JULY 2010 Four ‘n’ Eight President’s Message Contents In my last message I said that there was a real sense of excitement around the Club. Presidents Message 1 That buzz has heightened with the Australian Junior Four in full training, alongside very New Members 1 large and enthusiastic boys and girls squads. We have also had a great start to the JB Australian Senior Team 2 Sharpe Regatta series. This is traditionally dominated by the Bay Clubs around Iron Cove, but Mosman is looking to upset that tradition and win the overall point score Youth Cup 2 with good results for the rest of the series. Many members of the junior squads are 2011 Tours – USA, Poznan 2 having their first races in Mosman colours, and it is great to see the Club spirit being New website and systems 2 displayed. Australian Masters 3 Welcome to New Members NSW Awards 3 Club Social plans 3 The success of the junior winter squads has brought an influx of new members. NSW Masters 4 I extend a very warm welcome to the following new members: Safety Note 4 Guy Beever Coaching 5 Will Newnham Kate Hundleby Zachary Bengtsson Lachlan Pullar Rachael Kiely Ski Racks 5 Andrew Bernerius Bart Rollins Rosie Jeavons- Fellows Toby Davies Club Centenary 6 Robert Van Hagan Elizabeth Foxton Hugh Delaney Sarah Ludowici Gym News 7 Matt Donnellan Maddeleine Battersby Jackie Morbey Rory Glover Future Newsletters 7 Coco Bryant Kate Molloy Jake Grave Isabelle Colla Lucinda O’regan Photo Gallery 8 Mitchell Keogh Adrienne Crumpton Mia Pritchard Henry Lees Chad Mayer Bridgette Donnellan Esther San Miguel Maxwell Mann Emmaline Fick Lucy Sutherland James Montgomery Georgie Gotch Lily Waller Rob Morris Amelia Halley Emma Willson 2 MOSMAN ROWING CLUB Australian Senior Team and travellers Dan Noonan (left) has recovered from While on the topic of tourists, popular some injury problems and is back in the masters champion Professor John “Doc” Australian quad scull crew. Myburgh is at the Henley Royal Regatta this week for the 30th anniversary The crew finished fourth in the World reunion of his South African crew which Cup in Munich, but Nick Garratt reports was very successful over many years at that this was under a full training load, Henley. In 1978 they made the final of and with Dan in the 2 seat. He is keen to the Wyfold Cup for coxless fours, were be back in the stroke seat for the final also finalists in 1980 in the prestigious World Cup in Lucerne on 10-11 July. Ladies Plate for eights, and in 1984 won Our Vice President, Will Liley will be in the Thames Cup for eights - by any Lucerne to cheer him on and we look measure an outstanding performance, forward to Will’s usual detailed report. and well worth celebrating. “Let’s have a big cheer squad at Penrith to support these fine young athletes in the next step of their representative careers” Coming soon! Youth Cup A New Boat Booking The Youth Cup is on at SIRC from 9 to 11 July. This event is an important stepping stone System and Club Website in the development path that bridges the gap between International Junior and Under 23 Teams. Our IT Committee of Peter Spasojevic and Mosman will be represented by Jake Waller and Eliza Flint, together with Jess Buttel Mark Lewarne have been working on an and Emily Brown from Queenwood. Alfie Young and Chris Holliday are coaching the electronic boat booking system to replace Youth Cup squad. the old white board. This will enable all members to book boats, organise training Let’s have a big cheer squad at Penrith to support these fine young athletes in the next step of their representative careers. sessions and communicate with each other online. This will be up and running soon. We extend our best wishes for success in the Regatta. Peter and Mark will provide further details at briefings and demonstrations of the new 2011 Tours - USA, Poznan and Boston system. For the junior girls and boys squads, we would like to organise a trip to some early season regattas on the West Coast of the USA, shortly after the end of the next season, Work has also started on a fresh new Club when Australian Championships and Head of the river commitments are finished. This website with loads of new content, is something to look forward to for our young members. Facebook links, and more. The Masters F Troop is already planning their assault on the FISA Masters Regatta in Poznan, Poland, in September 2011. No doubt there will be a large and well drilled The team is looking for a capable web Mosman contingent at this massive regatta, where old friendships and rivalries are developer to help get the new site up and renewed annually. running. If you know of anyone who can Plans are also well advanced for a return to the Head of the Charles in Boston in help please contact Peter on 0412 399 400. October 2011, after our Masters 8 came so close to a win in 2008. MOSMAN ROWING CLUB 3 NSWRA Annual Dinner Awards Silver Medal – Mens A Quad Scull – Australian Masters Champs Paul Webster, Jonas Matos Da Silva, Mark Campbell, Sean Abbott Sydney Rowing Club hosted the largest ever NSWRA Annual Dinner on 9 June, with over 250 guests. Mosman won the Kevin Australian Masters Championships Webb trophy for the NSW Sprint Championship Point Score. A small contingent made the trek to Perth to race at the new Champion Lakes course in Perth in early June. Some varying winds made the starters job a bit testing at times, Individual Achievement Award winners but on the whole the racing was close and fair. The new venue came through with were: flying colours, and all had a most enjoyable time. Phil Titterton had organized boats to be sent