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FISA World Rowing Costa Brava SPAIN                   May 2018  

 

 

Several Australian Coastal Rowers returned recently from the Costa Brava, Spain following their participation in the International FISA World Rowing Tour. Our members included Peter (seen in orange top) Kevin (in white top). The  above photo is Graham, coastal rower from Townsville. Our other members, who can be seen in the Video below, are Marion, Chris, Lisa and Warwick. I hear that this was a great tour the smiles tell it all. Norway and New Zealand are being considered for next year, roll on 2019.

Video:    https://youtu.be/ggsO-AdslMQ


Argentinian Asadore BBQ/ Wine Tasting     April 2018

 

Last night a fundraiser was held in Brisbane to assist with our equipment replacement program. over 80 guests were treated to a magnificent Asadore BBQ and Wines were presented by Barossa Vally winery Hayes Family Wines. This was a great opportunity to meet and greet many of our rowing members and their friends. Well done Warwick and Born an amazing effort. We made a very healthy contribution to our Fund raising efforts, thank you everyone.


CHARLOTTE NAILS IT FIRST TIME                                               April 2018

 

Charlotte had her first row this morning, she is just 13 years old. She rowed very well with very little instruction. Charlotte was able to pick up the technique quickly, she did a number of rowing exercises and rowed 8km to the Noosa River mouth. Charlotte is clearly a talented rower who has launched her rowing career in style. Other members of the crew were Annette, Richard and Denis. It is great to see young rowers enjoying the sport right from the beginning.


World Rowing Tour, Ligurian Coast - Italy     September 2017

FISA Tour rowers Rachel and Creagh after landing at Camogli.


Sestri Levanti 86 rowers, 14 boats and people from 19 countries.

Creagh Rachel and Peter at Le Grazie 

All at sea, the Fillipi boats handled beautifully. 

Karen and Creagh enjoy the evening on the launch to Portofino.

Le Grazie - Andrew (Canada), Nathalie (France), Mila (Portugal),  Marino (Italy), and Peter (Australia). 

The FISA World Rowing Tour conducted on the Ligurian Coast Italy involved 86 rowers from 19 countries. The Tour started with strong winds making rowing impossible on the first two days and a thunderstorm hit the fleet late afternoon and evening on the third day. Rowing on the forth and subsequent days was a real treat with beautiful scenery good weather and crystal blue sea. We rowed along the Cinque Terre visiting Porto Venere, Monterosso, Sestri Levante, Porofino and Camogli and finishing at the International Boat Show in Genova.  This was the first Tour conducted in Coastal Rowing Boats on the sea, and considering that many participants had not rowed in the sea before, they did an amazing job in some very trying conditions. The ELPIS Rowing Club in Genova ran the Tour and did an exceptional job. 14 coastal boats were supplied by Fillipi. This was an amazing boat, all boats were in good condition, and handled well even in 3 to 4 metre seas. Congratulations to Warwick, FISA and to the ELPIS Rowing Club Genoa for making this amazing Tour available to so many international rowers. Well done!


 

 Laguna Bay off Noosa                        August 2017 

 

 

Crews from Noosa rowed in Laguna Bay and along the National Park bays before beaching on Noosa Main Beach to stop for coffee at Sails. The ocean was perfect and included dolphins, who came to watch the rowers. Another perfect Saturday morning row. Crew included from left : Sandy, Peter A, Kevin, Richard, Annette, Denis, Christine, Wato, Peter T, Paul camera Creagh 5th August 2017.

