2023 Rutherglen Regatta

After a few weeks of uncertainty, Rutherglen Regatta 2023 was confirmed to actually take place on Lake Moodemere, to everyone’s relief and delight. The recent Murray River flooding carved out a lovely little cliff on the river bank, which made launching boats a tad more challenging, but nothing could stop the good vibes and enthusiasm of participants. The contingent from RRC was strong this year, with over 30 members attending and 60 races entered over the weekend. Armed with Will’s spreadsheet, RRC was an unstoppable tsunami of boats and coxes on and off the water both days.

After the stifling heat on Saturday, it was deliciously refreshing to jump in the pool at the Lydoun Motel, our home away from home in Chiltern. This was followed by a lovely BBQ, expertly cooked by our team of volunteers and coordinated by Richie Healy.
It also gave us an opportunity to say farewell to Sep Tolboom, who has now returned to his native Netherlands after spending some time in Melbourne. He’s been a great addition to the men’s coaching team and a wonderful person to have around the club. Best of luck on your new adventures Sep!

Race of the weekend?

Big ups to Richie for catching the footage of the absolute barnstormer of a finish for the Sunday MB4x+ “too close to call”.


MC8+ Will Golding, Allan Randall, Isaac Balemi, Pat Cook, Ben Wardle, Alex Pupko, Dennis Beck, Jack Hellerstedt, coxed by Ally Dejaegher
X2X Jack Hellerstedt & Ally Dejaegher
MB4X+ Pat Cook, Isaac Balemi, Ben Wardle, Will Golding, coxed by Jack Hellerstedt
FM4X+ Christine Sullivan, Cynthia Masters, Sarah Hardy, Diana Vernon, coxed by Stef Dudzig
FB2- Amy Catlin & Lily Innes-Irons
MC4X+ Emil Limansyah, James Merrett, Will Golding, Pat Cook, coxed by Jack Hellerstedt
FB4+ Caley Manzie, Kat Spinnler-Jenkins, Stef Dudzig, Gabriella Bekir-Fuente, coxed by Wan Emptage
FC4+ Emily Bourke, Dana Hill, Caley Manzie, Kat Spinnler-Jenkins, coxed by Christine Sullivan

MB8+ Pat Cook, Jack Hellerstedt, Jon Roberts, Alex Pupko, Tom McKay, Ben Wardle, Will Golding, Isaac Balemi, coxed by Ally Dejaegher
FC4X+ Gabriella Bekir-Fuente, Marie Bergmann, Caley Manzie, Emily Bourke coxed by Amy Catlin
FB4+ Caley Manzie, Kat Spinnler-Jenkins, Stef Dudzig, Gabriella Bekir-Fuente, coxed by James Merrett
MC4X+ Emil Limansyah, James Merrett, Allan Randall, Dmitri Maksoutov, coxed by Geraldine Goss

Thank yous

Huge thanks to our team of volunteers for making this event possible:
Fiona Morrison for organising accommodation at Lydoun Motel
Christine & Leigh Sullivan, for towing the trailer to and from Rutherglen
Leigh Sullivan for BRO duty on Saturday
Richie Healy for organising food logistics and planning the Saturday BBQ
Pat Cook, Gerry Goss, Will Golding, Jon Roberts & Dennis Beck for cooking up a storm on Saturday night and making sure everything gets cleaned up
Jack Hellerstedt for crisis re-booking the pub, creating the photo album, picking up BBQ food and double checking boats were tied down properly
Kim Begelhole for the boatloading plan
All members who coxed, helped to get boats on and off water, boatloaded/unloaded and generally helped out over the weekend. Your assistance is really appreciated!

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Seeking: Casual Rowing Coach

Casual Rowing Coach – Richmond Rowing Club

Richmond Rowing Club is a community rowing club that strives to provide opportunities to participate, develop and compete in a friendly and inclusive community on and off water.

The role

Richmond Rowing Club has enjoyed regular appearances and success at Vic State Championships and Australian National Masters Championships.

