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ASRL Newsletter #70 - March 2017

newsletter2The ASRL Committee has released Newsletter #70 which should already be in your Inbox if you have subscribed.  The Newsletter contains news on ASRL Open, ASRL National Short Course Championship, ASRL AGM, ASRL Committee changes, National Pointscore Leaders and a Report of Trip to Represent Australia!  All rowers are encouraged to have a good read.  Newsletter #70 is below.

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ASRL Newsletter

Newsletter #70 - March 2017
This newsletter will carry information on:
  1. ASRL Open
  2. ASRL National Short Course Championship
  3. ASRL AGM
  4. ASRL Committee
  5. National Pointscore Leader
  6. Report of Trip to Represent Australia 

ASRL Open: 

Well the Open has been run and won and what a time we had of making everything fit into the weather reduced program. A big thank you to Tamara Brawn, Peter van Deuren, Phil Hird and the whole team of officials that worked so hard to do the changes and provide the crews with the best possible experience.
 
Our finals were worth the price of admission just to watch the quality of crews in each division race for gold. Avoca Open men and Elouera Open Female both very worthy champions and once again showing that the right training and program can and does produce winners.
 
We had a Facebook and Live Stream Reach of over 86,000 people during the week of the Open so amazing numbers are now engaged with our sport. This is in a massive credit to Aaron Tannahill who is driving the Navy ASRL Facebook page.
 
The ASRL money spent on Camera/Computer technology has again paid for itself in spades. Our Live Stream continues to improve as we work our way into understanding all the equipment and learning what works best.
 
The finish line cameras again showed their worth in assisting our Finish Line Judges with the really tight finishes. On one occasion the cameras were able to split two crews who were no more than 50mm apart. The Judges do a remarkable job in being able to pull the right decision in the vast number of finishes. Across 250M with 6 boats racing at the line it isn’t easy and it’s very comforting to the Judges and Crews that on those few occasions where the naked eye simply can’t pick we now have the backup of line cameras.
 
The ASRL Finish Line Camera Team will again be operating the boat finishes at this year Aussies as the backup to the Line Judges. 
 

ASRL Australian National Short Course Championship:

Eighty crews started in this year’s Short Course Championship at Manly. Short Course racing is a great event where crews are forced to use all their surf skills in a short amount of time. Because the distance is only about 400M total distance finishes are tight, every crew is in the race and the crowd becomes engaged because they can watch the whole race and see who is leading.
 
The ASRL will continue to support Short Course as it is our intention that this event will morph into a full blown Australian Medal for boats in the not too distant future.
 
We have to apologise for our error in not having the medals available. We can only say sorry to those winning crews and we are fixing the delivery for you. 
 

ASRL AGM:

Early notice that the next ASRL AGM will be held in South Australia on Saturday 22 July. The SA people are already into organising a post AGM gentleman’s and gentlewomen’s lunch tour of the Barossa Valley so based on the last time in SA another cracker weekend will await Interstate travellers. 
 

ASRL Committee:

We have had some midterm committee changes which comes from the different pressures individuals at times find themselves under. Our committee is a hard working group that is always on the front foot doing their best to keep our sport exciting and attainable in a very tough national sporting environment.
 
Leaving us is Alexandra Hill being replaced as Secretary by Natasha Tunney of SA
Leaving us is Nathan Perry with replacement from NSW to be advised
Leaving us is Tim McFarlane being replaced by Geoff Wilson WA 
 

ASRL National Rankings Leader Board:

Congratulations to Bulli Gelcon in the mens and South Curl Curl Straw Hat Pirates in the womens for taking over the National Rankings Leaders vests after the ASRL Open. The crews were presented their vests by the President of SLSA, Mr Graham Ford.
 
See more on Facebook HERE

 
Who will have the honour of wearing the National Rankings Leaders vests at Aussies? The new leaders and full updated rankings will be released later this week after all the State titles results are in.
 
After a trial run and competitor feedback, the system has been refined to include full results and rankings for all Open crews across Australia. With the distances, and variation in fields in each state, it is impossible to have a perfect system, but we can aim to get this as fair as possible. We will have a full review at the end of the season. If you have some constructive feedback, please email Russell Lamb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The system is in the process of being automated with the draw system around the country which will update the rankings as soon as results are in.
 
