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2013 Australian Masters Championships

Thurs 25 April to Sun 28 April
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, ACT

For all the updates on the Australian Masters 2013 Rowing Championships follow the
event website on RegattaCentral

News flashes

News flash: Friday 12 April

Provisional Race Schedule now available

The Provisional Race Schedule (PRS) for the 2013 Australian Masters Rowing Championship, as of 22:00 on Wednesday 10th April, is now available.


The main spectator area is located in the regatta village adjacent to the end of Pescott Lane, in Weston Park. The village includes food and merchandise outlets and toilets. The best views will be around the Premium Club Tents sites, close to the finish line. There are gentle grassy slopes for spectators, no seating is provided, but picnic rugs and chairs are welcome.

There are a couple of viewing options for spectators around Lake Burley Griffin. These include: parking near the Yarralumla Nursery, where there is also a cafe, and walking down the bike path along the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile towards Westbourne Woods (another of Canberra’s secret treasures). You will be able to view the race start and glimpses of the race course through the trees – a great spot for taking photos. Alternatively, if you want to avoid the crowds, head to the Lindsay Prior Arboretum at Yarramundi Reach off Lady Denman Drive (please note there are no spectator facilities here), or visit The National Arboretum for a spectacular view of Canberra which also takes in the regatta course.

News flash: Tuesday 9 April

Entries closed last night with a record number of entries by crews of just over 1650. Almost 1100 athletes from 107 clubs in Australia, New Zealand and the USA are now registered to attend the event: we have close to an equal share of women and men participating in womens, mens and mixed crews, with athletes aged between 27 and 95 (the average competitor age being close to 56 for men and 51 for women). The Organising Committee is thrilled to be welcoming so many Masters competitors to Canberra in its Centenary year. Autumn in Canberra this year has been superb, fingers crossed it will remain so for the next few weeks! The ABC Stateline program recently showcased Lake Burley Griffin in all its glory on our beautiful Autumn mornings: you can watch the 4 min segment.

You should expect the Preliminary Race Schedule to be posted on the RegattaCentral AMRC website shortly to enable withdrawal without penalty by 11.00pm 11 April 2013. Competitors wanting to withdraw can lodge a scratching (deletion) request through RegattaCentral.

Remember to purchase your ticket for the Celebration Dinner on Saturday night: tickets are selling fast. For more information.

Also check out the RegattaCentral AMRC website for recent information posted on Merchandisers, including food outlets and our Regatta Bar.

More information to follow later this week includes details on: The Opening Ceremony and special activities, medal presentations, the regatta venue and parking.

News flash: Thursday 28 March

Entry closing date extended

The entry deadline has now been extended to Monday 8th April. Once entries have closed, whilst no late entries will be accepted, there be a withdrawal without penalty period which will end at 11.00pm (EDT) on Thursday 11th April.

Volunteers still needed

If you are able to spend some time assisting the Organising Committee with the running of the regatta then we would love to hear from you! Please contact: [email protected]

Deadlines for regatta village bookings

Premium club tent bookings and vendor facility bookings will close on 5 April COB. Please contact: [email protected] to reserve a place.

A further Bulletin will be issued in the week commencing 7th April with more information for competitors about the regatta village, events and competitor services.

We look forward to welcoming you to Canberra in 28 days!

Please see the regatta website for further details:

News flash: Friday 1 March


2013 Masters: entries are now open

Entries for the 2013 Australian Masters are now open via Regatta Central.

Bulletin 2 is now available and includes information on: facilities at the venue; social activities; the preliminary program, progression system; and lake and course rules. Look for the Celebration dinner on Saturday night, 27 April 2013. You need to book and pay early!

We are pleased to advise an extension of masters age categories to include a “K” (85 years or more) division. This aligns our 2013 Masters event with FISA Masters Age Categories and better reflects the full range of masters competitors – a fabulous thing! The preliminary program on Regatta Central has now been updated to include the range of K race events.

Preliminary Weston Park site and regatta village maps can also be found on the Regatta Central AMRC website under the “Venue” tab in the menu.

News flash: Friday 22 February


Just under 10 weeks to go and the Australian Masters 2013 Rowing Championships event is shaping up to be one of the highlights of Canberra’s Centenary year. Bulletin 2 for the event is being finalised and will be published to coincide with entries opening, however there are a few things the 2013 Masters OC thought it best to let you know now, given enquiries are starting to roll in.

Please see some important event below or check here: 2013 AMRC Website

New Entry System for 2013 Masters

Rowing Australia (RA) has confirmed that Regatta Central (RC) will be used for the 2013 Masters event. More Information on submitting entries is available here.

Seat Fees

As previously advised the Seat Fee for each event entered is $45, no charge for coxswains. This seat fee is inclusive of a Regatta Central administration charge of 8% on each seat entry. The decision to include the charge as part of the seat fee is a decision that has been made for the 2013 Masters only. Rowing Australia acknowledges that given competitors had already been advised the seat fee prior to the finalisation of the Regatta Central administration charge, then it would not be appropriate to increase the fee further. The Organising Committee is greatly appreciative of this outcome.

Entry dates and deadlines

Entries for the regatta will be open from 9:00am on Wednesday 27 February and will close at 1:59pm AEST on Monday 1st April.

Premium Club Tent Sites Available

A limited number of premium club tents located on the lakes edge with excellent viewing of the race course will be available for hire at a rate of $500 each. These 6m x 3m tents will be allocated on a first come first served basis with payment required in full to secure a tent booking. Please contact Deb Styman: [email protected].

