Another one down

The Head of the Hunter (publicised as a 46km race, but anything can happen!) was once again run from Newcastle Rowing Club to Berry Park.
Unfortunately the tide was against for a very large part of the race and then went dead, so the times were not as quick as last year or the year before.

Rob Tiley completed the course in 04:28:23 (corrected to 4:53:46) and the pair with Anna Cico and Christine Seeliger finished in 04:18:34 (corrected to 4:29:15), and placed 2nd overall within 25 seconds of the winner (ouch!).


Please change the batteries in your lights. Too many boats are out in the pitch black with poor lighting, easily confused with reflections on the water, or pretty much invisible. It’s still dark in the morning and you do need to be visible for your and others’ safety.

Men wanted (in a nice way)

If you are searching for a HotY crew and are over 50yo, search no more. Talk to Dean Patterson now!

Carrying boats

A reminder to please carry the boats no more than half way through the canvas. Carrying them at the extremities, will put pressure on the fiber of the hull and will stretch it, which will make the boats less water-streamed.

Henley trophies

The club has just taken possession of six very historic trophies. They are the so-called Pineapple Cups awarded to the winner of the Diamond Sculls event at Henley for the fastest male single sculler.

These cups were won by Stuart (Sam) MacKenzie between 1957 and 1962, who started his rowing career at LRC.

Sam not only is he the only man in history to win this extremely important race 6 times consecutively, but on one of those occasions he doubled up and also won the Pair in the afternoon! He was a world champion, Olympian and LRC rower. Now in his twilight years he contacted the club and offered these important trophies to us. They were housed at the rowing museum in Henley and Sam arranged for them to be released to us.

Big thanks go to Victor Schweikert for arranging and also in particular to Ben Adams and his fiancé Lexi who, on their pre-honeymoon to Europe, dropped in to Henley, as you do, to pick the cups up and manage them all the way back to Leichhardt as inconvenient cabin baggage. The Balcony Boyz are working with the Committee on building a suitable display cabinet for them.


The season commences tomorrow at 9.00am when many corporate rowers will arrive at the club for a briefing. The Committee asks that everyone at LRC goes out of their way to welcome these guests, assist them and make their month with us extremely enjoyable.

We have 16 crews, so the Club will be a bit crowded for the month.

Coaches – if you need lights for your boats, let Anna Cico know. You will need to sign lights off if you take some and make sure they are returned at the end of the Corporate month.

From Matt

  • With all the crews starting next week can we please use upstairs to store bags. It’s getting too crowded around the roller doors, jumpers can be hung on the fence near the the quads bay; from Monday all bags will be collected and put up stairs if left down stairs.
  • Do not pick up your boat until all crew is down, boats that are rigged and not corporate are to go straight to water no putting of boats down on slings, adjust your feet on the water.

Pymble Ladies

Please remember PLC has priority use over the Pontoon between 8-8:30 and 10:15 & 10:45 in the weekends.
Please ensure to keep the pontoon clear at this time.


  • 5 August, Saturday, 9am – Orientation day for Corporate Challenge
  • 20 August, Sunday – 3 Rivers mini-marathon, Telegraph Point to Port Macquarie, 25km
  • 26 August, Saturday – Sculler Head of the Nepean
  • 3 September – SIRC, Corporate Challenge regatta day
  • 9 September – Drummoyne, NSW Indoor Rowing Championships
  • 16 September, Saturday – Head of the Nepean (4.5km)
  • 23 September, Saturday – Head of the Shoalhaven (6.5km) plus Sprints (350m, 1x and 2x only)
  • 30 September, Saturday – NSW TT #1
  • 7 October, Saturday – Head of the Lane Cove, sweep coxed boats only (6.5km)