Club News #11



Wishing all members a very merry Christmas! Have some down time and come back refreshed for a New Year of rowing – starting with the Rutherglen Regatta – see below!


But in the meantime, don’t forget the Christmas row this FRIDAY. Assemble at 6:00am at the boatshed for sorting into crews, and enjoy a row before meeting at the Shannon Ave Bridge at 7:00 for carols.

Our friends at Barwon RC will be hosting a BBQ breakfast after the row.  See you all then!




At present, Captain Peter has a grand total of 6 members who have said they are going to Rutherglen; I KNOW there are more than that!

Please email Peter ( if you are intending to attend this regatta on 13th and 14th January. If you have specific crews to enter, let him know; otherwise put your name down for the lucky dip of entries that he will create!

This is your second-to-last chance! Peter will be sending out another reminder email, but as entries will need to be in by January 7th there is not a lot of time – get in early!




There is a lot of clothing, towels etc. scattered throughout the boatshed, including in the changerooms!  If any of them are yours (or you want to claim them!) please do so by 31st December.





There has been reasonable interest in the CBRC rugby jumpers – but not quite enough for us to go ahead with an order yet, so we have not closed the order window.

If you are considering placing an order, the order form and sample sizing jumpers are upstairs in the boatshed (on the glass-topped coffee table).


For further information on the jumpers – and a heap of other stuff – go to the Corio Bay RC’s facebook page!




Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club

Club News #10



Ruyton Girls School will be holding a rowing camp out of the CBRC boatshed next week, from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th December. They will be using the upstairs carpeted area and toilets during the day.


Please make them welcome.




Rugby Jumpers are now available to order until 15 December, so ACT QUICKLY!

See attached sheet for design and details.

Jumpers will cost $65 + GST and will be delivered in March, 2018. No payment is required at this time – you will be invoiced later.

Sample sizing jumpers and an order sheet are upstairs in the clubhouse, near the bar.




The annual Christmas row will take place this year on Friday, December 22nd.

Assemble at the boatshed at 6:00 for sorting into boats, and then all boats will mass at the Shannon Ave Bridge at 7:00am for carols.


The row will be followed by a BBQ breakfast, which this year will be at Barwon RC.






Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club


Club News #9



There will be a private member function in the club rooms this Saturday evening, 2nd December.

As part of the setup for this function, the gym will be partially cleared during Friday, and will NOT be available throughout Saturday.

There will also be work undertaken in the upstairs area, however space will be available during the regatta for club and Sacred Heart members.




We are now into the school regatta season, with the first (Sacred Heart) regatta this Saturday, 2nd December. This will be followed by the Kardinia regatta on 9th December.


A reminder that REGATTA TRAFFIC RULES apply from midnight Friday night through to the conclusion of the regatta. This Saturday, that will be approximately 5:45pm.

Further, if you are intending to row early on Saturday morning, note that you must be clear of the regatta course by half an hour prior to the regatta commencement; this Saturday that is 7:30am.




The below notice regarding usage of the Barwon River has been received from Rowing Geelong, for the information of all river users:


Rowing Geelong maintains course maps, river rules, and river closure documents here:


Take note of the current season Barwon River closures:


And the Barwon River rowing rules:


Most importantly of all, please realize that the Barwon River is used by a number of different recreational users, including approximately 1000 local rowers, 200 local kayakers, 100 dragon boaters, and recreational waterskiers, and that respect should be shown to all river users at all times.




Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club


Club News #8



This Friday, 24th November, sees boat-loading for the Head of the Yarra Regatta from 5:00pm.


This year CBRC again has 4 crews in this iconic event:

–        Mx AC 8+

–        Mx E 8+

–        MM F 8+

–        FC 8+


To celebrate these entries, and because this Friday is the Last Friday of November, we will have a boat-loading barbecue from about 6:00pm.

We will have Otway Pork Sausages and salad available, for $5 per person.


Come on down to the Club this Friday from 6:00pm to see off our HOY crews – and perhaps do some pre-planning for the regattas coming up!




CBRC has started this season with high numbers of members participating, and many wins being achieved.

Attached is a record of the season to date, showing the spread of participants and winners from this great club!


Regattas coming up:


Carrum @ Nagambie       Grade racing over 1000 and 2000m           2nd December     Entries close 26 November

Entries and/or expressions of interest to Captain Peter Aberle (


Rutherglen Regatta          Grade and Masters racing over 800m and 400m    13/14 January, 2018

Start planning your entries NOW, as entries will close 5th January!

(You’ll also need to sort accommodation in the Rutherglen area)


On the Barwon:


Schoolgirl racing is coming to the river, commencing Saturday 2nd December with the Sacred Heart regatta, followed by the Kardinia regatta on December 9.

