 0. Inexperienced or novice rowers will have a high Rower Score (closer to 4).

Proposal for discussion at Regatta sub-committee:

The RACT committee is looking to adopt a new set of status rules.
These would reflect the current regatta status categories, and reflect de facto usage.
Elite (1800m). International Representatives, AIS athletes, those aspiring to represent, those who wish to compete against the best.
Senior (1800m) Experienced rowers, ACT and Inter-state Champions, School first crews.
Intermediate 1500. Rowers with several seasons experience, Year 10 Rowers at school, experienced and competitive masters rowers.
Intermediate 1000. Rowers who have progressed from beyond their first season.
Introductory: Those in their first season of rowing.
All clubs should discuss this proposal prior to the regatta sub-committee on 29th May 2012.