Coaching with RRC: A Fresh Approach

  • Do you have a spare hour or two once a month?
  • Have you been away from the club for a while, and would like to ease your way back onto the scene?
  • Have you had inspiring coaches in the past, and feel you could share your rowing tips?
  • Have you been coaching (or wanted to) but found the time commitment and organisation was beyond what you could give?

If any of this is you, then we have some great news.
This season we are proposing to run a new rowing structure – one that allows coaches with almost any level of experience and time commitment to be involved with the club, and to contribute to a team coaching culture.
We plan for the squads to move to bigger, more inclusive groups. To give you some idea of how things will be run:

  • Winter training will have a skills and fitness focus. Squads will be mixed and will not train in set boats or by sweep/scull only.
  • The head/sprint/masters phases are aimed at maximising the competitive experience of our sport.  We will focus on boats chosen across the squads and with an equal priority.
  • Coaches will primarily coach the squad, not the same boat, working in pairs so that each rower gets the benefit of each coach’s experience (as does the other coach).
  • Boats will not spend the entire session with one coach, moving between work with the coaches and away on their own.
  • In each competitive phase of the season, as key regattas approach coaches will work more often with specific boats, although the group approach will remain.
  • We will have set weekly club training sessions.  Squads will be run using a combination of online sign-up boards and dedicated squad organisers.
  • Training plans will be set for the entire squad, so coaches available for any particular week simply need to deliver one of the session plans allocated for that week.
Full details of the squad and coaching plan will be presented at a coaches meeting this Sunday, 13 July 2014 at 10am.  As the boathouse is still closed for redevelopment, we will meet at the usual Southbank coffee stop (outside Coffee Minded) and find a place to talk once we’re there.  Any changes to that location will be posted here on the blog. Subscribe for updates!
So if you’re interested in helping coach at RRC this season, a little or a lot, please come along and find out more.  We want to make it as easy  as possible for you to participate.

Yarra River Closures

Safety first!
Yarra River usage is managed by Parks Victoria, which regularly publishes updates on:

  • upcoming river events
  • river closures
  • works to the river, banks and paths

Before you hit the water, check the latest updates here.

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 ( rowing@richmondrowing.com.au ) 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

Aus Masters @ West Lakes (SA) 1 – 4 May 2014

In late breaking news, and in the neverending quest for grail-shaped bling (or wine – hey, this is masters season), RRC will be supporting the 2014 Australian Masters Rowing Championships, to be held at the West Lakes course ( close to Adelaide) with a keen group of masters tigers.  Are you in the hunt?

Full details of the regatta can be found at
https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/index.jsp?job_id=3227

Continue reading “Aus Masters @ West Lakes (SA) 1 – 4 May 2014”

RRC Female Sweep Crews for Vic State Champs

Congratulations to the following rowers selected to represent the club in our priority female sweep events at the upcoming RV State Championships, to be held at Lake Wendouree (the historic 1956 Melbourne Olympics course) on Sunday 2 March 2014:
FC8+

  • Sophie Robinson
  • Gerry Goss
  • Tamara Mayfield
  • Zara Love
  • Lindsey Brown
  • Amy Williamson
  • Rochelle Stokes
  • Kate Dyball
FD8+
  • Ainsley Raggatt
  • Amy Williamson
  • Cat Hardie
  • Emily Dunn
  • Felicity Stark
  • Kate Kotzmann
  • Lindsey Brown
  • Sarah Knight
FD4+
“A” crew

  • Caroline Lewis
  • Thalia Marshall
  • Elizabeth Hagerty
  • Virginie Gregorie

“B” crew

  • Vanessa Rigby
  • Jemma Evans
  • Sarah Ryan
  • Elaine Hynes

To support these crews and give them the best opportunity on the big day, we have a number of club members prepared to sub in and cox at training, including Amanda, Norah, Lauren, Anthea and others I will be criticised for not having mentioned!   Thank you for your time and your generosity of spirit.
Upcoming Events On-Water
Here’s what we have on in the coming weeks and months:
1 & 2 February: Rogues Tour of Tassie – RRC members invade the Tasmanian State Pennant Regatta (L. Barrington)
Sunday 9 February: Wendouree Ballarat Regatta (L. Wendouree)
Sat/Sun 15 – 16 February: Sprint Season Training Camp (hosted by Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club on L. Wendouree – see a theme here??)
Sat 22 February: Australian Henley Regatta (Yarra R.)
Sunday 2 March: Vic State Championships (L. Wendouree)
You should also note in your training diaries:
Saturday 22 March: Footscray City Regatta (Maribyrnong R.)
Sat/Sun 12-13 April: NSW Edward Trickett State Grade Championships (SIRC, Penrith Lakes, NSW – the 2000 Sydney Olympics course)
… and then on to the masters regattas…
A big, busy season all round.

Sprint Season Crew Selection Closes Friday 24 January

At the RRC coaches’ presentation to rowers last Sunday, plans for the club’s sprint season campaign were revealed!
As detailed at the meeting, if your goal is to represent RRC at the upcoming Vic State Championships (Lake Wendouree, 1-2 March, with almost all RRC events likely to be on the Sunday), you must now nominate for the event or events in which you want to represent the club. Continue reading “Sprint Season Crew Selection Closes Friday 24 January”

Sprint Season Crew Selection Closes Friday 24 January

At the RRC coaches’ presentation to rowers last Sunday, plans for the club’s sprint season campaign were revealed!
As detailed at the meeting, if your goal is to represent RRC at the upcoming Vic State Championships (Lake Wendouree, 1-2 March, with almost all RRC events likely to be on the Sunday), you must now nominate for the event or events in which you want to represent the club.
How you do this is set out below.
In nominating for an event, you need to keep the following in mind: Continue reading “Sprint Season Crew Selection Closes Friday 24 January”

RRC's 2014 Sprint Season Launch: This Sunday 19 January

This year RRC’s sprint season goal regattas are the upcoming Vic State Championships (Lake Wendouree, 1-2 March) and NSW State Grade Championships (SIRC, Penrith NSW, 12-13 April).
At 10am sharp this coming Sunday, 19 January 2014, the RRC coaching group will be presenting the club’s plans for these regattas.
If your goal is to represent RRC at these regattas, it will be very important that you attend the meeting. Please come to the meeting with some idea of the event or events in which you want to represent the club.
As part of the meeting we will be detailing:

  • RRC priority events
  • Coaching resources and times
  • The club’s requirements for selection

The meeting should not take longer than about 30 minutes.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Barry, Dave M, Derek, Justin, Lindsey, Rachael, Simon, Tom