The rankings will expand over time as we see a lot of opportunities to use the system. The rankings were used to ensure the area splits were fair at the ASRL Open and will be used at Aussies.
 
For the latest ASRL Navy National Rankings for all open crews, check HERE
 

Australian Team Representation:

An insight in what it is like to represent your country in your chosen sport.
 
This Team Report was received by the ASRL from the Newport crew after an experience of a lifetime for the four Australian crews involved.
 
Newport Pistol Shrimp, u23 women
Australian representatives in the Trans-Tasman team, Waihi Beach, February 4th and 5th, 2017.
 
The girls, Piret May, Katy Hulton, Cele May and Zoe King were obviously very excited to be selected in the Australian development (u23) team and this was heightened when we were presented with our team gear at Surf House on Wednesday afternoon. The full team consisted of Avoca Beach open men, Tallebudgera open women, North Cronulla u23 men and Newport u23 women.


 
We arrived in Waihi Beach on Thursday afternoon, a couple of hours outside Auckland on the east coast. It’s typical holiday town, not quite as big as Ulladulla, with a beautiful long beach surrounded by farmland and national park.
 
Friday afternoon, after a walk and swim, we went for a row in the brand new boat North Beach SLSC lent to us for the weekend. Conditions were flat with an offshore breeze making it a tough row home. That night the Australian and New Zealand teams had an official dinner together, the girls shared a table with the NZ u23 girls. Pretty quickly there was plenty of chat and laughter, the girls all clicked and more new friends were made. All weekend the New Zealand clubs and crews showed us wonderful hospitality.
 
Saturday was the North Island Regional Championships and the Trans-Tasman races were spaced through the regular competition. The team was presented with their caps on the beach, then marched into the arena for the welcome and national anthems. It was a surprisingly emotional moment, belting out the anthem for the first and possibly only time in an Australian team, certainly a memorable moment for all of the team.
 
The Trans-Tasman event was held over three races, two long course and one short course with a run finish. The girls won both the long course races and were in front in the short course to have NZ come through on a small wave and pip Zoe in the run up the beach. The open crews also won their races 2-1, so Australia retained the cup. The racing was hard and close, as you would expect. There was a shallow bank and the offshore wind to battle on the way back to the beach. At the end of the third race, after securing the win, none of the crew could get out of the boat, such was their effort and relief. They definitely left nothing in the boat.
 
The national team crews were seeded into the respective semis and finals of the North Island champs, competing as Newport  the girls finished a close second (but again beating the NZ crew, Murawai) into third.
 
After a long day on the beach, we had a BBQ with the NZ team and a relatively early night.
New Zealand surf lifesaving is divided into four regions and Sunday morning was the regional championships, same as our interstates, with Australia added as the ‘fifth’ region. More close racing, the girls finished with two thirds and a win in the relay. The Australian team won the event quite convincingly.
 
We all headed for Mt Manganui for a visit and lunch, then back to Waihi Beach for a team BBQ and debrief. All of a sudden it was Monday morning and we’re heading home.
I can’t thank both managers Brett Main and Greg Heard enough. They did a wonderful job and never really got any down time, such was their dedication to ensuring a successful tour.
The girls were given a wonderful opportunity in representing their country and have made the most of it. Their level of self-belief and confidence is now sky high and the knowledge that they have met and exceeded their own expectations can only auger well for their future. The rowing they did on Saturday was the hardest thing they have ever done and they now are starting to appreciate how much harder they can go.
 
Thank you very much to the ASRL and Navy for the financial assistance in getting the crew to New Zealand, also for the hard work over the years working towards establishing this wonderful annual event for opens and under 23s. The girls conducted themselves as wonderful representatives of Newport SLSC and Australia, friendly, generous and ferocious competitors. Their attitude made them many new friends among both national teams and clubs. We can be very proud of them and their achievement and look forward to the rest of the season.
  
ASRL Committee

ASRL Open 2017 & Interstates - LIVE VIDEO FEED!

