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Shiny new boats with deserving names

Thank you to everyone who made it down to the club on Saturday for our Melbourne Head BBQ. It was great to see so many people on water in the glorious weather and all those who came to support.

The great weather allowed us to show off and enjoy our great deck – thank you to everyone who helped organise the BBQ, prepared and cooked the food, served being the bar and generally helped out.

Once all the racing was over we celebrated with the naming of our three brand new boats. As announced at the recent AGM the Committee has purchased a coxless quad/four and a men’s and women’s double/pair. This continues our focus on expanding our fleet with new top of the range boats for our most competitive crews.

To name the boats the Committee sought the input of our members, from all the fantastic ideas it was clear there were three standout names to be recognised. All three have been involved with the club for many years as committee members, volunteers, coaches and rowers.

Our first boat to be named was the men’s double/pair. This boat is named after Anthea Amos. Anthea has been a member for 17 years, joining the club through our learn to row program. She has been an active rower for a number of year and always helps out at our ongoing learn to row sessions to pass on her wisdom. Anthea has also been a Committee member for 7 years, serving as Secretary for 6 years.

The next boat to names was the women’s double/pair named after Geraldine Goss. Geraldine has been a member for over 10 years. She is well-known as an accomplished rower, there is unlikely to be a regatta she hasn’t won and her name is well represented on the clubs honour boards. Whenever possible she also provides coaching to our single scullers to improve their skills. In addition she has been a committee member for 4 years, serving as Fundraising Coordinator and Vice President.

Finally, our new coxless quad/four was name for Barry Campbell. What can I say about Barry, as Captain he tirelessly works to maintain our fleet, source new equipment and improve the rowing shed. Whenever there is a problem with equipment he is there to provide advice. He is now in his 9th year as captain so far and continues to excel in the role. Also a competitive rower in his day, he has been seen on the water more frequently of late, possibly due to newer boats requiring less maintenance…..

Congratulations to Anthea, Geraldine and Barry. It is a well deserved honour for all of you, thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Richmond Rowing Club.

Annual General Meeting

The Associations Annual General meeting will take place at the boatshed and also include the official boat naming ceremony of the new Sykes quad/four, the Dennis Beck, followed by some refreshments.

Boat naming

Naming of the Derek Begg – new stern coxed quad/four purchased as a result of the clubs 2015-16 successful fundraising efforts.

Season 2016-17

The AGM on Saturday 30th July saw the official completion of the 2015-16 season. I thank all those who attended the event and acknowledged the work of the committee over the past year. We were able to present very healthy financial statements for the association and a thorough report on the activities of the year (can be downloaded at the bottom of this blog).

I was very pleased to be able to announce due to the success of our fundraising efforts of the past year we have placed an order for a new stern coxed four/quad for the club which will be a great benefit to the club particularly to assist in our Development squad coaching where it is not always possible to have a coach on the bank as well as a cox in the boat. With a grand total of $23,500 from fundraising we also had some extra cash to invest in a new set of mens quad sculling oars and two new model ergos to replace our oldest ones. With our fundraising coordinator of this year, Cat Bower, stepping down from the committee as she begins to build her family we can thank her for her amazing work this year.

We also saw two further members of our committee step down and they will be both be sorely missed. Derek Begg has served on the committee for 12 years in the roles of Secretary, Head of Rowing, Head of Club Development and general member. His time and effort during this period should not be underestimated and we appreciate all his hardwork. Similarly, Vikki Brennan has fulfilled the role of general member and Treasurer whilst serving on the committee for the past four years and has invested much time in ensuring we are in the good financial position we are in today. I thank all our committee and members who have contributed to the club for the past year.

The new committee for the 2016-17 season was formed consisting of:

President – Karen Doggett

Vice-President – Geraldine Goss

Secretary – Shern Timmins

Treasurer – Kathy Macrow

Captain of Boats – Barry Campbell

Head of Rowing – Tim Evans

Facilities Coordinator – Lucy Crunden

Two ordinary members – Jon Roberts, Nic Forte

Fundraising Coordinator – vacant

However, I am very glad to report that since the meeting David Micallef has stepped up and volunteered to fill the role of Fundraising Coordinator and so I would like to congratulate and welcome him, Jon Roberts and Nic Forte our three new committee members.