See the video Laguna Bay Coastal Row:  https://youtu.be/8pIMPKkxcRg



HOTT Half Marathon Race                       June 2017

 

Crew from stern: Peter(Wato), Rachel, Paul, Creagh, Sandy 

The Murwillumbah 21km HOTT Race went well with approx 50 boats in attendance. The Race was rowed in strong winds 20-30 km/hr and a strong tidal flow, slowing our boat to an average of 7 km/hr, maximum 13 km/hr. The launching and recovery of our boat went flawlessly and our on water row went to plan with a strong performance from all our rowers. Race times for all divisions were longer than normal due to the challenging conditions. We arrived at Murwillumbah Rowing Club tired but elated at our performance. Race organisation was very good and volunteers were very helpful to all the arriving crews. The training for this race has made an incredible difference to the crews rowing technique, endurance, fitness, boat handling, teamwork and ability to cope with the unexpected. The average age of this crew was 70 and several members have only been rowing for a few years. This was a major personal achievement, well done!  As Sandy said, "it was not like winning the  Sydney/Hobart yacht race, but a major achievement non the less."

 


  Coral Sea Tour                                               April 2017

 


 

The recent tour to Magnetic Island off Townsville was conducted in the wake of Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" and included strong winds. The row to our base at Horseshoe Bay was challenging, however the winds abated towards the end of the tour enabling many amazingly beautiful rows complete with turtles. Several walking trips were taken to remote sandy bays for swims and walks to the fort which included native koalas and cockatoos. The highlight however was the five star accommodation "Villa Kambali" which was a very modern, spacious resort style house right on the beach. G&T's on the deck at five o'clock and BBQ's made for a memorable beach experience. Given our last minute changes of plans bought about by the cyclone the Coral Sea Tour was a gold star experience.

Video: Coral Sea Adventure Rowing - Magnetic Island 2017                                                

https://youtu.be/8V952zd1LJ0


Father & Son                                                               January 2017

 

This was a first time row in the rough water for David who was visiting his family from the UK over the Christmas period. David rowed while at school in Brisbane but is now more comfortable on a road bike, riding around London in the wet!  It was a real buzz for both rowers as the father and son combination really hit it off and made the coastal double fly in the choppy water surfing waves. Their technique may have something to be worked on, but "this was a wonderful row" said Creagh (the father) and "I can't wait to repeat it soon".

 See the coastal double in action:  https://youtu.be/hoKaOpwl760

 


Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast - Australia        November 2016


Crew Peter/ Richard/ Annette/ Paul/ Creagh off the coast of Maroochydore. This was the only wave that came into the boat all morning. Another great row in the Pacific Ocean, conditions: wind 5 to 12 knots, seas 1.5 to 2m. Old Women Is. to the North and Point Cartwright to the South. The row was followed by a hearty breakfast at the fish market on the Mooloolaba Spit. Just another fabulous Saturday morning row, 19 November 2016.  

Video "The Escape Hatch"       https://youtu.be/8u-0lj8cBy4


FISA World Rowing Tour - Austria           July 2016 


Above from left: Australian participants Bruce Huchinson (Boat Capt), Rachel Mecham (Boat Capt), Bronwyn Marler, Warwick Marler (FISA Rowing for All Commissioner), Kevin Hayes (Boat Capt), Suzie Jones, Creagh Mecham insert: Frances Tachimoto, Six of the international rowers were members of Coastal Rowing Australia. 

The Crystal Blue rowing tour this year was held in the UNESCO World Heritage Salzkammergut region, which includes many large inland lakes with drinking quality water. Over 60 rowers from around the world took part in the seven day event which included recreational rowing plus social and cultural events. Rowing on the beautiful lakes with breathtaking mountain scenery and picturesque towns was a unique experience. The event was started with a flag ceremony in a magnificently serious chocolateria and finished with a grand ball, dining and waltzing. Our hosts had spared no effort to present Austrian culture to our select group. We left Bad Ischl, our base for the tour, with a standing ovation for the organising committee. Well done Karl Boehm and team.


Boat Fin Modification                                                             April 2016 

For some time we have been having difficulty launching and recovering boats from beaches and shallow waters. The solution is a removable Fin. All newer boats now come with removable fins. Recently we have modified one of our boats with a removable fin to test the concept. If successful all our boats will be upgraded. A recent test on the Noosa bar in rough waters proved to be successful. However it will be a requirement to always fit the fin to prevent water from entering the boat and ensuring that the fin is always attached to the hull with cord.  

