This Week @ LRC - 3 March 2017

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NAVIGATION NOTES ON IRON COVE AND BEYOND

from Nancy Wahlquist

With many new rowers, coaches and coxes hitting the water it’s a good time to review the rules and good safety habits for using our beautiful waterways.

NAVIGATION:

• The first and golden rule is always STAY ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE WATERWAY in the direction you are heading. NOT in the middle (that is reserved for certain crews with coaches and total idiots). Even if the coast appears clear, other boats can appear out of apparently nowhere so there is NO EXCUSE for not obeying this rule. The ONLY time this rule is changed is in a Drummoyne regatta when the race heads in their direction. The traffic lanes (Course) are marked in red on the map.

• NEVER use the middle arch of the bridges (see above), or the end arches where it can get too shallow and rocky. That leaves 2 arches heading in each direction to use.

• NEVER cross to the other side of the waterway within 50 metres of the Iron Cove Bridge. This is because you cannot be seen properly by oncoming vessels and you may get skewered.

• Preferably only cross over at the lines marked on the map – these are places other boats may be expecting you to be so will be keeping a lookout.

• When crossing over to the other fairway it is always best to stop, tap it around, take 5 -10 strokes, stop and turn again. Don’t hang about in the middle of the course.

• If you need to stop for more than a moment for any reason, pull OFF the course. Suggested resting spots are marked in blue. DO NOT STOP ON THE COURSE, particularly on the long run from Birkenhead down to the yellow buoys, or near the points where the course is narrowest.

• When going down to the bottom of Iron Cove, always go around the yellow buoys and DO NOT STOP until you have gone at least 10 strokes past the buoy AND turned left out of the way of other arriving boats. NEVER stop and park sideways where boats are coming in; move over.

• If you are in bow without a cox, you should check at least every 5-10 strokes for hazards.

• Always give way to FERRIES, they have right of way over all other craft. Motor boats are supposed to give way to us, but don’t expect it.

• When coming in to the LRC pontoon, give yourself a good run up to get the angle right to land; don’t turn in from the other side until well past the island. The turn of the tides cause some unpredictable currents which can lead to embarrassment for the most experienced rowers and coxes.

DANGER SPOTS

• When heading west down the Cove sometimes it seems like a nice idea to go behind Rodd Island. This is not a good idea as Drummoyne crews are instructed to head out and back home that way (see the map). Head-on collisions have happened. It is also a Learn to Row area. Take care.

• On Birkenhead Marina corner watch out for crews coming in from Drummoyne way and motor boats exiting the marina further along.

• All school fleets with a coach are to be dealt with cautiously. The kids think that the coach has their back so they don’t look. They are your biggest single collision possibility.

• Can I say that again?

• At low tide it gets very shallow on the Leichhardt side of the end of the Cove. As a rule don’t go more than 20 strokes past the yellow buoy before your turn. High tide you can go much further down. And stay away from the edges. Submerged objects (read shopping trolleys) and oystery rocks can make a real mess of the underside of your boat. For the same reason don’t go close to any of the points.

BLIND SPOTS. Coxes have a blind spot dead ahead (due to 8 big people in the road) and bow persons often can’t see directly behind them. This has been the cause of accidents in the past so don’t let it be the cause of yours.

• The Bermuda Triangle on the far side of Cockatoo Island (see map) has claimed many rowers unaware of crews coming in from Lane Cove River (often school boys, see above) or Kerosene Bay. If you are heading over that way don’t turn too soon, keep to the right-hand side of the crossing and when you are coming back watch for crews coming back down from Kerosene Bay and Long Nose Point.

• Kerosene Bay, or more correctly Balls Head Bay (or HMAS Waterhen), is a lovely row in calm weather but the whirlpool created by the engines of tugs and ships sometimes some distance from the craft itself, is one scary ride. If you are going over that way do let someone know because if you go for a swim it could be a long time before anyone comes by to help you and a ship probably won’t even see you. It could get ugly.

LRC Regatta - this Sunday

Thanks to you all who are lending a hand on Sunday. Please be available by 7am if you are a tinny driver or have been tasked to set up the start and finish tents. Crews which set up the start and finish line: please collect the tables, chairs and tents (if used) from the same.

Do bring some pocket (zootie?) money to buy from our fab BBQ stand and sweet things from the cake stall. If you are a baker, bring some goodies for the stall as it all contributes to repair that frequent boat damage! ;-)

See Anna Cico or Matt on the day for stuff to do - there will be plenty.