Following the conclusion of the AGM we celebrated the newest addition to our fleet, the Remigando Fortis (Rowing Strong), our secondhand Sykes double/pair, with our National Masters winning single sculler, Michelle Joy, stepping up to the boat with a trusted hammer to perform the official naming. Thanks to everyone who then helped out with the bbq and bar as we celebrated the end of one season and the start of the next.

remigando fortis-01

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting will be held at the clubhouse from midday and will be followed by a boat naming ceremony and a social event with the bar open and the bbq firing.

Hope to see many of you there!

Saturday 30 July – midday – BBQ & Drinks, Boat Naming and AGM

Keeping a rowing club in operation requires attention to financial, administrative and legal responsibilities, as well as the rowing and social activities. Our Annual General Meeting is a statutory requirement and a review of activities and financial situation is presented by your current committee members.

All committee positions are declared vacant and your new committee is elected to take on the running of the club for the next year.


The RRC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 30 July 2016 at 12 midday in the clubhouse – 7 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne 3004.

The business of the AGM includes:

  • to confirm the minutes of the preceding annual general meeting; and
  • to receive and consider:
  • the annual report of the Committee on the activities of the Association during the preceding financial year; and
  • the financial statements by the Association for the preceding financial year submitted by the Committee in accordance with Part 7 of the Act; and
  • to elect the members of the Committee; and
  • to confirm or vary the amounts of the annual subscription.

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Club races and Boat Naming

Quick splash and dash races for crews selected by complete random chance (out of a hat).

It’s all a bit of fun and there’s a prize for the winners.

Brunch and the naming of our newest fleet purchase to follow at the clubhouse after racing ($5 cost for food), catering to be organised by the Women’s squad.

Empty the shed for Melbourne Head


Already looking forward to the next regatta? Well don’t forget this one is local (that means no boat loading and unloading!) and will be followed by a celebration at the club.


We’ll be naming some boats and then opening up the bar and the balcony for a bbq so we’d love to have lots of people around to join in the fun. Make sure you put it in your diaries and let us know if you can help out 🙂

RRC Melb Head 2015 copy

AGM Boat Naming Celebrations

julia boat namingThanks to everyone who joined us this Saturday for the RRC Annual General Meeting. When the official business was completed our attention turned to celebrating the naming of three new additions to our fleet and enjoying a good catch up after the Winter break, with thanks to our bar and bbq volunteers Lynn May, Karin Bouvin, Dennis Beck and Tim Evans.

Following our call out to members to nominate names for our new singles we celebrated two new creative names to the tiger fleet – Tiger Shark, previously fondly known as ‘Martin’s single’ and Flying Tiger, one of a pair of singles purchased through this years fundraising efforts.

3 Boat naming

We also took the opportunity to name a third single in honour of Julia Avis. Julia joined the club in 2001 and over many years served on the clubs committee as vice president and in the role of president from 2006-7. One of her great contributions to the club was the amazing amount of work she and others put in to the hugely successful ergothons of 2003 and 2004 which raised funds to enable the purchase of our current trailer. After completing her learn to row at Richmond she went on to win two state championships in the W8+ and Head of the Yarra in 2003.  These are just a couple of her achievements and we were delighted to recognise her contribution with the naming of a single.

The 2015-16 RRC committee with one nomination per position was confirmed at the AGM.

President  –  Karen Doggett

Vice President  –  Geraldine Goss

Secretary  –  Kathryn Macrow

Treasurer  –  Vicki Brennan

Captain of Boats  –  Barry Campbell

Head of Rowing  –  Rochelle Stokes

Facilities Coordinator  –  Lucy Crunden

Fundraising Coordinator  –  Cat Hardie

2 Ordinary Members  –  Derek Begg & Shern Timmins