RRC to reopen from midday Friday 30 October 2020 – Updated 26 November 2020

RRC have set out the following guidelines that must be observed by all members who choose to row/attend the club from 26 November 2020 until updated, a failure to follow these guidelines could result in fines to the individual and club, but would lead the Committee to consider ceasing members ability to row until we are comfortable the guidelines can be met by all.

RRC Requirements for a safe return to rowing:

  • RRC members can only attend designated RRC sessions – MLC is our tenant and a valuable partner of RRC, we have agreed designated time RRC and MLC will hold sessions. Should session allocations/attendance at the club not be followed, breaches of the headcount limit within the Government regulations could result. See below for session allocation times that must be adhered to.
  • Do not enter the club until your designated session time
  • Social distancing must be maintained including keeping 1.5 meters apart, not congregating within or outside of the shed. There should be no physical greetings, high 5’s, spitting etc.
  • Frequent hand washing and good hygiene is requirement to be observed – wash/sanitise hands before and after each session, couch/sneeze in the crook of the elbow, avoid touching face or surfaces if not required, follow hygiene signs within club
  • There will be no indoor activities at the club, the gym, kitchen, main hall and classroom remain closed and gathering in the club will not be permitted.
  • Toilet access is available (preferred downstairs to limit upstairs club access), change room access is available, however showers are not allowed to be used. The change rooms are small and have limited headcount access. It is advised to dress for training before arriving at the club. Valuables should be left at home in case change room access is difficult. There should be no shared items of kit, including towels, drink bottles or spanners – please bring drink bottles filled from home prior to your session.
  • On water training sessions will be limited to 35 rowers – See below for rostering and sign up arrangements to enable this on a fair basis. It will not be possible to turn up to the club to row without signing up in advance so the 35 person limit is not exceeded. Private boats will not be in excess of this number, the 35 person limit and rostering/sign up requirements will be across the club whether using club or private equipment. Coaches, tradesmen and cleaners are in addition to this 35 person limit, however they can not be present in the boat bays such that the headcount limit is exceeded for the space.
  • Members are limited to one sessions per day – we will continue to revisit this based on demand
  • All boat types are now allowed to be used. All members must sign up on sportsnoticeboard and sign out in the boat sign out sheet to track attendance and boat usage should contact tracing be required.
  • Athletes to wear masks at all times except when on the water – masks to be worn around the club, rigging and cleaning etc. Masks to be removed when on water only. On the water, masks should be stored securely and kept dry (eg zip lock bag). Rowers should bring a spare mask in case of issues.
  • Coxswains to wear masks at all times, in addition face shields to be required for stern coxed boats – regular coxswains will be provided with a named kit for their personal use, including face shield; headset etc.
  • All equipment must be thoroughly washed – following the guidance posters in the boat shed for cleaning of boats, oars etc.
  • Members are required to clean frequently touched club fixtures at the end of the session. Whilst we engage paid cleaners, we cannot have them present multiple times a day, members are therefore required to clean frequently touched fixtures – detailed guidance on items to be cleaned is attached to this email.
  • Every session is required to have a safety officer to oversee these requirements – this role will be taken on by a coach if present, if not the first person to sign up to a session (see below) will act as the safety officer. All members who agree to row must be willing to take on this role so the club can demonstrate its compliance, if not please do not attend the training session. The RRC Safety Officer Checklist is attached.
  • If you are unwell or display any symptoms you must not attend the club to train. Members should consider their own wellbeing and that of others when considering whether to row. By attending and signing out a boat you are confirming you do not feel unwell and are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms. If you have a positive test in relation to COVID-19 please let the Committee know immediately so we can assess any possible contact with club members and we may take appropriate action regarding club facilities.
  • If you have a positive test in relation to COVID-19 please let the Committee know immediately so we can assess your contact with club members and take appropriate action regarding club facilities.

