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ASRL Newsletter #61 - February 2016

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ASRL Newsletter #61

February 2016

February is an exciting month for all members of the ASRL! We have just celebrated the success that was the inaugural Australian Short Course Championships and the Manly carnival that was held the day before. I would like to thank every volunteer who assisted with the delivery of the carnivals. We had some challenging surf and it was an entertaining two days for the thousands of spectators that flocked the beach.

This week we are heading to Shell Harbour for the Team Navy ASRL Open. Entries are close to the 300 mark which is a positive result for the ASRL. I would like to wish everyone all the best who is competing at a club, state or national level over the three days of competition. 

We have included all last minute information in this newsletter so if you are attending the Team Navy ASRL Open this weekend please ensure that you read the newsletter in full.

You will also see a number of graphics promoting the live stream of the event. This is an exciting initiative from the ASRL and we are extremely excited to share our event live around the world. Links are provided in the newsletter, on Facebook and on our website. 

I would like to thank Team Navy for their ongoing support and Destination NSW are a key partner of the upcoming ASRL Open. 

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!

We will announce the winner throughout the live stream of the Team Navy ASRL Open and we will post on our social media channels straight after the announcement.

For more information please click here

Mark Your Diaries! We Are LIVE STREAMING

It's official ... the Team Navy ASRL Open will be available worldwide .... LIVE!!!! The Team Navy ASRL Open along with the Interstate Championships and the Tran Tasman competition will be live streamed with live panel discussions, beach interviews, multiple cameras and expert commentary!

The live stream broadcast schedule is below:

Friday 19 February 
3:30pm - 5:30pm AEST (approx finish time)
2016 Interstate Championships including a live panel to preview the event

Saturday 20 February
9:30am - 12:30pm AEST (approx finish time)
2016 Tran Tasman competition including the final word from each crew and live action from the early rounds of the Under 23 Female, Open Men and Open Women.

Sunday 21 February
9:30am - 2:00pm AEST (approx finish time)
All Quarter Finals (pending event timing), Semi Finals and Finals of each division, LIVE!

Share the link with your family and friends! - https://livestream.com/asrl/asrlopen

2016 Team Navy ASRL Open - Final Information

We are only days away from the Team Navy ASRL Open! Attending the event or want to know exactly what is going on? Read the below in full!

Are you a Facebook user? Make sure you join the official event page by clicking here. We are posting updates daily and any changes to the program or event will be posted in this event page.

Got a mobile device? Visit your Apple or Google Play Store and search 'asrl' and download the app as we will be using this frequently over the three days to update everyone on a number of areas.

Interested in any of the following? Please click on the link for all of the detailed information
Program Information

Friday 7.00 am Report for a 7.30 Start, Live Stream from 3:30pm
  • Masters running through to Finals at 11am
  • Reserve Male & U23 Male; Report 10am ready for 11.15 start
  • Reserve Male 45 Crews racing a 5 round Point Score cutting to 24 for Sunday
  • U23M 27 Crews racing a 5 round Point Score then cut to 16 for Sunday
  • SLSA Interstate Championship
  • Interstate: Team Managers Meeting 3pm – commence racing 4pm

Saturday 7.00 am Report for a 7.30 am Start, Live Stream from 9:30am
  • U19 Male, U19 Female & U23 Female all in first Block
  • U19 Male 36 crews 4 round Point Score cut to 24
  • U19 Girls 9 crews run 2 round Point Score
  • U23 Female 24 Crews 4 round Point Score cut to 16 for Sunday
  • International Test Series First Round 9.50 am
  • U19 Male 24 crews - 6 per heat 4 through to top 16 for Sunday
  • International Second Round
  • Open Men 40 crews- 5 round Point Score
  • International Third Round fitting into the Open racing
  • Open Female 48 Crews – 5 round Point Score - top 12 into Open Female division - next 16 into Reserve Female division
  • Open M cut to 24 crews – cut to 16 for Sunday
  • Reserve F 16 crews - cut to 12 for Sunday