 

 


Water Safety Training                                           April 2016

Training for all crew reduces risk and improves crew efficiency when dealing with emergencies at sea.  Rapid changes in weather could cause a crew to be swept overboard or a boat to rollover in waves.

Training for these possible events was recently conducted at Noosa. The training included a 300m swim, man overboard drills, boat rollover and righting drills, life jacket drills, and the deployment of EPIRBs.  Judging from the smiles, it was also good fun.

 

 

 


Bridge to Beach 2016 - Win                                          February 2016

 

Winning crew Bridge to Beach 2016 Coastal Challenge Race; from left Suzie Jones, Tom Norris, Rachel Mecham, Carol Johnson, cox Creagh Mecham.

Winning boat on Manly Beach following the race from Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 11km course was completed in 1: 01: 53 hrs.


Blues Point, registration 6:30am. 

 Start 2016 Bridge to Beach Race.

 

 Glebe RC looking towards Sydney.

 Nielsens Beach Sydney Harbour, coffee stop on a picture perfect day.

Coastal Rowing Australia competed in the 2016 Bridge to Beach Race with two coastal quads. The race was conducted in perfect weather, making for some very fast times. Following the race the boats were rowed back to Rose Bay where the Cranbrook Master Rowers put on a BBQ at which the finer points of racing were discussed with vigour.

A rest day followed before the Tour part of our trip to Sydney got underway. One of the highlights of the Tour was a visit to Balmain RC. 14 of our crew were briefed on the Clubs incredible history and we were given a tour of their small but efficient boat shed. Not a millimetre of space was wasted. We were then treated to a wonderful BBQ on the deck as the sun set. Their members made the coastal rowers very welcome. Joe Gretch their President rowed with us at Christmas in Noosa and again on Saturday during our Tour along with Polly Pickles.

The Tour rowing was brilliant with some strong winds in the late afternoon making the returns to Rose Bay exciting. The final night was spent at the 18 Footers Club at Double Bay where we celebrated the end of the Tour and two Birthdays. What an amazing time we had. Can't wait for the next Tour. Thanks to all who helped facilitate our visit, Cranbrook you rock!

Blues Point  7:00am before the start. 

 

Manly Beach after the Bridge to Beach Race. 


Crew Training                                  February 2016

 

Coastal Rowing numbers continues to expand in the Coastal Double Christine and Peter in the Quad Michelle/ Peter/ Denis and Christine. Crews are in training again this year to compete in the "Bridge to Beach Race" Sydney Harbour on the 28th February 2016.

 


  Boat 02 Renovations                              Oct 2015

 

Paul and Sandy putting their backs into boat maintenance. Boat 02 our first eurodiffusions quad purchased in 2008 is undergoing a complete renovation after seven years of service with our club. The hull is patched and polished and all the fittings are cleaned. Broken and worn parts are replaced. When finished the boat will go back to Brisbane looking almost new. Well done guys!


Saturday Morning Row                                     Oct 2015

 

North shore break. Rowing on the panhandle Noosa, and watching the sun come up. A great place to catchup with friends. Peter in the foreground is an Equine Vet but loves rowing and running. Below: Creagh and Rachel coming through the mouth of the Noosa River.

 


FISA World Rowing Tour                                                   Sept 2015

Recently several of our members traveled to Italy to take part in the FISA Tour on Lake Maggiore. Warwick has been responsible for running the tour in association with Italian rowing authorities and Clubs. The coastal boats were provided by Fillipi. Below are some photos taken while on Tour.

 


How much fun can you have in a boat?      June 2015

GRB crew racing in Guernsey fog.

 

Big waves San Remo, Italy.

 

French Wave, at the French Coastal Championships, 657 rowers participated, May 2015. 


Going for it!

 

Just you and the Sea.  

 Lima, Peru where crews are arriving and training for the World Championships.

 


Coastal Boats for Tropical Waters              June 2015

 

Our fleet expands. Coastal Rowers in Townsville and Magnetic Island plus visitors and our members will be able to take advantage of rowing in the tropical waters off the Far North Queensland Coast.  Recently our Boat Captain in the area, Graham, took delivery of the latest addition to the fleet, a C2X and a C1X.  This will provide additional flexibility and help in the training of new Townsville based members.  Have fun guys!


