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Presentation Night 2019

A great night was had by all at the Richmond Rowing Club 2018/19 Presentation Night. Thank you to all of the RRC members and guests who came along to celebrate another successful season. As always it was great to see so many new and old faces present on the night.

We congratulated our Male and Female Club and Masters rowers of the year. These prestigious awards are determined through participation and success at regattas, club races and club time trials. The winners on the evening were:

  • Mal Scott Award – Male Club Rower of the Year – John Carey
  • John Sawyer – Female Club Rower of the Year – Geraldine Goss
  • Male Masters Rower of the Year – Leigh Sullivan and Philip Munson
  • Female Masters Rower of the Year – Diana Vernon and Anthea Amos

The Don Edwards, Cox of the year award was presented to Charlotte North-Coombes.

The President’s Award was presented to Steven Sheppard, reflecting on his dedication to Richmond Rowing Club and the sport of rowing in Victoria as a level 2 BRO. Stephen is regularly representing our club at Regattas to ensure their smooth and safe running.

The Hendley Family Mixed Quad Time Trial was presented by Rod Hendley to Kate Dyball, John Carey, Dennis Beck, Geraldine Goss and Charlotte North-Coombes (coxswain).

The male coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Alan Randall, Jon Roberts, John Carey, Dennis Beck and Charlotte North-Coombes (coxswain).

The female coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Michelle Joy, Kate Dyball, Karen Doggett, Geraldine Goss and Derek Begg (coxswain).

The Jim Barton Males Tub Single time trial was won by John Carey and the Jim Barton Female Tub Single time trial was won by Geraldine Goss.

A number of other awards were presented on the night including:

  • Best and Furriest – Rosie Dickson-Hoyle
  • Eye of the Tiger Award – Steven Sheppard and Ben Bowen
  • Captains Award – Steven Sheppard

Thank you to all those who contributed to such a good night including Tim Evans our MC for the evening and Kim Begelhole for sharing pictures and videos from the season.

We celebrated our Victorian State Championship winners in 2019, pictures of these crews were unveiled which will be displayed in the club. The crews were:

  • Female D Grade coxed 4: Dana Hill, Sarah Houghton, Geraldine Goss, Zoe Maxwell and Charlotte North-Coombes (coxswain)
  • Male D Grade pair: John Carey and Andrew Yuile
  • Female A Grade double: Kate Dyball and Michelle Joy

We also celebrated Ray Dennis who represented Richmond at the recent National Masters Championships. Amongst many medals Ray brought home 3 Gold medals in composite crews, Male Masters J Double, Male J-M Pair and the Male J-M Coxed 4.

The slides presented on the evening can be found at RRC Presentation Night 2019.pdf


Time to think about the Winter Sculling season…..

Whilst many will be thinking its the end of the rowing season, of turning towards the lighted inn, their evening rest and sleep to meet.  Other hardy souls at RRC will be following the row that goes on and on, pursuing it with eager oars where many boats and paddlers will meet.  (Apologies to JRR Tolkein.)

Yes it’s nearly time for the Winter Sculling 2019 series.  If you are not familiar with how it works, check out the website for race details, times  (Saturday mornings through June, July and August), distances, rules and locations .

If you might be interested and need some inspiration, speak to Charlotte North-Coombes who won the Ramsbottom Trophy last year or Aline Dejaegher who was fastest female around the island in a tub last year.

RRC has a limited number of sculls available for members to use in the Winter Sculling Series including three Regulation (tub) sculls. It is possible to share fleet across events and the organisers will stagger entries where participants indicate they are sharing a boat with another rower entered.

Please advise the Captain via email ( before 20 May if you are considering entering the Winter Sculling series so that fleet can be allocated or where necessary sourced from other clubs or schools.  For example anyone wishing to use the Tiger Shark for Winter Sculling will be sharing the boat with the Captain.

Those members with their own boats should also advise the Captain if they are entering the series as we may be required to provide a trailer to away events if we have a high number of participants from RRC.

