Sydney and Melbourne University Boat Clubs have announced their final crews for the 2018 Australian Boat Race. The event starts at 9 am on a Sydney Harbour 4.3 km course from Woolwich to Darling Harbour on Sunday 14tth October.

At the recent national University Championships, it was Sydney University that dominated the men’s competition and just shaded Melbourne University in the women’s.

In the men’s championships, the Sydney university men won the pair, four and eight while in the women Melbourne won the bigger boats, eight and four, and Sydney University won the pair.

Both women’s crews have been strengthened – Melbourne University have added Jen Cleary (Rio Olympian) and Ria Thompson (2013 Australian U23 Rowing team member) to their winning Intervarsity crew. At the University Championships they won over Sydney University by 6.8 seconds. The Sydney crew have added Harriet Hudson (national representative in Juniors 2016 and U23 national team member 2017 and 2018), Georgie Masters (U23 Australian team 2018) and Lauren Graham (silver medallist at the 2018 World Junior Championships).

Melbourne will no doubt start favourites in the women’s race for the Bella Guerin Trophy, but Sydney University will be an improved crew from Intervarsity and will have the confidence of their first win in this event in 2017.

The men’s eight of Melbourne has added Josh Booth – his experience and strength will lift their boat – Josh is a silver medallist in the Australian men’s eight at the 2018 World Senior Championships and a silver medallist from the Rio Olympics and captained the winning Melbourne eight in this event in 2013.

The Sydney eight has three new additions from the Intervarsity crew that recently won the Oxford and Cambridge Cup. Rio silver medallist in the quad scull, Sasha Belonogoff joins the crew along with 2018 national U23 and senior representative in the men’s pair, Andrew Judge. Will Raven will take the reins in the coxens seat.

Boat Race crew members above : from top left) Andrew Judge ( Sydney) Harriet Husdon ( Sydney) Jen Cleary ( Melbourne) Josh Booth ( Melbourne) Sasha Belonogoff ( Sydney) Will Raven ( Sydney) Wallis Russell (Sydney) Dyone Bettega (Sydney)

Both Melbourne and Sydney won the Intervarsity eights over 2000 meters by six seconds, so it will be up the new additions in each set of crews to make an impact and reverse the results from the University Nationals.

Sydney look to have an edge in the men’s event and the women’s race could be very tight – Melbourne deserves early favouritism.

Spectators can watch the races live on the big screen, outside the International Convention Centre in Cockle bay, Darling Harbour on Sunday 14th.  University college races are at 8.15 and 8.30 am and the Australian Boat Race eights are: 9 am Women, 9.40 am Men.

        From the 2015 Boat Race - A stern of Future Silver Medallists

From the 2015 Boat Race - A stern of Future Silver Medallists

Looking into the archives of the Boat Club we came across this photo of the Sydney University men’s Boat Race Eight from 2015. In the cover photo the crew races along the final reach of the race before the finish line at Melbourne University Boat Club on the Yarra.

What is remarkable about this crew is the stern four - Stroke and seven Cam Girdlestone and Sasha Belonogoff would be selected on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team and go on to win silver medals in Rio De Janeiro in the men’s quad scull. In this photo Sasha is six years out of school and Cam seven or eight years while Campbell Watts in the six seat is only two years from school rowing and Alex Purnell in 5 seat is three years from school.

At the recent 2018 Senior World Championships Alex rowed in the 3 seat and Campbell 2 seat in the Australian men’s quad who also gained silver in an exciting race.

At the 2015 Boat Race these athletes shared a combined 19 years in the Sydney University Boat Club Development program - with Cam and Sasha already established as senior national rowers and Alex and Campbell still a couple of years away from their first senior team.

Now in 2018 - all four of these athletes in the stern of this crew are silver medallists at Olympic or World Championships level in the men’s quad scull.

2015 Men’s Boat Race Eight passing under Swan St Bridge on the Yarra

2015 Men’s Boat Race Eight passing under Swan St Bridge on the Yarra

Well done and congratulations to these rowers and their coaches.

        Sydney Uni Rowers Star at 2018 University Championships

Sydney Uni Rowers Star at 2018 University Championships

 The Sydney University Boat Club Team dominated the annual University Rowing Championships in finals held today at Wyaralong Dam near Beaudesert in Queensland. These championships were held as part of titles in 47 sports held on or around the Gold Coast during this week.

The team entered 15 of the 16 events winning 7 Gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronze with other events bringing a 4th and a 7th place.

Highlight performances included retaining the Oxford and Cambridge Cup for the men’s eights while the women’s pair of Dyone Bettega and Jaime Ford impressed with a strong win over Melbourne in their event.

Marcus Britt and Will O’Shannessy had a tough race against Lavery and Holt from UTS in the men’s pair. The race was neck and neck all the way till the last few hundred metres when the Sydney pair gained a narrow lead to win by just under 2 seconds in the smart time of 6 42.9.. Britt and O’Shannessy also mined gold in the men’s four and eight.