Live Stream Information

The ASRL are investing heavily in the live stream and we ask that you share the links with your family and friends.

All the links will show the same content, some people just prefer to use different platforms.

INTERSTATES

Friday 17th February 3:45pm - 6:00pm (NSW time, don't forget to convert to your location) *approx finish time

DIRECT LINKS:

Live Stream: https://livestream.com/accounts/17478779/events/7015859 

Facebook: Will be created LIVE at the start of the stream and will pop up as a notification + on news feeds

ASRL OPEN FINALS DAY

Sunday 19th February - 10:00am - 2:00pm (NSW time, don't forget to convert to your location) *approx finish time

DIRECT LINKS:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWPT7vg-VIg 

Live Stream: https://livestream.com/asrl/events/7015878 

Facebook: Will be created LIVE at the start of the stream and will pop up as a notification + on news feeds

ASRL Open 2017 - All you need to know

2017 ASRL Open Final Information

This newsletter will carry information for the 2017 ASRL Open:

  1. Order of Events/Cuts
  2. Check In Process
  3. Live Stream Information
  4. Area Splits
  5. ASRL App In Use - How to Download
  6. Red Handed is Back

Order of Events / Cuts


Note: the order of events and number of rounds may alter based on surf conditions and other factors. Up to date information will be provided on the ASRL website, Facebook page and app, as well as notice boards on the beach.

Friday 17 February


Masters

Report Time: by 6.30am (check-in available 3.30- 5.30pm on Thursday 16th at the club)
Sweeps Meeting: 7am Start Time: 7.30am
Three rounds
160 Men 3 rounds and 4 boat final
160 Women 3 rounds and point score
180 Men 3 rounds and 6 boat final
180 Women + 240 Mixed 3 rounds and point score
200 Men 3 rounds and 6 boat final
200 Women + 260 Mixed 3 rounds and point score
220 Mixed 3 rounds and point score
Masters finals
160 Men 4 boat final
180 Men 6 boat final
200 Men 6 boat final
Masters presentations to be held immediately after Masters racing finishes

U23 Male & Reserve Male

Report Time: by 9.30am (check-in available 3.30- 5.30pm on Thursday 16th at the club)
Sweeps Meeting: 11am* Start Time: 11.30am*
Note 1: the start time will depend on progress of the Masters racing – it will not be earlier than advertised here, but could be delayed depending on conditions. An announcement will be made on the timing as the morning progresses.
Note 2: Interstate crews racing in Reserve Grade Male and U23 Male will not be required to race the last two point score rounds but will receive maximum points for the final two rounds.
Four rounds
U23 Male 4 rounds and point score
Reserve Male 4 rounds and point score
Qualifying to Sunday
U23 Male cutting to 16 crews into Sunday (top 8 from each area)
Reserve Male cutting to 24 crews into Sunday (top 12 from each area)

Interstates

Team Managers Meeting: 3pm Start: 4pm
U19 Female
U19 Male
U23 Female
U23 Male
Reserve Female
Reserve Male
Open Female
Open Male
Relay (8 laps)
Interstate presentations to be held immediately after Interstate racing finishes
 

Saturday 18 February


Block 1: U19M, U19F, U23F

Report Time: by 6.30am (check-in available on Thursday afternoon at the club and Friday on the beach)
Sweeps Meeting: 7am Start Time: 7.30am
Four rounds
U19 Male 4 rounds and point score
U19 Female 4 rounds and point score
U23 Female 4 rounds and point score
Qualifying to Sunday
U19 Male cutting to 24 crews into Sunday (top 12 from each area)
U19 Female cutting to 10 crews into Sunday (top 5 from each area)
U23 Female cutting to 16 crews into Sunday (top 8 from each area)

