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.

Planning Masters Rowing in NZ

A second open meeting was held on 17 September to discuss the future of masters rowing in New Zealand. Fourteen representatives from clubs around the country joined the virtual meeting hosted by Rebecca Caroe, who is the Masters Representative on the RNZ Domestic Rowing Committee.
The theme of the meeting was communication.
Feedback since last meeting from attendees and club colleagues included
– good to see Rowing New Zealand linking up initiatives for masters and putting on events online.
– 27 new joiners to the Legion Newsletter of which 11 are South Island 16 North Island.
– Anna Williams confirmed that Rowing NZ are keen for masters to self-organise on this group hence nothing is moderated and anyone can post updates and events.
– Events have been added to the New Zealand Masters Rowers group https://www.facebook.com/groups/256708472122650/
Discussion focused on how to enable information reaching people.
It was agreed to try to get at least one person from every club onto the NZ Masters Rowers Facebook Group and the Legion of Rowers email newsletter – so information can be disseminated locally.

Discussion about what information to publish where.

For information more than a few weeks away – use the email newsletter.
For quick-fire information needing a speedy response, use the Facebook group.
For Masters regattas & events – put them onto this group Events tab and ask the Legion of Rowers (www.lor.kiwi) to add to their email newsletter.
For boat sharing and composite crew arrangements – start a discussion on Rowing NZ Masters Facebook group



Topics for future meetings…

– What co-ordinating technology could be used to connect all masters in NZ?

– Where can we publish information about all Masters rowing clubs / groups?

The next Masters Open meeting will be Thursday 22nd October 2020 at 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
Join the meeting at meet.google.com/jho-ijqm-fto

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



Subscribe to The Legion of Rowers

Subs are $30 and we also ask for any contribution towards the fund used to give grants to selected Junior rowers who are at the start of the High Performance pathway. These grants are funded from subs/donations and the surplus from any Legion regatta.

The subscription year is 1st April to 31st March.

Any amount over $30.00 will be recorded as a donation made by you – thanks in advance.


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.


Maintaining Rowing Connections – Past, Present and Future

Providing Grants to Junior Rowers