This is Your Captain Speaking

Hi everyone and welcome to another (well overdue) issue of the Captain's newsletter. There has been an awful lot going on over the last two months, but of course the first item to cover is that one of our own is going to the Olympics!

Darci Miller has also been selected to represent WA in the Youth Cup in Penrith later this month, congratulations Darci!

Mike Jones
WARC Captain


Hannah and Matt

A couple of weeks ago our very own Hannah Vermeersch completed what many thought was impossible - she was part of the winning Australian Womens 8+ in the Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, and is now on her way to London! You can read all the details here and here. You can also read Hannah's and Alex Hagan's blog here to catch up on their latest news.

Meanwhile Matt Cochran has also been selected in the Australian U23 M8+ to race at the U23 world championships later this year - you can keep up with his efforts on Matt's blog here.

Hannah and Matt, we are incredibly proud of you both. Row hard, and know that every single member of Westies will be with you for every stroke.


WA's U23 Australian Rowers Quiz Night

Congratulations to Matt Cochran, Brendan Murray, David Watts, (U23M8+), Tim Widdicombe, Tom Meares, (U23LW4-) Hannah Jansen and Thea Adamson (U23LW2x) for Selection in the U23 Australian Crews.

The Australian Under 23 Team will compete at the Royal Henley Regatta and the Under 23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.

U23 athletes have to fund their own trips to compete for Australia, so lets get behind them and help them out.

Tickets $15
Tables of 10
Friday 6th of July at 6:00pm
Rowing WA Function Room, Canning Bridge
Please RSVP Tables and numbers (tables can obviously have more people just may not all have chairs) to TC - 0401070795.



Perth Waterfront Development

Thanks for all the feedback from club members regarding the Barrack Street Development, which has now come to be known as Elizabeth Quay. Some of the Committee met with an Metropolitan Redevelopment Board (MRA) representative at the end of May.

The good news is that the MRA's vision is for Westies to be part of Elizabeth Quay and encourage more people to using the foreshore area. The meeting was positive and a real desire from the MRA to work with WARC. As the only recreational club in the precinct the MRA is hoping that the development brings more people to the Elizabeth Quay area.

Outcomes from the meeting were:

  • Transporting boats to and from regattas and access for deliveries to Sassy's and the Function room will be able tocontinue.
  • The MRA have been informed of dimensions of boat trailers and access requirements.
  • There have been no changes for parking.
  • In future WARC will liaise through the MRA to the City of Perth for parking matters.
  • Enquiries are being made about how the proposed jetty expansion will affect the Club.

The WARC committee know this is a controversial development which club members may have different views about. The club's position is that we are still in negotiation and working with the MRA on the project. Public comment on the redevelopment closed on the 5th of June and there is more information available at I should stress that we are still working with the MRA; if any member wishes to use their club membership as context for their opinion they are welcome to do so, but please ensure that you state that you are not speaking on the behalf of the club.

We will keep you informed as soon as any more information comes to hand, and if you have any further enquiries, please contact any member of the management committee.


Spanna's 24 Hours of Power

On the 23rd of June, Anna "Spanna" Steward will be taking part in the Isle of Man Parish Walk - a gruelling 24 hour effort that will involve walking 136km in a single day for charity. You can read all about it and donate to a very worthy cause here: There is no donation too big or small.


Rowing Memorabilia Project

Rowing Australia, with the support of the Bobby Pearce Foundation and Sport Australia Hall of Fame, has launched a project to secure and display very significant rowing memorabilia which is being auctioned shortly. These memorabilia items include the Olympic Gold Medals won by Bobby Pearce Jr in 1928 and 1932.

Rowing Australia is seeking generous donations to ensure that these valuable and significant pieces of Australian rowing history are not lost to the Australian sporting community. A letter and flyer providing further details of this project are attached, along with a donation form.

All contributions for this project will be recognised by Rowing Australia. To enquire further, contact Matt Treglown at


Outdoor Active Bali Retreats

From the desk of our own Jorien Leidekker:

Would you like to escape the winter in Perth and boost your fitness in a fun way? Join Outdoor Active in July for a Bali Fitness Adventure!

This is not your ordinary retreat and you won�t find it anywhere else. A good mix of fitness, adventure activities and relaxation is on the menu. The accommodation is truly Balinese and you will have your own little place with a (roofed) outdoor bathroom. The food is amazing; fresh ingredients from the gardens every day and a great variety. No Bali-Belly!

Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Location: half an hour north of Ubud (away from the tourist spots) in a local village called Singaprang.
Date: 8-13th of July
JULY SPECIAL: check out the flyer here:

For more info about this trip and the itinerary, check the website:

Only 1 month to go and limited places (8) available, so if you are interested give me a call today!


Pennant Table

(as at May 21st)

SRRC 197.3
UWABC 148.7
WARC 115.8
BRC 66.0
ANARC 66.0
FRC 46.3
CLBC 4.8
CUBC 4.7
MURC 0.3
PRC 0.2

Next regatta: 
UWABC Pennant Regatta,
June 23,

For the Diary...

Sat 16th June - Busy Bee
Sat 23rd June - Pennant Regatta
Fri 28th June - Youth Cup starts
Fri 6th July - Aus U23 Quiz Night

And that's the lot for this month - if you have any comments, queries or flames, please send them to the Captain Mike Jones at

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