The Winter Sculling season also needs help from volunteers to act as marshalls and help out. So if you don’t feel like rowing every week, how about volunteering one week. Check out the details here:


Barry Campbell

RRC Presentation Night Awards 2017/18

Thank you to all of the RRC members and guests who came along to celebrate another successful season at our recent Presentation Night. It was a great night with lots of new and old faces reflecting on the efforts and success throughout the year. Thank you to the “Doghouse Four” for arranging the evening of BLING, with some amazing decorations and videos along with a cameo appearance on the video from Basil with his Richmond zootie.
We also congratulated our Male and Female Club and Masters rowers of 2017/18 year determined through participation and success at regattas, club races and club time trials. The winners on the evening were:
  • Mal Scott Award – Male Club Rower of the Year – Jon Roberts
  • John Sawyer – Female Club Rower of the Year – Shern Timmins
  • Male Masters Rower of the Year – Leigh Sullivan
  • Female Masters Rower of the Year – Michelle Joy 

The Don Edwards, Cox of the year award was presented to Derek Begg.
The President’s Award was presented to Kathy Macrow for her commitment to Richmond Rowing Club, truly embodying the spirit of our club through all she does from coxing to coaching to administration over a number of years.
For the first year we christened the Mixed Quad Round the Island time trial as the Hendley Family Mixed Quad Time Trial with a commemorative plaque commissioned to record the winners names which will be maintained in the gym. Rod Hendley and Judy Hendley were present for the awarding of the inaugural award to Aline Dejaegher, Shern Timmins, John Carey, Jon Roberts and Stef Dudczig (coxswain).
The male coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Alan Randall, Jon Roberts, Andrew Yuile, John Carey and Stef Dudczig (coxswain).
The female coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Edwina Griffiths, Jodie Naisbitt, Shern Timmins, Yashaswini Vegi and Derek Begg (coxswain).
A number of other awards were presented on the night including:
  • Best and Furriest – Stef Dudzcig
  • Eye of the Tiger Award – Doghouse Four (Kim Begelhole, Ray O’Shae, Alex Reid, Rob Gordon)
  • Captains Award – Doghouse Four (Kim Begelhole, Ray O’Shae, Alex Reid, Rob Gordon)








Tim Evans

Head of Rowing

You’re invited to enter the Richmond Rowing Club Time Trial Challenge 2016

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All Richmond rowers are invited to take part in our annual time trails, in either a Quad or Single.  These time trials are open to male & female crews, and must following the following rules:

Must be conducted in TUB boats.

  • The start is from the light pole outside the front of the club, and may be a running start.
  • The Single is under Swan Street Bridge and back. Consult your coach about the safe turning zone.
  • The Quad is around Herring Island, and must be coxed by an accredited coxswain.
  • Finish line is the start line.
  • All crews must be accompanied by someone from the bank to oversee safety.
    • This person does not need to be a coach, but should be an experienced rower who can alert crews on any potential problems.
  • Times are to be submitted to Head of Rowing (Tim Evans,
    • Last day for times to be submitted is the Sunday before presentation night, Sunday 22nd May 2016.
    • You may make multiple attempts at the time trail, with multiple crews.

Four prizes are awarded at our Presentation night, being for the fastest male & female single scull, and for the fastest male & female quad scull.

For assistance with boats, please refer to the Captain of Boats.   Other queries can be directed to your coach or the Head of Rowing

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RRC 2014-15 Awards

Thanks to everyone who came together on Saturday night to celebrate the achievements of RRC for the past season. From the comfort of our beautiful boathouse we remembered the great wins, the closes races, the fun nights, the early mornings and the special friendships we have built.

We also presented the annual awards based on entries and race wins throughout the season. In some very close point counts congratulations goes to:

Mal Scott Award (Male rower of the year) – Michael Gehling

John Sawyer Award (Female rower of the year) – Geraldine Goss

Don Edwards Award (Cox of the year) – Derek Begg

Oar bender Award – Kieran Burke, for his impressive display in breaking the shaft of a sweep oar during a race at Ballarat this season.

