This is Your Captain Speaking

Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of the Captain's newsletter.

Winter has begun! This week we've kicked off the winter season, and it's been great to see so many people down at the shed every morning. What's particularly pleasing is having so many new faces - welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay!

This Sunday we have our first race of the season - the Guildford to Garratt - a 5.5km time trial for coxed fours, quads and eights from the Guildford Rd bridge to the Garratt Rd bridge in Bayswater. All are welcome to come along and cheer the Westies crews across the line - the first crews will be finishing at Garratt Rd at 9:20am.

The first fundraiser of the season is only a week away - the WARC Quiz Night is on Friday April 15th - please put together your tables of 10-12 and then book with Emma Harding - details are below.

Oh, and the name of the new Mens coxless four has been decided (and shall remain a secret until the naming ceremony) - it arrives soon so stay tuned for details!

Mike Jones
WARC Captain



THP (The Hunger Project) and Rowing WA are partnering to host a fundraiser at the UWA Recreation Centre on April 9, 2011. (That's THIS SATURDAY! Please come down if you can.)

We are asking anyone who is willing to row a few kilometres on an ergo to get sponsored, come and row and help us achieve two things.

1. Attempt to cumulatively row 10,000 km on the day

2. Raise much needed funds to help THP build epicentres in communities in Africa where people are suffering from abject poverty. THP helps them create a sustainable future that brings health, education and work to these communities.

We are targeting to have approximately 1,000 participants on the day. There will also be a range of events on the day including a demonstration by WAIS athletes, competitions for top schoolboy and schoolgirl rowers and challenges for people to take on all comers over set times or distances for prizes.

You don’t have to be a rower – just have experience on a rowing machine!

Our hope is to have 150 ergometers on site so, as you can appreciate, we can’t have everyone there at once. Most of the schoolboy and schoolgirl rowers will be there in the morning so it might be good to plan to come from lunch time on. You don’t have to do all you kilometres in one hit. You can do 15 or 20 minute blocks. That’s up to you and there will be events to watch and vendors on site to check out.

The WAIS rowing teams will be showing us how good they are sometime between 12.30 and 2pm so that might be a good time to head down and take part.

We are also in need of volunteers to help with recording the kilometers rowed by the participants and if you own an ergo and are willing to let us use it for the day that would also be a wonderful contribution. Please contact me, Debbie Mason at should you wish to participate on the days as a volunteer or make available your ergo.

Please get involved. Your sponsorship will contribute to putting an end to World Hunger. You can find further details on the event and sponsorship forms at or

Lord Mayor's Cup

I'll keep this simple and say THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered for the LMC. The feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive so thanks all and congratulations on a fantastic event.

WARC Quiz Night - April 15

Reserve Friday April 15th in your diaries - WARC"s famed quiz night will be returning for 2011. Can the Vikings maintain their winning streak with their talisman Crusty leading the charge? Or can a team of young upstarts finally get the better of them?

Friday April 15
WARC Boatshed
Arrive 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
$20 per person, tables of 10-12
Bar will be open, byo supper

Put together your table then book with Emma Harding at or on 0421 232 824.


Pennant Table

WARC - 0
SRRC - 0
FRC - 0
CUBC - 0
BRC - 0
MURC - 0
CLBC - 0
PRC - 0

Next regatta:
Guildford to Garratt Headrace,
April 10,

Fundraising Cash at Bank

(at 15 Feb 2011)

For the Diary...

Sun April 10 - Guildford to Garratt Headrace
Fri April 15 - WARC Quiz Night
Wed-Thu April 20-21 - First 6000m Erg Test
Sun May 1 - Perth to Fremantle head race & after party

Guildford to Garratt

The G2G is on Sunday April 10 - the first boat starts at 9:00am. All are welcome to come and watch at the AP Hinds Reserve off Milne St, in Bayswater. The crews are:

Sam Hughes, Nick Wakeford, Matt Cochran, Zak Campbell, TC Maguire (cox)

Sarah Steger, Hayley Bignall, Meg Downes, Darci Miller, Amy Walters (cox)

James Miller-Jones, Mike Jones, Julien Hand, James O'Regan, George Gatenby, Swedish Pete, Alex Winch, David Moo, Suzy Wilson (cox)

Shona Gatenby, Clem Jolly, Pam Riley, Marian Tromp, Nic Clement, Anna Steward, Chloe Amery, Frances Garland, Elinor Scott (cox)

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

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