Rostering and sign up requirements

  • So we can adhere to limiting training sessions to 35 people and limit cross over of members between sessions the following applies:
  • Sessions will be 2 hours in length, however they will be scheduled in 2.5 hour blocks to allow for no cross over of members, therefore sessions should finish 2 hours after start time i.e. 6am session starts at 6am and finished at 8am.
  • Sign up is required by sportsnoticeboard. We have created 35 sign ups in the “Club Resources” called “COVID Training Session #01, COVID Training Session #02……” . Book one of these 35 Club Resources in the name of the person rowing for the session you are planning to attend, also book the boat you plan to row (if it is a private boat only book one of the 35 Club Resources. Once these 35 Club Resources are booked the session is full.
  • The first person to sign up must sign up as “COVID Training Session #01” and take on the role of the safety officer (see above). Signing up as a later number to avoid this role is not appropriate, should you see this occur please advise the individual and the Committee so this can be rectified.
  • If you do not have a Club Resource booked for a session do not turn up hoping to row (or for any other purpose) – you will be breaching the Victorian Government guidelines and putting our ability to operate as a club at risk.
  • In order to maintain equity across the club membership, each member is limited to 1 session per day. We will review this based on demand. If you can row during the day Monday to Friday we ask that you consider this so provide greater access to all members.
  • Completion of the boat sign out sheet at the club is also required to manage on water safety requirements

Ergo usage on the deck at the club

  • 8 ergo’s will be available for use at the club
  • The ergo’s are only to be used at the club at an RRC session time when there is no function on at the club
  • They must be booked in advance on sportstnoticeboard using your contact details for contact tracing (they are in excess of the 35 on water headcount above). When booking the ergs please allow 15 minutes after you plan to finish to clean and return the erg to the main hall so another booking does not clash.
  • They are to be used on the deck only, facing the river in 2 lines of 4. A 1.5 meter distance between any point of the erg must be maintained at all times. Space should be allowed to move the ergs around at the end of the session if other people are still using them without coming within 1.5 meters of the other ergs.
  • Ergs are to be stored in the main hall, moved onto the deck and returned to the main hall. When setting up for functions caterers will store the ergs in the gym during functions
  • Cleaning instructions are provided near the ergs with appropriate cleaning products, please follow the cleaning instructions before and after each session
  • Any coaching is to be 1.5 meters away from all athletes using ergs, coaches should not touch the athelete or the erg. 

Designated on water session times

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

  • RRC will train from the club at all other times
  • MLC will train from the club from 3.45 to 6.45pm
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 6.45pm (sessions are 2.5 hours to allow 2 hours of training/cleaning from the start time, then a change over buffer)

Wednesday

  • MLC will train from the club from 3.45 to 6.15pm
  • RRC will have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 6.15pm (note this last session has been negotiated earlier for RRC crews used to training at that time)
  • The session at 6am will be split between Learn to Row (5 rowers) and RRC (30 rowers)

Thursday

  • RRC will have sole use of the club as this is a key training day for us historically
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm 

Saturday

  • MLC will train from the club until 1pm
  • RRC will train from the club at all other times  
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm  

Sunday

  • RRC will have sole use of the club as this is a key training day for us historically
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm  
  • The session at 1.30pm will be split between Learn to Row (5 rowers) and RRC (30 rowers)
  • The session at 4pm will be split between Learn to Row (5 rowers) and RRC (30 rowers)
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
6:00-8.15 amRRCRRCLearn to Row (5)/ RRC (30)RRCRRCMLCRRC
8:30 – 10:45amRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCMLCRRC
11:00 am – 1.15pmRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCMLC until 1pmRRC
1:30 – 3:30pmRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCLearn to Row (5)/ RRC (30)
3:45 – 6.30 pmMLCMLCMLC to 6.15pm onlyRRC from 4pmMLCRRC from 4pmLearn to Row (5)/ RRC (30) from 4pm
6.45 – 9:00pmRRCRRCRRC from 6.15pmRRC from 6.30pmRRCRRC from 6.30pmRRC from 6.30pm

All members must follow these guidelines, if not we will be required to close the club. We will regularly review the guidelines and provide updates where appropriate.