Wallis Russell – rowing in the heavyweight single impressed with a bronze and was part of the SUBC women’s eight who grabbed silver behind Melbourne Uni.

On the previous day our teams won gold in the Mixed eights and silver in the Mixed four.

More gold medals come to the women’s lightweight quad stroked by Tara Rigney, the lightweight men’s single featuring Leon Chambers.

Silver medals came from the Mixed Four, the men’s double of Morgan Brooking and Devlin Walsh and the women’s eight stroked by women’s captain Dyone Bettega.

Bronze was won in the women’s heavyweight single as mentioned above, the women’s four and Lizzie Treloar in the women’s lightweight single.

Sydney University won both the men’s and women’s pennants and overall rowing champions at the 2018 University Championships.

Thanks to our coaches who took the team to this event, Don McLachlan, Chris Holliday and Jack Hanley.

Congratulations SUBC Team.

                   2018 BOAT RACE UNIFORMS UNVEILED


SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

This year the Melbourne and Sydney University rowing crews will be wearing highly contrasting rowing suits when they clash in the annual Australian Boat Race.

16134_SYDNUNSP_Australian Boat Race Uniform Assets_1200x1200.jpg


Melbourne will wear a uniform based around their traditional blue colour, with a lower black section from the waist down and a side panel running the length of the rowing suit with horizontal white stripes on blue. The crest of Melbourne University features in large size on the back of the suit showing the Goddess of Victory (Nike) over the Southern cross. The crest is also featured on the front left pocket with the logo of The Australian Boat Race on the right pocket.

16134_SYDNUNSP_Australian Boat Race Uniform Assets_1200x12002.jpg


The Sydney crew, in a departure from tradition, will not wear the traditional blue and gold on white uniforms. Instead, the 2018 uniform will be based on Sydney University’s main brand colour an ochre red which reflects the Australian landscape. This colour forms the main front and back panels with the side panel being in gold for the top part of the suit and blue for the bottom. The shield of the university with the traditional lion and book of learning with cross and stars is featured in large size on the back and in small size on front left pocket with the logo of The Australian Boat race on the right pocket.

Melbourne University will row with dark blue oars and Sydney University with gold oars.

       SUBC Crews Announced for 2018 University Championships

SUBC Crews Announced for 2018 University Championships

Sydney University Head Coach, Don McLachlan has announced the Boat Club crews for the 2018 University Rowing Championships to be held next week 26-28th of September at Wyaralong Dam near Beaudesert in Queensland.

Special mention should be made of Richard Ledger - Richard on;y started rowing in April/ May this year and has been selected in the Sydney Team for these championships.

(The photo shows the 2007 Intervarsity team from Sydney who won a largwe number of titles)

The team will defend eight titles won in 2017 including::

The Overall Champions Trophy – The Centenary Cup

The Overall Men’s Trophy – The Bill Webb Trophy

The Oxford and Cambridge Cup – Men’s Eights.

The 2018 Team will be:

M2x Morgan Brooking,Devlin Walsh

W1x Wallis Russell

W2- Jaime Ford,Dyone Bettega

WL4x Stephanie Harper,Michaela Franz,Tara Rigney,Lizzie Treloar

M4+ Marcus Britt,David Bartholot,Jordan Duff,Will O'Shannessy,Andrew Le(c)

ML1x Leon Chambers

W2x Emma Jalalaty,Stephanie Harper

W8+Lizzie Treloar,Olina Parrish,Michaela Franz,Raquel Cuevas,Jaime Ford,Tara Rigney,Wallis Russell,Dyone Bettega,Talia Barnet-Hepples(c)

M2-Marcus Britt,Will O'Shannessy

M1x Richard Ledger

WL1x Lizzie Treloar

W4+Wallis Russell,Olina Parrish,Jaime Ford,Dyone Bettega,Talia Barnet-Hepples(c)

M8+ Marcus Britt,Devlin Walsh,Jackson Kench,Morgan Brooking,Jordan Duff,David Bartholot,Leon Chambers,Will O'Shannessy,Andrew Le(c)

Mix4+ Lizzie Treloar,Michaela Franz,Jackson Kench,Morgan Brooking,Talia Barnet-Hepples(c)

Mix8+ Wallis Russell,Tara Rigney,Jaime Ford,Dyone Bettega,Marcus Britt,David Bartholot,Leon Chambers,Will O'Shannessy,Andrew Le(c)

       SUBC Rowers among Medallists at 2018 World Championships

SUBC Rowers among Medallists at 2018 World Championships

The 2018 World Rowing Championships wrapped up last Sunday in Plovdiv Bulgaria with some great performances from Australian crew and with five Boat Club members in crews that won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In addition, two former SUBC coaches coached silver medal winning crews.

