is Your Captain Speaking
Hi everyone and welcome to a somewhat belated (ok,
three months late) edition of the Captain's
All of the summer programs have kicked into high
gear with the National Championships only seven
weeks away, the summer's worth of Learn2Row
courses nearing completion, the Summer Nationals
Program, iRow, the Casual Summer Rowing Program
and Squad X all out on the water and the Lord
Mayor's Cup on the horizon. Planning has
also started for the 2012 winter season, which is
only two and a half months away.
OK, let's get cracking...
National Championships -
The largest ever rowing event
to be held in WA is coming soon - the 2012
Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate
Regatta will see thousands of athletes descend on
Champion Lakes in early March. Being an Olympic
year, all of the big guns will be on show and some
very high quality racing is expected. To
make all of this happen, we need a sizeable army
The Championships will be held at the Champion
Lakes Regatta Centre from Monday 5 March to
Sunday 11 March 2012.
Event information can be found on the Rowing WA
website at http://www.rowingwa.asn.au.
If you can volunteer your time and skills to
support this Event, please complete the attached
form or click here http://www.rowingwa.asn.au/arc-2012/volunteers
to volunteer online. Approximately 60
volunteers per racing session (two sessions per
day) are required to make this event a success.
We are looking for doctors, nurses,
paramedics/ambulance officers, life savers, time
keepers, small bus drivers, dinghy drivers, and
general assistance. For further information,
please contact Catriona Walker on 0468 323
Lord Mayor's Cup 2012
It's that time of year again -
the Lord Mayor's Cup is almost upon us. For
the uninitiated, the LMC is a corporate rowing
challenge, in which teams of four novice rowers
learn the basics of the sport before laying it all
on the line and racing each other in a 500m
regatta. This year's race day is on Sunday April 1st,
and entries have to be in by Friday February 17th.
The Lord Mayor's Cup is the
club's biggest fundraiser of the year. It brings
in valuable income which helps us stay afloat
(literally). Without it we couldn't survive,
so it's critical that everyone gets behind it.
The first thing we need:
What's involved, I hear you ask? You'll take a
team of four rowers out on the water in a coxed
four for a total of four sessions, and teach them
the basics. I can tell you from personal
experience that it's a hugely gratifying
experience, and great fun. You only need
about a year's worth of rowing experience before
you can coach the LMC, and you'll be given plenty
of direction in the coaching department so you
won't be all at sea.
Ideally we'll need a small army of 30 coaches, so
if you can help out please contact us at LMC@warowingclub.org,
and let us know if you can coach one (or more!)
The second thing we need: people
to actually do the rowing...
The best source of Lord Mayor's Cup signups is our
own members, and we need you all to be advocates
of the LMC. All members are asked to try to find
an LMC crew in their workplace - you can help get
a crew entered in three easy steps:
1. Download the LMC Registration pack from here: http://warowingclub.org/images/pdfs/lmcregistrationpack2012.pdf
2. Find four coworkers up for the challenge (it
can be anyone, as long as two of them have never
3. If you're equipped with a silver tongue,
encourage your employer to sponsor your crew(s)
and submit the forms to LMC@warowingclub.org.
Champion Lakes Opening
The Official Opening of Rowing
WA's new facility at Champion Lakes will be
conducted on Thursday,
26 January 2012 at 12:30 pm, followed by
a luncheon from 1:00 pm.
The completion of the facility, the third Regatta
Centre maintained or developed by the Association,
marks a significant achievement in the sport's
history in this State, alongside the construction
of the facilities at Canning Bridge in 1962 and
the admission of rowing as a WAIS Programme in
The occasion is an opportunity for the gathering
of Western Australia's Rowing fraternity, in
particular, the reunion of State Team
10:00am Commemorative Row (if interest exists)
12:00pm CL Regatta Centre Facilities Inspection
12:30pm Official Opening
The cost of the Luncheon (two course, coffee and
cheese) will be $55.00.per head. A cash bar will
Attendees are to be encouraged
to travel to and from the event by rail and if
enough interest exists, arrangements can be made
for a Shuttle Bus between the Kelmscott Train
Station and the venue and return.
If you're interested in attending, please contact
Rowing WA on 9364 3905 or Richard Lipscombe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Training Reminder
Thanks to the festive season
and some fairly terrible rowing conditions in
December, attendance for our casual summer rowing
sessions has tapered off quite a bit over the last
eight weeks. With most people's holidays over and
the weather settling into something resembling
normal conditions, it's time to get back on the
We are running a number of morning and afternoon
sessions, which are free for all members to join -
whether you're in your first week at the club or
an old hand, you're welcome to come and join in.
Rowing - iRow
Sunday 6:30am-8:00am & Wednesday 5:30am-7:00am
iRow is a program specifically designed for 14-16
year olds who already have a bit of rowing
ability, and want to perfect their technical
skills in a fun and friendly environment.
For any queries, contact Peta at
Rowing - CSRP
Tuesday & Thursday 5:00am-7:00am, Saturday
The Casual Summer Rowing Program is for those with
a year or more worth of rowing experience, who
want to head out for a casual paddle a few times
per week. Contact Jonesy at
email@example.com for this one.
Rowing - Squad X
Tuesday 5:00am-7:00am & Saturday 6:00am-8:00am
Our Learn2Row graduate program, Squad X is for
those with a little bit of rowing under their
belt, and want to refine their skills before
heading into their first winter season. Contact
Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who fancy a good stretch, Greg Zehnder
leads a 90 minute Ayengar yoga session which is
both a solid workout and great recovery aid. All
are welcome - just turn up at the shed. Sessions
cost $10 per week.
Monday & Wednesday 5:45pm-6:45pm (ish)
It's about the time of the year that a few of us
start to head down for some steady state ergs in
the afternoon. Most people tend to arrive at about
5:45pm-6:00pm, so just turn up, grab an erg and
A number of WARC stalwarts head out for a 35-45km
group road ride on Friday mornings - the pace is
usually about 28-32kmh depending who turns up.
Australian Rowing Championships,
State Team Selection Trials