Sessions will not be allocated to squads for coaching purposes given the limited number of rowers and rowing sessions available.

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Great Performance by RRC at AIRC 2020

Sunday 25th October saw a large turn out of Richmond rowers at the Australian Indoor Rowing Championships. Certainly not our usual kind of regatta however after so many weeks in lockdown any competition was welcome.

Throughout the preceding weeks we had been training hard on zoom with the ever motivating coaches Dario Sportelli and Will Golding. Having built the 4 sessions per fortnight into our working from home schedules it was great to catch up with other club members so frequently and still be able to train as a team. In the lead up to the event we all had our software updated, internet connections tested, AB cables at the ready and our ergos cleaned and prepped.

We started the day itself off with a yoga session from Gerry, which was a perfect way to ease into the day, settle the nerves, keep time moving on and ‘be present’ for our races.

It was certainly a different atmosphere to what we are used to, being alone in our houses getting race ready but another thank you to all that logged on to the zoom channel to offer their support.

First up were our coaches themselves, Dario and Will competing in the 19 -29 Men’s 2000m (Will in lightweight). Dario came away with a silver and Will a gold – setting the tone for the day.

At 11am it was the turn of the girls 2000m. Playlists at the ready and we were off, the 2k plans were in place we knew what we had to do. Despite feeling prepared we went through the whole 2k rollercoaster, yeah I’ve got this, keep pushing, when is this going to end, what the heck, can I just stop?, why are we doing this, stay strong, only 300m left, let’s go!

And the PBs and medals came rolling in.

Congratulations to all the competitors and medal winners

Chelsea Crouser 19-29 2k Lightweight – Gold

Xanthe Hadfield 19-29 2k – Gold

Kirsty Fergie 30-39 2k – Bronze

Sarah Hardy 50-54 2k – New PB

Geraldine Goss 54-59 2k

Phil Munson 65-59 2k

And a special mention to Helen Pearce 40-49 2k – Gold plus a new Australian Record.

And as if that wasn’t enough a short recovery time and (for what seemed like a good idea at the time to do both) it was the 1000m

Alex Kinsman 19-29 1k – Silver

Kirsty Fergie 30-39 1k – Bronze

Helen Pearce 40-49 1k – Gold

Cynthia Masters 55-59 1k – Silver

Michael Gehling 30-39 1k – New PB

Pavel Obrin 30-39LW 1k – New PB

Campbell Mayne 19-29 1k

Then on to the 500m

Xanthe Hadfield 19-29

Geraldine Goss 54-59

Finally, to end the day the 2000m relay where Richmond picked up

Richmond Women – Ainsley Raggatt, Xanthe Hadfield, Chelsea Crouser, Kirsty Fergie 19 – 39 2k Silver

Richmond Women – Susanna Mullner, Sarah Hardy, Geraldine Goss, Helen Pearce 40+ 2k Silver

Richmond Men – John Carey, Will Golding, Dario Sportelli and Michael Gehling 19 – 39 2k

Richmond Mixed – Pavel Oborin, Campbell Mayne, Alex Kinsman, Amy Catlin 19-39 2k Gold

We ended the evening with a zoom call to raise a glass to ourselves and congratulate each other on what was an intense but rewarding period of training. A big thank you must go to Dario and Will for their ongoing encouragement and dedication to the coaching sessions, and to the club for loaning out the ergos to give us the opportunity to train. We hope our new found strength can be put into good use on the water and look forward to the next time we will be able to race. Go tigers!

Kirsty Fergie

RRC and TopRow Melbourne partner to grow club membership

Richmond Rowing Club and TopRow Melbourne are partnering to introduce new rowers to the sport and focus on long term member growth for the club.

We have a strong history of running Learn to Row courses and a large number of our members have come to the sport in this way. The logistics of running Learn to Row courses with a volunteer coaching group can be challenging with competing priorities. Part of our strategy is to grow our member numbers to maintain a vibrant and financially sound club, this becomes even more important as we look to the impacts of COVID-19 on our operations.