Keith Millar Time Trial – Tub 4+ around the island

Winner of the Women’s

Jodie Niasbitt, Vicki Brennan, Suzzane Mullner, Stefanie Dudzig, Cox : Dave Micallef

Time 35:53 (altered course due to river dredging at the island)

Winner of the Men’s

Robert Gordon, Ray O’Shea, Enrique Mai, Lachlan Molesworth, Cox : Sandrine Balbo

Time 40:16

President’s Award – Vicki Brennan, for being an all round amazing help and super efficient treasurer. I can not thank her enough for her time, effort and support over the last couple of years. On top of all those jobs she takes on as treasurer she is also the person you can thank for the bar being stocked at our functions and more often than not she will even volunteer to serve you that drink.

The evening concluded with a slideshow of this seasons highlights, if you want to see it take a look here.

Now the season is concluded we want to look forward to the next one which will be here before you know it. This Saturday we will be hosting a planning day at the boathouse from 10am, it’s your opportunity to have your say and we welcome your opinions so please come along or contact if you want more information.

Season Cutoff Dates: Time Trial and Regatta Points

With Presentation Night preparations well underway, the 2013-2014 season is coming to a close very soon!

Time Trial Entries

Any further times for the club’s annual time trial competition will need to be sent by email to the Head of Rowing ( ) by 12:00 midnight on Thursday 1 May 2014.

Entries must include the names of all crew, the cox and the timekeeper/safety marshal (see below).  Any entries received after that time will count for next season.

Entries are open in the traditional categories of:

  • Women’s coxed tub four
  • Women’s coxed tub pair
  • Women’s tub single

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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Time Trial season kick’s off

Last weekend saw the start of the club time trial season with seven crews posting times in the scull and four boat categories.

The men’s fours were the first crews to record times and the Development Squad crew of Charlie, Guy, Michael, Neil and Cox Dennis Beck recorded a credible time of 37 min 29 sec for the round the island course.

In the women’s fours, two crews posted times and

women’s squad members Kate Diebold, Geraldine Goss, Susie Ballentyne, Anthea Amos and cox Nicole Stupka recorded the fastest time of 40 min 15 sec.

Three scullers also took to the water and Dennis Beck recored the fastest time of 7 min 58 sec, 44 seconds faster than his closest rival.

Crews and scullers have until 30 May to post times for them to be eligible for the 2009/10 season time trial trophies. Members are reminded that time trials accumulate club points with every time trial completed and a bonus points are given if the sculler or crew beats the fastest time posted to date.

If you want to do a time trial contact either Simon Crunden or Nicole Stupka to organise a suitable time.

Click here for information on the fastest times posted for this years time trials.

Sunday Time Trial

We have a time trial scheduled for this Sunday (at 1000hrs) and would like to see the following combinations doing the trip around the island:

Men’s Eight

Stroke: Jim Cooper

7: Matt Lane

6: Alex Playsted

5: Johno

4: Barry Campbell

3: Justin Thomas

2: Kevin Burrows

Bow: David Micallef

Cox: TBA

Men’s Single

Sam Morrison

Lunch is being put on by the women’s eight and they have promised lashings of bacon, eggs and other assorted artery hardening foods. I will not be down on the Sunday as it is Henry’s (son) 3rd birthday and we have a mass of kids and parents coming over to tear the house down over brunch so I should be home to try and restrict the damage that is bound to occur.

I am in the process of confirming another cox as Elaine is on family duties as her father is in town. See you all Saturday.


Timetrial One

Galeforce winds, rain, hail and a few boat stoppers were some of the highlights of the first RRC time trial for Season 2009/10.

The crew of Dennis (stroke), Alex, Troy, Matt, John (JL), Barry, Martin, Nick and cox Elaine did the round the island time trial in 34min 16 sec to set a bench mark for this years four race series.

Stroke Dennis Beck said that the crew had come unstuck on a few occasions with the wind at one stage catching the boat, elevating JL from his seat and almost tipping the boat.

“Needless to say that we will be looking for a stronger performance next time round should we get better conditions” he said.