The big Regatta Day is Saturday, 28 September 2013 at SIRC, the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.

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Get familiar with the location and travel information.

You will need to allow approximately 1 hour to drive from Sydney CBD to SIRC.

Racing starts at 8.30am and you should aim to arrive no less 45 minutes before your 1st race. You will find the boats in front of the grandstand.

For parking please proceed through the Entry Gate A, over the bridge to the designated parking area behind the grandstand. Another event may be setting up for Sunday behind the grandstand so be careful and follow any instructions from parking officials.

The Regatta format will be as follows:

  • Each crew will race in 2 Heats. The purpose of these heats is to gain points for positional rankings for the Industry Finals and the LRC Corporate Challenge Plate.
  • Each crew will race in their Industry Final.
  • The Winner of each of the 3 Divisions will compete in the LRC Corporate Championship Cup – This will be the last race of the day.
  •  The 5 highest point scorers from the Heats – excluding Divisional Winners, will compete in the LRC Corporate Plate event. The will be the 2nd last race of the day.
  •  Following the last race, there will be the Regatta Presentation Ceremony from the Olympic presentation dais in front of the grandstand.

SIRC map

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Catering

BYO your picnic baskets, or buy food from the kiosk in the Grandstand which will be open from 7.30am and has coffee, drinks and hot and cold food aimed at rowers. Some companies arrange to be fully catered from the Regatta Kitchen and Bar. It’s up to you.

You can arrange the details direct with Vince: 4729 3222  enquiries@regattakitchenandbar.com

Marquees

Companies can erect tents/marquees on the grass hill beside the Grandstand. If you plan to erect a tent, you must let me know as I need to coordinate tent numbers and location with SIRC Management. Alternatively, there is plenty of seating in the Grandstand – just under 1,000 seats under cover.

SIRC management approves Penrith Party Hire, they can deliver and erect.

Contact: 4731 1313  www.penrithpartyhire.com.au

Weather

Regattas proceed in all weather conditions except lightning. Rowers are tough – and – it’s a water sport – and we’ll have a great day come hell or high water! The weather at Penrith is usually better than the weather on the coast.

Check out the forecast the day before.

Essentials

Be prepared for all weather. Sunscreen; hat and plenty of water; and cameras to record your triumphs.

Clothing

Besides your racing gear, bring at least one change of clothes and perhaps an extra T-shirt as some rowers have been known to splash at the catch.

There is a bike track alongside the course, so friends can bring their cycles and ride alongside yelling encouragement – standard regatta practice. The whole precinct is also great for kids who can cycle around for miles, pretty safe from cars. The officials will insist on bike helmets.

Contact

Steven Duff – 0411 642 622
Justin Milne – 0416 221 536

Timetable

The Race Timetable will be distributed to all crews on Wednesday 25/9/13.

Crews will need to be at SIRC at least 45 minutes prior to their 1st race.

Races are 500m in length starting at the 1500m mark on the course. All crews are allocated a handicap, based on the number of women/men in the crew, experience ranking – novice, intermediate, senior and elite categories will apply, plus an age factor for the average of the crew.  All crews will race in boats fitted with speakers and headset for the cox.

Crews will boat from the pontoon in front of the Grandstand.

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At the completion of each race, all crews should head straight to the presentation dais or the pontoon for changeover with the crew for the next race. Club members will assist at the changeovers.

Because adjusting foot stretchers is difficult when a boat is on the water, it is requested that rowers leave their feet in position unless it is absolutely necessary to change. Particularly as feet are often not properly locked in after adjustment leading to feet coming loose during racing and/ or causing boat damage. The foot position in each boat will be set to the mid position. This will cater for the majority of rowers. Only particularly short or tall rowers may have a need to change the foot position.

Questions – please contact your coach or Steven or me – we are here to help!

Cheers,
Justin