Block 2: Reserve Women, Open Women, Open Men

Report Time: by 9.30am (check-in available Thursday afternoon at the club, or Friday on the beach)
Sweeps Meeting: 11am* Start Time: 11.30am*
Note 1: the start time will depend on progress of Block 1 racing – it will not be earlier than advertised here, but could be delayed depending on conditions. An announcement will be made on the timing as the morning progresses.
Four rounds
Reserve female 4 rounds and point score
Open Female 4 rounds and point score
Open Male 4 rounds and point score
Qualifying to Sunday
Reserve female cutting to 24 crews into Sunday (top 12 from each area)
Qualifying to the Knock-out round (Saturday afternoon)
Open Female cutting to 24 crews for the 1st knock-out (top 12 from each area)
Open Male cutting to 24 crews for the 1st knock-out (top 12 from each area)
Knock-out round
Open Female top 12 to 8 in each area (total of 16 through to Sunday)
Open Male top 12 to 8 in each area (total of 16 through to Sunday)


Sunday 19 February


Sweeps Meeting: 7am Start Time: 7.30am
Two Areas: all divisions EXCEPT U19F
Knock out round (cont.)
U19 Male 12 in each area: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
Reserve Female 12 in each area: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
Reserve Male 12 in each area: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
U23 Female 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
U23 Male 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Open Female 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Open Male 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
U19 Male 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Reserve Female 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Reserve Male 8 in each area: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through

One Area:

Quarter finals all divisions EXCEPT U19F
U19 Male 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
Reserve Female 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
Reserve Male 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
U23 Female 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
U23 Male 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
Open Female 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
Open Male 12 qualifiers: 2 X 6 boat heats with 4 through
One Area: Semi-finals all divisions
U19 Female 10 qualifiers: 2 X 5 boat heats with 3 through
U19 Male 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Reserve Female 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Reserve Male 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
U23 Female 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
U23 Male 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Open Female 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through
Open Male 8 qualifiers: 2 X 4 boat heats with 3 through

One Area: Finals all divisions
U19 Female 6 boat final
U19 Male 6 boat final
Reserve Female 6 boat final
Reserve Male 6 boat final
U23 Female 6 boat final
U23 Male 6 boat final
Open Female 6 boat final
Open Male 6 boat final
 

Check In Process


Check in times are listed above although we are encouraging as many crews as possible to check in at the club between 3:30pm and 5:30pm on Thursday 16th February. We understand some crews will not be in Shellharbour at this time although for the clubs who are around we please ask you check in Thursday.

Live Stream Information


The ASRL are investing heavily in the live stream and we ask that you share the links with your family and friends.

All the links will show the same content, some people just prefer to use different platforms.

INTERSTATES
Friday 17th February
3:45pm - 6:00pm (NSW time, don't forget to convert to your location)
*approx finish time

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ss2vZrMzSg
 
Live Stream
https://livestream.com/accounts/17478779/events/7015859
 
Facebook
Will be created LIVE at the start of the stream and will pop up as a notification + on news feeds
 
ASRL OPEN FINALS DAY
Sunday 19th February
10:00am - 2:00pm (NSW time, don't forget to convert to your location)
*approx finish time

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWPT7vg-VIg

Live Stream
https://livestream.com/asrl/events/7015878

Facebook
Will be created LIVE at the start of the stream and will pop up as a notification + on news feeds
 
 

AREA SPLITS 

ASRL App in Use - DOWNLOAD IT NOW


The ASRL APP will be in use at the ASRL Open! There is NO better way to stay up to date.

Download the App at the below links (FREE):
 
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/australian-surf-rowers-league/id735272489?mt=8
 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_ausrl.layout&hl=en
 
When downloaded, Tap the ‘Draws Results’ tab - select the Menu – select your division and you are on your way to up to date information on draws, points and results! Content will be updated as it comes available.
 

Red Handed is Back!


The crew from Red Handed Clothing Co. are excited to have the new GUNS UP themed trucker caps ready & rarin'!! Come over to the Red Handed tent this weekend & check them out, plus plenty of other merch!

ASRL Newsletter #69 - Jan 2017

newsletter2The ASRL Committee has released Newsletter #69 which should already be in your Inbox if you have subscribed.  The Newsletter contains important information regarding the upcoming ASRL Open and National Short Course Championship.  All rowers are encouraged to have a good read.  Newsletter #69 is below.