We have opportunities available for enthusiastic and experienced Rowing Coaches to work with both our Development and Senior Programs, with availability to work throughout the week and weekends. You will work closely with the Head of Rowing and Senior Coach to coach, mentor and contribute to the club rowing program.

These roles play a critical part in ensuring that the training schedules and guidelines established by the Coaches are delivered in a professional manner whilst role modelling the behavior and standards expected of Richmond Rowing Clubs reputation and ethos.

About You

To be considered for a rowing coach position, it is essential that you have:

  • Level 1 or 2 Rowing Coaching Accreditation
  • Previous experience in coaching a rowing team with successful results will be highly regarded
  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills; both written and verbal
  • Displays a high level of self-awareness and the ability to maintain positive relationships
  • A current National Criminal Record Check or WWCC
  • Preferred Level 1 First Aid Qualification
  • Boat License preferred, but not essential

It is expected that Rowing Coaches must attend all training sessions (weekdays, weekends), camps and Professional Development activities organised by the Head of Rowing. If this sounds like the role for you then don’t hesitate, apply today

Please ensure that you provide a cover letter addressed to Christine Sullivan, The Head of Rowing:
[email protected]
With a resume and qualifications/accreditations as part of your application.

Applications Close 24/01/23

2022 Club races and Christmas lunch

We had a big day on Sunday 11th December with club races, boat naming and the club Christmas lunch. Thankfully the weather was glorious for most of the day, only turning to showers at the very end.

Club races

3 Richmond eights were ready and keen for the splash and dash 300m course and the competition was fierce.
Ambush – coxed by Jack: Cynthia, James, Millie, Alex, Rohan, Pat, Allan, Tim E
D. Begg – coxed by Kathy: Caley, Keith, Pavel, Mikey G, Tom, Kim, Sep, John B
Minerva – coxed by Will: Rebecca, Emily B, Lily, Anthea, Andrew, Ben, Dennis and Justin, who also ended up winners! Well done to all participants.

Boat naming

Richmond RC is very lucky to have acquired a beautiful Hudson 8, graciously donated by the Sullivan family and sponsored by Leemark. Heartfelt thank you to Chris and Leigh Sullivan for their incredibly generous gift, which will no doubt be appreciated for many years to come.
The boat naming celebration was setup at the front of the club and the 8 has been christened the “Minerva”, roman goddess of wisdom and counterpart to the Greek deity Athena. She was the goddess of justice, strategic war and victory, who emerged fully formed and armoured from the head of her father Jupiter. More importantly, Minerva is also the name of one of Richmond RC’s very first boats in the 1863 original fleet. An apt name and a lovely throwback to the club’s origins.

Christine Sullivan and some exploding bubbles on the Minerva

Christmas lunch

All our squads came together to decorate the hall & make sure we were in full festive spirit for the afternoon. The food was delicious, crackers popping with terrible jokes enjoyed by all, along with spectacularly Christmassy music. But the best part as always was the company.

Thank yous

Helen Pearce – Event organisation, marketing & desserts
Christine Sullivan – Club race logistics & crews
Will Golding, Jack Hellerstedt & Kathy Macrow – Coxing for club races
Amy Catlin – Christmas lunch catering
Diana Vernon – Serving food
Anthea Amos, Kathy Macrow, Dennis Beck, Amy Catlin, Lily Innes-Irons, Kim Begelhole & Ally Dejaegher – Bar service
James Merrett & Jack Hellerstedt – Clean-up & dishes
All Women & Men’s squad on the day – Christmas decorations and set-up

2022 Carrum Regatta

In a very unusual turn of events, Carrum was one of the few regattas this year that wasn’t at risk of cancellation or location change. Not only that, but the weather gods were on our side as we enjoyed glorious clear skies, light winds and a barely there whiff from the treatment plant – perfect conditions for racing.

Despite a small contingent from Richmond and tough competition from the likes of Mercantile and Carey, we were still successful on the water with several wins and some very close races.