There will also be school camps in and around CBRC during January; more details to follow.





Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club


Club News #7



  1. Last Friday Drinks / Boat Loading Barbeque

From 6:00pm this Friday at the boatsheds following boat loading for the head of the Goulburn.

  1. Learn to Row Graduation and Boat Naming

Sunday morning, from 8:30am. Come and join our LTR graduates as they complete their program, followed by a BBQ breakfast and the naming of the Neil Everist training scull.

  1. Movie Night

Book your tickets NOW!! at for the CBRC movie night on Monday 30th October.

Details on the attachment, tickets only $11 for a great night’s entertainment.




CBRC has agreed to provide catering for the RV Schools regatta on the Barwon on Saturday, 11th November.


While originally not on our catering program, this regatta provides a fundraising opportunity that we shouldn’t miss!

As usual for school regattas, we will need volunteers to set up the catering tent, and to man the counters and barbecues throughout the day.

Please email Joan Sykes ( with your availability …


We will need –


Setup                                   6:00 – 8:00          (4-6 people)

Kitchen preparation         6:30 − 9:30          (4-6 people)

Catering tent                     8:00 – 4:00          (4-6 people throughout the day)

Pack up                               4:00 – 5:00          (4-6 people)


Please let Joan know what time(s) you have available, and if you have a preference, where you would like to be.

If everyone can do a little, the day will go very smoothly and the club can expect a sizable contribution to our fundraising expectations.




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Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club

Club News #6



On Monday, 30th October, CBRC is hosting a movie night!

The film “All for One” will be showing at the Pivotonian Theatre, South Geelong, at 6:00pm; tickets just $11.00. (See attached flyer for details)

Booking is through the Trybooking website as shown on the flyer.

Come along and join with your clubmates in a viewing of this enthralling documentary showing the establishment of the Green Edge cycling team!


United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit.

The film offers unique insights into the first five years of their journey, bearing witness to the ethos of the team as embodied by all – from the strongest to most embattled members.

Out of a culture that embraces a deeply human approach to sport, unlikely champions are born, and seemingly improbable team and personal goals are achieved.




Friday, 27th October is the last Friday of the month – and will also be boat loading day for the Head of the Goulburn participants.

From 6:00pm we will be holding a “boat loading barbeque” – cost $5:00 – for the boat loaders and club members.

Come along and send off the Head of Goulburn participants, and celebrate the last Friday of the month at the club rooms.


PS: Entries for Head of Yarra need to be in by 5 November, so this would be  a good opportunity to firm up a crew if you have not already done so!

PPS: Boat loading for HOG will commence approx. 5:00pm




Our current crop of learn-to-row participants are nearing the end of their program, and all members are invited to their graduation day row on Sunday, 29th October, commencing 8:30am!

Come along and meet our graduates, join with them in a celebratory row, and then enjoy a barbeque breakfast after.

The training scull donated by the Everist family will then be named, with representatives of the family in attendance.




From Toby Lister, Head of Rowing:

As per the RG calendar, Saturday October 28th is the School’s annual House Regatta.  Rather than book the river and exclude other users we have always tried to run the regatta around/between/through/under or over other crews. We will mainly be on the bottom 1000m with only one race over the full 1500m but please be aware that most races will be 3, 4 or 5 abreast. The first event is at approx. 8.30 am and every 10 mins or so until approx. 11.30am.  Could you please ask your coaches to watch out for races and crews going to the start etc and pull in where necessary. We will have marshals (coaches) stationed along the course and a manned tinny to try to help with traffic flow. Once a race has started we obviously can’t do much about errant steering but we will certainly do our best.






Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club


Club News #5



At the Rowing Victoria AGM on Sunday, members of CBRC will receive awards for the 2016-17 rowing year:


Male Grade Rower of the Year:                  Tim Day;   2nd  Will Day;  and 3rd Gabe di Dato

Male Masters Rower of the Year:               Ian Bridgland;  2nd  Peter Benson


Many, many congratulations to all these rowers.


On the back of the above results, and not forgetting all those other members who competed during the year, CBRC will be awarded 3rd place in the 2017 Champion Club Premiership, behind Essendon and Melbourne Rowing Clubs.

The Champion Club Premiership recognises performance in all RV events (grade, age and masters events), so this is a fantastic achievement for the club!

While congratulations go to all CBRC members for their efforts during the season, I would make special mention of Richard Axe, who as President was a major driving force behind the development of the Senior Men’s Eight rowing squad over the last couple of seasons, whose results took the club a long way down the road to success.


