This Week @ LRC – 22 June 2018


Justin Milne and Alex Kempson with the Bohemia 2018 trophy. Well done to us!


UTS JB Sharp

from Alex Lowe and Steve Duff

A big congratulations to all of the juniors who competed in the JB Sharp regatta last Sunday. For many, it was their first time facing the start line and was particularly challenging with the unfriendly weather conditions. Our juniors faced it head on with many successes of placements in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Special congratulations to Fergus and Lochie who left the other competitors in their wash and easily cleaned up with first and second place. Well done also to the girls’ quad in which half the crew had never raced, yet together placed 3rd in their women’s intermediate quad heat. LRC is very proud of the juniors in their first competition efforts and are looking forward to many more successes in the remainder of the series.

Unfortunately due to the bad weather, the regatta was cancelled about half way through the program. We were all looking forward to seeing all of our newer members race. Here’s hoping for better weather on the 1st July for the Drummoyne JB Sharp.

If you missed out or are not sure how to enter just let one of the Captains (Anna, Dean or Steven) know and we will get you organised.

There are copies of the regatta program around the shed for you to see the entry options. There are no race fees but you must be a member of Rowing NSW for the 2018/19 season.


Awards Night – this Sunday from 4pm

Please be at the club at 4 so we can start the awards from 4.15. The club will be putting on dinner afterward. And not just pizzas – gluten free-rs and vegetarians will be catered for. Please BYO drinks.


Rack renewals

Eight more days until the end of the grace period for the rack renewals. Do it now or your private boat will be removed!


Membership fees

Invoices will be emailed to everyone very shortly. If you want to upgrade your membership (or downgrade it), please write to ASAP.



Nancy will be leading a Yoga class at the club on Wednesdays 6am to 6.45am and everyone is invited to join in. The aim of the class is to build core strength, and to balance up your rowing body. Yes folks, believe it or not your body was not built for rowing alone, and the class will focus on stretching and releasing tension in your whole body which will reduce the incidence of other muscular problems arising. Bring your own yoga mat if you have one or use one of the club’s.


Time to put your hand up!

by Steve Duff At the end of week one in the Captain’s role, I have been inundated with offers from members wanting to help in some way. I thought a good place to start was to list the items needing to be addressed.


Short Term Tasks

  1. Boat Racks – need regalvanising. In bad need of repair. Many screws missing or loose and racks not rolling out smoothly. Need rubber matting or foam supports etc replaced. Christiaan has volunteered but needs assistance.
  2. Pictures on the Walls – To tidy up the mess after the painting. Restore balance!
  3. LRC JB Sharp – We need tinny drivers with boat licenses and BBQ team
  4. LRC Iron Cove Classic, LRC Regatta and Iron Cove Masters – We need tinny drivers with boat licenses and BBQ team
  5. Painting – Shed North face downstairs (very bodgey, done by volunteers last time)
  6. Adult LTR Coaches – with Tinnie licenses. (Margaret can help if you don’t have one yet).
  7. Corporate Regatta – coaches, coxes, catering (Justin has done a great job and we already have lots of crews with high expectations). You can grab a mate and do it together.
  8. BBQ teams for home regattas – if it’s a JB Sharp then our Competitive members, if an experienced event then from the Recs.
  9. Social Event helps – Fund raising nights
  10. Pontoon and Shed Floor Cleaning – Monthly squad roster
  11. Rig 3 eights currently sitting sectioned on racks

Medium Term Tasks

  1. Window Cleaning – To clean our front windows overlooking the bay
  2. Time Trial Supervisors – We would like to start 5 to 7km time trials at low rating on one weekday and one weekend day morning. Need 2 people in tinnies to run program. All crews sizes, men and women, handicapped etc. Build up to Head Races.
  3. Would it be worth having a weekly Breakfast BBQ, say every Sunday at 8am. Make it a regular item. Nothing quite like coming off the water after training to the smell of the BBQ. Possibly a rotating roster.

Full Year Tasks

  1. Labelling – responsible to label everything that is not alive. Every oar, rigger, rack and boat needs to be clearly labelled and on our Shed Map.
  2. Oar Maintenance – Chevrons and gearing (by Club specifications)
  3. Tinnies – to keep them clean, fully kitted and in good order (under Bob’s supervision)
  4. Ergs – to provide cleaning and repair. Call in professionals when required.
  5. Club Sculls – a team to look after all our sculls. This is a job for a few “boat lovers”. TLC is required for our well used sculls.
  6. BROs – if you have had enough of racing but want to stay involved then think about becoming a Boat Race Official (person in blue uniform with total control on race day)
  7. Trophies, Medals and Honour Boards

Please see Steve or email him at if you can help in any way!


Vale Laurie O’Donnell

from Stephen Jacques Laurie O’Donnell, a life member of the club and LUOR supporter, passed away in his nursing home on Saturday 16 June 2018 at the age of 99.5 years!!  Laurie was the club’s Honorary Treasurer from 1945 to 1950 and had a short stint as Honorary Secretary in 1940. Laurie would have been the club’s oldest living member. His daughter Kathy Black has advised the club that he regarded the club as a very important part of his life and she thanked LUOR for the kind gesture of forwarding club books and magazines to him over the last few years. He was so thrilled that he wasn’t “forgotten”. He will be buried next Monday in his Balmain jersey and beanie as he was always a Balmain Tigers boy through and through.  Laurie’s funeral service is 10.30am on Monday 25th June at St Cecelia’s Church, Wanganella St, Balgowlah.



  • 24 June, Sunday – LRC Awards from 4pm
  • 1 July, Sunday – #3 JB Sharp, Drummoyne
  • 15 July, Sunday – #4 JB Sharp, Balmain
  • 22 July, Sunday – LUOR Lunch
  • 29 July, Sunday – #5 JB Sharp, LRC – presentations
  • 1 September, Saturday – Corporate regatta
  • 8 September, Saturday – Lane Cove Head, 4+ and 8+ only, 6.5km
  • 15 September, Saturday – indoor rowing championships, DRC
  • 16 September, Sunday – Head of the Nepean (big boats), 5km
  • 22 September, Head of the Shoalhaven, 6.5km