Newsletter – May 2021

Post-Regatta Newsletter –
Thanks to the 24 Clubs who entered our regatta earlier this month and to the 316 rowers who competed; we had the biggest turn-out we have had for many years.  The rain stayed away and the wind behaved itself.  As well, we were fortunate enough to have a great group  of volunteers to act as boat holders at the 1000metre start which I am sure the competitors were very happy about.As to the number of rowers who came up to our BBQ at the end of the day’s racing to have some free food and buy a drink or two – we would like to say a big “Thank You”.  We very much want to try and replicate our “social gatherings” of past regattas and, with the help of a good selection of donated spot prizes, we were able to create a great post-regatta atmosphere.The Legion made the competition for our much sought after gold medals a little tougher, this time, with all mixed races being Open events as well as the last two Eights events on the program and as a result “the winners took all” As always, we attempt to put as many same-grade crews as possible in each division, but it is not always feasible to do so.Upcoming Masters Regattas are…
South Island Masters Championships will be held at Lake Hood, Ashburton on 5th June and
Legion Masters North Island Championships are now scheduled for Saturday 4th September, at which we will not only be awarding Medals for the winners, but also a selection of  Trophies and
New Zealand Masters Championships are scheduled for 18th/19th September at Lake Ruataniwha

LEGION TROPHIES MISSING IN ACTION – A call-out to two Clubs who competed in our August Regatta IN 2019 and who, according to our records, still have not returned a Legion trophy:
Brian Clarke Memorial Cup awarded to the winners of the Open Women’s Eights – won by ­WERC
Dave Blackie Handles for the oldest winning Women’s double – won by NSRC (Sharon and Martha). Please arrange to have these trophies returned to the Legion as soon as possible.
The Legion requires any trophies won to be engraved at the winner’s expense, so please ensure this has been done before returning them.

FISA MASTERS REGATTA 2022 – This regatta will be held at Libourne, France in 2022.

WORLD MASTERS GAMES REGATTA – This regatta at Kansai, Japan, was originally to have been held this year. Due to the postponement of the 2020 Olympics until this year, the Masters regatta has been rescheduled for 2022.
A message from the Organizing Committee – The Organising Committee of the WMG2021 Kansai hope all is well with you. We have finished securing the spots for participation in the 2022 Games for those who made entries based on 2021 Games dates and age category; entries are now open again. It is one year to go till the Games and entries are being accepted until 28th February 2022. If you are interested in participating in the Games, you can check the revised schedule and guidelines for each sport and disciplines here (Please note that for some disciplines, entries are unable to be resumed due to the adjustments required. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.)
Stay safe and keep being active!
Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us!

Nielsen Kellerman (NZ) 

In light of our recent regatta sponsorship through Nielsen Kellerman (NZ), who supply  Rowing clubs and Schools with cox boxes and related equipment, some of you will no doubt remember the pre-electronic days, when coxswains wore headgear as per the photo above.

MASTERS PEER-TO-PEER COACHING CLINIC – The Legion of Rowers, in conjunction with Rowing NZ, are now inviting registrations for the first Peer-to-Peer Coaching Clinic – to be held at the Auckland Rowing Club from Friday 18th June–Sunday 20th June.
Registrations are now Open, and the close-off date is 12th June 2021.
The Auckland event is a “Trial” for the concept; with the possible running of additional clinics at Karapiro & Whanganui. All of these clinics are very much dependent on the numbers of rowers registering.
It is proposed to hold a similar event in the South Island later in the year.    
The Coaching Clinic times will be on
– Friday evening from 6pm-7:30pm
– Saturday 8am – 4pm (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided) and
– Sunday 8am – Noon (morning tea and lunch provided).
All meals are included in the camp fee, accommodation is not included, but some billeting arrangements may be possible. All attendees will cover their own costs of travel and accommodation. The program is specifically designed to introduce existing Rowers, Coaches, Non–rowers and Coxswains to modern methods of Peer-to- Peer coaching for Masters’ Rowers and how :

  • To improve technique whilst in the boat with other Masters and/or from a coaching boat
  • To extend communication skills specifically towards Masters’ Rowers
  • To improve the coaching of Masters’ Rowers within YOUR Club
  • To improve coaching of New Members
  • To increase the numbers of New Masters Rowing

Numbers for this Clinic are restricted, based on the use of two eights & two coxless quads, giving both sweep & sculling coaching; and these will be accompanied by 2 coaching boats.
The Clinic will include video analysis, nutrition & strength lectures, erg demonstrations & on–water participation alongside expert question and answer sessions.
There is no limit on the numbers applying from any one Club or region. Each club may include 1x person for a free registration, provided at least one other person from the club is a full paying candidate.
The Legion reserves the right to cancel the event for whatsoever reason, in which case all payments will be refunded immediately.

Registration Details :
For information and registration, please go to our online form here

Payment of the required fee will validate your registration, which will be acknowledged when paid.

