Archive for month: March, 2013

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Entry closing date extended

The entry deadline has now been extended to Monday 8th April. Once entries have closed, whilst no late entries will be accepted, there be a withdrawal without penalty period which will end at 11.00pm (EDT) on Thursday 11th April.

Volunteers still needed

If you are able to spend some time assisting the Organising Committee with the running of the regatta then we would love to hear from you! Please contact:

Deadlines for regatta village bookings

Premium club tent bookings and vendor facility bookings will close on 5 April COB. Please contact: to reserve a place.
A further Bulletin will be issued in the week commencing 7th April with more information for competitors about the regatta village, events and competitor services.

We look forward to welcoming you to Canberra in 28 days!

The 2013 Australian National Championships was a great success for all of the ACT’s clubs and schools that competed. Every program had a good regatta but particular highlights included wins for Canberra Girls Grammar in the Women’s Under 17 Coxed Quad Scull and ANUBC in the Men’s Club Double. Notable second places for Canberra Rowing Club in composite crews in the open fours and lightweight quad provided an excellent reward for Canberra RC’s superb efforts in the local competition, indicating the club can still be among Australia’s elite.

All of the ACT school programs had some success at this year’s nationals however special mention must be made of the efforts of Marist College, our youngest club, who participated in their first ever Australian Rowing Championships and made the A final of the Men’s Under 17 Coxed Quad Scull.

Having saved the best for last special mention must be made of Angus Moore of CRC. Angus achieved Gold in the Men’s Under 23 Coxless Pair and a great Silver in the Opens Men’s Fours, beating the bow and stern fours form the US men’s eight . Then on the final day of competition Angus raced for Australia in the first round of the Samsung World Cup. An incredibly close race Moore’s crew finished ahead New Zealand and Great Britain beaten only by a fellow Australian crew which included James Chapman and Joshua Dunkley-Smith both of whom rowed in the silver medal winning Men’s Four at the London Olympics.


•Angus Moore (CRC) –Under 23 Men’s Pair
•Jessica Baldwin, Taylor Caudle, Elizabeth Tridgell, Caitlin Gwynn-Jones, Jasmin Robertson (c) (CGGS) – Women’s Under 17 Coxed Quad
•Dylan Conolan, David Wright (ANUBC) – Men’s Club Double


•Angus Moore (CRC/ Racing for Australia) – WORLD CUP Men’s Coxless Four
•Angus Moore (CRC) – Open Men’s Four
•Michael Cusack, Matt Buchtmann (CRC) – Club Men’s Double Scull
•Jo Gubler (CRC) – Open Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull
•Nicholas Saunders, Ethan Zissler, Giles Widdicombe, Jonathan Lindsey, Geoffrey Sims (Cox) (CGS) – Men’s Under 17 Coxed Quad
•Stephanie Miniter, Brittany Staniforth (CGGS) – Under 19 Women’s Coxless Pair
•Bonnie Andrews (ANUBC/CGGS) – Schoolgirl Single Scull
•Renae Domaschenz (ANUBC) – LTA Mixed Four
•James Stutchbery, Ross Davidson, Alistair Northam, Andrew Cameron, Angus Muller (cox) (Radford) – Schoolboy’s Coxed Quad Scull


•Stephanie Miniter, Brittany Staniforth, Loren Parsons, Mikaela Metcalfe (CGGS) – Under 19 Women’s Coxless Four
•Jacqui Williams, Emily Caudle (ANUBC) – Under 23 Women’s Double Scull
•Jacqui Williams, Emily Caudle (ANUBC) – Open Women’s Quad Scull


•Jo Gubler and Tom Perry of CRC raced a very tight race for 5th in the Open Men’s Lightweight Double of which the top 3 crews were International visitors.
•Nick Barnier of CRC achieved a 4th in the B Final of the Open Men’s Single Scull.
•CGS attained 4th in both the Under 17 Men’s Coxed Eight, 4th in the Schoolboy Coxed Four, and 7th in the Under 19 Men’s Coxed Eight.
•The CGGS 1st Eight attained 4th in the B Final of the School Girl Coxed Eight. •Radford College’s 2nd boys crew achieved an A Final Start in the Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull ahead of many other schools first crews. Radford’s girls 1st quad achieved a 5th place in the A final of the School Girls Coxed Quad Scull.
•ANU’s Emily Caudle achieved 6th in the Women’s Under 21 Single Scull. Tessa George achieved 6th in the School Girl Single Scull and 7th in the Women’s Under 21 Lightweight Single Scull. Bonnie Andrews achieved a 7th place in the Women’s Under 19 Single Scull. Tessa and Bonnie then combined to take 7th place in the Under 19 Women’s Double Scull.
•Black Mountain Rowing Club had a small contingent at the Nationals, but Luke Letcher and David Hoefer managed a creditable fourth in the under 21 double. Luke also achieved a 4th in the B Final of the Under 23 Men’s Single Scull.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) advises that Yarralumla Bay is closed to all recreational uses following discharge of raw sewage into Lake Burley Griffin.