on a well stacked trailer, shared by several Sydney clubs, and driven across Dan Noonan – Oarsman of the Year the Nullabor and back by Peter Trives and Dave Hogan from Leichhardt. Our thanks to Peter and Dave for a mighty effort, particularly when their speed was limited to about Robert Wright - Coxswain of the Year 80kph for much of the trip due to the size of the load. The highlight of the Mosman racing was the emergence of Sean Abbott as a National Gonzalo Briones – Schoolgirl Coach of champion sculler in his first season of rowing, winning 5 medals at the the Year. Championships. Sean is an elite kayak paddler, having represented Australia in two World Championships. He was inspired to try rowing after seeing Australia win gold Congratulations to those winners. medals in Beijing. In his first serious regatta, he made the final of the A single scull at the World Masters Games in Sydney in October. In Perth, rowing with Paul Webster, he won the B double scull over some very classy opposition, then narrowly took silver in the A double scull. Sean topped that off with silver in the A quad and bronze Social Functions medals in the C quad and double. By any measure this was an outstanding We hope to start a regular Club social performance, and I look forward to Sean dominating masters sculling for some years to come. dinner in the near future, with a quick and inexpensive dinner in the new clubhouse, The irrepressible Brazilian, Jonas Matos Da Silva, kept the crowd entertained with his followed by a speaker or entertainment. Usain Bolt impersonations, backflips and moonwalks on the presentation dais after winning a silver medal in the A quad and a bronze in the mixed 8. Marg Small and Anne Taylor (“you only live once so why not enjoy it”) flew to Perth just to race in one of their favourite events, the F double scull. In a very hot field they just missed a medal in the final. 4 MOSMAN ROWING CLUB Australian Masters (continued) Mark Connaghan was an enthusiastic first time tourist, bringing home a pile of medals. Alice has let it slip that that he has them longingly polished in pride of place in his bedroom. Peter Mayoh and Phil Titterton each snared 7 medals including gold in the F four (they also dragged Mark Williams up into that lofty age category for the ride). The NSW coxswain of the year, Robert Wright, steered the NSW women’s 8 to a nail biting silver medal, losing by 0.04 sec in a photo, after the commentator had called a victory for NSW. Robert Australian Champions – mixed coxed four, quad scull and eight - added another 8 medals to his tally, including 4 Robert Wright ( cox of four and eight), Dianne Williams and Deanna gold. Fekete ( LRC), Mark Campbell,Mark Williams Mixed racing has, perhaps surprisingly, become a pretty serious feature of Masters Championships. Mark Campbell and Mark Williams joined NSW representatives, Deanna Fekete and Dianne Williams of Leichhardt for tight wins in the four and quad. Anne Parbury and Angela Conry, also State representatives, made up a mixed 8 and had to fight hard to win over a Banks crew containing 4 Olympians. The Interstate Quad was a disappointing 4th. On paper we thought it was the best chance of breaking Victoria’s unbeaten run of 9 victories in this event. But it was not to be, so it’s back to the drawing board and try to win the 8 next year. NSW Masters Championships A beautiful weekend in Grafton saw some tight racing on the Clarence River. A solid contingent of Mosman masters made the trip to Grafton. A standout performance was the Women’s quad scull of Anne Taylor, Marg Small, Liz Burrows and Cathy Alexander winning the E final for the 4th year in a row. Gretchen Kellner then replaced Cathy and the crew dominated a very competitive field to win the D quad scull as well, beating fancied Leichhardt and Queensland quads full of Interstate representatives. Annie and Marg also won the F double scull. On the men’s side, Stuart Sincock had a field day, winning the A and B single scull with hard fought victories over fitness guru and multiple national champion, Rick Kranen. Stuart joined Mark Campbell for a good win in the C double scull. James Taylor, John “Doc” Myburgh, John Dollisson and Mark Williams had a win in the E quad scull and joined the F troop to win the F eight. Safety, care of boats and responsibility for damage to Club equipment Safety of our rowers is paramount. Our fleet of boats is a very expensive asset, and members must take as much care with club boats as they would with their own private boat. Collisions with other boats, obstacles or debris put lives and boats at risk. A detailed safety and boat care policy will shortly be published on the website and circulated to all members. I urge everyone to take particular care to follow the traffic rules, and keep a proper lookout at all times. We have had a number of incidents recently that have involved the need for expensive boat repairs. We should do everything we can to avoid this. It is better to be spending money on new boats than repairing damage which is avoidable. The most important point to note is that the Club does not presently have insurance for damage to boats caused by collisions on the water. If a boat is damaged, the Committee may require the members at fault to pay some or all of the cost of repair. Full details of this policy will be on the website. MOSMAN ROWING CLUB 5 Coaching Surf Ski Storage Ocean ski paddling is a new and growing sport, and you will see many on Middle Harbour when out training in the morning. From our contacts with World Champion, Dean Gardiner, and dual Olympic