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ASRL Newsletter #60 - January 2016

newsletter2The ASRL Committee has released Newsletter #60 which should already be in your Inbox if you have subscribed.  The Newsletter contains heaps of new season information, rowing news and stories from around the Clubs.  All rowers are encouraged to have a good read.  Newsletter #60 is below.

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ASRL Newsletter

Newsletter #60 - January 2016

We hope that you all had a safe and happy Christmas period! Hopefully you all didn't have too much Christmas pudding and stayed fit over the holiday season!

The ASRL are moving forward and investing in some amazing technology. We have started to test some live stream technology which captures the finishes from the line and also the ability to link Go Pros to future coverage. Keep an eye out for this at the Manly competitions and also at the Team Navy ASRL Open.

In addition to the finish line technology we will also be actively using the Team Navy ASRL app this weekend at Manly! Make sure you download the app from the itunes store or your Google Play store,

If you are competing at Manly this weekend please read through this newsletter carefully to find the most up to date information.

A reminder that the entries for the Team Navy ASRL Open are now open and we will be giving away a brand new surfboat at this event.

Don't forget to #teamnavyasrl on all social media posting for your chance to win!

Bert Hunt 
ASRL President


There will be a brand new surfboat up for grabs as a prize that will be drawn at the ASRL Open. Your club can collect tokens throughout the season at a number of events!

For more information please click here

#TeamNavyASRL Competition

We are excited to launch a BRAND NEW COMPETITION, exclusive to the Team Navy ASRL surf boat series.

All you have to do is #TeamNavyASRL in any of your surf boat photos on Instagram or Facebook! We want you to get CREATIVE! 

How does it work?

- We will pick the top three photos that use #TeamNavyASRL each week to go into a public vote.
- Voting will be done over Facebook each week over a 48 hour period
- You must be creative and use the Team Navy ASRL logo or any Navy branding to be eligible.

Each week we will give away a customised sports bag or headphones with your crew/club name/logo on it!

GET HASH TAGGING! The competition is now open! 

Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival/ASRL Short Course Champs

The Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival is on again in January 2015 along with the ASRL Short Course Championships!

Please read through this section in full so you are aware of the final details.

Please note that we will be using the Team Navy ASRL app actively this weekend at Manly! Make sure you download the app from the itunes store or Google Play store.

A reminder that the program is as followed for the two days of racing at Manly this weekend:

Saturday - Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival
Block 1 - 7am gun - OM, OW, J19
Block 2 - 11.30am - R, U23M, U23W
Report 30mins prior - so Block 1 at 6.30am and Block 2 at 11am
Sweeps meeting 6.45am
Likely round robin - will be confirmed tomorrow when entries close
The Manly Open carnival is sponsored in the boat section by ASRL/Navy
Manly Saturday event entries close 7am on Tuesday 19 Jan
Wearing of the Navy singlet is a requirement of starting at this Saturday event at Manly
Sunday - ASRL National Short Course Championships
Block 1 - 7am - OM, OW
Block 2 - Not before 10.30am - U23M, U23W, J19
Report 30mins prior - so Block 1 at 6.30am and Block 2 at 10am
Sweeps meeting 6.45am
Format will be advised on Weds when entries close
National Short Course Championship entries close next Wednesday 20 Jan at 11pm
Wearing of the new YELLOW Navy Singlet is compulsory for the Short Course event and those late entries that don't yet have the new singlet can collect at the morning briefing on Sunday if not at the Manly event on Sat.

The full details are:

Saturday 23 January
Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival
National Youth Selection Event
Final NSW State Team Selection Event
Block 1 - 7am gun - OM, OW, J19
Block 2 - 11.30am - R, U23M, U23W
Report 30mins prior - so Block 1 at 6.30am and Block 2 at 11am
Sweeps meeting 6.45am
Likely round robin - will be confirmed tomorrow when entries close

Sunday 24 January
Block 1 - 7am - OM, OW
Block 2 - Not before 10.30am - U23M, U23W, J19
Report 30mins prior - so Block 1 at 6.30am and Block 2 at 10am
Sweeps meeting 6.45am
Format will be advised on Weds when entries close

Carnival format

Saturday is elimination racing with repechage with the aim to have five races per division, including finals. Sunday is a short course with the format to be announced closer to the event (subject to entry numbers and conditions). There will be two boat areas on both days and the area splits will be announced on Monday 18 January.

Entries and Registration

Saturday entries are via NSW branches section of carnival.sls.com.au 'SNB - Manly Boat Captain'
Sunday entries are via ASRL section of carnival.sls.com.au 'ASRL Short Course Champs'.

