Capital Lakes Twilight Sprint Regatta

 07 Dec 2019

Capital Lakes Twilight Sprint Regatta – 7 Dec 2019

Dear Rowers and Parents,

This weekend sees the inaugural Twilight Sprint Regatta hosted by Capital Lakes Rowing Club. Events run over 500m at Weston Park with the regatta commencing at 4pm.

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. We will also be rotating boys in a number of the crews.

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). 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.

The regatta is a non-points score regatta and has only 6 events designed to enable novice rowers a chance to compete, together with novelty races including “Mixed Octo” and “Family Double Sculls”.

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 4:00 PM to watch the first race with a Marist entry. Marist will be boating out of Weston Park, similar to previous regattas. 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 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. 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 hat in races - no other attire is allowed. All boys in the same crew are to have identical uniforms.

Boys are able to wear some Christmas attire in addition to their zootie whilst racing eg Christmas hat or top.

6. 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.

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

8. At this stage 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.

However, it is possible that the traffic flow may change due to the regatta events being raced in the opposite direction to normal regattas, so please ensure you listen out on the day to any changes.

9. 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 ?".

10. 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.

11. 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. 

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

13. This regatta we will be having our Club’s Christmas Party BBQ commencing at 6pm at Marist Rowing Shed. All families should already have RSVP’d by now to ensure there is enough food and drink for all attendees.

14. 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 for Saturday is mostly sunny with daytime temperatures reaching up to 27 degrees. The wind is forecast to slowly build over the duration of the day from a light breeze to a fresh WNW blow at 35km/hr by the afternoon - perfect for rowing! Let’s hope the wind doesn’t build too much during the day so we can start/finish the regatta………

See you on Saturday for what looks to be a fun-filled regatta to finish the year in high spirits. Good luck to everyone and remember to have fun and enjoy the regatta.

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

Best of luck

Simon Dunphy
Head Coach
0435 125 189