The Australian Women’s Eight had a great regatta winning our first World Championship medal in this boat since 2006 – bronze only 8/100’s of a second behind Britain in second. Congratulations to Georgie Gotch who rowed in this crew.

Australian 2018 Women’s Eight - Bronze Medallists

Australian 2018 Women’s Eight - Bronze Medallists

The Aus Men’s Four successfully defended their world title won in Florida last year – this year holding out the fast finishing Italians to claim Gold.  Jack Hargreaves rowed in the three seat of this boat – well done Jack and your crew – another World Champs gold medal.

Aus Men Four.jpeg

The Men’s Quad were a bit of a surprise coming from 6th at the 1000 metre mark to push through to second in an incredibly tight race between three crews for second place and silver. Two of the younger Bat Club members, Alex Purnell and Campbell Watts were 3 and 2 in this boat and the crew was coached by former SUBC Head Coach, Mark Prater. Well done to Mark also.

Alex Purnell ( 2nd from left) and Campbell Watts ( 2nd from right - Silver

Alex Purnell ( 2nd from left) and Campbell Watts ( 2nd from right - Silver

Then in the men’s eight it was our almost veteran Nick Purnell who rowed In the five seat as our eight just pipped the British out of the silver medal position by 3/100’s of a second. Nick was in the last Aussie men’s eight to win a medal at Worlds – he was in the crew that won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.  Congratulations Nick. The eight was coached by former Boat Club coach, Andrew Randell.

Australian Men’s Eight - Nick Purnell - front left - Silver Medallists

Australian Men’s Eight - Nick Purnell - front left - Silver Medallists

In the women’s quad Gen Horton and Rowena Meredith  missed the main final but won the B Final. The 2018 Aus U23 pair of Sydney Uni oarsmen Jack O’Brien and Andrew Judge were given a late opportunity to join the senior team and compete at the 2018 Senior Worlds – a unexpected and terrific honour. They had a hot quarter final – the quickest ones and missed the A/B finals by one spot. They went on to win the C Final finishing 13th of the 23 crews in this event.

Australian Women’s Quad at 2018 World Championships

Australian Women’s Quad at 2018 World Championships

Congratulations to our rowers and to the whole 2018 Senior Australian Rowing Team of a very successful 2018 World Championships.

Jack O’Brien and Andrew Judge - Men’s Pair 2018 World Championships

Jack O’Brien and Andrew Judge - Men’s Pair 2018 World Championships

              Bookings Now Open for 2018 Australian Boat Race

Bookings Now Open for 2018 Australian Boat Race

2018 Australian Boat Race HI.jpg

Bookings to watch The 2018 Australian Boat Race on Sydney Harbour on Sunday morning 14th October are now open.

Sydney and Melbourne University Rowing Eights will race over 4.3 kms from Woolwich into Darling Harbour with the women's race at 9 am and the men's race at 9.40 am.

Rowing Fans can watch all the action live from the water either :

On the Race Ferry OR

On the BIG SCREEN outside the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour - where the crews will finish.

Patrons can book the ferry and also book to join the crews after the presentation of trophies at the post-race ABR Brunch at the ICC.

Sunday morning 14th October - two great universities, from two great cities clash on Sydney Harbour in a victory of brawn over brains in the noblest of sports.



SUBC Claim Gold and Silver in the International Universities Rowing Regatta, Xinjin, Chengdu, China.

SUBC Claim Gold and Silver in the International Universities Rowing Regatta, Xinjin, Chengdu, China.

On the third of our China tours this year, SUBC sent a Men’s Eight and Women’s Quad to Xinjin, in the Sichuan Province in China. Overall the crews had a successful tour with the Men’s Eight claiming Gold, the Women’s Quad claiming Silver along with three out of the top six males and females in the 500m erg contest.

The group departed Sydney on July 31st with a full day of travel, once in China the crews had three days of training. These days comprised of a row in the morning followed by a rowing forum, where each University presented a summary of what rowing at their university is like and the lifelong benefits you get from doing the sport whilst studying. With one of these afternoons free the group ventured into Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province to experience what a larger city is like in China.

Saturday the 4th of August was race day, the format, as uniquely seen, in regattas in China comprised of two 1km races, with the cumulative time from both being the winner. The initial round of racing saw both SUBC crews pitted against the Chengdu Institute of Sport (The Sichuan Provincial Team), along with a number of other crews. The Men came out on top winning by a length over the locals, well clear of the field. The Women’s crew had an impressive race right to the line with the locals taking the win by 2seconds.

After this initial round of racing the six fastest crews were placed into the A-final, however the times were still important for the overall result. Both races went to plan, with the men making some changes to tactics, jumping out of the blocks a little quicker, making it easier to lead the field, they went on to win by over two lengths. The women’s crew had a solid improvement, managing to turn the result around beating the Chengdu team, by the smallest of margins. With times being the determining factor, the Men’s Eight claimed Gold some ten seconds clear of the nearest crew, with the Women’s Quad claiming silver half a second behind the Chengdu Institute of Sport. An impressive side note was the consistency in the men’s eight producing a time of 2:51 in both races.

