L I N D I S F A R N E R O W I N G C L U B I NC
Lindisfarne finished the year on a top note with a The club was very fortunate to have the events cap-
highly successful combination of events to celebrate tured on film by a not-s o-old Lindisfarne “boy”, Kevin
the club’s Centenary. Lucas, who has posted his photographic essay of the
centenary on his website, www.aussiesinaction.
After months of careful planning, our 100th birthday
went off with a big bang with hundreds of current and
former members, as well as locals, taking part. If you have the opportunity, take a look at the photos.
Kevin is a professional photographer and the result is
We had a “full house’ at the Centenary dinner with
a superb collection of over 600 images of both the
guests coming from Queensland and Western Aus-
dinner and the on-water action at the regatta. Kevin
tralia to join in the festivities. The reunion breakfast
has kindly allowed the club to print some of the pho-
and regatta drew another large crowd and the club-
tos in the newsletter. All are available for order
house hummed all day with people dropping by to
through the website.
have a chat and share the memories sparked by the
memorabilia and photo display. More stories and photos inside.
LRC Christmas Party
6pm Thursday 15th December
$5 (includes bbq and salad)
Please bring a donation for our charity hamper
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The Centenary did not go
unnoticed in the home of
rowing – Great Britain.
The club received a con-
gratulatory letter from the
Cambridge University Boat
Club signed by its president,
former Lindisfarne rower
Tom said he was very proud
of the LRC where he
learned to scull and made
many of his closest friends.
Burnie’s senior crew rounds the mark at the start of the Surf Safari on Lindisfarne Bay He said one of the fondest
memories he had of his time
The Centenary festivities were interspersed with the club hosting the annual Surf with the Tow Blues was win-
Safari. ning the senior men’s eight
All of Tasmania’s surf life saving clubs were represented at the event with a record at the State Championships
number of competitors in all events. in 2003. Tom hoped the
The weather might not have resembled a summer day on a surf beach but the Centenary would spark an-
choppy conditions and wind on the Derwent tested the skills of the surf ski and surf other successful season.
boat crews. The course went from Lindisfarne Bay to the Derwent Mercantile Colle-
giate Club, downriver to the John Garrow Light and return. The longer course for
experienced crews went even further to Crayfish Point at Taroona, a distance of
Craig Sly, of Surf Life Saving Tasmania, was extremely appreciative of the club’s
help with the event. He agreed it was a great venue. It invigorated the event and we
are likely to see the crews again next year. They particularly enjoyed being able to
use the function room for their trophy presentation and refreshments.
Club president Andrew Lovibond welcomes guests to the Centenary Dinner heralding the start of a great weekend.
Centenary souvenirs were snapped up and only a few remain.
Get your Calendars $10
History books $10
Centenary DVD club photographs (from 1905 to 2005) $10
Beer steins engraved with Centenary logo $10
Club badges $10
souvenirs Caps $15
Polo shirts $35
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Left: Past presidents Roger Viney, Glenn Tanner, Gary Fox and Colin Allen with current president Andrew Lovibond
Right: Host Neville Oliver keeps the memories flowing with Roger Viney and Ian Sansom
Conversation flows as past glories relived
We have had tremendous feedback about the cen-
tenary events commending the club on its dinner for-
Master of ceremonies was Neville Oliver, retired
ABC sports broadcaster. He has had a long involve-
ment in rowing as an oarsman and commentator and
brought to life some of the characters of old as well
as highlights of his career. Neville called Steve Haw-
kins’ gold medal race at the Barcelona Olympics but
his anecdotes went far beyond his professional
He knew several of the dinners guests and recalled
numerous amusing events – one in particular about
legendary race starter Frank Fazackerley – which
brought the house down. class from the top-line waiting staff to the absolutely
Neville was in his element interviewing club rowers delicious food. Thanks must go to bar manager Greg
through the ages who joined him at the microphone: Colbeck and his team of Robin Wilmot, Rick Bird and
Jim Lucas, Col Pearce, Roger Viney, Ian Sansom, Leigh Blake who made sure no one went thirsty.
David Emmett and Scott Brennan contributed to a From the night, the club now has a pair of Centenary
show of great professional entertainment. Many Oars (thanks to the restoration skills of Wally Arm-
thanks to Roger Viney for overseeing the dinner pro- strong) and a Centenary Plaque donated by former
gram and arranging for Neville to join us. club secretary Greg Cannon who travelled south
The meal was outstanding. Wendy Griggs from Pep- from his new home in Queensland to make the pres-
permint Ridge provided a sensational three course entation. Greg was among the “stayers” after the din-
banquet befitting the occasion. It was a real touch of ner and one of the first to return for Sunday’s events.
with the Cen-
and Mrs Midg-
ley with Bob
had a great
night at the
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Back to Bay Regatta a delight for spectators
Sunday morning dawned early for Centenary Break-
fast chef Tom Ellis and Back to the Bay Regatta or-
ganiser Rick Bird and their teams.
Seated on the club balcony, race caller Michael
Banks had a commanding view of the 600 metre
course specially cleared of mooring buoys and boats
for the regatta.
The weather was perfect and with the aroma of ba-
con and eggs in the air, the race program got under-
way with Lindisfarne masters, elite, senior and junior
crews battling it out with our guests from the Bucking-
Spectators lined the shore and the balcony to savour
the spectacle. It was the first regatta on Lindisfarne
Bay for 30 years.
It was a great fun event with 80-year-old Jim Lucas
back on the water. He looked every bit the champion Former Kings Cup oarsman Col Pearce enjoys the
he was back in the 1940s. While veteran oarsmen regatta events from the balcony
Col Pearce didn’t make it into a boat, he provided en-
tertaining footage for the television crew in an inter- Swans, the Gibsons, the Faggs, Tony Bellis, Col
view about the old days of rowing. Jones, Keith and Lorraine Spriggs and several oth-
Breakfast turned into lunch and still the visitors came, ers.
some bearing memorabilia for the display. It was a The handsome Centenary Bowl, crafted from a myrtle
terrific day and a fitting end to the Centenary celebra- burl by Jim Lucas, was won by Suzette Holmes. The
tions. It was great to renew contact with old Lindis- bowl drew many admiring comments while on display
farne rowing families - the Hammonds, the Longs, the over the weekend.
Above left: Tony Bellis
and Roger Fagg relive
their time in the pair
Above right: David Gib-
son shows his King’s
Cup blazer to Colin
Left: Michael Banks was
in his element calling
Right: Jim Lucas joined
the “Sunday School”
oarsmen Andrew Lovi-
bond, Wally Armstrong
and Phil Watson