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The ACT has announced its representative crews for the 2016 Kings Cup regatta in Penrith on 20th March.
The crews are:
Mens Single Scull for the President’s Cup: Luke Letcher Coach: Lyall McCarthy

Women’s Single Scull for the Nell Slatter Trophy: Cara Grzeskowiack Coach: Andrew Randell

Lightweight Mens Four for the Penrith Cup: Mac Wilcox, Francis Snelgar, Callum MacKenzie, Tom Perry Coach: Andrew MacKenzie.

Good luck to these crews and to all the various ACT based club crews competing at the National Regatta.

ACT based rowers have progressed closer to Olympic selection following the NSW State Rowing Championships at Penrith on the weekend. Kathryn Ross of ANU with her doubles partner Gavin Bellis of Victoria are likely members of the Para Olympic team, lightweight Hannah Every-Hall is also potentially heading to the Olympics again, and the surprise packet is Luke Letcher who has been drafted into the elite Men’s sweep oared squad. Cara Grzeskowiak had a good regatta but is rowing with an injury, and opted out of the Olympic selections.
Among the ACT individuals and club crews, a highlight was the win of Caleb Antill (ANU) in the Mens Under 23 Champion Single just ahead of his training partner Tyron Boorman of Black Mountain. The close racing between these two scullers and their inter-state rivals indicate that the next generation of Olympic scullers are pushing each other very hard. The close racing in this group will continue until the national regatta in mid March, when several of them might be selected part of an Australian under 23 team.
The potential ACT state lightweight four of Tom Perry, Callum McKenzie, Francis Snelgar and Mack Wilcox from ANU and Canberra rowing clubs won the elite lightweight fours, and it is great to see the ACT competing with the best in Australian lightweight rowing.
Wins to youngsters from Radford (Annie Creer in the under 17 single) and the Canberra Girls Grammar under 16 quad were also highlights for their respective school programs. Canberra Rowing Club youngsters Gavin Southerland and Connor McCormack had a win in the under 21 Lightweight double.
All of the ACT schools and clubs who participated had medalists in various events, with many very close results after hard racing in hot and humid conditions. All of these crews are to be commended on their participation and success.

The Association pontoons currently located near CGS, CRC and CLRC will be relocated to Weston Park tomorrow (Tuesday, 27 October) in time for the weekend’s regatta.
Some history regarding these pontoons is outlined in previous posts on this site.

These were the notifications that we put up at the time when RACT bought the pontoons

Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club is turning 20 and the Club wishes to extend an invite to the ACT rowing community to its upcoming Anniversary Cocktail Party.

This will be held at Town Centre Vikings in the Baa Moo Private Function Room on the 24th of September from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

For full details see the invitation here – Lake Tug Rowng Club 20th Anniversary Invite


Rowing ACT is holding an End of Season Forum on 14th May.

This End of Season forum is open to all local rowing members and supporters and provides the opportunity to give feedback on matters that are not covered in the Regatta-Sub Committee.

The Association is particularly keen to hear how our community feels we can grow our sport.
We are open to constructive suggestions about our sport.

All suggestions welcome from rowers, parents, volunteers and supporters.
End of Season Forum
Date: Thursday 14th May 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Canberra Girls Grammar ‘Elizabeth McKay’ Aquatic Centre, Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla.

This End of Season Forum precedes our Strategic Forum at which we decide a strategic plan for 2015-2020.

Our Strategic Forum is restricted to club presidents/MICs and our Executive, whereas this End of Season Forum provides an environment where all supporters and members can make suggestions.

Quite separately, the Regatta Sub-Committee establishes regatta dates and the scheduling of regatta events.


David Bagnall

President – Rowing ACT

Australia Day is fast approaching and with it the Australia Day Bridge to Bridge Regatta! This event is for mixed eights (4 men & 4 women) and runs from Kings Avenue Bridge, through Central Basin to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. Many of the crews compete in fancy dress outfits.

Race start time is 8:35am.

To encourage fine fancy crew dress Rowing ACT is OFFERING A $200.00 GIFT VOUCHER to the Double Shot Café in Deakin for the best fancy dressed crew, as judged by Rowing ACT representatives. Crew dress will be judged based on –

  • Creativity;
  • Colour; and
  • ‘Aussie spirit’

The winners of the Bridge to Bridge will each be awarded an ACT Golden Jubilee Medallion for their efforts. These limited edition medallions celebrate 50 great years of rowing in the nation’s capital.