With the formalities of racing over the regatta moved onto the gala dinner, with a small showing of local talents prior to the night starting. As part of the gala dinner a number of crews were asked to perform a cultural activity from their home country. The SUBC crew lead by the vocals of Sarah Parsons, belted out a memorable rendition of ‘What about me’ by Shannon Noll.

The following day saw crews back on the water, this time in a friendly match in dragon boats. Following on from this short race the crews were thrown on the rowing machine, due to the extreme heat, the race was shortened to a 500m sprint. With medals being presented to the top six times, SUBC had the greatest representation on the podium, with Olina Parrish, Michaela Franz and Jaimie Ford on the girl’s side winning medals, and Will O’Shannessey, Jordan Duff and Morgan Brooking on the men’s side claiming medals. With this being our last full day in China the organizers packed it with activities. Following the erg we were driven to a local airfield where as part of the festival of rowing the organizers put on a music festival. This was like no other event I’ve been to in China, with music belting out from a large stage, along with lots of local cuisines on offer, very similar to what I’d imagine the vibes of Defcon or Splendour to be like.

Following the music festival, the Sydney Uni crew were treated to a local delicacy of Hot Pot. This is traditionally a meal consumed over a number of hours, accompanied by rice wine. As we were starting at 10pm, we knew we were in for a long night. Mr Qinling Li the major sponsor for the event treated us to these delicacies, known for being one of the spiciest meals China has to offer. This dinner whilst being a great deal of fun was a good opportunity for the University to strengthen ties with the sponsors, in doing so securing future invites to such amazing regattas.

The crew and the club were grateful for the opportunity to experience a different culture and to proudly represent our university in an important country in our region

Overall the regatta was a great success, the crew got to experience a number of aspects of Chinese culture, whilst also coming away as the top performing university on the water and the ergs. We would like to thank all the organisers, all the sponsors and all the volunteers who made the week such a memorable experience for all involved.

The crews were:
Women’s Quad:
Sarah Parsons
Michaela Franz
Lizzie Treloar
Jaimie Ford
Olina Parrish
Coached by Debbie Fox

Men’s Eight:
Will O’Shannessey
Lochie Miles
Morgan Brooking
Jordan Duff
Devlin Walsh
Marcus Britt
Jack Hanley
Jack Cook
Coxed by Dani Pettit
Coached by William Raven

                     2018 BOAT RACE TICKETS NOW ON SALE


Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Australian Boat Race to be held on Sydney Harbour on Sunday morning 14th October.

Spectators can take in the big screen and see the race from the start at Woolwich into Darling Harbour on the Big Screen located outside the Sydney ICC (Convention Centre) just next to Harbourside Shopping Centre on the western side of Darling Harbour.

The best up-close views will be on the race ferry (picks ups at Woolwich and Darling Harbour) which will follow both the men’s and women’s eights races over the 4.2 km course.

Spectators can buy one of three packages:

FERRY ONLY: Onboard early and follow all the races – alight just near Pyrmont Bridge after the men’s eights and watch the presentation ceremony outside the ICC.  COST $40

FERRY + CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH:  Follow the races on the ferry, watch the presentations and then join the crews and supporters in the Convention Centre for the Boat Race Brunch 10.20-12 noon.   COST $120

LAND and CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH: Watch the races on the screen at Darling Harbour or watch from the balcony of the ICC as the crews swing into the last reach of the race. Attend the presentations and then join the crews and supporters for the Boat Race Brunch.  Cost $100

Packages can be booked online at;







SUBC Men’s Eight, WITH FOUR NOVICES, Claim Silver in Nanchang and Yangzhou China.

SUBC Men’s Eight, with four novices, Claim Silver in Nanchang and Yangzhou China.

Sydney University Boat Club Men’s eight competed in the 2018 International Universities Rowing Regatta, coming away with three silver medals over the three race format of the regatta. The unique and most pleasing aspect of this tour was that four of the SUBC eight were novices to the sport, having only been in a boat for three months, with this marking their first competitive regatta.

China July 18

The SUBC crew was made up of a mixture of youth and experience, so as to fast track the skills of the new members of the crew. The crew was stroked by experienced rowers and ex national team reps Sasha Belonogoff (Rio Olympic Silver Medallist) and Ben Morley (U23 World Championship Bronze Medallist), with the middle four being novices to the sport after transitioning from Surf Boats, Kris Martyn, Richard Ledger, Nic Lesiuk and Brady Holland. The bow pair were first year students having come out the 2017 St Ignatius College, Riverview first VIII, returning to still water after a season in surf boats.

The regatta format was made up of a heat and final over 1km, followed directly by a 6km time trial in Nanchang, the regatta then moved cities to Yangzhou where rowers competed in a 6km race, followed by an informal dragon boat race.

