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Recruiting a head coach

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I am excited to announce we are now actively recruiting for a head coach to join our team of volunteer coaches and work alongside the Head of Rowing to manage and implement a rowing program for the upcoming season.

Check out the attachment for the detailed job description and how to apply. Contact for more information.

RRC Head Coach
RRC Head Coach
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Strategic planning day Saturday 1st July

Thanks to everyone who took part last week in the rowing season review to help look at successes and areas to target for improvement next season for the rowing opportunities at the club. Along with the on water activities that form the foundation of our rowing club, Richmond encompasses much more than that and the success of our community managed volunteer organisation requires planning beyond the rowing program.

We are currently in a strong position with our facilities and finances thanks to the work by many over the last few years so now we must look forward and plan for the future to ensure the club continues to deliver and improve upon its current status. We want to set big picture goals and objectives and we need our members to help shape the direction for RRC going forward. Some of you may remember back in 2013 we undertook some strategic planning and we want to review and update this to help us focus our energy and resources on the key areas we see as priorities for the club.

I want to invite you all to attend our strategic planning session to be held on Saturday 1st July at the boathouse from 10am-1pm. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member, what experiences you have or what you think you can contribute everyone is welcome (even if you don’t say a word) and its an ideal time to just find out a little more about what makes Richmond the club it is and how you can contribute to it.

Strategic-PlanningWe’re aiming to keep it very focused and to encourage lots of people to attend it won’t take up your whole weekend – just a few hours on Saturday morning after Winter sculling. So starting at 10am we will review the status of our last strategic plan and discuss the key areas we believe are still relevant and any new priorities or focus areas. We can then begin to formulate goals, objectives and action plans to help us achieve them.

You can find further details on our calendar including the agenda and summary from the 2013 strategic plan as a basis for the talking points and framework for the day.

This will be the first step in preparing a plan and setting goals to ensure the longevity and success of the club and in turn all its members and so we encourage input and assistance from you all. If you have any questions about how you can contribute or want to find out more please contact me. I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday July 1st, 10am.

One season ends and another begins

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated at this years Presentation and Awards night. A great evening was spent looking back upon the success of the year and showing appreciation to all the people who have made it possible.
We also congratulated our Male and Female club and masters rowers of the year Jonathon Roberts and Geraldine Goss who through active participation, competition success and club time trial events collected huge points to come out on top in both categories.
award winners
The Don Edwards, Cox of the year award went to Stefanie Dudzicg, who was also a valuable member of the very successful Female novice masters four who I had great pleasure in awarding the presidents award for their great commitment, results and Richmond team spirit. The crew included  Yashaswini Vegi, Caroline Trescowthick, Rebecca Hale, Zoe Maxwell, Stefanie Dudczig (cox) & Kathy Macrow (coach).
winners womens masters novice 4
Now we begin to look forward to the 2017/18 season and after training next Thursday evening 15th June @8PM, we are asking all rowers & coxswains to stay for a one-hour feedback session with the coaches. Rather than doing an online survey to gather feedback on the past season, we would like for all our rowers & coxswains to provide some direct feedback to the club. This feedback will be noted, and will be used by the coaches and committee in shaping the rowing program for the next season. I strongly urge everyone to attend as all feedback will be most welcome. By providing your opinion you are helping us create a program which will better suit your needs.
The good news – the bar will be open, and we will arrange some food as well. Even if you aren’t able to make training, it would be great to have as many people as we can come down to the feedback session afterwards.

RRC AGM 11am Sat 29th July

The Annual general meeting for RRC will be held at the boatclub from 11am on Saturday 29th July. This years committee will present the Annual report and financial statements and we invite all members of the Association to attend.

The meeting is also the opportunity to elect new members to the committee and all positions are available for full members of the club to nominate for (must be a member for minimum of two years). If you are interested in contributing to the club and want to know more about what you could do and what the different committee roles entail please feel free to contact me or speak to any of the current committee members about their experiences.

If you do wish to nominate, you are required to complete a nomination form (found on the documents page of our website) and submit it to the secretary at least 14 days prior to the meeting (BEFORE 15th July).