Sunday Finals Day 7.00 am Report for a 7.30 am Start, Live Stream from 9:30am
  • Reserve Men start the day
  • Rounds of 24, 16, 12, 8 plus Finals for each division
  • Planned Final finish between 1 and 2pm

Important Notes That Should be read by 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
  • All crews in all divisions will automatically now be checked in for racing. If you plan to withdraw you must do so prior to the event so by 7pm this Wed 17 Feb. If you don’t tell us your withdrawing you will be responsible for mucking up the draw and will be costing all other crews valuable race time on the beach as the Officials have to re-work the draws.
  • To remove your crew from the draw please advise be email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SMS the details to 0417 362686
  • Draws will be pre done and posted on the ASRL Phone App prior to racing on Friday so late drop outs will greatly affect our ability to produce slick end results for you as everybody will be left sitting around waiting for draws to be re-done
  • Area splits will be posted on the ASRL Website by Thursday
  • Open Male & Female crews should be on the beach ready to race by 11am on
  • Sat but if conditions dictate differently be aware that you could be shifted forward to earlier in the day
  • It is hoped to have a warm up area available so crews can do warm ups without any stoppage or disruption to the racing program
  • The tight program is providing every crew a minimum of 4 or 5 rows and to achieve this it allows us to stop for no one. If you’re not on the line the Starter will be instructed to start the race and you either catch up or miss the race
  • All crews should be aware that the referee will have the ability to change the program to suit conditions and will endeavour to provide as much forward notice as possible should a change be required. This information will be available on the Message Section of the ASRL Phone App plus the Navy/ASRL Facebook page
The ASRL Open Singlet Is Back

Red Handed Clthoing are back at the Team Navy ASRL Open with the official merchandise for the event! We are happy to share a preview of the singlets that are extremely popular with all of the competitors and spectators each year! 

The singlets are just $25 each and Drew Howell and his team will be set up on site from Friday morning! The first 100 sold will receive a free gift!

Online ordering is TBC.

Visit the website to browse through the official boaties collection merchandise!
Destination NSW Major Partners of the 2016 ASRL Open

The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, welcomes competitors and spectators to Shellharbour for the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League for its Grand Final of events this season. 

Visitors will have the chance to go fishing at Lake Illawarra, or see marine life up close while snorkelling or diving at Bass Point Reserve. There is also the incredible Killalea State Recreation Park which features 8 kilometres of pristine coastline. 

Shellharbour provides a great getaway location to explore other nearby beaches and villages making them perfect places for a day trip or weekend away. 

For more information click here
ASRL Mobile App In Use at the ASRL Open

Got a mobile device?
Visit your Apple or Google Play Store and search 'asrl' and download the app as we will be using this frequently over the three days to update everyone on a number of areas.
#TeamNavyASRL Competition

For the Team Navy ASRL Open we will have a number of prizes to give away for social media users who #TeamNavyASRL

The best three photos from each day will WIN a pair of Team Navy ASRL headphones! 

Make sure you #TeamNavyASRL all weekend on Facebook and Instagram! Get creative!
Australian Team Ready to Take on New Zealand

Congratulations to our Australian representative crews that will compete against New Zealand this weekend. 

Open Men - Mona Vale
Open Women - Torquay
Under 23 Men (Development Team) - Avalon Beach
Under 23 Women (Development Team) - Maroochydore

Torquay sweep  Scott Tannahill is thriving on the opportunity to represent the green and gold.

"It is such an honour for us to have made the Australian team and with this comes great responsibility and expectation that we will do our country proud," said Mr. Tannahill.

MIchael Brooks from the Maroochydore Assets Under 23 Women crew said that they crew were rewarded with the selection after going for glory on a wave at the selection final in Manly.

'Fortune favoured the brave, we went for the win and we have been rewarded with a remarkable opportunity that the girls may never experience again, representing your country, said Mr. Brooks.

The Tran Tasman begins on Saturday 20 February. Live coverage is available on the live stream from 9:30am AEST on Saturday.
Interstates Set To Be HUGE

The state teams are locked in for racing on Friday at Shell Harbour!