Sue will need help as the Main Designated Pontoon Harbourmaster (she has a different name for it!) to keep the traffic smooth.

Have fun!

Responsibility

Leichhardt Rowing Club is not like a gym - it's not a fee-for-service club. It is run entirely by us - the members and rowers. If it's untidy, it's our fault for being slobs. If the boats are broken it's our fault for not fixing them. There are two areas of responsibility that a few people have complained to me about recently: showing up and maintenance.

If you give a commitment to row with a crew, you HAVE to honour that - rain, hail, shine, hangover or not. You must show up at the appointed time and then you can all stand around together, complaining about the weather and deciding to go back to bed.

All boats at LRC have a "Captain" - one person from a crew that rows the boat often. If you are the Boat Captain, you are responsible for the maintenance of the boat; cleaning, de-salting, wheel changing, steering, hull repairs, gates, riggers etc. You don't have to DO all the work yourself, you will either get your crew to help or you will report issues to Matt that need to be fixed by professionals. Don't just write "steering needs fixing" - fix it yourself, it's pretty simple to do, all the pieces are available and there are plenty of old hands around the club who can help you and give guidance. It's up to you to organise an extra hour with the boat on the weekend every so often to keep it in top condition for us all.

Here's a list of boats and captains:

BOAT NAMEBOAT CAPTAIN
  
MckenzieDean
BoomalaKKa (StP)Ben A
David BodellDan O'C
Genesis (syndicate)Kerry
Tim ClareDianne
Fred WalshAlex K
Michael BathRex
Steve JaquesMaddie B
Margot SimingtonTBC
Richard StanistreetAndrew Hine
Wade HewettMichael
Charles BartlettJustin
Premiers 2014Alex F
Rosie (syndicate)Caroline V
Frank & Kerry ThornBelinda B
Fred GriffinSteve Duff
Steven DuffJeremey
McGillMarcus
Bohemia 2014Daniela B
Premiers 2007Sandra T
Fred FullertonJohn C
Kevin BondJim Armstrong
Premiers 2009Suzie P
Rod MoynahanMatt L
Steve RollLesley
Belinda BrighamAnnalisa A
Rod RichardsonAngela C
Ted Curtain IVScott P
Miss LeichhardtNick F
Jane HutchisonJen Z
Anne ParburyRhiannon
Mick LowreyJane H
WilliamsonSteve R
LRC MastersNancy
LUERBob K
Mary Pam JamKathy U
Old Oarsman IIAndrew H
RippleBrian
ShamrockIsaac
MercurySteve C
Lionel RobberdsImogen
Corp ChallengeLauren R/Roger
LRC JuniorsJacob/Roger
Tim TindaleChristine
Onno van EwykNick F
Rex ChadwickGareth
HauensteinJarrah
Tony PotterGary
Miss Kate ChadwickBen S
David MorrisseySteve J
HermesSue A
Kim EddyShannon
One EyeMark B
Tim ClareMark P

Cox Boxes

During the season so far we have "lost" 3 cox boxes. They will cost about $1200 each to replace. So we are changing the system. For each "away" regatta the Captains of each boat going to the regatta that requires a cox box, will be responsible for its collection and safe return. The Boat Captain or their delegate will need to pick up the cox box at boat loading, make sure it is charged overnight, and return it at the same time that the boats come back to the shed. If the cox box fails to show up, the Boat Captain will be charged the replacement fee - which they might choose to apportion amongst the crew. So be clear competitive rowers and Boat Captains, the next cox box that goes missing could cost you personally a lot of money. If anyone has a "lazy cox box" hanging around in their house or the boot of their car, please return it.

Dates

To enter a regatta, send your entries to regatta@lrc.com.au

• Sat 4 Mar – Gold Cup (big boats only)

• Sun 5 Mar – LRC Grade regatta, Iron Cove

• Fri 10 Mar – King’s and Queen’s Cup Lunch

• Sun 19 Mar – Drummoyne Grade regatta, Iron Cove

• Sun 26 Mar – Drummoyne Masters Regatta, Iron Cove

• 8-9 April – Trickett Grade Championships, SIRC

• 24-28 April – World Masters Games, Lake Karapiro, NZ

• Sun 30 April – Iron Cove Masters regatta, Iron Cove

• 6-7 May – NSW Masters Championships, SIRC

• Sun 23 July 11am to 3pm – LUOR lunch

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