When the mighty “Harpoons” raced Head of the Yarra this year, they achieved so much more than the satisfaction of completing the 8km course and placing 4th in their division and 74th of 261 crews.  So far, the crew’s fund-raising efforts around their Yarra campaign have raised a massive $25,553 for The Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC), which provides accommodation and support to women and children experiencing homelessness and family violence.  The donations came from friends, family and work colleagues, as well as one employer making direct donations to the charity to match those made by its employees.  

The Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation that delivers a range of crisis and early intervention accommodation and support services to women, children and young people, and families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness and/or domestic and family violence. More detail on what the centre does can be found here: https://www.wagec.org.au/.   As WAGEC CEO Helen Silvia says in her video response to the Harpoon’s campaign, the funds will go a long way to helping those in need, particularly during the holiday period https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhCSCezOnOo&feature=youtu.be.

The Harpoons want to thank everyone who donated before the big race, and if anyone wants to add to the fund-raising total, the link is still open at: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/harpoons



From Nancy

Only 8 sleeps to go until our big Christmas Party!  Please bring your family and significant others to show them where you have been disappearing to for the last year; it may help them to understand…  There will be lots of delicious food; all food preferences catered for; games and the usual bar with low club prices.

Please buy your tickets online through this link: https://shop.lrc.com.au/product/xmas-party-2019/

$25, $15 for students and juniors, under 5 free.

Payment can be made at the door, along with raffle ticket sales and the Lucky Dip – so bring your cash with you!

Volunteers are still needed for: Raffle ticket sales; door; and clean-up crew.

Please email Nancy on: nwahlquist@bigpond.com with your kind and generous offers.

 Donations of new items for the $5.00 Lucky Dip are also required, particularly unisex items or things for boys.  Please put them in the marked box on the white cupboard outside the office.


Notice of “Intention to Race” by Friday 13 December

From Virginia

If you are planning to attend the 2020 Taree Summer regatta, please send squad entries or individual “Intention to Attend” notices to vvanewyk@gmail.com by Friday 13 December. The event program for the weekend is on the Rowing NSW website at https://regattas.rowingnsw.asn.au/regattas/4893/events.  Entries close in early January, so we want it all sorted out before Christmas.  

The Captain, Women’s Captain and Regatta Secretary will put together proposed crews for individuals who would like to race, plus liaise with squad captains regarding possible multi-squad big boats and mixed crews. In general at Taree, we try and stick to our Competition policy and limit racing to three races per day, max four.  Plus we need to ensure there will be enough boats for the number of entries. Please also let the Regatta Secretary know which days you are available to race: Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, Sunday to mid afternoon to assist with setting up crews.  We will send out proposed crew line-ups before Christmas.

There is a Club dinner booked for Saturday night. Please include names of those planning to come to this Club event with your Intention to Race, so we can make sure we have approximately the right number booked. Confirmation and pre-payment via the LRC website will be required before Christmas. More information in this in the next newsletter.

Looking forward to seeing a great turnout at Taree. Double points and a good opportunity to support rural clubs who have been doing it very tough over the past 12 months or so.


Water Restrictions

From Matt

As we are all conscious of the ongoing water shortage we will now have to comply with level 2 water restrictions. The club has procured watering cans that will be in place from this weekend. From the 10th all the hoses will be removed so that we are not tempted to take the easy way out. 



The club would like to advise that members take caution over the next couple of weeks in regards to their rowing. The air quality is poor and individuals should take all the necessary precautions before rowing. As LRC have pulled out of the reindeer and sprint regattas, it is highly advised that individuals do not row at LRC this weekend. 


  • 14th December- Christmas Party 
  • 10th-13th January- Taree Summer Regatta 
  • 25th January- Small Boats Regatta
  • 7th February- NSW Rowing Championships