Boat Refurbishment                                                     May 2015

 

Boat refurbishment is under way following the purchase of two second hand coastal boats. The maintenance work should be complete within the month and the boats will be on their way to the tropical waters off the coast of Townsville and Magnetic Island. Photo Creagh supervising dogs Fin and Roxy, carrying out repairs.


Bridge to Beach Tour Sydney                                                 March 2015

 

Finish of the Bridge to Beach Race 22 March 2015

 

Happy to hit the beach following the race; Sue, Graham, Creagh, Suzie, Karen, Annette 

The Bridge to Beach Race is organised by Ocean Paddlers and is an annual event which attracts Kayakers, Surf Skiers, Standup Paddlers and a host of small craft. This year it also included seven Coast Rowing Boats. The winning CR boat from Cranbrook completed the 10.2 km course in less than ideal conditions in 1:17:34 hrs. This was a first time racing Coastal Boats for many of the CRATA crew. It provided real insight into the boats capability in strong tides and winds plus in excess, at times, of 3 meter seas while crossing the heads to Sydney Harbour.

The Tour was made all the more enjoyable by the excellent hospitality of our hosts Cranbrook Master Rowers based at Rose Bay. Miranda Marshal the President went out of her way to make us welcome. Thanks go to all at Cranbrook for making our visit such a success.

 

Framed by Sydney skyline:  Kevin, Karen, Stefan, Carol and Suzie

 

Famous Sydney landmark "Doyles" a lunch stop on the Tour 

 

Entering Rose Bay after a fantastic row to the "Spit"; from left: Annette, Rachel, Graham, Richard and Marion 

 

Crossing South Head on a good day with the Manley ferry in the distance. On Race Day the winds were gusting up to 20 kts and seas from 2 to 3 meters with chop. All coastal boats made the crossing without incident.


Packing for Sydney Tour                      March 2015


Three quads are being cleaned and made ready plus the trailer serviced for the 850km track to Sydney from Noosa to participate in the Sydney Harbour Rowing Tour and the Bridge to Beach Race on Sydney Harbour 22 March 2015. Pictured are Richard, Sandy and Rachel also helping was Annette. Packing the trailer and gear took three hours. Locals were very interested. One woman just stood watching saying "it's a beauty". Crews will make their way to Sydney for a week long rowing adventure of the harbour and it's night spots.


 


Guy's C1X Making Waves at Torquay      February 2015

 

Recently Guy Wright commenced rowing a new Leo C1X Coastal Boat at Torquay in Victoria. While he is still getting to know the area he reported that the boat is going well and he is looking forward to doing more rough water rowing and making contact with the local SLSA Clubbies. Guy said ..."it certainly generated a lot of local interest" This could be the start of yet another base. Pictured rowing the Leo is Bill Digby "he really enjoy it" said Guy. Bill rowed for Australia in the 80's in the Light Weight Men's Coxed Four.


Safety Training                                 February 2015

Crews from Noosa recently underwent safety training which included lifejacket drills, 300 metre annual swim, plus capsize drills and righting procedures. All agreed that the morning was worthwhile and improved their confidence and team work in managing the boat in difficult situations. The Club safety procedures have been posted on the web site under "Safety Management"  Safety training will be an annual event.