Along with the formal business of the day we will also be performing the official boat naming of the Dennis Beck, our brand new Sykes coxed quad/four which has been a great investment for the club already this year. This will be followed by refreshments in the boathouse so please show your support for the committee and your club by attending the AGM.

Nomination For Office Bearer July 2017
Nomination For Office Bearer July 2017
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Fundraising – investing back in you

As we come to the end of our financial year we have been tallying up all our fundraising success of the year, I want to thank everyone who has contributed and let you know about our plans for investing it straight back into the club to hopefully benefit you all.

We’ve run a few great events and thanks to the success of the New Years Eve party and our big annual Trivia Night fundraiser we have generated $14,000 in fundraising this year. The decision has been made to invest that money in two areas:

  1. A brand new set of men’s sweep oars – so boys you can start Winter training for HoTY as we took delivery of them this week, but please wait for the captain to unwrap and set them up. There’s actually 10 oars in the set so a club pair can get training too 😉
  2. Refit of the gymnasium – lots of planning has gone into how we can best utilise the space we have in our gym beyond the ergos we currently have. Look out for some new equipment (which will start arriving tomorrow to enable more all round weight and fitness training to suit all strengths. We might need some helpers in getting everything set up and then we’ll try and get everyone trained to be able to safely use the new equipment – please do not use if you don’t know how to and always ask for help if needed. The hope is that while the weather is not so attractive for getting out on the water we can still work on our fitness and strength over Winter.

So maybe when you are at the club this Saturday celebrating the success’ of the season take a peak at some of the new additions that we will all be able to benefit from and maybe purchase an extra celebratory drink at the bar – because all our social/fundraising profit will go towards equipment for our members.

Entertainment Books available now

The Entertainment Book/mobile app is out again for 2017/2018 and is and easy way to help raise some money for the club.
We (Shern & Jon) have had the book for many years saving far more than the $70 than it costs. With 2 for 1 movie tickets, 25% off up to $40 at Transport, PJ OBriens, Hophaus, Bear Brass and Beer Deluxe to name just a few places to eat after rowing. That’s before you hit the town with non rowing people away from the club!
Other vouchers include saving $10 when you spend $50 chemist warehouse- think plasters, deep heat and all other things to put yourself back together after rowing!
5% off Woolworths vouchers which can be used for petrol for those road trips to regattas and lots of bananas.

However here are some other bigger facts –
· The entertainment book has over 800 vouchers / discounts on dining, entertainment, activities, hotel stays etc. etc. across Melbourne and suburbs
These discounts tend to be 20% off meals at top restaurants to 2 for 1 entry to the Melbourne star or even 20%, 25% off puffing billy for the gunzels of you out there. Eureka sky deck 2 for 1 and many more.
· The book or mobile app costs only $70 to purchase – 20% of which will go directly back to the club to make our club better for all of us.
The vouchers are valid to 1st June 2018 so plenty of time to get your $70 back and more.
Any question feel free to ask me
Shern Timmins

Tickets on sale now for RRC Presentation Night 2017

Presentation night poster - FinalThis years RRC Presentation Night is only a few weeks away on Saturday 27th May at 7pm. So pack away the zootie and dress to impress as we celebrate all the achievements of our club members for the last year. We’ve had some cracking races not too mention state club and masters titles. We’ll be honouring all of these along with our Annual awards including rowers and coxswain of the year. Club races and time trial winners will also be announced so make sure you’re there to receive your awards!

Tickets are on sale now at Trybooking. Bring along your partner or friends for what will be a special night at the clubhouse including a three course meal for $45. Drinks will be available to purchase at the bar.

This evening is also the perfect opportunity to thank everyone who has made the year possible including coaches, coxes and volunteers. It’s the ideal time to come together and celebrate all that is great about our special club and the friends we have there.

I can’t wait and I hope to see you all there too!

The passing of Roberto Perillo

Many current and past members of RRC mourn the passing of Roberto Perillo. There has been a reoccurring comment from members that Roberto was ‘a great bloke or guy’. He was much more to many of us than just a great guy.

