Training cancelled due to extreme heat: Tuesday 14 January – Friday 17 January 2014

With the expected heatwave this week and the prospect of daily maximums exceeding 40 degrees, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has issued a Heat Warning.
Full details can be found at
In these extreme conditions, the following training will not be permitted on Tuesday – Friday this week:

  • on-water training after 10am
  • all off-water training at the clubhouse or outdoors

In the interests of personal safety, I look forward to everyone’s cooperation.
For health information on heat stress or heat related injury, click through to
Derek Begg
Head of Rowing
2013-2014 Season

Coxing Workshop – This Sunday – 15 December 10:00am-11:30am

This Sunday we will be holding a coxing masterclass from 10:00am – 11:30am, to be conducted by the club’s experienced and very successful cox Bec Lionnet.
The masterclass is specifically aimed at those with little or no coxing experience (no matter how much rowing experience!) and will cover the following areas:

  • General call in the boat and what they mean
  • Basic RV rules and general rules on the river
  • On water practical experience

If you’re interested in participating in the workshop please email me at [email protected] straight away to secure your place!
We will also need rowers to make up crews for the practical part of the course (though there can be some seat swapping) and would like to have an experienced rower will be in stroke seat of each boat.  Volunteers please also let me know – you may yet be volunteered…
This will be a great opportunity to start building up our coxing skills across the club. For any rower who has coxed, you’ll know that it actually helps your rowing as well.
All club members would want to see this workshop strongly supported, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Derek Begg
Head of Rowing
13-14 Season

Rutherglen Regatta – Sign up by midday this Friday

The annual Rutherglen regatta is coming up on the weekend of January 11 & 12.

To finalise accommodation arrangements we will need to have a definite idea of numbers attending by 12:00 midday this Friday.

Anyone who is intending on coming must complete the survey at the link set out below.  It will take you two minutes.

If you are coming to Rutherglen but wish to make separate accommodation arrangements, please let me know by email sent to [email protected]

If you intend competing you need to notify your coach directly.  If you don’t respond to the survey by the deadline, it will be up to you to organise your own accommodation.  You may find this difficult, as beds in the area tend to sell out.

(The survey also asks for people to say whether they intend competing at the sprint season regattas the club is supporting, and has a few questions about season goals.  Please complete all regatta attendance questions – the rest are optional.)

The survey link is:

This message has also been sent directly to coaches for distribution to squad members.


Derek Begg
Head of Rowing 13-14

RRC Crew Selection Policy

The head racing season reaches a pinnacle at the end of this month, with The Melbourne Head on Saturday 23 November, and Head of the Yarra on Saturday 30 November.

The sprint season will then be upon us!

So it’s perhaps timely that members keep in mind the way regatta crews are selected. Here is the policy:

RRC Crew Selection Policy

Primarily, selection is done by squad coaches. For practical reasons, the lines between squads and who is whose coach can sometimes be hard to define. So there is always a point where the club just has to work at the practical level and ad hoc.

That said, the club’s essential selection criteria are:

  • Commitment to the training set by the coach and to the specified event (i.e. to being there, and to giving what the event will ask of the rower)
  • Attendance at training and doing the ergos/land training required by the coach (even if self-reported)
  • Eligibility for the event (e.g. ROMS score, weight, age)
  • Fitness, skill and ability to compete in the event
  • Crew ‘fit’ as assessed by the coach

and then the crew is still subject to

  • the availability of boats/oars/coxes/coach(es) for training and the event
  • the event presets of the regatta
In the perfect world, coaches then communicate with the Head of Rowing to propose their crews and the Captain and HOR work on the last two points.

Occasionally rowers want to plan together to form crews. This needs to be

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done on a coordinated basis and with HOR approval, as it needs to take account of the club’s need to allocate resources for all rowers’ goals across the club.

If rowers have some goals around major regattas, they should approach their coach with a proposal that takes into account the selection criteria set out above.

New weekly sculling sessions with Geraldine Goss

Hi RRC members,

I will be running a weekly sculling session for RRC members on Saturday mornings at 1030 am and all are welcome to attend.

The sessions will be technique focussed and probably no more than 1.5 laps. Each week we will focus on one specific part of the stroke cycle with drills and feedback. Later I hope to incorporate some video as well.

To make the most of these session, you are encouraged to participate in small boats to really develop the ‘feel’ of sculling – but all and any are still welcome.

If you are interested to come then please do let me know by email by this coming Wednesday 13 November, so that we can allocate boats in time for our first session.



Level 1 Coaching Course – Sunday 23 June 2013 POSTPONED

UPDATE: Due to low enrolments this course has been put over to a date in July TBC.
Rowing Victoria is conducting a Level 1 coaching course this coming Sunday, to be held at a Boathouse Drive club (TBC).  The course starts at 10am and will go until approx 4pm.  Course fees are $220.
The level 1 coaching accreditation is the starting level for all rowing coaches.   The club encourages anyone from RRC who’s keen to do some coaching to do this course.
If you want to do it, then you need to organise yourself ASAP:

  1. register for the course via Rowing Victoria’s website
  2. drop me an email to let me know you are enrolling (email me via  [email protected])

Derek Begg
Head of Rowing

Presentation night and squad thank-yous

The RRC presentation night is fast approaching – Saturday 25 May.

Each year this night provides the club an opportunity to look back at the successes over the year, hear about some of the stories both on and off the water that made it special and present awards to those that lead the pack. It is also an occasion to formally thank coxes and coaches for all their time and commitment during the season both on race days and in training.
Generally speaking – squads are invited to thank their coaches/coxes in the first part of the evening, and while not compulsory often present a small gift and say a few words (no more than 3-5 mins).

What you need to do?

In order to ensure everyone is organised and someone isn’t inadvertently forgotten please could a representative of the squad/crew forward the following details to [email protected] by 23 May:

  • Name of squad/crew saying thanks
  • Who is being acknowledged – coach and/or cox name

See you on the night!

Tiger Time Trial 2013 – Not as Endangered as You Thought

Hi everyone,
I have received a complaint that some rowers were not informed of this year’s TT cutoff date.
To be fair on all rowers wishing to compete, I’m reopening the TT and I encourage you to take this opportunity to enter a time in one or more of the TT classes.
You have until 12:00pm this Sunday by which time entries must be sent by txt to me on 0417114925 incl the names of crew, cox and timekeeper (see below).  Any entry must be in accordance with the following requirements.  No further extensions will be made.
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Club Races This Sunday

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

This Sunday 20 January 2013 we will have

a short presentation to launch the sprint season, followed by club races. The weather sounds like it will be perfect.

Here’s the timeline:

9:45 rowers to sign up for club races – can everyone get back to me with likely numbers.

10:00 season launch. I plan to touch on:

  • target regattas
  • training camp
  • an early call for Sydney regatta availability
  • boat usage – hints and rants
  • the boathouse extension and its effect on the season
  • comms (incl this blog!)

10:15 We’ll set crews for club races (the format will depend on numbers)

10:30 hit the water

10:40 – 11:30 races over the 250m fly-and-die Boathouse Drive course

11:40 last crews off water

So we should be done by 12:00 at the latest.

I hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday, and wear your RRC colours – new zootie, old zootie, club blazer, we don’t mind so long as there’s some yellow and black.