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To enter regattas and race for Corowa Rowing Club, all crew members must be financial.
How to Enter
Entries are submitted to Rowing Victoria via the Rowing Online Management System (ROMS). These entries are only allowed to be done by the Captain or President.
Competitors will register their interest in entries via the white board at the rowing club.
Entry in any regatta attracts an entry fee, per ‘seat’ which is paid by the rower. Coxsawians are not charged except at National Level. These fees will vary every regatta and is set by rowing victoria, but are generally under $15 per seat. The Corowa Rowing Club rounds these oar fees up to the nearest dollar to cover some of the boat cartage costs.
Regatta fines are incurred when crews do not comply with the rules. Common rules are Scratching Fees, Late Scratching Fees and Non Appearance Fine. If the rowing club receives these fines from Rowing Victoria then it will be charged to the crew member/s involved. Unless agreed to from the captain or president prior
Boat Unloading & Loading
Loading and unloading boats from the trailer for 'away' regattas requires some effort and preparation. Boats are loaded onto the trailer before it leaves Corowa Rowing Club, unloaded at the regatta, reloaded when the regatta is over, and unloaded back at the Club's boatshed. Boat loading and unloading is supervised by the Captain.
The times for loading the trailer is the Thursday night prior to the regatta and unloading at the shed occurs on the Monday afternoon following a regatta.
It is mandatory that all crew members must attend boat loading and unloading.
All members must compete in the Corowa Rowing Club’s official racing gear. These comprise of either a zoot suit, or a racing singlet with plain black shorts. The singlets and zoot suit are available for sale at the club – just see a committee member.
If hats are to be worn by a crew then they must be identical. (club ones are available)
Corowa Rowing Club also has a selection of merchandise for sale from hats, stubby holders, polo shirts, jackets and drink bottles.
At the Regatta
There will be a information hand out available in the weeks leading up to all main regattas via the whiteboard at the club where names are listed for entries. This will include all relevant information.
Some general information for things for you to consider are:
Sunscreen – the club provides this at the shed, but it is handy to take some to all regattas.
Food & Water – Different regattas provide different options, some can be quite pricy. You are allowed to take food and drinks to any regatta. For the larger regattas the club will always try to take a large drinker full of cold water, but if extremely hot this can run out.
Bow Numbers - be aware of who is getting bow numbers – check with captain on the day.
Arriving at Regatta – Always ensure you are the regatta 1 hour before your advertised start time as the boat you are intending to row may need to be rigged.
On the Water – Ensure you are on the water with enough time to warm up, row to start area and be ready for marshalling to start. Usually allow 25 minutes.
At the Start Area – Be there 5 minutes before the start of race, listen to the marshals and do as the officials say. Listen to the cox if in a crew boat and it is up to the bow seat & 2nd seat rower to ‘tap the boat’ along
At the Finish Area – After your race, return to the trailer as efficiently as you can as your boat may be required on a quick turnaround.
Every year Corowa Rowing Club combines with Rutherglen Lake and Wahgunyah Rowing clubs to host the Murray Rowing Association Regatta. This regatta is held on Lake Moodemere on the 2nd weekend in January every year.
This regatta is rich in history – it first commenced in 1860 and it is the longest running regatta in Rowing Victoria’s history.
20 years ago this regatta was on the brink of collapse being held on 1 day with only 30 entries. Fast forward to current times and the regatta is now a two day event. In 2013 there were 800 entries with a race occurring every 3 minutes from 8am til 5.15pm on the Saturday and from 7am to 4pm on Sunday.
We have incurred all types of weather, from being knee deep in mud, to 40 degrees to freezing in 2013 on the Sunday.
This regatta has won the people’s choice “Regatta of the Year” numerous times.
During the 2 days at the lake it is a busy time for all three host clubs. We alternate the hot/cold food, soft drink and bar year to year. We also provide 2 regatta secretaries and must provide 2 people per day for bow numbers so all clubs are pushed to their limit.
Corowa Rowing Club also saw this as an opportunity to raise extra funds. So for the past 5 years we have hosted a sit down dinner on the Saturday night at our club rooms. Last year saw 350+ people through the shed with expectations to hit 400 people this year (2014). 95% of the food for this dinner is donated by our members with the club offering two courses. The main course consists of Lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese, Chicken Casserole, Curried Sausages, Vegie Lasagna, roast meat with chat potoates and vegies along with tossed salad and bread. The desserts include Chocolate Ripple Cake, Sticky Date Pudding, Fruit Salad, Cream, Icecream.
This dinner is run by a team of volunteers that include heating, serving, washing up, set up through to clean up.
This weekend for the Corowa Rowing Club is our major fundraiser for the year....so instead of asking you to sell chocolates or be part of any kind of fundraising “drive” we ask for help over this weekend.
Keep an eye out in the club in December as information will be everywhere as well as places to volunteer to cook and/or help out on the night.