Eligible crews will receive tokens for the draw to win a NEW SURFBOAT.

All officials and competitors are invited to Manly Life Saving Club after the ASRL Short Course Champs on Sunday for refreshments, medal presentations and team selection announcements. 

Check the ASRL website, SNB brach website and Facebook for updates leading up to the event.
Australian Team Ready to Take on New Zealand

Congratulations to our Australian representative crews for 2015/16! The two crews will compete against New Zealand at the ASRL Open weekend in February!

Open Women - Torquay swept by Scott Tannahill
Open Men - Mona Vale swept by Matt Collins

The Development Team consisting of an Under 23 Men and Under 23 Women crew will be selecting this weekend at the National Team selection event in Manly.
Finish Line/Live Stream Technology Almost Here

The ASRL are currently trailing video finishes/live stream technology that will enhance the Team Navy ASRL series. This technology was trialled last week at the Henley SLSC for a training session and then again at the ASRL SA event at South Port on Sunday 17 January. 

We will be using the technology at the upcoming events at Manly and then at the Team Navy ASRL Open at Shellharbour.
Tugun Turns It On For Team Navy ASRL Series

Surf boat rowers battled the surf at Tugun on Saturday 16 January for a round of the Team Navy ASRL series. The top three from each category are as followed:

1st - Alexandra Headlands
2nd - Glenelg (South Australia)
3rd - Noosa Heads

1st - Coolum
2nd - Red Rock Corindi
3rd - Southport

Under 19
1st - Alexandra Headlands
2nd - Alexandra Headlands
3rd - Maroochydore

Masters 160+
1st - Mermaid Beach
2nd - Currumbin
3rd - Coolangatta

Masters 200+
1st - Currumbin
2nd - Coolum
3rd - Tugun

Team Navy ASRL Series (SA) Hits South Port To Kick Start The New Year

Over 40 surf boat crews competed at the ‪#TeamNavyASRL‬ event at South Port in South Australia on January 3. Congratulations to the following crews who won their category:

Open Men - Somerton
Open Women - Glenelg
Reserve Men - Grange
Reserve Women - West Beach
Under 23 Male - Port Elliot
Under 23 Women - Glenelg
Under 19 Male - Henley
Under 19 Female - Henley

The photo is some of the Brighton SLSC surf boat rower posing for the camera just before their next race!

Tasmanian Surf Boat Rowers Brave the Cold at Clifton Beach

Competitors, officials and spectators braved cold conditions at the Team Navy ASRL series round at Clifton Beach in Tasmania. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the event.

Results are as followed:

Men's Results
1st Carlton Park Old Gold
2nd Clifton Beach Whatever
3rd Clifton Beach Wyld Stallions

Womens Results
1st Burnie Grit
2nd Clifton Beach Krakens
3rd Clifton Beach Two

Reserve Results
1st Kingston Beach Carnivores
2nd Clifton Beach Who
3rd Devenport

This is our second winner from the #teamnavyasrl photo competition! 

Don't forget to #teamnavyasrl for your chance to win! We will have three more photos up for public vote mid week. 

The @henleyslsc crew here have won a customised set of headphones or bag! 

Repost @henley_boaties
Henley under 19 boys competing in ASRL series 3 on the weekend. They finished 1st in their division and 2nd in under 23's! #Henley #Surfboats #asrlsa#teamnavyasrl #freedompools

Team Navy Series Kicks Off in Victoria

Almost 50 crews descended onto Sandridge beach in Melbourne for Round 1 of the Team Navy ASRL series for Victoria. This included 14 junior crews!

This event was the first state team selection event.

Results are as followed:

Open Women
1. Torquay French toast 
2. Torquay lightning 
3. Lorne jerray
4. Lorne edge 
5. St kilda angry unicorns 
6. Mornington Tides

Open Men 
1. Torquay thunder
2. Lorne 31
3. Anglsea gold 
4. Lorne Big A & the Miracles
5. St Kilda angry otter spotters 
6. Port Campbell Mixed nuts

1. Mordialloc Ecoli 
2. Port Campbell Makos
3. Mornington Pure Beef
4. St Kilda Angry Dogs
5. Torquay Pirates
6. Angelsea Late take offs

Under 19 Females
1. St kilda Happy go luckys
2. Port Campbell pippies 

Under 19 Male
1. Torquay pirates 
2. Mordialloc Mongooses
3. Torquay taipans
4. Torquay goon squad 

Under 23 Female 
1. Angelsea Hooligans
2. Mordialloc rowmantics 
3. Mornington lone Texans 
4. Woolamai beach baby hulks 
5. Half moon bay blue

Under 23 Men
1. Angelsea HMAS oarsome 
2. Torquay driftwood
3. Mordialloc crushers

Masters Men
1. Mordialloc Ecoli 
2. St kilda angry dogs
3. Williamstown Gold

Masters Women
1. Williamstown gold
2. Ocean grove Holding

A special mention to the VSRL for introducing Under 19 Women for the first time!