Roberto joined RRC in 1998, but he was already an accomplished rower. He had rowed in Argentina, his home country, and he told stories of the difference in rowing between Australia and Argentina. The one lasting difference I recall is that in Argentina they have boatmen to launch and collect the boats on behalf of the rowers!

In 2004 Roberto gathered together four women to become a RRC Female Masters crew that he would coach. One of the women was Kathryn Penny who Roberto had meet at a personal development course, and encouraged to do the learn to row course at RRC. Their relationship developed, despite sometimes rowing together, and they married a couple of years later.

I had the privilege of being a part of this crew and benefitted greatly from Roberto’s tireless attention to providing us with dedicated coaching. We also under went extra weight training by having Roberto in the boat as the cox! The crew went on to take out several gold medals including State Masters Championships.

Roberto, Kathryn and Jenny Hall, entered the 2005 World Masters Games in Canada and represented RRC in several rowing crews.

Roberto was a very active RRC member and was always on hand to help out others and provide some knowledge from his years of experience. He served as Captain on the Committee for 5 years from 2003-2008 and was awarded Life Membership for his years of service as a member, a rower, a coach, a cox and Captain. He epitomised the values of our community club, giving back far more than he received.

Roberto was a gentleman, kind, thoughtful and generous and will be missed by many forever.

Anthea Amos

Mens Masters f winning crew at Head of the Yarra 2014 (Roberto far left).
Mens Masters F winning crew at Head of the Yarra 2014 (Roberto far left).

College rowers in April and May

Training for the intercollegiate regatta recommences on Saturday 22nd of April after the Easter break culminating with the regatta day on the 6th of May.

It’s worth noting that whilst some crews are ex-school rowers with plenty of experience many have never rowed before and will be getting a crash course in sweep rowing before competing in that first regatta in two weeks.

This year RRC has leased the Schouten Family and the Jennifer Campbell out to the college crews exclusively along with the timber veneer Croker oars. These boats have now been blocked out for booking until after the 6th of May. We will also loan the Ambush on an ad-hoc basis until that crew’s boat is available at MUBC next week.

Crews leasing RRC boats are from University and Queens Colleges and MLC are leasing to Ormond and Trinity. With RRC and MLC leasing fleet to the intercollegiate rowing this year there will be between 50 and 70 odd new faces around the club when you add rowers, coxswains, coaches, reserves and friends. That’s a lot of potential new members so make them feel welcome.

The college crews predominantly train weekday mornings but I suspect they’ll be trying to get a few extra sessions in over the weekend and through to ANZAC day now the enforced Easter break is over. Those using RRC boats have been reminded to use the log book but even RRC’s experienced members forget sometimes so check the boats are all on the racks before you lock the RRC shed up.

More information on the intercollegiate various sports including rowing can be found here:

The girls from the Victorian Pathway Team eight have also been boating out of the MLC shed over the last week and will be attending Time trials over the next few days in Penrith. RRC wish them luck.…/JuniorPathwayTeam/

Footscray and Henley on the Maribyrnong Regattas

Saturday and it’s overcast with the likelihood of rain, not the best weather for racing but the carpark was already full. 9 o’clock and we’re plenty early for a 10.36 race time.

As usual when the Sullivans tow, the trailer is handy and loaded with other Club’s boats. A big thanks for Shern whose been here since the start of the day to fulfill the clubs BRO duties.

Our first race; Guy, Leigh, Phil and Denis; Race 33, the MM4X+ first and final. The familiar impatient wait at the landing for a space, that odd nervy sense of haste to get the feet set and find a line to move down the transition lane.

On the way down to the line we get to cheer on Andrew as he comfortably takes out a heat of the MD1x. Later in the day after plenty of racing a tired Andrew after recovering from a less than perfect start, performs well in the ensuing final.

Plenty of room down behind the start line for some race starts and a “faster, faster” set. Hitting 52 is a great confidence builder for the first race.

While we’re down behind the line, it’s Gerri and Ainslie’s turn. Appearing to have the other two crews covered they easily win Heat 2 of the FC2X with a boat length and a half margin.