Let’s try to maintain or exceed these results this year!




The Rob Allan tub double will be out of the shed for a couple of weeks having some major repairs undertaken which will hopefully prolong the life of this aging but well-loved boat. The Bill Searle is available as an alternative tub double.

The Geoff Barfoot will also be out for a week or so, having some repairs and an overall refurbishment as part of our fleet upgrade program.




The next two regattas on the RV calendar are Head of the Mitchell (14 October) and Bendigo Sprint Regatta (21 October).  If you’re interested in attending either of these regattas please let Richard Axe or Ian Bridgland know, respectively.


However, the next major club regatta will be Head of the Goulburn, on 28th October. The Head of the Goulburn is a 7.2km time trial from Lake Nagambie to Chateau Tahbilk. Captain Peter is fond of saying that this is the only regatta in the world to finish at a winery; I’m not sure if this is true, but it’s a good story! HOG is for singles, quads, fours and eights, so start thinking about your crew now!


Head of the Yarra.  While further away, indications are that CBRC may have 5 (6?) eights in prospect for this regatta. As we only have 4 eights in the building it is imperative that we get early advice of people’s intentions if we need to source a boat from elsewhere.  Please advise Captain Peter  ( as soon as possible if you are intending to form an eight for HOY.




Give Where You Live is winding up Riverfest, with a function at Barwon Rowing Club on October 12th.

Please see the attached information if you are interested in attending.




Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club


Club News #4



The Head of the Barwon Regatta will be held on Friday, 29th September, and Club entries need to be with Vice Captain Christine by this Friday, 22nd September.

The regatta is in 2 sessions:

Session 1             commencing 1:30pm is small boats, 1x and 2x

Session 2             commencing 4:00pm is for quads, fours and eights


If you are interested in participating in this 4.5km time-trial event, let Christine ( know your crew details.

If you would be interested but don’t have a crew, again let her know and if possible she will organise an entry for you.




Would have been on Friday 29th, but because the after-regatta catering for the Head of the Barwon will be at Barwon Rowing Club, will not be held at CBRC this month.

Come and join us at Barwon RC and join in the post regatta festivities!



The CBRC Management Committee has undergone a restructuring, with the new Committee.

Four subcommittees have been created, to handle day-to-day decision-making, leaving the Committee a role of overview and of strategic decision-making.

The four subcommittees will be:

  1. Operations: the area currently handled by Captain/Vice Captain and the Rowing Committee

Chair: Peter Aberle

  1. Finance: all aspects of money movements and of memberships

Chair: Ian Bridgland

  1. Governance: ensuring that policies and procedures are in place and are current, and ensuring that the Club is meeting all of its legal and ethical obligations

Chair: Graeme David

  1. Facilities, Communications and Social

Chair: Chris Hudgell

Each subcommittee is headed by a member of the Committee Executive, with at least one other Committee member.

The subcommittees are encouraged to reach out into the membership to bring in other interested people: to spread the workload, to increase knowledge of committee activities throughout the membership, and to aid in succession planning.

You may find yourself “tapped on the shoulder” to join one of the subcommittees, and I strongly encourage you to consider doing so. On the other hand if you have an interest in a particular area, there is nothing to stop you volunteering ….



If you’re thinking about the Head of the Mitchell Regatta (October 14th; Bairnsdale) the following from Bairnsdale RC may be of interest:

Just wanting to provide you with a flyer regarding our post regatta entertainment which will be hosted at The Riversleigh.

 At this stage we will have two drone operators working on filming the day’s racing and this will be replayed at the function.

 Also we are encouraging rowers to join in some lighthearted entertainment by participating in the Red Faces Rowing song comp, with prizes awarded by popular vote. So please get out your club song and join in.


The flyer is attached. Please see Ian Bridgland or Richard Axe for more information about this regatta.



The Club’s next LTR group commences Sunday, 1st October, from 9:30-11:00am.

The LTR course runs for 4 weeks, and will conclude with a Graduation Day on Sunday, 29th October, which all club members are invited to attend.

We will also have a boat naming ceremony on this day, for the training scull kindly donated by the Everist family.

If you have some time to spare on the next few Sunday mornings, and would be available to assist in the coaching of our LTR participants, please let me know.




Paul Hargreaves


Corio Bay Rowing Club

Geelong Winter Sculling 2016 Results

Geelong Winter Sculling 2016

Geelong Winter Sculling 2016 is under way and results have been posted. Congratulation to all those who turned out to enjoy a warm winters day.
Today’s and future results can be found on the Cori Bar Rowing Club website on the Winter Sculling page

Winter Sculling