Archive for month: March, 2014

The ACT had some excellent performances from its rowers at the week long National Regatta in Penrith, finishing Sunday 30 March.
Cara Grzeskowiak of Capital Lakes club had a great regatta with a win in the Champion Women’s under 21 single scull a highlight, and setting Cara up as a likely member of Australia’s under 21 team to compete against New Zealand later in the year. Cara was also a member of second placed composite ANU and Capital Lakes Under 23 double scull and quad scull crews, that indicate that the ACT has some quality in this young women’s cohort. Also impressive in the Women’s under 21 singles was Sarah Davis who came second to Cara in the single, and Sarah was also third in an all ANU crew in the under 21 quads. Davis was part of Australia’s junior (under 19) team last year and could also make this year’s under 21 team.

Among the ACT men, Luke Letcher of Black Mountain had a great regatta, coming second in the Championship under 23 Single Scull, and stroking the winning Under 23 Double and Quad scull crews. These crews included scullers from Buckingham (Tasmania) and University of Queensland. Although still eligible to row in the Under 21 National team, Letcher is almost certain to be selected in the Australian Senior B (under 23) team, as he is one of the dominant performers in this age grouping.

In the Open aged category races Tom Perry and Nick Barnier of Canberra Rowing Club had excellent results. Perry was a member of Champion Men’s Lightweight Double and Quad Sculls that both came second. The Double involved Perry rowing with former ACT based rower Joe Gubler. Barnier was a member of an Open Champion Quad Scull crew that had a row over win.

ACTAS athletes Nick Hudson and Hannah Every-Hall both rowed for Australian crews that won Gold in the International World Cup Regatta: Hudson in the men’s quad, Every-Hall in the lightweight double. Both of these locals appear to have successfully come back to International rowing after a season or two out of the Australian team. ACTAS coach Andrew Randall should be pleased that his athletes are doing so well.

Special mention about local AIS athlete, Angus Moore from Canberra RC, who was a member of both the winning Australian four and eight in the International Regatta.


Final results for 2014 Rowing ACT Schools Head of Lake Regatta – Results

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Point Score Progress for 2014 Rowing ACT Schools Head of Lake Regatta – Points Scores

Black Mountain Rowing Club invites rowers to Bubbles by the Lake. …..drinks and nibbles to celebrate the end of another great ACT regatta season, on Saturday April 5, 5.30-7.30 pm at BMRC shed.

View the rEvent Flye

This event also gives the rowing community the opportunity to thank our hard-working BROs for their fantastic work over the season.

Cost is $10.00 per person.

RSVP to by 2 April.

The Regatta Reverse Traffic Flow procedure dated 16/11/2011 will be in place throughout the Head of the Lake 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

Weston Park will again act as the primary 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.

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. Trailers may enter the boat park and tent area however clubs are asked to limit their foot print to ensure there is adequate space available for other clubs.

As a condition of our venue permits no boats are to be launched from boat trailers at the Lady Denman Drive site.

Please ensure when viewing from the finish area you do not park illegally. Ample parking is available on Black Mountain Peninsular which is less than a 6 minute walk from the finish line. Parking along the sides of Lady Denamn Drive is illegal.


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.

Weston Park Setup

Please insure you do not setup or drive vehicles or 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. Clubs setting up tents in this area are asked to ensure they do not use pegs longer than 200mm.

Program, Draw and Results

Download the Head of the Lake Regatta FINAL Draw

Download the Head of the Lake Regatta FINAL Program

For results as they occur click, here or enter in your address bar.

Withdrawals and Substitutions

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.

The ACT Schools Head of the Lake is a new event established to provide an opportunity for school students rowing to compete in a fun event based around team competition between club and school programs rather than the usual individual crew performances. The regatta will feature a point score competition between School Boy, School Girl and Combined schools and clubs.

All current school students rowing with either a club or school are eligible to compete.

Rowing ACT thanks the local schools and clubs for their input and feedback in developing the program for this regatta.

Entries for the 2014 School Head of the Lake to be hosted by Daramalan College on 22 March 2014, close 5pm Friday the 14th of March. Clubs that have not submitted their entries by the deadline will not be able to participate.

For further details and instructions for placing entries please view the Entry Instructions.

View the regatta Provisional Program.

The 2014 ACT Championship regatta was held over the weekend in near perfect conditions for rowing on both days. As the visiting team from St Augustines (Sydney) observed “This is so much better than rowing on Hen and Chicken Bay in Sydney Harbour”. The Weston Park regatta site was able to accommodate the large number of visiting and local crews, their boats, trailers and tents, and provide a friendly village type atmosphere for spectators and competitors alike.