The 1km racing saw SUBC win their heat by clear water, progressing directly to the a-final. This race marked the first race for the middle four of the crew on a buoyed course as part of a regatta, so was pleasing to see them taste success. Following the form in the heat, the crew came up against strong competition, with the University of British Columbia (Canada) proving too strong for the young SUBC crew. Sydney Uni finished in second only a length down on UBC, well clear of the rest of the competitors, with crews from Boston College, Harvard, Tokyo, Oxford and Cambridge being represented in the race.

China July 18
China July 18

With only an hour’s gap between the racing and time trial, SUBC rallied and again produced an impressive performance given the lack of experience in the crew to claim another silver behind UBC. A clear determination from the crew in the early stages set them up well for the long distance race, starting in 10thposition the crew charged through the field pushing past a number of high profile universities to claim the second fastest time.

With the 1km’s and 6km under their belt, the focus moved to the gala dinner to conclude proceedings in Nanchang. With each crew represented required to present a cultural performance the SUBC crew decided to give the locals a taste of our signing talents. With Sasha on guitar the crew belted out a memorable rendition of Waltzing Matilda, much to the pleasure of the crowd.

The following day saw all crews pack up and take the bullet train across China to Yangzhou, were the final 6km was to be completed. Yangzhou is host to the newest facility in a number of training centres set up as part of the Deep Dive Rowing Club. The facilities here were world class with a newly built seven bay boat house, along with a buoyed 2km course, 8 story finish tower, along with a gym and large meeting and rest rooms above the shed. With this being one of the top facilities in the world, what was also impressive was the new housing they had built forming a small gated community for the athletes to train and live in. Prior to racing in Yangzhou, a large forum was held, with each university presenting a short summary of the university and rowing program they are part of, along with a well-informed Q and A, where athletes discussed what rowing meant to them, and what benefits rowing has had on their lives outside of the boat.

The racing in Yangzhou saw the start order based off the previous regatta with SUBC starting in second behind UBC, the crew took a slightly different approach to racing looking for more length and sustainable speed, especially given the 39-degree heat and extremely high humidity. The crew performed well with the margins being similar to those in Nanchang. An interesting aspect of this race was the inclusion of the Chinese crews over the last 2km, as each international university came through the 2km to go mark, a local Chinese crew would start, and attempt to hold onto the internationals over the closing stages of such a long event. The SUBC crew took this on well, and charged past all local entries.
Post 6km saw composites form to race over a few hundred metre in dragon boats, to end the formalities with a bit of a fun challenge.

Whilst on tour along with the important aspects of the racing and the cultural rowing forum, many other activities were thrown into a jam packed week, including a trip to the Bund in Shanghai, a historic temple in Nanchang and an opera performance in Yangzhou, along with many more cultural experiences.

Overall the rip was a great success, the university was represented with pride, the crew performed well and learnt a great deal from the racing, and the ties the club has with the Chinese regatta organisers, crews and international competitors has been yet again strengthened.

China July 18
China July 18


The SUBC crew was:
Cox: Andrew Le
Stroke: Sasha Belonogoff
7: Ben Morley
6: Kris Martyn
5: Richard Ledger
4: Nic Lesiuk
3: Brady Holland
2: Dan Johnston
Bow: Ben Sullivan
Reserve: Tom Flower
Coach: Will Raven

International Universities who competed: 
University of British Columbia (Canada)
Boston College (US)
Harvard (US)
University of Tokyo (Japan)
Oxford (UK)
Cambridge (UK)

China July 18

Masters still shining through Winter

Fresh from the National Championships in Tasmania, a squad of 8 SUBC women’s masters athletes competed in the NSW Masters Championships at SIRC over the weekend of 26-27 May. They competed in 8 events, yielding a medal tally of 1 first, 4 seconds and 3 thirds.


No resting on their laurels for this group through the winter though. Jo Pollett, Kerrie Bigsworth, Ruth Thompson and Mary Boland are now training in a composite WG8+ to compete at Henley Masters in England on 13-14 July and Gillian O’Malley, Steph O’Malley, and Jo Pollett are also training for a composite WF8+ to race the Head of the Charles in Boston in October this year.

Masters welcome the sun at Glebe shed Open Day 24 June_.jpg

With MLC School and SU Canoe club, the masters' squad held an open day at the Glebe shed on Sunday 24th June, welcoming newcomers, MLC parents, and some Sydney sun.

2018 "4 Nations Fundraiser" Success

The 2018 4 Nations Fundraiser was held last Friday 15th June at the Boat House at Lane Cove.

Under the guidance of club mothers Suzana Vuletich, Susie Balcomb and Hanja Bicknell the upstairs was converted into a welcoming space with lots of fairy lights, an oar entrance, gas heaters and a fire pit.

The space set up was led by club Vice President Will Raven and club men's captain Marcus Britt.assisted by the representative athletes.