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Details of the presentation ceremony will be coming soon!

Entries will be handled though Rowing Manager and standard entry fees apply.

Rowing ACT has announced the process by which ACT State crews will be selected for the 2015 Australian Masters Rowing Championships. The Inter-state events are:

Women’s Eight
Women’s Quad
Men’s Eight
Men’s Quad

Nominees must nominate which boats they wish to be considered for selection prior to the close of entries on 13/2/2015.

Nominees will be required to complete a 1000m time trial on Saturday 21st February 2015.
Separate time trials/races will be conducted for quad scull nominees in single sculls and for eight oared nominees in coxless fours.
Time trials will be conducted prior to other events at the regatta. If less than eight crews (or scullers) nominate for any of the time trials, then they will be conducted as a straight selection race. No Masters handicaps will be applied, i.e. all crews (or scullers) will start together.
Nominees wishing to be considered for the quads must trial in single sculls.
Selection of the quads will be based on the rankings from the sculler trials, as well as ensuring each crew averages 50 years or greater at December 31, 2015.
Nominees wishing to be considered for the eights will trial in coxless fours.
The average age of the trialling fours must be 50 years or greater, and all crew members must have nominated and be available to compete in the state crew. The first two fours across the line will be selected as the state eight-oared crew. Crews averaging less than 50 years will not be considered for selection.
No substitutions will be allowed either at the selection time trial or after selection of the crew. Crew composition remains the responsibility of the selector up to and including race day.

The selection of coxswains will take into account the recommendation of the selected crew, past and present performance in training and competition, weight, and steering ability.

Email nominations close with at 5pm on Friday 13th February 2015.

Nominees for ACT representative crews must be registered members of the Rowing ACT, and must agree to abide by the Rowing Australia Code of Conduct.

ACTAS will be conducting the second of its monthly NTC Time Trials this Friday and Saturday mornings. Details below


Friday Time Trial – Small Boats:

Start – 7:00am

Course – Participating athletes will be trailing from the white poles (finish of the Winter TT Course) to Kingston Harbor between 7:00am and 7:45am.

Saturday Time Trial – ACT Crews in Big Boats:

Start – 7:00am

Course – Participating athletes will be trailing from the white poles (finish of the Winter TT Course) to Kingston Harbor between 7:00am and 7:45am.

After a very blustery start to the Regatta season, which forced  our first Regatta to be brought to an early finish, Regatta 2 ran under calm conditions.  Temperatures were also moderate just missing the heat wave conditions on Friday.


A short photo gallery of the event is online.   It features some of our hard working BROs on which all of our regattas rely.

The Rowing ACT regatta dates for the upcoming season are now final. The Regatta Subcommittee met in late June to schedule the upcoming season. The calendar includes two pre premiership season events, the Disher Cup and Col Panton Memorial Marathon. The Premiership season then starts on the 1November with the Capital Lakes RC regatta. The Head of the Molonglo Marathon has been moved to November to allow crews preparing for the Head of the Yarra some preparation and to link to a very special November tradition to be announced soon.

The 2014 half of the season concludes on the 6th December with the Black Mountain RC regatta and the season recommences in January with the Australia Day Bridge to Bridge race for eights. Once again the ACT Schools Head of the Lake will feature in the program along with a sprint regatta to conclude the summer season.

The Regatta Subcommittee will continue to review and make changes where required to the regatta Order of Events and ACT Championships Order of Events. Once this process has been completed the final order of events will be published.

2014-2015 SEASON DATES

18 October 2014 – Disher Cup Regatta

26 October 2014 – Col Panton Memorial Marathon

1 November 2014 – Capital Lakes RC Regatta

15 November 2014 – Canberra Boys/Girls Grammar Regatta

16 November 2014 – Head of the Molonglo Marathon

22 November 2014 – Lake Tuggeranong Festival Cup Regatta

6 December 2014 – Black Mountain RC Regatta

26 January 2015 – Australia Day Bridge to Bridge Race

7 February 2015 – Australian National University BC Regatta

21 February 2015 – Radford College Regatta

14-15 March 2015 – ACT State Championships (CRC/Marist)

21 March 2015 – ACT Schools Head of the Lake (Daramalan)

18 April 2015 – ACT Sprint Regatta (ANUBC)