Australian National CR Titles 2021 December 2020
This month the IOC did not approve CR for the Paris Olympics instead it indicated that it would be a good fit for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. Rowing Australia have issued Coastal Rowing Competition Regulations and Event Regulations and will be going ahead with a national competition in 2021, possibly in August. While the venue is to be decided, I’m punting it will be Sydney Harbour with it’s iconic backdrop. So start training folks and be in at the start!
Be Crocwise in Croc Country November 2020
The sign on the palm tree warns the public … “Crocodile reported in this area in the last seven days” and to stay 5 metres from crocks! Our man on the ground in Townsville Graham Ward, said “There was a 2m croc on the beach when lunching my CR single last Friday. I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo.” This gives a whole new meaning to adventure sports. Take care, thanks for the photos.
Wintech CR Single November 2020
Recently Gus Ravero delivered the new Wintech Coastal Rowing Single Scull to Noosa so that members could test row the boat in Lagoona Bay and try it out in the surf near the Noosa bar. This is a great testing ground for the boat. Club members will put the new boat through its paces, a task which we are very keen to experience and to explore the boats handling qualities. “The boat certainly looks the part” Creagh said before tweeking the rigging and fitting cameras. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the latest boats can do. This will be my first row in a boat with the rigger behind the rower.”
Picture: Gus and Creagh background Rachel a Masters State and National fine boat Champion and CRATA Club Member.
Safety Training November 2020
Noosa Crews arrive at the beach were Safety Training was conducted. This is an annual requirement which includes 300m swim, roles and responsibilities for Boat Captains and Cox, Life Jacket fitment, maintenance and operation, EPIRB activation and operation, Radio operation and calls plus Capsize Drills for all three boat types. This was a fun and informative morning which crews eagerly look forward to. It is also a requirement for the level 1 Coastal Rowing Certificate (Protected Waters).
Sandy lecturing on Boat Captains responsibilities.
Annual Gathering October 2020
Morning Training September 2020
Covid-19 Crunch March 2020
What did you do when rowing shut down on the 20th March 2020. Sandy remembers rowing to Noosa Main Beach for coffee just before the crisis.
Bucket List Activity December 2019
Add this to your Christmas bucket list, Rowing on the North Shore in crystal blue water and riding waves, followed by a cooling swim Sandy, Ray, Graeme and Richard amongst others had to pinch themselves to check they still had a pulse, it was so good. Get on the growing wave of people taking up coastal rowing. Mentally, physically and psychologically this will be the best decision you have made.
New President Takes the Helm November 2019
Recently Coastal Rowing members from Queensland and Inter State gathered in Noosa for the AGM and dinner at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. Kevin Hayes was appointed as the New President of Coastal Rowing and Touring Australia Inc. following Warwick Marler stepping down from the position. Warwick was congratulated for his 10 years at the helm. The AGM also voted to acknowledge the contribution that Warwick and Creagh Mecham (Treasurer) had made, by awarding them Honorary Life Membership. Their wives Bronwyn and Rachel were also Mentioned In Dispatches for their tireless contribution to Coastal Rowing. Two new members were elected to the Committee, Ray Weeks and Sandy Hellmrich.
The Clan Gathering also included rowing on the Noosa bar in pristine weather. Crews were given a lesson in surfing waves in a Quad. This was a blast and crews could not wipe the grins from their faces. To cool down crews plunged into the crystal clear waters of the Noosa River. Ruth Marr, from “Rowing the World”, visiting Noosa at the time, (joined members for dinner and two rows). Ruth said, she had never seen the boats surfed before and admitted it was great fun.
BBQ Fund Raiser November 2019
Coastal Rowing Members Karen and Kevin at a Fundraising BBQ held in Brisbane to raise funds for the Club. 50% of the taking were donated to the Norbert Kren Fund, which is assisting in the purchase of Coastal Boats gifted to American Samoa. The remainder went to our operating fund.
Sunrise on the Everglades July 2019
Stefan strokes on an early morning row to the everglades in the World Heritage, Great Sandy National Park. Peter stroked the Double which made a fast passage, just 50 minutes to Fig Tree Point our destination for coffee, The bird life on our arrival was amazing. People travel from around the world to do this trip. Just another amazing row crossed off the bucket list.
World Rowing Tour NZ April 2019
The FISA World Rowing Tour has been hailed a success with 42 rowers from 10 countries participating. The week long tour of the Marlborough and Nelson region was hosted by the Nelson Rowing Club. Several coastal rowing members from Australia (CRATA) took part in the Tour, along with Danish, Canadian, Austrian and Swiss among others. The first few days of rowing were in the Queen Charlotte Sound with rowing also taking place on Lake Rotoiti. The Tour included cultural events and magnificent New Zealand food and hospitality.
New Year Sunshine Coast January 2019
Visit from France November 2018
Isabelle Saint-Antoine from Metz in France has recently visited Noosa while coming to Australia for her daughter’s graduation from the Melbourne University. We had an amazing row in Laguna Bay off Noosa Beach on a picture-perfect day. I met Isabelle in Italy on the FISA World Rowing Tour in 2017.
T Shirts and Coffee October 2018
Snap! Creagh and Peter with matching T shirts at coffee following a row in the coastal double off Noosa. Peter and Creagh started rowing at school and can still produce a high octane performance. This fashion statement is available in a limited number of colours and sizes. Below Richard makes another fashion statement, he never misses the opportunity to impress the coffee crowd with his T shirts. Richard started rowing in Germany and then at Mosman RC in Sydney when he moved to Australia. He started rowing at Noosa in the 90’s and was converted to Coastal Rowing in 2012.