Over 130 members, parents and friends attended including our rowers on U23, U21 and Junior teams along with our seniors travelling to Henley and Hollandbeker regatta..

Generous donations by alumni members had already contributed substantially to our fundraising target and donation of silent Auction prizes and some substantial auction prizes by members and parents added a substantial amount along with ticket sales.

In the end the Boat Club has been able to contribute over $40,000 towards the seat fees and touring expenses of our representative athletes.

The night was also and occasion to honour our newly inducted Life Members for 2018. Kerrie Bigsworth, Phil Titterton, Anne Titterton and Jo Pollet were on hand to get their Life Memberships from club VP Will Raven.. Mike Wiseman was the last 2018 Life Member - his presentation will be at a later date.

Our new Life Members, Anne Titterton, Kerrie Bigsworth, Joe Pollet and Phil Titterton

Our new Life Members, Anne Titterton, Kerrie Bigsworth, Joe Pollet and Phil Titterton

Thanks to all who supported this event so strongly.

The funds were distributed to :

U23 National Team athletes:

Andrew Judge, Wallis Russell, Leon Chambers, Jack O'Brien, Dyone Bettega, Rafaela Stalph

U21 National athletes:

Matt Murray and Michaela Franz

Junior Team athletes:

Rachel Balcomb and Ella Mentzines

Senior athletes competing at Henley,  Women's Henley and Hollandbeker : Fiona Ewing and Carina Simpson



Dear Boat Club Members, Supporters and Parents,

This Friday (15th June) we have our 4 Nations Fundraiser at the Boathouse to help raise funds for our

Sydney Uni Boat Club international representatives in U23, U21 and Junior Teams in 2018 plus our senior women rowers attending Henley.

If you are making it along or even if you can’t you might want to put in a bid on one of our Auction items. See some of these listed below:


A week on one of the premier holiday apartments on the Gold Coast.

This Level 28, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Sky Villa covers two floors with sweeping views to the north and east.

Rising spectacularly above Broadbeach, ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach 159 Old Burleigh Road Broadbeach is truly in the heart of everything. Located just 25 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and less than 90 minutes from Brisbane Domestic and International Airports, accessing luxury beachfront Broadbeach accommodation has never been easier.

Air on Broadbeach 1.jpg

Unit 2802 available from Sunday 15 July until Saturday 21 July 6 nights.   Normal Value $3,800


Lovely 300 year old house on the Croatian Island of Korcula.

Korcula (the main own) is a beautiful medieval walled city, and the house is across the road from the local swimming area.  The house has four levels with two double bedrooms and a garret with four single beds. Available for 7 days subject to availability.

The main Adriatic ferry line connects Korčula with Split, DubrovnikZadar and Rijeka. Value depends on season $3,000- 4,000

Croatia House Map.jpg

See for more information about the island and how to get there.



A short walk from the Village Square. Cabin has a loft with a queen size bed and double sofa bed in the lounge

Will accommodate 2-4 people. Private parking nearby. Fully equipped kitchen. Normal Value $1,000

Thredo Cabin.jpg

STIGES   APARTMENT near BARCELONA – on the coast

The apartment is located 100 meters from the Mediterranean Sea, in the coastal town of Sitges. It is a 45-minute train ride to the Barcelona city centre and a 20-min bus ride from the Barcelona International Airport.


3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Space for 5 adults comfortably.

Normal Value seasonal $1,000 - $1,500


Enjoy a week's accommodation in Stunning Whistler Canada, North Americas #1 Ski Resort

On Offer – a one week stay in this Whistler ski in/ski out, 2-bedroom, 2 bathrooms, fully renovated apartment, that can accommodate up to 6 guests.  This apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, modern furnishings, bed linens and complimentary concierge and mid stay service. Free wireless internet access is available and secure parking if required is also available on site.  At the end of a great ski day, enjoy the common outdoor heated pool and two outdoor hot tubs. All can be yours during your chosen week. 

Located in Whistler’s Upper Village right next to the prestigious Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Glacier Lodge is a beautiful three-story Boutique Hotel, conveniently located just steps from Blackcomb Mountain’s (NEW for 2018/19 season!) 10-person gondola that will run from the base all the way to the top of Blackcomb Mountain.  With Whistler’s finest restaurants, art galleries, and shops at your doorstep, you’ll certainly make the most of your time spent in the resort town. This Premier location will allow you to enjoy the convenience of all the resort attractions by foot.

Whistler Photo.png


If Skiing and winter is not your thing, come and stay in the summer months of June thru September.  Whistler boasts some of North Americas best Golf courses and the best mountain biking/bike park in the world.  Whistler is an outdoor adventure paradise. Some of the other popular summer activities including the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, golf, ziplining, fly fishing and hiking.