kakyak paddler, Yanda Nossiter from Ocean Paddler at Manly Vale, we have a long waiting list of ski paddlers looking for somewhere to store skis. From 1 July we will be opening a ski storage facility, using mobile racks built by Club member John Doyle. The first rack was completed this week, and John will be Aussie Junior Four - Louis Snelson ( stroke), Michael Bernerius, Aaron Wright, constructing further racks once we see if Tom Gunton ( bow). Coach: Tom Laurich there are any teething problems. The racks will be kept in the secure area between the two boatsheds. This will be another Coaching important source of revenue for the Club, After some encouragement from Rocky, regular coaches meetings resumed on 18 so please make welcome the ski paddlers June. The first meeting was attended by Mark Williams, John Dollisson, Nick Garratt, you will see around the Club in the near Tom Laurich, Steve Gordon, Linda Read, Gonzalo Briones and Chris Holliday. It’s great future. (We might even unearth some to see all the coaches working well together, particularly over this winter with the more converts from ski paddling to rowing large squads in training. As Nick Garratt always says, this is a coach driven sport, and like Sean Abbott!) Ski paddlers will be we are fortunate to have such a skilled and dedicated group of coaches. signing an agreement for use of the storage It also took some encouragement to convince the indefatigable Nick Garratt to take a facility, with an option to use the shower holiday, but he has decided to take a few weeks well-earned break in Europe, starting facilities in the old boatshed. on 4 July. As usual with Nick, it wouldn’t be a holiday without some rowing activity. As well as talking to Empacher about the purchase of 2 new men’s and women’s eights, Nick will be catching up with the latest developments in coaching and competition at Henley Royal Regatta and the final World Cup in Lucerne. We wish him well and hope that he has a most enjoyable break. We extend a warm welcome to Craig Williams, a very respected and experienced coach of Riverview crews. Craig is joining the coaching staff at least for the next term, partly to cover some of the squads while Nick and Tom Laurich are away from the shed. 6 MOSMAN ROWING CLUB Centenary Book Work is well under way on the Centenary History of the Club .We are unearthing lots of fascinating material about the Club over the last 100 years. The book committee includes noted sports journalist Tim Sheridan, Stuart Sincock, Sarah Hill, Amy Ives, Candace Lewis, Tony Blay and myself, together with our publishers and editors, Warwick and Carol Jacobson. We plan to have the book ready for sale before the Centenary Dinner in May 2011. Apart from being a comprehensive history of Mosman’s success, the book will include significant sections on our school programmes over the last 20 years, as well as the CBA Regattas. Thanks go out to those members and former members who have already gone to the trouble of providing valuable archive material. Centenary Dinner Our Centenary Dinner will now be held on Saturday 21 May 2011 – please put the date in your diary now. This is a slight change from the date announced in last month’s newsletter. However it was necessary to take into account various events ranging from National Championships to the CBA Regatta. The date we have chosen is after the end of the major regatta season and between the State and Australian Masters Championships. This will be a Black Tie dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel. This is the largest venue we could find on the North Shore with a capacity of 350 people. Junior girls “sweeping” all before them at the JB Sharp Regatta. MOSMAN ROWING CLUB 7 Coaching Gym News Steve Gordon and Alexa Liley have organized sessions at 6am every Friday morning with a professional fitness coach. A big group turned up for the first session on Friday 2 July. Everyone is welcome to come along and have fun trying to maintain and improve your flexibility and core strength – only $5 a session. Future Newsletters For many years the Club issued a regular Newsletter called “Four and Eight” but this has not been published for several years. The Newsletter you are reading now is an attempt to get a regular members newsletter going again in a clean new format. This will ultimately link up with online member communication, but for now we are looking for volunteers to help gather news, photos and other content and help prepare a monthly issue. It just needs a couple of volunteers with some communications and basic publishing skills. If you are interested in helping out please contact any committee member – your help will be greatly valued. All members are encouraged to participate by submitting short articles and photos for publication. Mosman Rowing Club Spit Reserve, Mosman NSW 2088 Committee: Mark Williams – President email@example.com PO Box 58, Seaforth NSW 2092 Will Liley – Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org Phone and fax: (02) 9969-6121 John Dollisson – Club Captain email@example.com www.mosmanrowing.com Sarah Hill – Vice Captain firstname.lastname@example.org Anne Taylor – Secretary email@example.com Gretchen Kellner – Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Davidson – Member email@example.com Peter Spasojevic – Member firstname.lastname@example.org Bryan Weir – Member email@example.com Photos in this Newsletter are courtesy of our Head Coach (and Master Photographer) Nick Garratt and various members. 8 MOSMAN ROWING CLUB Mosman Gallery – This Month’s Pick THE SMILING FACES SAY IT ALL!!