Any further enquiries can be made to

$ 350.00 for Members of the Legion of Rowers (2021-22)
$ 380.00 for Non-Members
Payment to :  03-0104-0099885-00
– Particulars & Code:  Name of Attendee/s
– Reference: Name of Rowing Club (e.g. Auckland or Taupo or North Shore)

Paula Storey (Secretary)
The Legion of Rowers Inc.

19th May 2021

The Boat Race 2021

Last weekend ARC hosted a race between Oxford and Cambridge alumni on the Tamaki.

Boat Race Auckland offered some consolation for Oxford on the Tāmaki, after a run of losses on the Tideway and Great Ouse.  Around 60 people turned out to witness the ancient rivalry transplanted, including former light blues, John Maasland and Tim Hannah.  Oxford won the coin toss and selected Seaside Park station, looking to take advantage of deeper water mid-channel on the fast, outgoing tide.

the start

Under starter’s orders

Cambridge got off to a superb start, rating 40 but Oxford stalled miserably.

cambridge off to a flyer

Cambridge off to a flyer

Within ten strokes the light blue boat had taken four or five seats off the dark blue one. But then Oxford settled into its race rating of 32 and the boats remained locked in position for 500 metres, close beside one another, with Oxford refusing to allow Cambridge out into the stream.
The dark blue boat, gradually dragged itself up, as Cambridge reluctantly surrendered seats, one by painful one. By eight hundred metres the boats were level, and then the pressure began to tell. Cambridge’s rhythm faltered, and Oxford’s cox finally had her nose in front of her rival.

game set match

Game, set and match

At 1,000 metres a Cambridge rower lost a seat, and with it went any chance of recovery. Oxford surged clear, settled and eased to the finish, despite a desperate closing effort from Cambridge over the last fifty metres.

NOTE: Auckland Rowing Club would love to hear from any ex Oxford or Cambridge old boys and girls who would like to take part in next years event.


Lower North Island Regatta Report

Thanks to everyone for helping (or offering to help) with the Lower NI Masters regatta on 19 September.
We had 65 rowers representing Horowhenua, Hawkes Bay, Porirua, Petone, Clifton, Aramaho Whanganui, Wellington, and Star (eight clubs in total).
Being flexible was key and we were able to quickly make the decision to move from Manawatu to Whanganui (without too much hassle). A huge thanks to Gordon Dobson, Sarah Huston-Eastergaard and Andrew Carr-Smith for your efforts on and off the water.
Jo Mason, Andrew Bealing, and Kevin Horan had a great programme of events arranged that everyone enjoyed – a long distance race followed by mixed 500m/250m races on the Saturday.
On Sunday, we all met at the Foxton Loop for a social “Manawatu pleasure cruise” that took rowers along the loop and up the Manawatu river on a 13.5km journey. Even though some people were suffering the effects of Saturday night – the flat water and warm sun made this a highlight of the weekend.
We heard heaps of positive feedback about the social aspect and opportunity to meet fellow masters.
Thanks Horowhenua RC, Wellington Rowing Association and the participating clubs for all pitching in.
Can’t wait for next year!
Caroline Robertson, Petone RC.

NZ Masters Championships – CANCELLED

NZ Masters Championship Regatta Cancelled

Yet another regatta bites the dust!

Rowing New Zealand has announced the cancellation of the NZ Masters Championship Regatta that was due to be held at Karapiro in September due to the current and probably future restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, there is still the World Rowing Masters Regatta – Virtual being held…

More can be seen on the RowingNZ website



Legion Regatta & WRA Long Distance…


15th August 2020


The Legion of Rowers wish to advise that, due to the resurgence of the Corona Virus, and the uncertainty over if and when New Zealand will revert to Alert Level 1 throughout the Country, the call has been made, in consultation with the Chairman of KRI, to cancel the Legion Masters regatta, scheduled for Saturday 29th August ’20.

With the greater Auckland region (extending from Wellsford to Pukekohe) at present being at Alert Level 3, and the rest of the Country at Alert Level 2, with no change in alert levels likely – if any at all –  until midnight 26th August, this has created an unprecedented situation for the Sport of Rowing, and has given us no other option but to cancel our first ever North Island Masters Championship regatta.

Our Committee would like to sincerely thank all clubs who were planning to attend, and who have supported our Masters regattas in the past.  With this regatta now cancelled, we would like to remind you of the forthcoming Rowing New Zealand Masters Championships, which are scheduled to take place on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September ’20, at Lake Karapiro.  Please check the Rowing New Zealand website at regular intervals for news updates, as here again this regatta will be very dependent on the whole of New Zealand moving back to Alert Level 1.

The Legion AGM, which was to have taken place on Sunday 23rd August, at 11.00 a.m., will now be held as a Virtual Meeting.  More details to follow, but as usual we would very much appreciate your attendance – this time online.  More details to follow.


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