Choose your week of skiing or summer recreation at North America's # 1 Ski Resort between the following dates :


Winter:  January 6th-February 6th, 2019                              Summer:  June 15th – September 30th, 2019

or                             March 1-14th, 2019   Normal Value around $3,500


A ROWING EXPERIENCE at SUBC for up to Four People


A Saturday OR Sunday morning you take to the water under the guidance of some of SUBC’s most experienced Learn to Row Coaches and rowers. Session time will be two hours.

Room for up to 4 people rowing in a crew with some experienced SUBC rowers to show you the way.

Before and after the session the SUBC team will take you through a warm up on the ergometers showing you the technical points they want you to bring – as much as possible – to the water session.

Value ?   $1,200 +


Located on the banks of Wallis Lake where it meets the Pacific Ocean on the Mid-North Coast, Forster is a family-friendly coastal town 3 hours north of Sydney, with freeway driving the whole way.

With fishing, boating and swimming on/in the lake, and surfing, beach fishing and ocean cruises outside the heads what more could you ask for your family holiday getaway?

‘Forster Lakeside’ has been holiday let since 2006 and welcomes many return holidaymakers who have enjoyed their stay so much that they return time and again. A four-bedroom house that sleeps up to ten persons (max. 8 adults per booking), has its own private pool in the sunny north-facing backyard, a separate spa room (spa is emptied/refilled after each booking) to while away your everyday stresses and a cupboard full of toys to keep the kids occupied what more could you want?

This house is in a quiet cul-de-sac in Forster Keys. No steps make it ideal for all generations to holiday together and we welcome many extended families who enjoy the space in the house. (I tell a lie…there is one step into one of the bedrooms…) There is a kitchen with all your cooking needs, dining room, large loungeroom and two sunrooms – one of which is for Fido.

Normal Value $1,900







SUBC Win World Famous Universities Rowing Regatta in Shangyu, China

SUBC Win World Famous Universities Rowing Regatta in Shangyu, China

Sydney University Boat Club start the years international racing with success in Shangyu, China. The club sent a crew with a mixture of recent alumni and current students to compete in the World Famous Universities Rowing Regatta in Shangyu, China.

The regatta was held from the 22th-25th of May, including training, racing and cultural experiences for all crews. The journey to Shangyu was far from smooth, with all flight delayed, and one flight cancelled mid-flight due to a storm preventing landing in Hangzhou. With the SUBC crew arriving a day later than planned into Shangyu, this resulted in missing the crucial training sessions required to set the boat up. The crew managed to get a very short paddle in prior to racing, and identified a few things that needed to be tweaked on the boat.

Race day consisted of an opening ceremony attended by many delegates, including Five Time Olympic Champion Steve Redgrave, followed by three rounds of racing. Each round of racing saw four boats across, with a heat, semi and final. SUBC showed great form early in all races, claiming comfortable wins in both the heat and semi, over quality crews from Shanghai, Otago and Princeton. Through the early rounds of racing the crew shut down both races at the half way mark, paddling home for the victories, this kept the power dry, with none of the competition really knowing what to expect from us in the final. In the final the crew had the slowest first half we’d had all day, however this saw the field dead level with three crews across fighting for the win, with Princeton well off the pace. As the leading three crews Shanghai, Yale and SUBC came into the final 250m the crews were still locked level, even in unison as the bows surged to the line. Within this final sprint Shanghai and SUBC moved a few seats ahead of Yale, and were in a close dual of who could jack the rate the most and sprint to the line. The final result saw SUBC surge to victory by a canvas over Shanghai, with Yale a further canvas back.

This result was particularly pleasing for the Sydney University crew, as many of these athletes who are now alumni haven’t rowed in close to five years, and for the most part are stuck behind a desk in corporate life. The passion and commitment to the race, and the support each athlete gave each other to get over the line in front is exactly how it was when these athletes stepped back from the sport. This commitment to the full crew buying in to one idea, one focus and one common goal is what eights racing is all about, and it was so pleasing to see that even after time out of the boat, the passion to race for your mates and the club is still alive and well within this crew.

Post racing the crews were swept back to the hotel to change and go to a forum with the local high school, this forum consisted on school students and universities presenting about what rowing means to them, and the benefits that being part of rowing have added to their life outside of the boat. The crews then went onto a gala dinner, where all universities cam e together to celebrate what was a great day of racing for all involved. The following day saw a number of cultural excursions, with the first being to the site of the future Electronics Games Town in Shangyu, where they have a two-year plan to become the electronic gaming hub of China, on a grand scale. The next stop was to an ancient garden, where it is said that the ‘Chinese Romeo and Juliet’ took place, this was followed by a tour of the house and town where the poet who told this love story had lived.

With all formalities over, and one night left in China, the crew decided to head into Shanghai, as our flights were departing from there the following day. The crew had a great night in Shanghai, checking out the famous Bund, where you can view some of the tallest towers in China, along with a vibrant business district. The final morning in, saw athletes go exploring, many went in search of ancient temples, and others went in search of a bargain at the markets.