Well done to all participants, particularly those for whom it was a new experience:
Emily Bourke, Sean Rushby and James Merrett – First time sprint racing
Amy Catlin – first time coxing in a regatta

Massive thank you to our team of volunteers for making this event possible:
Barry Campbell for towing the trailer in the most appalling traffic conditions
Phil Munson for being our BRO extraordinaire for the afternoon session
Jack Hellerstedt as our official event photographer
Everyone who helped each other out by coxing, carrying blades & boats, providing lifts, words of encouragement, sweet treats or watermelon-scented suncream


First place – Medals!

FB4x+ Emily Bourke, Millie Cameron, Gabriela Bekir-Fuente, Sarah Hardy, coxed by Ally Dejaegher – 4:03.66

FM4x+ Ally Dejaegher, Sarah Hardy, Anthea Amos, Christine Sullivan, coxed by Amy Catlin – 4:51.83

X8+ Tim Foster, Will Golding, Alex Pupko, Ben Wardle, Amy Catlin, Lily Innes-Irons, Gabriela Bekir-Fuente, Emily Bourke, coxed by Ally Dejaegher – 3:44.63

Second place

MA4x+ Will Golding, Ben Wardle, Isaac Balemi, Pat Cook, coxed by Derek Begg – 3:23.56
FB2- Lily Innes-Irons, Amy Catlin – 4:13.21
MB4+ Tim Foster, Ben Wardle, Isaac Balemi, Pat Cook, coxed by Derek Begg – 3:41.65
MB8+ Tim Foster, Pat Cook, Ben Wardle, Isaac Balemi, Alex Pupko, Michael Gehling, Jack Hellerstedt, Keith Wong, coxed by Will Golding 3:34.43
X4x+ Jack Hellerstedt, Amy Catlin, Ally Dejaegher, Dennis Beck, coxed by Keith Wong 4:01.58
MA8+ Tim Foster, Pat Cook, Ben Wardle, Isaac Balemi, Alex Pupko, Will Golding, Jack Hellerstedt, Dennis Beck, coxed by Ally Dejaegher 3:25.64

Third place

MB4x+ Keith Wong, James Merrett, Sean Rushby, Emil Limansyah, coxed by Lily Innes-Irons 4:04.82
FM2x Anthea Amos, Val Dowell [MRC] 5:24.04

Another great day for Richmond Rowing Club

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2022 Melbourne Head

It was a big call to delay the regatta for a week owing to the flood conditions on the Yarra, but the weather on the 26th was a stunning departure from the rain.

Despite the date change, Richmond fielded 18 entries across the four brackets, including the bulk seven-boat play for the FClub4x+.

Conditions got steadily windier as the morning progressed, but Richmond crews were still powering down the course in some very tight races. The Men’s Club 8 in particular came only a whisker behind the winners from Mercantile, hopefully a good sign of things to come for the rest of the season.

While rowers were still competing in the last bracket, our volunteers were busy setting up everything at the club for our afternoon BBQ and open bar. Huge thanks to Helen Pearce for organising the event and serving for hours despite being injured. Also very grateful to Jack and Lily for setting up; Dennis and William for BBQ cooking; Wan, Amy, Dennis, Mikey Kim and Lily for working the bar, Emily Bourke and Sam for clean-up and everyone else who helped make the event such a success.


XM4x+ Ally Dejaegher, Richie Healy, Jack Hellerstedt, Amy Catlin, cox: Lily Innes-Irons 14:05.49

MClub4+ Ben Wardle, Indigo Orton, Tim Foster, Pat Cook, cox: Derek Begg 12:20.6
FClub4x+ Wan-ling Emptage, Emily Bourke, Sam Leslie, Dana Hill, cox: Zena Marzi 13:42.41
FM4x+ Ally Dejaegher, Rachael Button, Christine Sullivan, Sarah Houghton, cox: Deb Spring 13:28.94
MClub8+ Jack Hellerstedt, Pavel Oborin, Jon Roberts, Alex Pupko, Indigo Orton, Ben Wardle, Pat Cook, Tim Foster, cox: Derek Begg 10:56.2

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2022 Indoor rowing championships AIRC

In a foreshadowing of the state of the head race season, it was a welcome return to erging in-person at the shed for AIRCs this year.