Make sure you jump on the LIVE STREAM and cheer on your state. Live stream coverage begins at 3:30pm AEST

Good luck to all of the crews representing their state colours!

New South Wales
Open Men - Palm Beach 
Open Women - Palm Beach 
Reserves - Palm Beach 
U23 Men - Avalon Beach 
U23 Women - Palm Beach 
U19 - North Cronulla

Open Men - Currumbin 
Open Women - Currumbin 
Reserve Grade - Alexandra Headland 
Under 23 Men - Noosa Heads 
Under 23 Women - Maroochydore 
Under 19 - Alexandra Headland

South Australia
Open Men – Henley
Open Women – Glenelg
Reserve Grade – Port Elliot
Under 23 Men – Port Elliot
Under 23 Women – Glenelg
Under 19 - Henley

Open Men - Burnie 
Open Women - Burnie 
Reserve - Carlton Park 
Under 19 - Kingston Beach
*** Under 23 Women drafted Collaroy
*** Under 23 Men drafted Avoca

Open Men - Torquay
Open Women - Torquay
Reserve Grade - Mordialloc
Under 23 Men - Anglesea
Under 23 Women - Anglesea
Under 19 – Torquay

Western Australia
Open Men – North Cott
Open Women - North Cott
Reserve Grade – City of Perth
Under 23 Men - North Cott
Under 23 Women - North Cott
Under 19 - North Cott
Manly Open / Australian Short Course Champs Held In Big Seas

On Saturday 23 January and Sunday 24 January two major events were held on Manly beach in exciting conditions for all participants and spectators! The Manly Open and Australian Short Course Champs were held in testing surf and we would like to congratulate everyone involved, especially the key volunteers from the Manly LSC and the ASRL.

Photos from the Manly Open can be viewed here
Photos from the Short Course Champs can be viewed here
Finish Line Technology a Raging Success

The ASRL used the finish line technology at the Manly Open and Australian Short Course Championships and all reports are positive!

The finish line technology will be used this weekend at the Team Navy ASRL Open. Want to check out some of the footage? Make sure you jump on our live stream on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Team Navy VSRL Open a Big Success at Anglesea

Round two of the Team Navy ASRL series (Victoria) was held in Anglesea on Saturday 13 February. This carnival doubled up as the state team selection event for crews to represent the Big V at the upcoming Interstates competition on Friday.

Results as followed:

1 Mordialloc E-Coli (state team)
2 Mordialloc Lads
3 St Kilda Angry Dogs
5 Mornington Pure Beef
6 Anglesea Prodigal Sons

Open Women:
1 Torquay lightning (State team)
2 Torquay French Toast
3 Lorne Motley 
4 Lorne Edge
5 Williamstown

Open Men
1 Torquay Thunder (state team)
2 Angelsea Gold
3 Lorne 31
4 Portsea Cannons
5 Torquay X

Under 23 Men
1 Torquay Pirates
2 Anglesea HMAS Oarsome (State Team)
3 Torquay Taipans

Under 23 Women
1 Angelsea Hooligans (State Team)
2 Woolamai Beach Baby Hulks
3 Mornington Tides
4 Half Moon Bay Girl Tums

Under 19 Men
1 Torquay Pirates (State Team)
2 Torquay Taipans 
3 Port Campbell Mixed nuts

Henley SLSC Big Row Raises Thousands of Dollars for the Club

On Saturday 6 February the Henley SLSC held the 10th annual big row from Stansbury to Henley, over eight hours of rowing! The event is held every year to raise much needed funds to assist the day to day operations of the club!

Channel Nine featured the Big Row on the Adelaide news! Check it out by clicking here

#Repost @_rachwithoos

It's all smiles on a Saturday morning! #TeamNavyASRL

Team Navy Series Kicks Off in Victoria

The Tallebudgera SLSC have a remarkable young rower within the ranks who is extremely motivated to achieve great results this season. The Nutella loving go getter loves the sport of surf boat rowing and has lived in six countries!

We were stoked to have a chat with Kelissa Brockett from the Tallebudgera SLSC! Her rowing history is remarkable and this is a fantastic read!

Click here to read our interview with Kelissa.

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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