Archive for month: May, 2014

Rowing ACT has confirmed Weston Park as the official site for future regattas. Please see the full message from Pat Davoren, Secretary of Rowing ACT.

Secretary’s letter

The first Small Boat time time trial for 2014 was held in varied conditions. Light winds at the start. A cross wind down the course and choppy water approaching the finish for the later rowers.

View or download the Saturday small boats.

Sunday Big Boats
A slightly cloudy day for competitors with light variable winds. Today’s time trial had 52 entries with only 2 non starters

View or download the Sunday big boats.

Historically notable times. All achieved on the current WTT course.

Applications are now open for the position of Executive Officer for Rowing Australian Capital Territory.

This is a hands-on role, responsible for leading all operational aspects of the sport of rowing in the ACT while achieving the strategic objectives of the organisation. As Executive Officer you will be tasked with engaging the rowing community, building membership and event capacity and managing stakeholder relationships, while running the day-to-day business operations of this sport in the ACT.

Further details including details for submitting applications can be found in the Role Statement.

Applications to be submitted vie email by 12 June 2014


View or download the Saturday Start List V3.

View or download the Sunday Start List V3.


Note: The WTT Course has been restored to the course prior to the lake lowering. The turn onto the Yarramundi Reach rowing course will take place on the 1800m start line however please note the marshal tinny at the turn will no longer provide a visual target for crews. The tinny will now roam with a safety priority. Crews are to aim for the orange buoy located at the start line. In addition the finish line will be returned to the first (most northern) white pole.

Please take the time to read the following information.


  • Withdraws are to be emailed to the night before each time trial.
  • 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 tinny and a megaphone.

Rowing ACT’s Executive Officer James Hammond has announced he will be standing down to take up the position of Director of Rowing at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide in mid-July.

James was a major contributor to the success of the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in 2013, the biggest ever Rowing Australia regatta in numbers of crews competing. As the only paid employee of the association James worked successfully with a huge volunteer workforce to run an exceptional event at a venue that was a green fields site prior to and after the event. This remarkable success was in part due to James’ willingness to recruit and work with all of theACT Rowing Community, and his polite but determined attitude. James and the Regatta sub-committee faced major administrative hurdles, and all of these were negotiated with grace and calm resolve. James’ willingness and ability to work very long hours contributed to the success of that ACT regatta and also to the 2014 National regatta in Penrith.

During James’ tenure the sport has grown successively in each year in the ACT. Infrastructure associated with the sport has also significantly improved. James has been an integral part of that success.

When asked what he thought the highlights of his time in the role James said
“The successful hosting of the AMRC which was a credit to the entire ACT rowing community.

The progress we have achieved in advancing facilities for the organisation which no doubt will continue. I very much look forward to the day Rowing ACT moves into the BMP facility.

The improvements we have made to enhancing the professionalism of the organisation in particular the regattas and structure behind them.

I also have to say that despite many telling me it was not included in my role, I have very much enjoyed my time on the lake with various volunteers doing the quite tasks that many do not know about. Replacing moorings, working on the course and at times shepherding the ferries through a regatta.”

On behalf of all of the rowing community I wish James well for this wonderful challenge that he is taking on in Adelaide. I am sure that his enthusiasm, knowledge and organisation will lead to success at Prince Alfred College, following in the footsteps of his friend and mentor Andrew Randell.

David Bagnall (President)

Congratulations to the four ACT rowers who have made the various Australian teams to compete internationally in the coming months.
Angus Moore is a member of the Australian Men’s Eight who will compete at the World Championships in Amsterdam in August.
Luke Letcher has been selected as Australia’s Under 23 Single sculler to compete at the World Under 23 Championships in Varese, Italy in July.
Cara Grzeskowiak and Sarah Davis are both members of the Australian Under 21 team that will compete in a variety of boats in the Trans Tasman Challenge against New Zealand In July (Sydney) and August (Lake Karapiro, NZ).

The Association is happy that these ACT natives who are all products of local clubs are progressing into International competition successfully.