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!

Stella’s Junior World Rowing Campaign

Good Morning!

Thank you for your support to myself and the rest of the Juniors leading up to our World Championships!

The 10 week campaign took a bit of a turn when I found out I had a stress fracture on within the 3rd week, But after lots of long sessions on the bike, and plenty of milk, I was eager to jump back into a reserve double with Kathryn Glen two days before we headed off to the Czech Republic.

The boat seemed to have pretty good speed heading into our heats, which was lucky because it landed us with a win, allowing us to progress straight through to the semi-finals.

We had little knowledge of what race plans worked best for us, and little time to experiment, however, in the semi we had a close race with Germany in some rough conditions and landed a second fastest time which was just 4 seconds off the world record. This was when ourselves and our coach finally thought that we could have a chance at a podium position, but also bearing in mind that the top four boats were all within 1 second of each other, so it was gonna be tough!

The feeling after our A final when we secured a bronze was one of the most rewarding feelings. Kathryn and I are so great full for the abundance of support and hope that people had towards us through the short 2 weeks of training we had together and will remember it forever.

Kind Regards,

Stella Clayton-Greene

Junior Campaign by Mollie

To the Legion of Rowing Association members,

The Junior World Championships was an incredible experience and one I am very grateful to have been apart of. Representing New Zealand and wearing the black rowsuit was such an amazing feeling and I can only hope I have another opportunity to do so in the future. The racing was very tough, and some of my crews races were definitely better than others yet I was satisfied knowing I had given my all each time we were on the water. The course in Racice was awesome to race on, with very fast water and a lot of world best times being set over the regatta. It was awesome to see the rest of the New Zealand team achieving outstanding results as they all deserved it so much. Travelling was an experience in itself and we learnt a lot about the Czech Republic and their culture. On an afternoon off we got to go into Central Prague which was a lot of fun.

I have gained so much from the whole Juniors campaign. I have learnt so much about rowing and also myself as a person. The people I have shared this experience will remain life long friends, and I hope I have the opportunities to row with them again sometime in the near or far future. I have met so many amazing and inspirational people along the way. This would not have been possible without the support of people like you supporting us throughout our journey and for that I am very grateful.

Thank you

Kind Regards,

Mollie Gibson