Richmond posted up 35 entries from 18 athletes from age brackets ranging from 19-29 up to 75-79.

first place
Helen Pearce, 40-49W, 500m, 1:30.8
Kate Dyball, 30-39WL, 500m, 1:38.9
Alex Silber, 75-79M, 500m, 1:40.9
Helen Pearce, 40-49W, 2000m, 6:54.7
Kate Dyball, 30-39WL, 2000m, 7:09.1
Helen Pearce, 40-49W, 1000m, 3:20.1
Kate Dyball, 30-39WL, 1000m, 3:30.4
Lily Innes-Irons, 19-29W, 1000m, 3:31.7
Alex Silber, 75-79M, 1000m, 3:44.8
Anthea Amos, 65-69W, 1000m, 4:31.8

second place
Geraldine Goss, 60-64W, 500m, 1:46.9
RRC relay, 19-39W, 2000m, 6:37.4
Ben Wardle, 19-29M, 2000m, 6:32.4
Jack Hellerstedt, 30-39ML, 2000m, 7:03.5
Kirsty Fergie, 30-39W, 2000m, 7:31.1
Kirsty Fergie, 30-39W, 1000m, 3:36.4
Geraldine Goss, 60-64W, 1000m, 3:51.7

Third place
Pavel Oborin, 30-39ML, 2000m, 7:32.8
Alex Pupko, 19-29M, 1000m, 3:06.9
Jack Hellerstedt, 30-39ML, 1000m, 3:25.1
Caley Manzie, 19-29W, 1000m, 3:36.4
Philip Munson, 65-69M, 1000m, 3:39.2

With a total of 316 points amassed, RRC took third overall in club standings behind Gippsland Grammar (353) and Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club (348).

Big thanks to Helen for being the mastermind of the event, and hostess extraordinaire while sweeping her events, Will for entries & IT architecture, and Ally, Richie, Emily, Sean, Alex, for running the ergos throughout the day.

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2022 Rowing Camp Nagambie

We headed up to Nagambie for a welcome return to our annual rowing camp for the weekend of 8 October. Big thanks to Leigh & Chris for trailering.

There were a handful of eager beavers that made it up early enough Friday to have a row, before RRC took over Nagambie brewery for dinner under SVs carefully laid booking plans.

Despite selective efforts to the contrary, we were on-water for the first session by 730 Saturday morning. The first of four sessions, men’s squad clocked up 42 km’s in a pair of sessions on the Goulburn followed by a pair of afternoon sessions on the course.

Saturevening was for the box biters, by all reports Keith’s normally unquestioned dominance under steady stream of threats, with Lily photographed wearing the crown. Saturnight was for cabin 46’s holistic approach to the weekend.

Sunday saw a solid 10km session for 8am, amelioration of the remaining evidence, and a final mixed crews laugh of a dash down the course.

Enormous thanks to Ally, who with Emil and Millie organised accommodation, comms, survey and lots more: Kathy organised finances. Kirsty and Sue-Virginia organised food and William Haynes manned the BBQ: Richie, Helen, Tim F and Anthea A provided salads. Safety planning was done by Alex Reid, Kathy M, Kim, Christine, boats organised by Kim and Andrew C was a tinnie driver.  Volunteer coaches and coxes were Derek, Stuart, Anthea, Kathy, and paid coaches were Will, Sep, Roy, Alex and Lucci.

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2022 Head of the Barwon

Very much “day for it” vibes for this quick dash out west.


MA-C2x I. Balemi, B. Wardle 15:16.68
FM4+ C.Crouser [RCHMD], H.Pearce [RCHMD], G.Goss [RCHMD], R.Gribble [WENDB], Cox: K.Wong [RCHMD] 16:49.5
FA-C4x+/- R. Dickson-Hoyle, K. Fergie, L. Innes-Irons, A. Kinsman, Cox: C. McCarthy 16:17
FM1x G. Goss 19.09.11
MA-C2x W. Golding, P. Cook 16:08.32
MA-C4x+/- W. Golding, I. Balemi, B. Wardle, P. Cook, Cox: W. Emptage 14:43.1
FA-C2x C. Crouser, H. Pearce 16:52.2
MM4x+/- D. Beck, C. Burke, W. Haynes, J. Roberts, Cox: ATHLETE UNKNOWN 16:52.45

2022 Flying Doctor Rowathon

We sent a couple quads out to Wentworth the weekend of 11 September for the Rowathon to support the Flying Doctor Service.