As a result we have taken the Committee has agreed to partner with TopRow Melbourne (and Will Golding who is the face of TopRow Melbourne). Under this arrangement they will run frequent small Learn to Row courses from the club to focus on utilising our resources at quieter times. Once rowers graduate from TopRow Melbourne they will have the opportunity to join Richmond Rowing Club in our Development Squad and continue their rowing journey.

We have allocated 2 dedicated Learn to Row sessions into our rowing sessions as TopRow Melbourne trials operations over the coming months and starts advertising. These were communicated in our return to rowing plan along with ad-hoc part sessions depending on demand. This will be a similar amount of time/people as if we were running our own learn to row program.

We think this is a great opportunity for the club and TopRow to grow together. We also wish Will Golding every success with TopRow, he also continues to be an member of our RRC coaching group.

RRC awards at the 2020 RV AGM

I am very pleased to share with the Richmond Rowing Club membership that we placed 2nd in the RV Club Premiership for the 2019/20 year.

This is an excellent result for all involved with the club. As you may recall one of our 4 objectives guiding our 5 year vision was to place in the Top 5 of the RV Club Championship. It is great to know we have achieved this only 3 years into this 5 year period.

Well done to all the rowers, coxswains, coaches, volunteers and supporters who were part of this achievement and good luck for the coming year where we hope to back this up.

I would also like to congratulate Derek Begg who placed 3rd in the 2019/20 RV Male Coxswain of the Year Award. It is great to see Derek recognised in this way, he is a dedicated coxswain and coach for the club and it is wonderful we have someone of his experience as part of the club. Well done Derek!!!

Updates to RV Return to Rowing Roadmap – good news for crew boats.

You may have seen the good news via social media or email, Rowing Victoria has updated their Return to Rowing Roadmap over the past 24 hours. With rowing now classified as a non contact sport, crew boats will be able to be rowed when rowing is able to recommence. 

Recommencement of rowing is scheduled when we move into the Third Step of the States recovery, this is scheduled for 26 October for Melbourne subject to meeting certain case related hurdles. Training numbers will be limited to10 at any time and only the toilets and change rooms will be accessible – similar to the initial reopening last time.

Over the coming weeks the Committee will assess our plans and procedures to return to make sure we can meet any of the requirements and set out our plans. We will also be working closely with MLC as our tennant to consider the use of the facilities for all parties as best as possible.

Given we hope to be back on water soon, it’s a great time to get your body ready for rowing to prevent injury after a long time off water. Financial club members have been receiving weekly session plans/training programs including access to join the club zoom sessions, it’s a great time to engage with these and rebuild your fitness.

Full details of the RV Return to Rowing Roadmap can be found here https://www.rowingvictoria.asn.au/news/return-to-victorian-rowing-roadmap-guidelines/

RRC to be closed from end of 8 July

Consistent with the new Victorian State Guidelines, including the closure of community sport and gyms, RRC will close to all member activities from midnight tomorrow. This will remain in place until at least August 19th.

If you have anything at the club that you need through the lock down please arrange for it to be removed tomorrow before the restrictions formally commence.

Don’t forget the regular yoga via Zoom with Gerry. No doubt coaches will be in touch with some innovative training in lock down and maybe some more strava competitions.

The AGM will go ahead as planned, but we will arrange this via an on-line forum – look out for details soon.

Stay safe everyone.

2020 RRC AGM – Saturday 25th July

Richmond Rowing Club’s Annual General Meeting on the morning of Saturday 25th July. The meeting is currently planned to start at 10am.

