Archive for month: May, 2013

Canberra Rowing Club has cleaned up the 2012-2013 rowing season winning the Premiership by 92 points over Black Mountain Rowing Club in addition to winning both the Men’s and Women’s Premierships. CRC secured their victory with an impressive campaign during the ACT Championships earning a total of 300 points again ahead of Black Mountain by a total of 121 points. Radford College has again performed well rounding out the top three with a total of 548 points.

The Premierships point score was mirrored in both the Men’s and Women’s Premierships with Canberra Rowing Club ahead of both Black Mountain and Radford respectively.

Congratulations to all the members of Canberra Rowing Club for a tremendous effort. Congratulations also to Black Mountain Rowing Club who completed an impressive season finishing in second place with 630.5 points following a seventh in the 2011-2012 season with 136 points. Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club should also be congratulated for performing well this season, tripling their overall points to push Gippsland Grammar from the top ten.

Thank you to all who have made such a large season such a success.

View the complete Rowing ACT 2012-2013 Premiership Point Score .

Final 2012-2013 Premiership Point Score Top 10
Updated 30/05/2013

|1|Canberra Rowing Club|420*|302.5*|722.5|
|2|Black Mountain Rowing Club|341.5|289|630.5|
|3|Radford College|318|230|548|
|4|Marist College|250|0|250|
|5|Canberra Boys Grammar|240|0|240|
|6|ANU BC|88|146|234|
|7|Daramalan College|63|170|233|
|8|Canberra Girls Grammar School|0|184|184|
|9|Lake Tuggeranong RC|123|42.5|165.5|
|10|Capital Lakes RC|13|144|157|

*Mens and Womens Premiership Winners

Rowing Australia has confirmed the dates for the 2014 Sydney International Regatta, Australian National Masters Champs and the World Masters Championships.

Sydney International Rowing Regatta
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith NSW
Monday 24 – Sunday 30 March 2014
Website –

Australian National Masters Championships
West Lakes, Adelaide SA
Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 May 2014
Website – TBC

World Rowing Masters Regatta
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat VIC
Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 October 2014
Website –

Winter Time Trial I

“Saturday’s Draw”:file_download/390
“Sunday’s Draw”:file_download/391
“Results for Saturday”:file_download/394
“Results for Sunday”:file_download/395

Winter is approaching with lower water temperatures in the lake.

It is important that all rowers wear sufficient layers of clothing, and that single scullers train with a friend.
A minimum of four oars in any training session is a recommendation that applies in winter, particularly if training in darkness. Four oars implies a double scull, or two singles, or a four (sweep-oared) rather than a pair.

I have re-posted the following advice from last winter.

Cold water can kill! Sudden immersion in cold water below 15C is potentially dangerous. The effects of cold water mean that even healthy, good swimmers can drown after a short period of time in the water. The UK Adopt the ‘One minute – One degree rule’ helps plan rescue ie. if the water temperature is 10C assume you will have 10 minutes of time to usefully get yourself out of the water.

The following (Potomac River Safety website) are recommendations for rowing (particularly in singles) in the winter in Canberra:

• Let others know you will be on the lake and when.
• Four Oar Rule- the boat must have a minimum of 4 oars on the water, or
• Buddy System- if individuals go out they should do so in pairs.
• Wear inflatable, compact, life vest or wet suit.
• Stay closer to shore.
• A noise maker of some kind should be carried in each shell and be attached in some manner so as not to be lost if the shell capsizes.

However, the only true safety device or practice other than common sense is a support/coaching launch. In the event of an emergency a well-prepared safety launch can assist the individuals in question and transport them to safety. Even then hypothermia is an issue. All individuals should ask themselves before launching if being on the water is the best and only way to train.

If there is a capsize it is a priority to get as much of your body out of the water as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to lie across the upturned hull of the boat.

City to the Lake Stakeholder Consultation-Lake Users

‘Tent in West Basin’
When: Sunday19 May 2013 – 10.00am-4.00pm
Where: West Basin of Lake Burley Griffin, off Barrine Drive, Acton (near Mr Spokes Bicycle Hire and Lake Burley Griffin Boat Hire kiosk)
Who would be interested: All lake users

The ACT Government is asking the community for your views about the City to the Lake project.

Come to the ‘Tent in West Basin’ to find out more, ask questions and have your say.

Linking the City to the Lake is a transformational project being developed within The City Plan.

The City Plan focuses on the city centre, including Civic and its surrounds. It is looking at the City as a whole to determine a comprehensive approach for the City’s future as an economically vibrant and attractive centre. The plan will look at the role of the City, transport and movement, growth in the City and improvements to the public realm. The City Plan will provide a framework for future growth and projects such as City to the Lake. The City to Lake project will extend the city towards the lake and better use the broad southern flank of the City. The study area stretches from West Basin to Anzac Parade, and will include new lakeside and City to the Lake residential, business and leisure opportunities, and improvements to Parkes Way to better connect the City and the lake. It identifies potential locations for a 30,000+ rectangular sports stadium, new convention centre, and a regional aquatic facility and urban beach.

The main components of the City to the Lake are:
 Alteration of Parkes Way into a ‘smart boulevard’ that is split level allowing free flowing traffic at the lower level and introducing local streets at the surface;
 Traffic calming of Vernon Circle and London Circuit together with the development of new streets to service the proposed West Basin residential and community areas;
 Integration and extension of Capital Metro to serve the whole City centre and connections to other town centres;
 A new diverse City precinct at West Basin and associated cultural facilities;
 Identifying and reserving potential sites for Australia Forum i.e. a new convention and exhibition centre, new city stadium and new regional aquatic facility and urban beach;
 Residential apartments mixed with commercial, retail and cultural facilities delivering 15,000 to 20,000 new residents.
 Strategically located multi-use car parks that provide for events and commuter car parking.
 Development consistent with Amendments 59, 60 and 61 of the National Capital Plan.

To learn more and join the conversation:
Website: and click on the City to the Lake tab
Exhibition: Information display at Suite 1, 72 Northbourne Avenue (south east corner Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street), Canberra City
Survey: and at Exhibition site at Suite 1, 72 Northbourne Ave
City Plan enewsletter:

Consultation 26 March – 21 May 2013

Please note as James will be on leave entries are to be submitted to Jacqui Williams. Email link below.

The first of the Rowing ACT 2013 Winter Time Trials will be held on the 18th and 19th May 2013. The format of the event is singles and pairs on the Saturday, doubles, quads, fours and eights on Sunday. Please note that doubles will now longer be allowed to compete in Saturdays Time Trial.

Winter Time Trial Seat Fees remain at $6.60 inc GST.

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 Jacqueline Williams. Entries close at 10pm on the Friday preceding the time trial (May 10). Larger clubs may collate entries into the template spread sheet below.

Download the “spread sheet template”:file_download/386.