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Michael Cusack has been appointed incoming Rowing ACT Executive Officer.

Michael will work alongside James Hammond up until 25th July when James departs for Adelaide. This transition period will provide Michael with much of the knowledge that James has acquired in the role during his successful tenure.

Michael comes to the job from his previous role with qualifications and experience as a town planner. Valuable skills that he brings to RACT that are relevant to this job include stakeholder consultation, project management, client management, data collation, quantitative analysis, and liaison with ACT planning authorities.

Michael has been an ACT representative rower, and ACT senior champion as well as a volunteer coach of school junior crews so that he understands the local rowing scene from both the high performance perspective and the challenges associated with novice introductory years.

I think the ACT rowing Community will find Michael easy to deal with and hard working.
As a Committee we look forward to a productive working relationship with Michael.

David Bagnall (President)

Black Mountain Rowing Club’s 20 year old single sculler Luke Letcher had wins in the Under 23 single sculls over both days of the Holland Beker on the Bosbaan in Amsterdam, over the weekend. Luke was competing with other Australian Rowing team scullers at this International event as preparation for the World under 23 Championships in Varese, Italy in late July. Luke recorded personal best times on both days of competition in very fast but bumpy conditions. Luke’s ability to handle these difficult tail conditions is an indication of his technical improvement under National Sculling Coach Lyall Macarthy.

Other Australian Rowing Team scullers also had success. Kim Crow repeated last year’s win in the prestigious Women’s single event when she again showed herself as one of the very best in the world. The Holland Bekker provides prize money for the top elite men’s and women’s scullers, and is therefore keenly contested. Kim is looking to continue to improve through the World Cup regatta in Lucerne in two weeks through to when she returns to the World Championships in late August in Amsterdam.

Other good results for Australian Single Scullers included Nic Purnell coming third in the open men’s category, and James Wilson second in the Lightweight event. The Australian Rowing Team sculling group is building a quality squad heading towards Rio.


Classic Carmody timber wide-beamed sweep four ‘tub’ for sale.

Eye-catching Carmody built (~ late 1970s) wide-beam Sweep Four rowing boat (10 metres in length) with cox seat, outriggers/oarlocks, macon-type timber oars, and slide seats. The red ply hull with solid-timber framing is structurally sound (bar one timber gunwhale joint which has opened up slightly). The hull surface has a number of small (but easily repaired) scrapes/scratches in the clear resin topcoat. Located at BMRC

Photos can be seen here.

Contact: Peter Davies ph 61613764

Winter Time Trial Number 2 Results and Small Boat Point Score

Saturday Small Boat event was held in a beautiful Canberra day.
A bright crisp morning for the competitors. A slight breeze from the north and temperature of around 6 degrees presented great conditions for the event.

View or download the Saturday Small Boats. NB.Amended results showing missing club entry

Sunday Big Boats
The big boat event was held in beautiful Canberra conditions that were even better than the previous day. A bright crisp day with little of now wind. Temperature of 7 degrees.

View or download the Sunday Big Boats.

Point score so far.
The Small boat point score has been tabulated and is presented in the links below.
View or download the Small Boat point score after time trial 2.

The Big boat point score has been tabulated and is presented in the link below.
View or download the Big Boat point score after time trial 2.


View or download the Saturday Start List V1.

View or download the Sunday Start List V2.


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.

ACT Rowing today announced that it has initiated a program to sponsor the development of rowing club coaches.

Specifically this initiative will sponsor coaches to develop their skills by attending conferences, gain accreditation, and participate in camps and selection events. Beneficiaries will be ACT Club coaches, who aspire to coach High Performance crews and are committed to coaching in the future..

RACT President David Bagnall agrees with ACTAS Head Coach Andrew Randall, that good coaches drive the development of our sport and that the Association can provide incentives for coaches to increase their knowledge and skills, and achieve better outcomes.

“It is critical for the growth of our sport that all athletes are entrusted to club coaches who have the ability to develop athletes to their potential” Bagnall observed. “Those introductory experiences and the early subsequent seasons contribute significantly to the enjoyment of our sport, and the progress and skills that athletes acquire. Good coaches impart their knowledge, while making the sport fun. As an Association we think we can assist these goals. We are looking to assist our coaches upgrading their qualifications and skills.”

“We hope to contribute significantly to costs associated with Coach accreditation and Coaching Conference attendance to assist these mentors of our sport. Frequently club coaches are unpaid, and meet these and other expenses out of their own pockets. Coaching is a tough gig, involving substantial commitment to take athletes from learn-to-row to competition. For those coaches looking to advance both their crews and their own development we think we can help.”

You can help.

The Association has set up this program to help develop our sport, and the benefit will spread across all of the sport. Better coaching will flow through to all crews within the sport. Thus athletes who benefit from good coaching become better coaches themselves.

We are asking our supporters to contribute to this program.
This program is compliant with the ASF Sport Incentive Program.
Donations will be tax deductible.

To make your tax deductible donation simply download, complete and return the donation form.

Annually, the rowing community holds Australia’s longest and toughest race, the ‘Murray Rowathon’, as a fund raiser in support of the Royal Flying Doctors Service please see

This is the major annual event when rowers give back to the community.

Organisers are currently seeking both participants, and sponsors for those doing it tough on the day.

For more details view the Rowathon flyer

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