Cancellation of April Legion Masters Regatta

17th March 2020


Cancellation of April Legion Masters Regatta

The Legion of Rowers Committee wish to advise that, in the best interests of the health and safety of both athletes and officials, as well as coaches and spectators, we have reluctantly agreed to cancel our Masters Regatta, scheduled for Lake Karapiro, on Sunday 26th April.

Whereas our proposed regatta may have managed to stay under  the New Zealand Government’s cut-off point of under 500 for massed gatherings during this uncertain period of Corona Virus outbreaks, we felt it best to avoid any possibility of spreading the infection any further.

Our Committee would like to sincerely thank all clubs who were planning to attend, and who have supported our April Masters regatta in the past.  Although this regatta will not happen, we would like to remind you all of the two forthcoming Masters Regattas

  • Legion North Island Championship Regatta, Saturday 29th August 2020 and
  • NZ Masters Championships Regatta Sat/Sun 12th & 13th September 2020

Paula Storey, Legion Secretary


will be held in the
Clubrooms of the AUCKLAND ROWING CLUB,
on SUNDAY 30th JUNE, 2019,
At 11.00 a.m.

Junior Trust Recipient – 2018 / Under 23 Triallist – 2019
University of California Scholarship Winner – 2019


  1. President’s Opening Remarks
  2. Apologies
  3. Obituaries
  4. Minutes of 68th Annual General Meeting
  5. Adoption of Annual Report and Presentation of Accounts
  6. Amendment to Constitution & Rules of the Legion of Rowers Auckland (Inc)
    • Annual General Meetings : The current wording reads = “The Annual General Meeting shall be held in June of each year, in such time and place as may be fixed by the Executive”
      Recommended change as per Minutes of 20th May ’19 = “The Annual General Meeting shall be held on or before the 31st August of each year, in such a time and place as may be set by the Executive”
  7. Subscriptions for the 2018-19 Season, and Current Year Status
  8. Election of Officers
  9. Junior Trust Awards
  10. Legion Website Update.
  11. Open Discussion – any item which may be properly introduced at an Annual General Meeting
  12. Closure of the 69th Annual General Meeting.
  13. Introduction of Guest Speaker
  14. Lunch.

Dated this day, 7th June ‘19
P.G. Storey, Hon. Secretary

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2018 World Masters Rowing Champs in Sarasota, Florida

2018 World Masters Rowing Champs in Sarasota, Florida

Martha DeLong (Auckland Rowing Club)

There are only three words to describe the 2018 World Masters Rowing Champs in Sarasota, Florida, USA: HOT – HOT – HOT! The Florida weatherman could give us no respite from the 35°C temps, on average, for the entire week. We were thankful, however, as there were no threats from any hurricanes moving in from the Atlantic Ocean. What was most amusing, yet very serious, was that our safety briefings included ‘alligator awareness safety’ on a daily basis! Spectacular thunderstorms would build each late afternoon/evening providing a lightning display to rival anything that we had ever seen before.

The Sarasota 2018 World Masters Rowing Championships were not as well attended as those in 2017 in Bled, Slovenia, but the calibre was just as good, i.e. we saw lots of very, very FAST times on the water. The word on the street was that many rowers, especially the Europeans, were worried about the potential hurricane threat, so most of those rowers attended the European Champs in Munich in July, 2018 instead of making it to Florida.

So who are ‘WE’? This year, New Zealand was represented by Martha and Caroline DeLong, a mother and daughter team from The Auckland Rowing Club. Yes, just the two of us, but hopefully ‘we done did ya proud’! Caroline, in her single scull, led from start to finish, holding off a challenge in the last 250m, to win a gold in the A1x, and old lady Martha joined a Masters International WE8+ which moved from fourth to first before running out of water to earn a gold also only to have ‘7-Seat’ pulled (rather spectacularly) from the boat for a drug test by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. However, due to the extreme heat, it took this poor 7-seater 2.5 hours to provide a statistically representative sample!


This World Masters event was the first for Caroline, having just made the ‘age grade’, while Mom Martha has attended several of these world events over the past few years (Varese, Munich, Hazewinkel, Copenhagen and Bled) with crews from London. In addition to our individual wins, Caroline and I raced a double together. Mom is not sure that Caroline will ever try that again as we had to row ‘C’ and after being late to the start and then a ‘quick start’ and with a winning boat time of 3:36, well, Caroline and I have some work to do!

Two thousand and thirty (2030) rowers registered for this 2018 championship event with over half of these coming from the continental United States (1308). Forty nine (49) countries were represented, including many from South America (just drive north). We are sure that no one in NZ would be surprised to learn the CHINOOK took both the men’s and women’s points trophies (yes, Chinook of WMGs fame!). The event was very well run, and we take our ‘hats off’ to the organizers!

It was a great experience. We look forward to Hungary!

James Boyce. 

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of James Boyce who died while competing at the Mercer Master’s Regatta on Saturday the 11th. Below is a message from Rob Prebble, the President of the  Rotorua RowingClub.

It is with great sadness and shock that we learned of the sudden passing of James Boyce from Rotorua.  James was taking part in a Masters Rowing Regatta in Mercer last Saturday when he collapsed and despite receiving immediate medical attention, James died.

James has been involved in Rotorua Rowing since 2010, firstly as a parent helper, then as a coach and more recently as a referee achieving National status as an umpire in 2014.  James was the immediate past president of the Rotorua Rowing Club.  His three children Shannon,Taylor and Riley have all rowed for the club and James himself became an active member of the RRC Masters group in 2015 as a coach and a rower.

At committee level, James represented the club on the Bay of Plenty Rowing Association, becoming president of that association in 2016.

Always positive and with boundless enthusiasm, it has been James who has rallied around the Masters and encouraged them to participate in rowing events, organising crews, towing trailers to regattas and marking out courses for various events such as the John Howard at Ngongataha and the Blue Lake. We are all going to miss him terribly and his passing will leave such a huge hole in the rowing community.

Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Julie and the children. As a club, we want to remember James for the valued contribution he made to our lives and offer support to the loved ones he has left behind.

Rob Prebble,
Rotorua Rowing Club

James funeral will be held at 2pm on Thursday 16th August at Blue Lakes, followed by a get together with refreshments upstairs at the Water Sports Club (RRC etc) at 3.30 pm.