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ASRL Newsletter

Newsletter #69 - January, 2017
This newsletter will carry information on:
  1. ASRL Open entry
  2. ASRL National Short Course Championship
  3. ASRL Open Program 

ASRL Open Entry:

Crews should note that early bird entries for the Open close at 5pm next Sunday 22 Jan.
 
Some things you need to know about the upcoming ASRL Open to be held at Shellharbour over Friday, 17 to Sunday 19 February, 2017
 
  • Entry into the ASRL Open is FREE to all financial ASRL members entered as crews to the Open or a State based Navy Series
  • Find ASRL carnival entry in the standard way by opening the SLS Carnival Entry system and clicking the ASRL section
  • ASRL Membership is $40 per head for those members with a current Yellow Navy singlet
  • New members or those that have misplaced the Yellow Navy singlet need to reorder as per instructions below and will incur an additional $10 fee for a new singlet
  • All U19 rowers are provided free membership and ASRL Open entry but they must still enter as normal so we catch the full database of membership and entries
  • Remember only registered ASRL members can race the ASRL Open and only current members can vote in any ASRL voting process
  • Early bird ASRL Open entry closes on Sunday 22 January
  • Late entry to the ASRL Open closes on Friday 10 Feb but comes with a $20 penalty fee per head regardless of any age category
  • Your club will be invoiced from all these membership entries options
Clubs are requested to assist us in handling the new singlet delivery by collating total club crews and providing the number that require a new singlet and a list of desired sizes. Please send orders to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
The earlier you provide us the membership and singlet requirements the better chance we have of getting gear to you. Remember we are all also volunteers with crew commitments so your help is greatly appreciated

To enter go to the SLSA Carnival Entry system, click open on the ASRL section and go to the "Navy ASRL Open Championship" and enter as normal.
 

ASRL Australian National Short Course Championship:

This will be the second year in the history of the Short Course Championship. Big seas met the crews last year so what will Manly throw at everybody on Sunday 29 January.
  • Entry into the ASRL National Short Course Championship is FREE to all financial ASRL crew members so enter the Short Course and or the Open and you become a member with that membership covering both events
  • Entry to the Short Course for non-financial ASRL Crews will be $40 per crew and the crew at entry time will need to advise the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that they are entering the short course only or they will automatically be invoiced for crew membership
  • Find ASRL carnival entry in the standard way by opening the SLS Carnival Entry system and click into the ASRL section
  • ASRL Membership is $40 per head for those members with a current Yellow Navy singlet
  • New members or those that have misplaced the Yellow Navy singlet need to reorder as per instructions below and will incur an additional $10 fee for a new singlet
  • Entries close Monday 23 January at 9am
 
A full flyer for the Saturday Manly carnival and the Sunday ASRL Short Course Championship can be found on the ASRL Website 
 

ASRL Open Program:


ASRL 2017 Open
Preliminary Program
 
Note this is the planned timeline but surf and circumstances can always be unpredictable so the Referee has the right to make appropriate changes as required.
 
Friday 7.30 Start
  • Masters running through to either Finals or winner on Pointscore dependant on crews in the division
  • Reserve Male & U23 Male; ready for 11am start
  • Reserve Male Crews racing a 4 round Point Score cutting to Sunday
  • U23M Crews racing a 4 round Point Score then cut to Sunday
SLSA Interstate Championship
  • Interstate: Team Managers Meeting 3pm – commence racing 4pm
Saturday 7.30 am Start
Block 1
  • U19 Male, U19 Female & U23 Female all in first Block
  • U19 Male 4 round Point Score cut to Sunday
  • U19 Girls crews run 4 round Point Score cut to Sunday
  • U23 Female Crews 4 round Point Score cut to Sunday
Block 2
  • Open Men crews - 4 round Point Score cut to Sunday
  • Open Female Crews – 4 round Point Score cut to Sunday
  • Reserve Female  crews  - 4 rounds cut to Sunday
Sunday 7.30 am Start
  • Planned Final finish 2pm but surf will dictate
Important Notes For All Competitors:
  • Facebook and the ASRL Phone App plus ASRL Website with be used to provide updated information
  • All times listed are the planned program times but being surf please be ready for change if conditions dictate
 
ASRL Committee
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