Black Mountain Rowing Club Regatta

Lake Burley Griffin 28 Oct 2017

Dear Rowers and Parents,

The first regatta of the season is on this Saturday and we have about half the club rowing. All boys are required to attend the regatta for the duration of the regatta - whether you are rowing or not. Those not rowing will get to observe the mechanics of the regatta and begin to understand the many moving parts. Those not rowing will get to row / cox over coming regattas as their skill, competency and confidence increases. In addition we have the blessing of the boats ceremony after the regatta.

The following information highlights what is occurring for the regatta this Saturday.

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.  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).

A brief understanding of the categories follows - this is not the official definitions. This year we have moved to a grade system which is in essence time based / competency based. Unlike last year there is very little latitude for schools to enter crews in categories other than the category that they should be in. This will make it challenging to get all our age groups rowing together.

  • Grade A (1800m) International representatives, AIS athletes, those aspiring to represent, those who wish to compete against the best.
  • Grade B (1800m) Experienced rowers, ACT and inter-state champions, and school first crew rowers.
  • Grade C (1500m) Rowers with several seasons experience, year 9-10 school rowers, experienced and competitive masters rowers. 
  • Grade D (1000m) Rowers who have progressed from beyond their first season, and year 8-9 school rowers.
  • Grade E (1000m) Those in their first season of rowing, and year 7-8 school rowers with Coach and Club discretion.

2. The boys rowing in races 1-7 are to be at Canberra Rowing Club (CRC) 80 minutes before their race start unless advised by their coach of different arrangements. Please don't be late.

3. All other boys are to go to Weston Park ie the end of Pescott Lane (near the mini train) ("The Fort Thing" on the goo=gle map) by 0730 to watch the first race with a Marist entry. Marist will be boating out of Weston Park, similar to previous seasons. However, some boats will need to be picked up at CRC. 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 CRC. 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 back at CRC. The medal presentation will be held at CRC at 1:30 PM and the Blessing of the Boats from 2:00PM - 2:45PM at CRC. The whole club is required to attend. The Blessing of the Boats is our official start to the season and we will be welcoming some new boats into the MCCRC fleet.

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, the school tracksuit or the school light blue polo shirt. All boys are to wear the Marist zootie and only the Marist rowing hat in races - no other attire is allowed.

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. I understand that 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. There are a number of new boys and parents - so please take the time to welcome them and explain to them what occurs on regatta day.

12. The boat allocation will be available at CRC 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 and CRC crews do not miss races. If in any doubt please ask.

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

14. Live results are available for ACT regattas at the following site

15. This regatta we will be having a bbq. The bbq helps with the boys/families having food but is an important fund raiser, so please support our bbq.

16. You may not be aware but 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.

A regatta is not like other sports where you turn up for your game and then depart. It is a social family event - so come along and enjoy the racing, weather and meet some new people - bring a chair. The weather forecast is for temperatures in the low 20's, with some cloud and light winds increasing during the day with thunderstorms in the mid afternoon - so perfect for rowing.

See you on Saturday for the first regatta of the season. Good luck to everyone  - remember all you can do is try your best.

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


Simon Dunphy
Head Coach
0435 125 189