There is a seat for everyone

ICC #3 – hosted by Leichhardt

This Sunday is the last regatta of the series, and it’s hosted by us. Note the first boat will go at 7.51am so a bit earlier than usual.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have already signed up to help. Please meet at 6.30am for the early tasks (eg setup).

Remember to bring some money for a BBQ and drinks afterward. Presentations will be held at the Club.

From Matt:
Only one eight on the floating pontoon at a time, to launch in order of racing numbers. We have other clubs launching and Pymble girls at the same time. Boats from rack to water, no putting on slings. Also due to the quantity of boats returning at same time, can we just for this once have a quick rinse and put away, with a proper wash the next time you row. No blades on floating pontoon, only on the ramp please.

Recreational members please come down and support, also help man the BBQ and the presentation of trophies after.

Saturday morning a school girls regatta will be on, please make room on the pontoon as needed, and give parents and friends some room on the balcony. Remember to cheer for the PLC girls if you see them go past.


Entries are all in and we are waiting for the draw. Please pay your fees if you have not done that already.
Boats will be in Melbourne on Thursday evening, boat loading will need to be done by Wednesday night (22 November).
At the end of the race, please ensure boats are loaded back into the same space labelled on the rear of trailer. Each squad is responsible for boats, blades and cox box. If you have any maintenance issues please let us know now otherwise we are presuming we are good to go.

All squads need to organise their boats and gears so make sure you come to the loading and unloading. The trailers will come back from Melbourne on Sunday evening.

Please come to the Yarra Yarra dinner to help retain the boat race. Numbers need to be finalised early next week.

Monthly Squad Cleaning Chores

Jen’s Girls – Pontoon & Shed
D Cups – Tinnies (spray out and declutter)
Hannahs Crew – Clean and Tidy upstairs and behind mirrors

Boats & Things

from Matt
Boats being retired are the Steve Jaques, Bob Stone, Peter Trives, Ross Ullo and LEUR. These boats will be on the trailer this Sunday and taken to the tip. We have replaced these boats as part of the fleet renewal to ensure that we have good quality boats for all squads. The three Viii have been replaced by newer Sykes boats and the Iron Cove replacing the Boomalakka which will soon return to Sydney University Boat Shed. New slings have been ordered and arriving soon.

Injuries & incidents

from Matt
Could all members please ensure all incidents and injuries are reported to Matt & Simon. All incidents that have damages to boats and people require paperwork to be filled in for insurances purposes and they will communicate with Maritime and NSW Rowing with the insurance issues.

The 2017 Rich Rowing Classic

This annual recreational Christmas social row from Leichhardt to the Lane Cove Weir is on again on Saturday 9 December 2017.
For those who have not done this before it is a fun row in a fleet of eights right up to the Lane Cove Weir along the scenic Lane Cove River through the national park. As it is a reasonably long way there will be reserve rowers in tinnies and crews will mix and interchange rowers along the way. It is not a race but an event and even if you are relatively new to rowing you will have a good time.
It is open to all club members.

Be at the club by 5.10am so we can launch the tinnies and be on the water by 6 am. Expect to be back about 9.30-10 am.

  • Reserve your seat and reply to Trevor Sills or Geoff Rich asap
  • Advise if
    • You have a boat licence.
    • You would also like to stay and have a BBQ breakfast if and when we return to the club.

Trevor Sills –
Geoff Rich –

Life Member’s Corner – Steve Jaques, since 2001

Steve Jaques, in 2013

My earliest days at LRC began in 1966 after I had left school at Ibrox Park BHS (now Leichhardt H S ) – I remember that some of my mates mostly Rugby League players and two rowers decided to get together at the Rowing shed to get fit – they had heard that some old guy would be good to get them fit and I went along as well. It turned out that the gym in the old shed was a room at the side of the old wood shed about 5 x 8 mtrs, with concrete floor no clear windows and a double door opening to an enclosed waterfront private grassed garden. The door lock was the weights bar. The gym equipment consisted of two old original ergometers (bow and stroke side) and a few old rusty weights, a bar and a chin-up bar. All other equipment was a few old wooden rowing shells – eights, coxed fours, and a couple of coxed tub pairs. Possibly one scull. A far cry from the state of the club’s enormous fleet of today. After about two years rowing the rest of the boys had quit and I remained and have been an active member for about 51 years.

In 1968 under coach Len MacPherson (since club President & Life member) I competed In the State lightweight eight championships on Nepean River, Penrith and a few weeks later in the National Championships in Murray Bridge, South Australia, in a new $2000 scaled down Italian ‘Donoratico’ mould eight, financed by us ‘the crew’ (unheard of in rowing circles) – as the club was battling to remain solvent & couldn’t afford to replace the worn-out outmoded wooden shell which creaked with every dip of the oars. (Crew – Bow B. Swift, 2 N. Freney, 3 R. Harwood, 4 S. Jaques, 5 T.Howe, 6 L. News, 7 L. Hannon, 8 B. Brown, – Cox R. Jenkins). After fasting to make weight, the mostly novice crew put up strong performances in both championships, and considering on the way to Murray Bridge, at Hay NSW, one of our cars ran off the road, flipped, rolled & hit a tree. Three crew inside luckily escaped serious injury only sustaining a lot of bruising and the Mini was badly damaged. However, after the Nationals we sold the boat on to a college in South Australia and only returned with the oars and a lot of experence.