Congrats to Phil, Alan, Guy and Denis for taking out the 50km half marathon!
Dana and Sarah Hardy for completing all three legs!!

Big thanks to our support crew- Susanna, Stef and Barry. Helping the crews on and off the water, carting our stuff between stations. Susanna, Phil and Leigh for driving the trailer.

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2022 Saltwater Challenge

It was another auspiciously sunny day to head west for the first regatta of the season- the Saltwater Challenge on the Maribynong.

Big congratulations to our 11 competing crews, with first place finishes in the FMClub4x+/- and MC4x+, with the masters club women also taking the “biggest winning margin” award for the regatta.

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  1. MO4X+/- Male Open Coxed/Coxless Quad Scull
    P.Cook, P.Oborin, I.Balemi, B.Wardle, Cox: D.Begg, Coaches: W.Golding, S.Tolboom
    3rd 16:55.60
  2. MA4X+ Male A Grade Coxed Quad Scull
    R.Healy, M.Gehling, A.Pupko, T.McKay, Cox: C.Crouser, Coaches: W.Golding, S.Tolboom
    3rd 18:22.74
  3. MM4X+/- Male Masters Club Coxed/Coxless Quad Scull
    D.Beck, J.Roberts, A.Randall, T.Foster, Cox: ATHLETE UNKNOWN, Coaches: W.Golding, S.Tolboom
    11th 18:05.20
  4. FM4X+/- Female Masters Club Coxed/Coxless Quad Scull
    Melbourne University/Richmond
    G.Goss [RCHMD], P.Whiting [MUBC], H.Pearce [RCHMD], J.Bant [MUBC], Cox: ATHLETE UNKNOWN
    1st 18:42.07

S.Timmins, H.Doherty-McMillan, K.Fergie, W.Emptage, Cox: C.Sullivan, Coach: A.Lawler
8th 20:05.69

  1. FSCH4X+Y91 Female School Coxed Quad Scull Year 9 Division 1
    PLC Melbourne
    Y.Wang, H.Chowdary, C.Wei, J.Spencer, Cox: S.Leslie
    24 21:55.09

PLC Melbourne
G.Gonzales, C.Lowe, T.Xiao, T.Vessey, Cox: S.Houghton
16 21:14.10

  1. MMClub4X+/- Male Masters Club Quad Scull
    P.Munson, K.Begelhole, C.Burke, T.Evans, Cox: S.Dudczig
    6th 20:36.87
  2. MB4X+ Male B Grade Coxed Quad Scull
    A.Randall, A.Pupko, B.Wardle, I.Balemi, Cox: D.Begg, Coaches: W.Golding, S.Tolboom
    3rd 17:57.19
  3. FMClub4X+/- Female Masters Club Quad Scull
    G.Goss, K.Doggett, K.Dyball, H.Pearce, Cox: C.Crouser
    1st 18:48.70
  4. FB4X+ Female B Grade Coxed Quad Scull
    A.Kinsman, L.Innes-Irons, K.Fergie, R.Dickson-Hoyle, Cox: E.Mitsch, Coach: A.Lawler
    2nd 19:10.46

C.Sullivan, R.Button, S.Leslie, S.Houghton, Cox: D.Spring, Coach: A.Lawler
4th 19:33.13

  1. XM4X+/- Mixed Masters Coxed/Coxless Quad Scull
    D.Beck, G.Goss, T.Foster, H.Pearce, Cox: ATHLETE UNKNOWN
    4th 18:47.93
  2. MC4X+ Male C Grade Coxed Quad Scull
    P.Cook, D.Ingram, R.Healy, K.Wong, Cox: D.Begg, Coaches: W.Golding, S.Tolboom
    1st 18:44.70