ACT Head of the Lake & ACT Junior Championships

Lake Burley Griffin 27 Feb 2021

Dear Rowers and Parents,


This weekend sees the final local regattas in the Head of the Lake and Junior Championships over both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturdays Head of the Lake sees a different style regatta with heats and finals.

Every entry in a heat has a final as there are graded finals (ie A, B, C, D final).

It is a busy regatta for Marist with tight boat turnarounds. So, the rowers and coxswains will need to be very mindful of getting back after their event. 

We have a number of times when we are boating large numbers of quads- so parent assistance helping the boys get on the water or hold boats would be appreciated. 

All boys are required to attend the regatta for the duration of the regatta - whether you are rowing or not – to provide assistance to the other boys and as vacancies arise fill in. Do not assume you are done for the regatta and can go, the day can be confusing so seek clarification from your coaches and managers

Saturday afternoon/Sundays ACT Junior Championships is run on a different format with crews advancing to finals depending on their finishing position in heats (for Championship events) and straight finals for any divisional races (I told you it would get confusing).

Please familiarise yourself with the Marist entries spreadsheet for this weekend, I have listed all boys names/crews for every finals scenario. Look for your name on the sheet and confirm with your coaches/manager if you are in a final.


The following information highlights what is occurring:

1. The full program of events ie all races and crews can be found on the Rowing ACT website. There are sometimes changes to this program and therefore it is important that you only use the Marist entries spreadsheet to determine when you are racing.  Changes to the crews that were entered are shown in the spreadsheet – so please be aware of who you are replacing.

Coxswains have been nominated - so please check the spreadsheet in case you are coxing. Please check the boat allocation details (ie where to pick and drop off your boats). This is shown on the Marist entries spreadsheet ie the right column. Please check the key at the bottom as the colour indicates where to pick the boat up from / drop it off.

2. The boys rowing in races requiring pick up of boats from Marist Rowing Shed (refer to Marist entries spreadsheet) are to be at the Marist Rowing Shed 80 minutes before their race start unless advised by their coach of different arrangements. Please don't be late as boats need to be rigged up, crews assembled and boats rowed around to the race starting line on the Lake Burley Griffin course.

3. All other boys are to go to Weston Park ie the end of Pescott Lane (near the mini train) by 7:30 AM to watch the first race with a Marist entry. Marist will be boating out of Weston Park. However, some boats will need to be picked up at the Marist Rowing Shed. Weston Park provides the best spot for viewing the races and getting an idea of what occurs at a regatta. A map of the area is at:

4. All the regattas are mandatory events for all those in the club whether you are rowing or not rowing - this is as per the Season Calendar. It is expected that all boys are in attendance from the first race right up until all the boats and equipment are packed away and we have our medal presentation back at the Marist Rowing Shed. All the boys are required to support their fellow rowers and use the day to observe what occurs as it does get very hectic as the season goes on and there is no time for delays or confusion - races start on time whether we are at the start or not.

5. Medals are awarded for first, second and third place and are not to be collected by the boys or parents during the regatta. A MCCRC representative will collect all the medals awarded to Marist at the end of the regatta and these will be presented as follows :

Saturday - Presentation at Weston Park at 12:15. Major trophies will be presented by Various School headmasters. Individual medals will be collected and awarded after the main presentation. All boys to attend, parents welcome in spectator area

Sunday  - Presentation at Weston Park at 12:45 at the conclusion of the last race of the day. All boys to attend, parents welcome in spectator area.

6. All the boys are to wear correct Marist sporting uniform (not house PE uniform) to and from the regatta and whilst at the regatta. Appropriate uniforms are the Marist zootie, Marist rowing clothing, white rowing sunshirt, the school tracksuit or the school light blue polo shirt. All boys are to wear the Marist zootie, white rowing sunshirt and only the Marist rowing cap in races - no other attire is allowed. All boys in the same crew are to have identical uniforms.

7. Please bring a hat, water, sunscreen, food and warm clothing as it can be a demanding day in the cold / sun. And don't forget a chair.

8. Marist rowing merchandise will be on sale for those interested in purchasing shirts, hats etc. The zootie is available from the school clothing shop.

9. The reverse traffic flow on the lake will be in operation for this regatta. The following link details what this means. If in doubt, please ask a coach to explain it to you.

10. All the boys are to come to the regatta with their race time, race number and lane number written on their arm in permanent marker - this is to avoid confusion throughout the day and removes the need to constantly ask "when is my race ?".

11. Rowing regattas are social events – so take the time to chat to other parents / boys whilst watching the racing.

12. The boat allocation will be available at the Marist Rowing Shed and Weston Park. It is important that everyone takes the time to understand the boat allocation as it is essential that it is followed to ensure Marist crews do not miss races. If in any doubt please ask.

13. If you need a ride between the Marist Rowing Shed and Weston Park or vice a versa please ask a parent to drop you over. 

14. Live results are available for ACT regattas on the ACT Rowing website.

15. This regatta we will not be having a BBQ. Please bring your own food for the weekend.

16. The club is run solely by the parents and without your support we cannot provide the program for the boys – so please assist – anything and all is welcome.

17. Parents - please pass this email to your sons or discuss it with them as they need to know where they need to be.

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is perfect for racing 

If you have any questions then please contact your coaches or parent year group coordinators or email

Best of luck

Danny Rosin