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Start List:

The start list for the Col Panton Marathon has been published.

Trophy Presentation:

Following the marathon the presentation of trophies will take place at Canberra Rowing Club.

A rowers breakfast and coffee van will be available from 8:30 at CRC. Breakfast will cost $5.00.

The following trophies will be presented at 9:00am:

  • Panton Shield (1st across the line)
  • Skippers  Trophy (fastest boat)
  • Stegman Trophy (fastest coxed four)
  • Cootapatamba Cup (1st quad scull across the line (the RACT website is incorrect, it says fastest))
  • Black Pete trophy (fastest boat not containing AIS/SIS/SAS athletes)

See you there!

The annual Boat Race Official Information Seminar will be held this Sunday the 26th of October from 11:00am –  01:00pm at the Canberra Girls Grammar Aquatic Center.

This seminar will be given by Head BRO Geoff Northam and will provide essential training on BRO duties, etiquette and responsibilities ahead of the 2014 – 15 season.

If you are interested in becoming one of our highly valued BROs, please join us for the seminar.

Existing BROs are also recommended to attend the seminar to help teach new BROs and to plan for the coming season.

Hope to see you there!

Michael Cusack

Executive Officer

We need your help!

Each year Rowing ACT runs a set of competitive regattas for the enjoyment of all rowers. For these regattas to be successful, there is a group of volunteers working to ensure regatta races run safely, with fairness and on-time. All three ingredients are essential for competitor and spectator enjoyment.

The average Rowing ACT regatta normally requires at least 20 officials and helpers to run. They are volunteers performing both officiating and administrative roles, covering umpiring, starting, judging, marshalling, boat driving, setup and recording roles. Without sufficient volunteers, Rowing ACT cannot effectively run regattas to time with adequate safety and fairness. Maintaining a healthy pool of volunteers is essential to conduct safe and enjoyable regatta events.

To keep our volunteer base healthy, Rowing ACT needs your help to identify and encourage volunteers to sign up for the upcoming regatta season. Most roles are simple to perform and require minimal knowledge of rowing. The main commitment is your time on regatta days, and a willingness to work to ensure our regattas are safe, enjoyable and successful. For those new to officiating or not familiar with rowing technicalities, you will not be thrown in at the deep end, nor expected to learn all the technicalities of rowing. Volunteers will be trained to perform assigned roles within their abilities and willingness to undertake. For those who are interested in taking a more enduring interest in officiating, support to obtain formal officiating accreditation is also available – although this is not necessary to become a valued or regular volunteer.

To ensure that you are prepared to start officiating, a training day will be held this year at Canberra Girls Grammar School Aquatic Centre on the 26th of October 2014. The training day will commence at 10:00 am.

The commitment sought from volunteers is flexible. If you are available for days when regattas are held, your help will be appreciated. If you are not due to other commitments, that is Ok as well. Any regattas you can assist at will be valued. Although most volunteers commit to the full duration of a regatta, we are also able to accommodate half day commitments, which may run from the start to noon, or noon through to completion.

If you are able to assist as a volunteer, please contact Rowing ACT by e-mail, or call Michael Cusack on 0406376666. We will welcome you at the training day and look forward to joining the friendly group of volunteers who keep our regattas running smoothly.

ACTAS will be conducting the first of its monthly NTC Time Trials tomorrow morning starting at 7:00am. Participating athletes will be trailing from the white poles (finish of the Winter TT Course) to Kingston Harbor between 7:00am and 7:45am.


The start time for the Saturday small boats of the Winter Time Trial number 5 has been changed from 9:30am to 7:00am due to an event clash.

Dragons Abreast ACT are hosting their 2014 Social and Corporate Regatta from Weston Park on Saturday 20th of September from 8:15am – 12:00pm.

The original amended event start time of 6:30am has been changed to 7:00am as Dragons Abreast ACT have kindly agreed to start their regatta 15 min later to allow WTT competitors a more practical start time.

The start time for the Saturday small boats of the Winter Time Trial number 5 has been changed from 9:30am to 6:30am due to an event clash.

Dragons Abreast ACT are hosting their 2014 Social and Corporate Regatta from Weston Park on Saturday 20th of September from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

Safety Notice – Bow Lights: Bow lights must be worn by rowers on water in limited light conditions. Please note that on the 21st of September twilight is scheduled between 5:45am and sunrise at 6:10am.

The Sports Program Manager at ACTAS Andrew Stainlay, has indicated to Rowing ACT that the ACTAS Rowing Program will continue with “business as usual”.

The Rowing Association has been reassured that the ACTAS program will be unaffected by the budgetary difficulties that have been reported in the press.

Rowing ACT President, David Bagnall is keen to enhance the successful collaboration between ACTAS Head Rowing Coach Andrew Randall, and the ACT Rowing clubs.

“The current crop of ACT-based national representatives are indicative of the partnership that Andrew has forged locally since he arrived in January this year. We naturally would hope to continue this partnership over this and subsequent Olympiads.” Mr Bagnall commented.

“We are hopeful that ACTAS can continue to support local ACT athletes on their high performance pathway.”

The ANU Boat Club is pleased to announce that it has finally achieved 50 years of age! And it has not just survived that first half century but thrived. The club now has 140 members, is one of the top performing clubs in Australian university rowing, and is ANU Sport’s Club of the Year.

To help celebrate its first 50 years the club invites you to the ANUBC Golden Jubilee Celebration dinner in the Federation Ballroom at the Canberra Hyatt Hotel on 18 October 2014. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with friends from your rowing days at ANU, reminisce about those memorable mornings on Sullivan’s Creek and Lake Burley Griffin, and celebrate the club’s achievements.

Tickets available by emailing


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Luke Letcher progresses though first round of world under 23 Championships.

 The Black Mountain Rowing Club single sculler Luke Letcher has progressed through the first round of racing as an Australian representative in the under 23 World Rowing Championships at Varese, Italy overnight. The 20 year old faced a big field of 29 other competitors, who are the best from their respective nations.

 Luke rowed a controlled race to get third place in his heat behind the Serbian and Belarus scullers. The first four scullers from each of the five heats  progress though to quarter finals on Friday morning (Italian time). Other heat winners were from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, and Greece. 

The European scullers Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczk (Poland), Boris Yotez (Azerbaijan) and Michal Plocek of the Czech Republic are regarded as favourites for the event.

 Luke will be competing in quarter finals against these impressive Europeans to progress through to semi finals on Saturday. 

The A and B Finals for this event will be held on Sunday.

Image courtesy of ROWING AUSTRALIA

ACT athletes Cara Grzeskowiak and Sarah Davis have been outstanding as part of an Australian Under 21 team competing in the first leg of the Trans Tasman competition against New Zealand in Penrith. They are part of a team that are combining in a mixture of small and large boat events for the Rusty Robertson Trophy.

Cara was a convincing winner of the single Sculls event ahead of Sarah, followed by the Kiwi Representatives. This is Cara’s first International event. The two Canberra girls then joined in a quad with Melbourne and Sydney University lightweights Lucy Trembath and Holly Lawrence to comfortably win the quad sculls.

At the end of Saturdays racing Australia led New Zealand in the point score 128 to 102, with eight-oared races for men and women to be held this morning to complete the Australian leg of this competition. The Kiwis will hope to take some points from the Australian crews to keep this series alive.

The second leg of this Trans Tasman contest will be held at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge, N.Z in late August.