 

 


FISA World Rowing Tour Bavaria September 2014             


This years tour included six Australians, four of which were Coastal Rowers. The fast flowing Danube River provided some exciting moments throughout the Tour which was rowed in four Church Boats and Two coxed C Boats. A distance of 255 km was rowed from Vohburg to Passau. The organisation was done with German precision and there was ample opportunity for socialising throughout the Tour, all up a fantastic Tour. I had never rowed a Church Boat before and enjoyed the experience. At the closing ceremony Warwick Marler (Australia) was handed the torch to run future tours and Yens Kolberg stepped down as Commissioner for the FISA Rowing for all Commission and Tour captain, a position he had held for several years. He was warmly far welled by all participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FISA World Rowing Tour - Bavaria 2014

http://youtu.be/-KX2TlgrsuA


 Coral Sea Rowing Tour                                        August 2014

 

This year's tour was conducted during a time of very strong winds, some beautiful days and on the last day steady rain and low cloud. This however did not dampen our spirits and rowing was conducted on all days. Some exciting rough water rows occurred when we rowed to Balding Bay or sallied forth out into the deeper unprotected water. Most rowing was conducted early morning and at twilight. Horseshoe Bay lived up to it's tropical friendly reputation. Graham was a perfect host ensuring that we all filled in the day with hiking, swimming and trips to other parts of the island. Our accommodation was 4.5 star and our wine and food intake was up to the very high standard set on our other tours. This was a great tour with great people, great scenic beauty to bays and pristine beaches only accessible by boat plus great camaraderie. Looking forward to the next one.

 

Coral Sea Rowing Tour 2014


Febor Konyukhov Russian Adventurer                May 2014                                         

 

Fedor is close to making land fall at Mooloolabah having rowed 16,200 km across the the Pacific Ocean from Chile where he departed on the 22 December 2013. Fedor is a legend, having trekked to both poles rowed and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean seven times, sailed around the world twice and climbed the seven highest peekes in the World. Read his Bio details you will be amazed! Coastal rowers were among the flotilla to meet Fedor when he arrived at Mooloolaba.  Read more about this amazing 63 year old adventurer.  He is regarded as a hero and a national treasurer in Russia.

Waiting for Fedor video  http://youtu.be/FhkzkUw21tg

 


 


Start Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race         April 2014 

Ghosting along! and yachts almost becalmed! Recently our crew rowed to the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race off Redcliff in Moreton Bay. The weather was sunny and calm which meant that the coastal boat was making better time than the maxi yachts great rowing! not so good for yacht racing.

 


Couran Cove Tour                                   April 2014 

Recently 16 rowers some from South Australia joined us on the Couran Cove Rowing Tour, organized as an annual event by Coastal Rowing Australia.  Couran Cove is on South Stradbroke Island, Queensland.  Our base was the Ramada resort that sits astride the extensive Broadwater channel on the inside of the Island, and the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side.  Our rowing adventures included the Pimpama River, the Coomera River, Tipplers Passage and The Bedroom. We took in the Rain Forest and swam in the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation was four star in two four bedroom Villas. The tour was fully catered for by Sue Stephans who provided scrumchous meals over the four days of the tour. 

By evening the crews were in party mode, everyone was animated with lively conversation assisted with several excellent wines. On the final day of the tour the weather deteriorated and heavy rain and cloud descended on paradise. Not daunted the rowers donned wet weather gear and life jackets and rowed back to the mainland for the trip back to Brisbane. The verdict was that this was a wonderful tour and one that we will repeat again next year. To the participants well done, they gave it there all and had a wonderful experience. Hope to see you again next time.

   

 Night Christmas Flotilla                 December 2013

http://youtu.be/fmNOJztGgQ4

This is the forth year in which we have participated in the Annual Christmas Flotilla. Locals support the event and gather on vacant blocks and bridges to watch the boats festooned with Christmas lights. Houses along the canals also decorate with lights and hold parties to celebrate the event. Each year the event grows, this year 35 boats took part. The Coastal Rowing crew this year was Annette, Rachel, Richard. Denis and Creagh. 

 


 SEARCHING FOR DUGONGS                  December 2013

 

Reconnecting with their Zen, on the bay, after a frantic work week...Another magic moment on Moreton Bay off Brisbane. Rowing in these clear waters affords a great view of the abundant fish and bird life. Moreton Bay is a boaties paradise. Rowers, if you don't get amongst this you are really missing out.  See our Tour Rowing page for the next Moreton Bay Tour or make contact and head out with the crew on most Sundays. Contact: warwick@darvall.com