Volunteers Needed!

A limited number of premium club tents located on the lakes edge with excellent viewing of the race course will be available for hire at a rate of $500 each. These 6m x 3m tents will be allocated on a first come first served basis with payment required in full to secure a tent booking. Please contact Deb Styman: [email protected].

Volunteers Needed!

We are still looking for a number of volunteers to assist us during the championships. For more details, please contact Lyndell Wilson: [email protected].

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Canberra on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Special prize for the 100th entrant, as part of Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations, so make sure you enter early!

Indicative Program of Race Events

A provisional program of events is now available (see link at right). This program is the same as the 2012 Australian Masters Rowing Championships held in Ballarat, except there has been a minor change to the order on Day 4: moving the Womens Masters E 2x and Mens Masters F 2x to later in the session.

Race Days Expected Start and Finish Times

Racing events are planned to start at Midday on Thursday 25 April, and 8.00am on Friday 26, Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April. Racing events are expected to be completed between 4.30pm – 5.00pm on 25, 26, 27 April, and 3.00pm on 28 April. Heats, Semi-finals and Finals will be conducted based on the number of entries received and in accordance with the progression system. Consequently the days start and finish times outlined above may be revised after entries close based on the number of entries received.

Dates for opening and closing of entries will be advised shortly and details about: how to enter; the progression system; pre-competition information and rules; and full regatta program of activities, will be detailed in the event Bulletin No.2 to be issued early in February 2013 and available on the Rowing Australia website.

Anzac Day Special Events

In choosing to start the Regatta on Anzac Day, the Organising Committee (OC) is very aware of the importance of this day for many Australians. We have a number of events planned to commemorate this special day, including:

  • a Welcome Ceremony at 11.00am on 25 April at the regatta village which will include a small commemoration service prior to the commencement of the days competition; and
  • The Anzac Challenge – we are very pleased to be able to announce the inclusion of a special race on Anzac Day to be coordinated by the Australian Defence Rowing Association (ADRA). Rowing is now a recognised sport under the auspices of ADRA which aims to promote rowing as a sport within Defence, and establish a rowing presence in the wider Australian community. The history of rowing in the Australian military context dates back to 1919 when Captain H.C. “Clive” Disher, of the Australian Medical Corps, stroked the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) crew to victory against Oxford University in the final of the Inter-Allied Services event at the Royal Henley Peace Regatta in Britain winning the ‘King’s Cup’.

We are now calling for expressions of interest from current/ex-serving military members, and defence civilians to participate in this feature race on ANZAC Day 2013. Please refer enquiries and expressions of interest to the ‘ADRA Captain of Boats’, CAPT Nic Williams at [email protected], or

[email protected].

The timing of this race on Anzac Day with be advised in future Bulletins.


Please book your accommodation early!

In Canberra’s Centenary year, accommodation is expected to be highly sought after. General information on accommodation options can be found at the Canberra Tourism website under Accommodation.

The Organising Committee has a number of preferred accommodation suppliers for the event and these are listed below. These hotels are all close to the CBD and within 15 minutes drive from the Regatta venue at Weston Park.

For further information on the Championships keep an eye out for the 1st Bulletin to be issued later this month, September 2012.

Preferred accommodation suppliers:

Capital Hotel Group

This group has three properties on offer, all located on Northbourne Ave and between 5–20 mins walk into the Canberra CBD:

Room Type
Masters Rate

per room per night

Rate Inclusions
Clifton Suites On Northbourne One Bedroom Apartment $225.00 Room only Complimentary underground car parking and daily newspaper. Advanced purchased full buffet breakfast is available $21.00pp
Two Bedroom Apartment with 2 Bathrooms $295.00 As above
Aria Hotel Canberra Aria Room $195.00 Room only Complimentary underground car parking and daily newspaper. Advanced purchased full buffet breakfast is available $21.00pp served next door at Pavilion
1 Bedroom Apartment $235.00 As above
Pavilion on Northbourne Deluxe Room $185.00 Room only Complimentary car parking and daily newspaper. Advanced purchased full buffet breakfast is available $21.00pp

Contact details for these three properties:

Phone: 1800 828 000

Booking Code: please quote the following booking code to access the Capital Hotel Group rates for the 2013 Masters: AMRC13

Crowne Plaza Canberra

All Participants, officials and supporters can save up to 20% off their stay when they book through the dedicated sports supporters’ site. Click here to book your exclusive offer now or call 1300 662 218 and ask for the ‘Canberra Sports rate’ ($195 per room). You must enter check in/check out dates between 24 April and 28 April 2013 inclusive.

The hotel provides a complimentary business centre, along with complimentary access to the Pro-Fit Health Club with sauna and outdoor pool. Everyone who books a room via the sports supports site receives 20% off their full buffet breakfast (per adult) and a 2 for 1 drink voucher (per room) at Binara one Lounge Bar. Complimentary sports amenities will also be available in the room. For more information on the hotel visit

Rydges Lakeside

The hotel is offering Standard Accommodation starting from $219 including a full buffet breakfast for two per room, per night. Single, twin, double share or suites are available – subject to availability. Free Wireless is available throughout the ground floor and Hotel Reception area.

Please contact the Rydges Lakeside Reservations team on 02 6247 6244 and quote the code X-2504AMRC to obtain the 2013 Masters Regatta rate. Please note you must quote this code to obtain the rate. For more information on the hotel visit:

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