Photo courtesy of Fioran Bourke 

NSW Membership Information

NSW crews - do you have your new Yellow racing singlets? You will need them at the upcoming events at Manly on January 23 - 24!

Sign up today!

For Manly 23-24 January January it is a Team Navy sponsored event and as such crews are required to wear the Navy yellow plus be a member to receive a Boat Token. If crews have also entered for the Short Course they will be given the new yellow singlet at the Sat briefing.

You can visit the official event Facebook page to ask any question. Visit the page by clicking here

Team Navy ASRL Open Information Friday February 19 - Sunday 21 February

The Team Navy ASRL Open in 2016 will be bigger and better than ever before! With the addition of new divisions, exciting prize draws, the Tran Tasman competition and a new exciting timeslot for the Interstate competition, this is an event not to be missed!

This event page will have all of the information you need for the three day competition! 

The ASRL have again partnered with Destination NSW! Make your weekend in Shellharbour more than just 'a weekend'! The region has some remarkable attractions, visit https://www.visitnsw.com/ for more information.

We are excited to announce that at this year’s Open we have added two female divisions. This means that eight divisions of racing will take home medals against the standard six of the past. 

The divisions are:
- Open Male
- Open Female
- “A” Reserve Male
- “A” Reserve Female
- U23 Male
- U23 Female
- U19 Male
- U19 Female
- The U19 Female is a complete new division
- Open Female will commence racing as the one division. After 4, 5 or 6 rounds the top 24 point score crews will split into the Open Female division while the next 24 crews will shift into the new “A” Reserve division of racing for the finals

The program is as followed:
- Masters commence at 7.30am on Friday
- Masters divisions start at 160 - 260 M & 160 - 180 F
- A Reserve Male & U23 Male & Female will commence in one Area at 9.30am on Friday and 11.30 in the second area at the completion of the Masters
- The plan is to row 4 and 5 rounds of A reserve M and U23 M&F on Friday
- Interstate reverts to 4pm on Friday

- U19 M & F open the Saturday program at 8am
- First test Match at 10.30 Sat
- Open M & F commence at 10.45am Sat
- Every division will go from Pointscore to the round of 24 crews unless numbers dictate a smaller number

- Racing to commence at 7.30am
- Rounds will run down from 24 to 16 to 12 to 8 to the final
- Final race should be concluded by 2.30pm on Sunday
- This will all be dependent on crew entries and be confirmed closer to the event

Entries Open 
- The ASRL Open entry is now open to crews on Surfguard
- Entry fee is $40 per rower
- The U19 both divisions are free
George Bass Held in Testing Conditions

Bulli have gone back to back in the George Bass marathon successfully defending their title in the Open Men. Bulli had a strong marathon taking out three legs, winning the Nick Dixon Trophy and the Curly Annabell Trophy. 

Narooma also won back to back titles in the Masters Men, while Pambula took out the Masters Women. 

The Open Women was won by the composite crew Moruya/Long Reef. 

The Fastest boat over the Marathon was Bulli with 13 hours, 55 minutes, 17 seconds. The fastest female boat over the marathon was the Broulee Capitals with 16 hours and 14 seconds.

Visit https://www.georgebassmarathon.com.au/ for all of the information or visit the Facebook page by clicking here for hundreds of photos and a list of daily results
Tathra Boaties Post Some Remarkable Drone Foorage

The Tathra 'boaties' captured some remarkable footage with a drone just prior to the George Bass Surf Marathon.

Check out the footage by clicking here

Brilliant Family Story From the Sunshine Coast

The Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club
 is full of legends and has a rich history, celebrating their 100th anniversary a couple of weeks ago. Within their club are three remarkable men who have progressed through the surf life saving ranks and are now highly respected surf boat competitors. We speak of Bob Stone (71 years old), Corey Stone (45 years old) and Michael Brooks (31 years old).

Click here to read their full story on a featured post from the Team Navy ASRL Facebook page.

Relive the 2015/16 Team Navy ASRL Launch

Relive the highlights from the Team Navy ASRL launch on the Gold Coast from early December!

Click here for the video highlights

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