Based on advice from the ACT Health Directorate, it is unsafe to use the lake for any activities that involve contact with the water such as swimming, canoeing, recreational boating, rowing or fishing.

Water samples will be taken this morning. The NCA will continue to closely monitor water quality and will re-open the area as soon as two sets of water quality results indicate bacteria levels are within safe parameters. It is anticipated the lake will reopen next week.

Lake user groups have been notified of the leak and warning signs are being posted around the exclusion area.

Yarralumla Beach does not appear to have been affected and remains open.


Melanie Skinner
Director, National Engagement

National Capital Authority

Nominations for the Junior Team (and Junior coaches) have been extended to the 7th April 2013.

For further information view the Rowing Australia Website

The dates for the 2013 Winter Time Trial Series are now available. We look forward to seeing you out in the cold.

# 18th & 19th May
# 22nd & 23rd June
# 27th & 28th July
# 24th & 25th August
# 21st & 22nd September

Please note this year entries for each Winter Time Trial will close at 9pm on the Friday preceding the time trial.

The format of the event is singles and pairs on the Saturday, doubles, quads, fours and eights on Sunday. Please note; double entries for Saturday will no longer be accepted. We received many complaints last year that these boats were obstructing single scullers.

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.

Black Mountain Rowing Club would like to extend an invitation all in the ACT rowing Community to their boat naming ceremony to take place on the 13th April 2013. For details of the ceremony including history please view the following documents.

Invitation flyer

Boat Naming

Please RSVP to Judith Abercromby by Friday 5th April at

Progressively Updated Results
View or download the Results Day 2 Sunday

Progressively Updated Draw
View or download the Draw

View or download the Results Day 1 Saturday

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

Coxswain Weigh In
Competitors are reminded that coxswains must weigh in once before their first race of the weekend. The weigh in station will be located within Weston Park and will open 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Medals and Trophies
Medals will be awarded form the BRO Station within Weston Park. Trophies will not be awarded throughout the weekend. Trophy presentations will take place at the Rowing ACT Annual Presentation Dinner. Date to be confirmed.

Volunteers Desperately Needed
We are seeking volunteers to assist with BRO’s duties along with general regatta administration. If you are willing to help out with this large regatta, please email James at

Regatta Draw, Program and Results

Download the “ACT Championships final draw”:file_download/379
Download the “ACT Championships final program”:file_download/380

Results for the ACT Championships Regatta will be posted throughout Saturday, 9th and Sunday, 10th March on a race by race basis. View the results here . Photographs of boats crossing the finish line may also be available for each race.

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.

Over the weekend Rowing ACT ran the Independent Schools Rowing Association Regatta with spectators based at Weston Park, rather than the traditional Lady Denman Drive finish area. The very successful regatta indisputably demonstrated why Weston Park is superior for spectators over the weekend. The shelter from wind at Weston Park provided balmy T-shirt wearing conditions for spectators, while officials at the finish wore snow apparel to minimise the wind chill. Shelter from the sun under the trees for both competitors and spectators is also an advantage of Weston Park, with competitors less likely to come away sunburned.
Significant other advantages of the Weston Park site were also clearly demonstrated compared to past big ISRA regattas. The site was big enough to accommodate spectators, competitors, boat trailers and boats, and that there was separation of these groups, such that accidents were less likely than at the much smaller Lady Denman Drive. Parking at Weston Park was conveniently close, plentiful and not breaking ACT laws. There were no issues regarding boats and rowers clogging up bike paths, or confrontations with cyclists annoyed with rowers and spectators on the path.
Spectators also avoided the potential biggest catastrophe regarding the Lady Denman site on Sunday morning, when road access was closed for a Pedal Power event. ISRA were doubtless relieved that they did not have to somehow manage this major conflict, which would have doubtless soured the perceptions of inter-state visitors. The Association understands that there was only four days notification of closure of Lady Denman Drive. It is not at all clear to Rowing ACT how spectators would have been able to access the finish area during this road closure.
Rowing ACT is of the opinion that its future spectator base for regattas will be in Weston Park. It provides better facilities, viewing of races and ambience than the Lady Denman Drive site.
I thank James Hammond, our BROS and all our volunteers for their excellent effort.

Entries are now open via Regatta Central

Bulletin 2 is now available and includes information on: facilities at the venue; social activities; the preliminary program, progression system; and lake and course rules. Look for the Celebration dinner on Saturday night, 27 April 2013. You need to book and pay early!

We are pleased to advise an extension of masters age categories to include a “K” (85 years or more) division. This aligns our 2013 Masters event with FISA Masters Age Categories and better reflects the full range of masters competitors – a fabulous thing! The preliminary program on Regatta Central has now been updated to include the range of K race events.

Preliminary Weston Park site and regatta village maps can also be found on the Regatta Central AMRC website under the “Venue” tab in the menu.

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