This is Your Captain Speaking

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

As usual, there's been plenty going on at the shed, with both the Summer Nationals Program and the Casual Summer Rowing Program in full swing. The second Learn2Row course is also under way, run by the evergreen Peter Klemm (who is sporting a delightful set of bruises after a tumble off his steed - he'll be more than happy to show you if you ask (warning: it's not for the faint-hearted)).

Matt Hort and Nick Wakeford are both sporting (frankly hideous) moustaches for Mo-vember, and in amongst all that the function room is enduring the traditional pre-Christmas rush, under the watchful eye of our trusty Executive Officer, Helen Stevens.

November has also seen some fantastic results for our athletes in the National Time Trials, two of our athletes selected for the 2010 NTID Elite Development Camp, and registrations for the 2011 Lord Mayor's Cup open soon, so read on!

Mike Jones
WARC Captain 2011


Nationals Competitiors Time Trial

Congratulations to Summer Nationals Program athletes who competed in the 5100m National Time trial at Canning on November 20th. WARC’s top three male and female athletes were:

Nick Wakeford – 5th – 19:29
Sam Hughes – 9th – 19:41
Matt Cochran – 14th – 20:11

Hannah Vermeersch – 7th – 21:35
Sarah Steger – 13th – 22:26
Meg Downes – 15th - 23:08

The next time trial is at Canning Bridge on the morning of Saturday December 18 (start time is usually around 6:45am) – if you’re interested in watching WARC’s top athletes fight it out with the best of the rest for places in the WA State Squad, please head down to cheer our athletes on!

Casual Summer Rowing - you know you want to.

Not at all like casual Friday, but far more enjoyable, CSR is gang-busters under the firm but fair hand of Peta Rule, who has taken on over-all coordination (as well as expert coaching) this summer. Along with Jade Mitchell and Deb Mason, Peta has given the summer program some structure and regular coaching, which is proving invaluable for those regulars getting down to the shed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

So, take this as a reminder to truant rowers to start coming down – the sun is out in the mornings again!

NTID Elite Development Camp at the AIS

Two of WARC's elite athletes, Hannah Vermeersch and Matt Cochran, have successfully made the jump from the U/19 Junior ranks to the highly competitive U/23 level and been selected in the U/23 squad for an elite development camp at the AIS from December 12th - 19th.

In the words of Wayne Diplock, Senior Coordinator for the NTID program:
"The NTID program aims to identify athletes with Olympic Medal winning characteristics from around Australia and provide them with a series of development steps including this targeted elite development rowing camp. One of the primary objectives of this camp will be to provide an elite level training camp and learning environment for all athletes who we see as potential 2010 - 11 National Team candidates."

Congratulations Hannah and Matt, and enjoy the experience!

Lord Mayor's Cup Registrations Open Soon

The Lord Mayor's Cup is a five-week long training course for novice rowers, culminating in a regatta for mens, womens and mixed crews racing coxed fours over a 500m course.

It is also WARC's major fundraiser for the year. The club relies heavily on club members advertising the LMC to their employers, and putting together teams of four from their coworkers in order to secure enough entries to make the event a success, so please start asking around and generate some interest!

Registrations for the 2011 Lord Mayor's Cup open soon - for a registration pack or for further information, email


WARC Wine Sales

WARC also has two different fundraisers running for wine sales, from Mad Bay and Fuddling Cup (courtesy of Westies' own Mat Higgins).

Fuddling Cup order forms are available here and the tasting notes are available here.

Mad Bay order forms are here and the tasting notes are here.

Your orders need to go to Rita Campbell at if you want your order in before Christmas, so please get in touch ASAP!

RWA Coaching Course

Rowing WA will be conducting a Learn to Row Coach (Level 1) course on Sunday the 30th January 2011 at the Canning Bridge Rowing Centre.

A much larger content of the course is now conducted on line through the Australian Sports Commission’s Beginning Coaching General Principles course. This will have to be completed prior to undertaking the workshop at Rowing WA.


Venue - Rowing WA Canning Bridge Rowing Centre

Time - 9:30 am – Time Table to be issued in due course.

Cost - $170

Please contact Pierre Pougnault at Rowing WA on 93643905 or at if you are interested in registering for the course, as you will need to complete some online training before the course date.

Gun’s Up book launch

If you have ever rowed surf boats or been impressed by the images of boats smashing through waves, you can come along to the launch of what will be an historic book on Friday, 10 December at 6.30pm at the Scarboro Surf Lifesaving Club.

Seng Mah is a WA based photographer who has been shooting the surfboat competitions on Perth beaches for a number of years, capturing the action and grit of surfboat rowing. His latest book is called Gun’s Up, and it is a pictorial record of the sport in WA in the first decade of the 21st century, showcasing the boats in action, the individuals and the legends of the sport.

There is no fee and the Scarboro club bar will be open. There will be a number of WARC members, who are also ‘boaties’ (some of whom are featured in the book) on hand so you will definitely have someone to have a drink and yarn to about why someone would want to row 200 odd kgs of boat straight into crashing waves.

Pennant Table

UWABC - 160.7
WARC - 104.5
SRRC - 101.5
FRC - 94.5
ANARC - 83.7
CUBC - 42.6
BRC - 36.2
MURC - 10.5
CLBC - 7.9
PRC - 7.8

Next regatta: 5100m National Time Trial at CANNING BRIDGE, Sat December 18.

For the Diary...

Monday November 29:
Lord Mayor's Cup 2011 Registrations open!
Saturday December 4
: Learn2Row course 2 ends
Saturday December 18: 5100m National Time Trial at Canning
Wednesday January 5:
Learn2Row course 3 begins

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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