Off before us, it’s Dennis, Andrew, Jon and Allan in the MM4X+ with Stef on the tiller and Corio Bay and Footscray on the line. Despite what the programme says, these are all first and finals. Confessing later to never have got going in the race, the guys finish 3rd – maybe it was the quick turnaround for Andrew, maybe the first race of the day, First races are often a triumph of adrenaline over technique.

Richmond off GO; don’t you love being an E crew! Hawthorn and Rutherglen Lakes/Wahgunyah are both off 3 seconds; we get a great start and enjoy a comfortable win.

Straight after Andrew’s D single final, Dennis, Dave M, Jon and Allan coxed by Stef race down the course in the MD4+. The Wahgunyah crew doesn’t let up and chases them all the way to the line but can’t prevent another Richmond win.

Footscray 4+

Now to the final of the FC2X; two well-credentialled Essendon crews can’t prevent Gerri and Ainslie racing to the line and taking another win for the Club.

Back in the quad for the X4X+; Jen, Denis, Leigh and Christine. One of those starts that reminds us all to be ready every time; because none of the crews was. Hardly is a line called than we hear Go! Surprisingly, we’re out of the blocks fast and first. Two great crews; Footscray City and Essendon keep the chase on and by the 300 metre mark they’ve drawn alongside. Unbelievably they end up in a dead heat and no, that doesn’t make it a 2nd for us – that would be 3rd.

Race 108; the MM4+ first and final, two Richmond crews (Leigh, Guy, Denis, Phil and, Allan, Jon, Andrew and Dennis) and Rutherglen Lakes/Wahgunyah, a grudge race? No, but plenty of banter at the start line. And what did I say about being an E crew? You gotta love it! Richmond -Sullivan off Go, Rutherglen Lakes off 3 secs and Richmond – Randall off 9 secs.

The chase was on from the start and it’s a great one, two for Richmond with the Sullivan boat holding off the fast finishing Randall crew. Was the margin still 9 seconds? Depends which boat you were in. J

We don’t get to see Race 66; the final of the female C Grade double scull, safe to say Richmond, Goss and Raggatt have a comfortable win over two Essendon crews.

Race 123, the first and final of the FC4X+; Karen, Michelle, Ainslie and Gerri coxed by Shern have a win over a sole Essendon crew.

Late in the day Keith, in his double with Dave M takes out his first win in the B final of the double. There’s nothing more encouraging than your first win. That is what brings you back to the start line time after time.

It’s Sunday and standing high above the river at Essendon you get that great view of the full 350 metres of the course and you know that if you don’t start fast here you don’t win.

We find out that before we even arrive, Anthea has won in the FM4+ composite with a Caulfield and Mercantile crew.

11.36; it’s a much better time to for the first race of the day. The MM4X+ again with Rutherglen Lakes/Wahgunyah off 1 second; 1 second! What sort of start is that? And Barwon/Corio composite off 3 seconds – that’s a bit better.

It’s tricky to get a practice here but with a steady hand and a keen eye Christine takes us through the weird bridge foundations to get a couple of starts in and get the heart rate up.

It must have worked, a really tight finish with Barwon/Corio right in the mix – when it’s that close it’s always hard to know especially when the finish line is angled across the river. Finally it’s confirmed another Richmond win!

Back in the mixed quad and on the line against Barwon and Hamilton and a mighty young crew Hamilton looks. Mixed should be Masters J so we suggest they give us a 22 second start which unobligingly they ignore. A great start for Richmond but Barwon comes off their racing line, oars clash, some have to stop rowing; we get going again and dash for the line, holding off Barwon comfortably. Where is Hamilton – I can only see two boats – gear failure on the line? But no! They win and we’re left wondering – but for the crash – maybe?

Anthea has a win in the Mixed Eight in a combined Caulfield, Mercantile, and Richmond composite over Barwon and Essendon.

In the end a great weekend of racing with a swag of medals for Richmond and best of all for tired rowers, a short drive back to the sheds for a quick boat unloading.


By Dennis Henry