In 1969 in one of the club’s most unusual and desperate recruitment drives, my crew rowed a coxed four to Manly and back. Stopping at Manly harbour beach to empty out and push off for the long and rough row back to the club. Another club Coxed Four and Tub Pair (with Barry Moynahan & Steve Roll) were escorted by coach Len MacPherson in our old wood speed boat, The epic journey was filmed by two TV stations and Cine-Sound for the Newsreel that preceded Movies at the Hoyts theatres in NSW & elsewhere. Unfortunately all copies of that spectacular event have been lost.

Another rowing highlight for me was in 1971, I was in 4 seat of the club’s champion Maiden eight – It was a motley crew, all shapes sizes, ability and ages and we rowed a bit on the rough side, but with our master coach, Len MacPherson, we had a ton of heart, commitment and camaraderie and we won every race we entered that season. (Bow T. Potter, 2 D. Bodell, 3 A. Flint, 4 S. Jaques, 5 J. Kalady, 6 N. Freney, 7 R. Harwood, 8 R. Ullo, – Cox G. Tancred – Res. K. Berry)

In the 60’s & 70’s the club’s small membership supported by the ‘Old Boys’ (now LUOR) struggled to remain financial and I recall we were always trying to raise funds to pay association levies, other administrative costs, repair the deck & pontoon and to keep the old wooden building upright. Delivering telephone books off the back of trucks of all sizes for many years, holding gambling nights and other social functions just to get enough money to keep our heads above water was a constant effort for the small number of the members in those years. New or 2nd hand boats were a rarity. Taking our boats to regattas meant lifting a metal boat rack frame onto the back of a flatbed truck & bolting it down and later building our own boat trailers always with the help of the club patron Ted Curtain and other skilled members. This seemed to be the fate of the club in those years.

Other interesting places I rowed in those years were the ‘country’ regattas. Of note was the amazing 3 day Lismore, Grafton & McLean regattas each rowed on a consecutive day which was a lot of hard work rowing, rigging, de-rigging boats, loading, un-loading trailers, driving everywhere and making it home safely on the Monday. Taree has always been another favourite regatta starting back in the day (60’s) it was celebrating the Aquatic Festival in January long weekend (speed boats, sailing, skiers & rowing) – that town really rocked. It has grown since those days into the huge 3 day rowing ‘carnival’ regatta – we all love.

In 1981 my crew -Tony Potter (B), Dave Bodell (2), Peter Trives (3) & cox A. Shorrock – entered the first National Championships of the newly formed Masters Rowing (then called Veterans) on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra and won the initial B Division (35 yrs) Coxed Fours. Since then Grade rowing mixed with masters rowing has filled my life. Over the earlier years Rowing with LRC and competing at the highest level I could make saw me traveling to many National championships in country NSW, Victoria, Qld, SA, and WA and later competing in Masters Nationals for LRC.

I have also been a long time & strong supporter of Leichhardt Union of Old Rowers (LUOR) – The LUOR is a supporter group of the Club which holds regular functions and events aimed at creating opportunities for rowers of all ages to get together socially for fun and fund raising. LUOR now only meet annually to raise funds and supply a variety equipment for the club.

In my life time at LRC, I was on the club general committee from my earliest days and then Hon. Secretary for 7 years during the years 1971 to 1982 & interrupted with a few years overseas travel and later in the modern club for another 5 years from 2003 to 2007. I remember many cold nights were spent in our old clubroom upstairs sitting around our trestle table on benches (now on the balcony of the new shed) at committee meetings, for many years, Chaired by Stan Jones (OAM) working out how to build the membership, developing & selecting crews, keeping the building upright, maintaining our meagre assets & forever raising finances. We were so poor one year that we were forced to purchase & award ‘Tea-Spoons’ as prizes for our club regatta events. However, another year finances were a little better off and we awarding sets of 4 whisky glasses with gold rimmed and embossed club logo. How different was that.

Coaching has been a great passion of mine from the 1990,s to present day – I held a Level 2 Coaching Cert. and started coaching with novices, Juniors and intermediate level men & women later moving to masters & recreational crews. Always a volunteer coach I have coached /guided many of the club’s junior girls to the podium representing their schools in many of the SG Heads of The River at SIRC. I also had several years assisting coaches at Sydney GHS where my daughter Elise attended & rowed successfully – as well as rowing for LRC. Many of my Junior boys and girls crews and the intermediate crews won plenty of medals over the years of my coaching them. I was Manager of the club’s Junior representatives at several National Championships in Victoria, Qld and Sydney. The Club coaches I remember that had the greatest impact on me were Len MacPherson, Mick Lowrey, Barry Moynahan and Frank & Kerry Thorn.

For the last 4-5 years I spend my weekend days coaching recreational/social rowers as I’m unable to commit to early week day sessions for competing groups. I find that age has caught up with me along with various medical issues that restrict my competing regularly but I do regular training on Tuesday evenings on the ergs followed by meetings with my fellow Balcony Boyz. So if you see me on the pontoon or about the shed say hello if you need any help – I won’t bite but have been known to be a little grumpy !!


  • 4-12 November – Australian Indoor Rowing Championships
  • 12 November, Sunday –  ICC #3 (eights only) – Final regatta of the series, hosted by LRC
  • 25 November, Saturday – Head of the Yarra
  • 2 December, Saturday – Reindeer Regatta, SIRC
  • 3 December, Sunday – NSW Sprint Championships
  • 12-14 January 2018, Friday to Sunday – Taree Summer Regatta
  • 27 January, Saturday – Small Boats regatta