Highlights from the regatta included wins in the senior sculls for current National team members Keiran Kobelke (Mosman, NSW) and Hannah Every-Hall (Dutton Park, QLD) in the respective Men’s and Women’s single sculls races. These two scullers will represent Australia at the World Cup regatta in Penrith at the end of March and were fine tuning their race plans in Canberra. Best of the local scullers in these Championships were Nick Barnier (Canberra) and Cara Grzeskowiak (Capital Lakes). Barnier was only 7.3 seconds behind Kobelke indicating that he is overcoming his recent injury plagued seasons, and will have a good National regatta. The 18 year old Grzeskowiak has made rapid progress through the ranks of local scullers, and in coming second, beat several past winners of this Championship as well as recent Australian junior representatives. She has excellent prospects in the Australian Championships later this month.

In the Women’s Eight Championships, a rejuvenated ANU eight stoked by Jacqui Williams powered away from the start and were in command of the race throughout winning by 13.8 s from the best of the local school crews from CGGS. Third place went to Capital Lakes reflecting the vast improvement of the performance of this community club in recent Seasons.

The final race at the Championships was the Men’s eights, and it provided superb racing between Canberra Rowing Club (stroked by Matt McCormack) and Black Mountain Rowing Club stroked by Luke Letcher. These two crews swapped the lead in the early stages of the race with no crew establishing dominance over the other. In the middle stages of the race Canberra established a slight lead, but this was always less than a length, and as the finish approached Black Mountain wound up a high rating sprint. Canberra Rowing Club held on to win by by 0.43s, holding off Black Mountain’s explosive finish. Third placed were Canberra Grammar, 15.7s back. A great race to conclude the Championship Regatta in 2014.

Canberra Rowing Club has once cleaned up the 2013-2014 rowing season winning the ACT Rowing Premiership by 105 points over Radford College in addition to winning both the Men’s and Women’s Premierships. CRC secured their victory over Radford College with an impressive campaign during the ACT Championships earning a total of 190 points ahead of Black Mountain Rowing Club and Shoalhaven Rowing Club. Radford and Black Mountain rounded out the top three with a total of 505 and 414 points respectively.

The men’s Premierships point score mirrored the overall with Canberra ahead of both Radford and Black Mountain. In the women’s Capital Lakes Rowing Club performed well all season to make a move from seventh place last year into second following the 2013-2014 season ahead of Radford.

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

Finally a big thank you to all those who have volunteered their time and resources throughout the premiership season. Without out you all, we would not have such a great local competition. Thank you.

View the final Rowing ACT 2013-2014 Premiership Point Score.

Final 2013-2014 Premiership Point Score – ACT Club Ranking
Updated 02/03/2014

Rank Club Men Women Total
1 Canberra Rowing Club 318* 292.5* 610.5
2 Radford College 296 209 505
3 Black Mountain Rowing Club 236.5 177.5 414
4 Capital Lakes RC 61 247 308
5 Daramalan College 127 179 306
6 Marist College 234 0 234
7 ANU BC 80.5 152 232.5
8 Canberra Girls Grammar 0 201 201
9 Lake Tuggeranong RC 80.5 101.5 182
11 Canberra Boys Grammar 159 0 159

*Mens and Womens Premiership Winners

Congratulations to the members of Canberra Rowing Club who combined in fine form to take out the Phere Niki Trophy which is presented to the highest point scoring club of the annual ACT regatta. After two days of racing CRC finished with 190 points ahead of Black Mountain Rowing Club on 111 and Shoalhaven Rowing Club on 75 points.

Thank you to all who volunteered their time over the weekend helping to make the event such a great success.

Final results for 2014 Rowing ACT Championships

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Final 2014 ACT Championships Point Score 
Updated 02/03/2014 21:32

Rank Club Points
1 Canberra Rowing Club 190
2 Black Mountain Rowing Club 111
3 Shoalhaven Rowing Club 75
4 Radford College 74
5 Canberra Girls Grammar 58
6 ANU Boat Club 56
7 Canberra Boys Grammar 54
8 Lake Tuggeranong RC 37
9 St Augustine’s College 36
10 Daramalan College 34
10 Capital Lakes RC 34
12 Gippsland Grammar 24
13 North Shore Rowing Club 23
14 Marist College 16
15 Mosman Rowing Club 12
16 Buckingham Rowing Club 8
16 Dutton Park Rowing Club 8
18 Royal Military College 5
19 Sydney Uni Boat Club 2