At the AGM all Committee members stand down and positions are available for club members to stand for election to the RRC Committee for the coming year. Generally the incoming Committee is a blend of new and experienced members. To present yourself for election, you are required to have been a member of the club for more than 2 years and be willing to help out with the club’s organisation. If you are interested, feel free to chat to any of the current Committee members to get some more background information. The Committee positions are:

President
Vice-President
Treasurer
Secretary
Head of Rowing
Captain of Boats
Fundraising Coordinator
Facilities Coordinator
Ordinary Member (two ordinary member positions are available which assist with a number of areas)

During the AGM, outgoing Committee members will briefly go through some of the highlights of the year, as well as a summary of the club’s financial situation and the main achievements compared to the goals we set out last year. This usually takes less than an hour and we warmly invite all members of the club to attend.

If you wish to present yourself for election, please complete a nomination form and submit it to the secretary at least 14 days prior to the meeting (BEFORE 10th July).

RRC COVID-19 Return to rowing requirements – changes from 22 June 2020

Based on the most recent Victoria State Government Guidelines, the following changes will come into effect to the previously issued RRC guidelines from Monday 22 June:

  • Increase in the number of people able to sign up to a session to 20
  • These 20 must book either a single or an ergo to use in the club through sportsnoticeboard
  • The gym (weights etc) is not to be used given the small size of the space. We will consider further updates based on further changes to regulations
  • Ergs may be used on the deck or in the main hall, 1.5m distancing between ergs must be observed. The ergs must be booked through sports notice board in the same way as a single so the number of people at the club and contact details can be
  • Change rooms and showers are reopened – please abide by the numbers that they are restricted to
  • Number of sessions per week people can access increased to 4 times a week, but only one session per day. We will continue to monitor this

To reconfirm session times are:
Saturday and Sundays

  • Session lengths will be reduced to 2.5 hours. This should still provide up to 2 hours on water time and enough time to wash and rack boats and oars
  • Sessions will commence at the following times 7.30am, 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm – this increases daylight sessions from 3 to 4 and may encourage a few early rises given the 6am slot was not well used

Weekdays (no changes)

  • Session lengths remain at 3 hours
  • Sessions commence at the following times 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm. This has been maintained as it allows pre and post work sessions with the daytime sessions being underutilised.

Further changes are foreshadowed on 7 July. When we have clarity on these changes by the Victorian State Government or any changes advised by Rowing Victoria we will take these into account.

RRC Presentation Night 2020

A very different Presentation Night was held for the 2019/20 season. Around 60 of us gathered via Zoom to relive some of the statistics from the year along with saying thank you to our coaches and volunteers following what has been an unusual year.

We celebrated our Male and Female 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 – Dario Sportelli
  • John Sawyer – Female Club Rower of the Year – Kirsty Fergie

Due to the early end to the season no Masters awards were presented this year.

The Don Edwards, Cox of the year award was presented to Derek Begg.

The President’s Award was presented to Stefanie Dudczig, reflecting her dedication to Richmond Rowing Club. Stef is a great contributor to the club, acting as our New Member coordinator, communicating with and welcoming new members to the club. Stef volunteers whenever she can, regularly coxing our crews, this year she also completed her Level 1 BRO accreditation Stef also actively competed for Richmond through the year.

The Hendley Family Mixed Quad Time Trial was presented by Rod Hendley to Michelle Joy, Dennis Beck, Red Skelton, Geraldine Goss and Derek Begg (coxswain).

The Keith Millar male coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Alan Randall, Jon Roberts, Michael Gehling, Dennis Beck and Derek Begg (coxswain).

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

The Jim Barton Males Tub Single time trial was won by Dennis Beck and the Jim Barton Female Tub Single time trial was won by Kirsty Fergie.

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

  • Box Biting Champion – Keith Wong
  • Captains Award – The Trailer Drivers
  • Eye of the Tiger Award – Gypsy and Lily
  • Best and Furriest – Amy Catlin
  • Tough Tiger – Dennis Beck

We also celebrated our Victorian State Championship winners in 2020, pictures of these crews will be displayed in the club. The crews were:

  • Female A Grade double: Kate Dyball and Michelle Joy
  • Male B Grade single: Dario Sportelli

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 videos from the season.