The tour was a great success for all involved, and was great to see a number of alumni reengaged with SUBC. The club would like to thanks all involved in organising these regattas, primarily the Chinese Rowing Association and the local Government of Shangyu for hosting such a fun and culturally filled event.

The crew consisted of:
Cox/ Coach: William Raven
Stroke: Ryan Edwards
Seven: Tom Sacre
Six: Ed DeCarvalho
Five: Tom Bowditch
Four: Phil Blacklaw
Three: Nikita Belonogoff and Tom Whitehead
Two: Jack Rath
Bow: Jack Cook


Check out the Video of the Final broadcast on China's CCTV - with Sydney Uni winning narrowly.




Chris Holliday.jpg


Sydney University Boat Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Holliday as our new Development Coach and Program Manager, and will commence work at SUBC on 2nd July.

Over the last six years Chris has been Head Coach at St Andrew’s School in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Chris has succeeded in raising the profile and success of St Andrew’s Rowing significantly during his time as Head Coach with St Andrew’s becoming one of the top schoolboy rowing programs in South Africa.

At the same time Chris has been involved as Head Coach, managing and coaching at the nearby Rhodes University Rowing Club where he revived the club’s fortunes.

Chris has coached on Junior and U23 South African Teams over recent years.

He was awarded South African Rowing Coach of the Year in 2017 and Rhodes University Coach of the Year in 2016/2016 and 2017.

Prior to moving back to South Africa Chris had been Senior Coach at Loreto Kirribilli where he coached their VIII to win in the Australian Schoolgirl Eights in 2010, and was also involved with Sydney University Women’s Rowing Club.

At Sydney University Boat Club, Chris will lead the administration of the program and will coach the men’s youth development squad under the guidance of Head Coach Don McLachlan.

SUBC congratulates Chris on his appointment, and look forward to his return to the club.




                  SUBC Masters Tasmanian Success at 2018 AMC

SUBC Masters Tasmanian Success at 2018 AMC

The women’s masters squad returned from the Australian Masters Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington in Tasmania last weekend well laden with medals. The five rowers plus our cox got through to 13 finals over the four days of competition, winning 5 1sts, 1 2nd and 3 3rds.

Central Tasmania offered most of its weather options during the event – cool temperatures, showers, winds so strong that boats could not be held at the start pontoons, heavily frosted launch pontoons, and …. crisp clear calm sunny days.

Back in Sydney, the squad is now preparing for NSW Masters Championships at SIRC on 26-27 May, and beyond, with various squad members also training for Henley Masters at Henley-on-Thames in July and the Head of the Charles in Boston in November.

                2018 Australian Masters Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington

                2018 Australian Masters Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington


The 2018 4 Nations Fundraiser to raise fund towards seat fees for nationally selected athletes in 2018 will start at 6.30 pm on Friday 15th June.

Members , parents and alumni please come along and support the club, athlets and parents'efforts to raise some of the $50,000 needed to support our athletes on tour.

Tickets $100 through available now..

Parents/alumni  - can you help by:

1. Donating a prize to auction or raffle - like a holiday house / a harbour cruise for half a day for 8-1 people / a night or weekend somewhere cool and relaxing/ a service

2. If you can't come - make a tax deductible donation to the University of Sydney Sports Foundation. Email for a donation form.

3. Round up a group of friends and come along for a fun night of rowing socializing !!


SUBC-Rowing-Invite Final .jpg




                                Warming up for Chilly Tassie

Warming up for Chilly Tassie

The club’s women’s masters' squad are currently deep in preparations for the Australian Masters Championships, which this year are at Lake Barrington, in Tasmania, 10-13 May. 


Last time the AMC was at Lake Barrington, in 2011, the sleet began on the last racing day but the snow held off until we were loading the trailers to go home. The squad is hoping the weather will be even kinder this time so we can really enjoy this beautiful if remote, venue.


The six athletes attending the Championships this year are training 4-8 on-water sessions per week, plus 2-4 off-water sessions, in preparation for racing in 2-s, 2xs, 4-s, 4xs, and 8+s (composites with others clubs).  As a warm-up, the squad has taken advantage of the specialist masters regattas on Iron Cove – last week at the Drummoyne Masters Regatta we took out one 1st, one 2nd, two 3rds and a 4th.

The Tassie Team 2018  is pictured with their coach Phil Titterton.

Eight SUBC Rowers Selected in 2018 Aussie U23, U21 and Junior Teams

Eight SUBC Rowers Selected in 2018 Aussie U23, U21 and Junior Teams

Rowing Australia today announced the Junior and Under 23 teams set to compete at their respective World Rowing Championships this year, as well as the Under 21 team set to race in the 2018 Trans-Tasman Regatta against New Zealand.

Australia will be represented by seven crews at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships set to be held from 8 to 12 August in Racice, Czech Republic. Seven crews will also be competing for Australia at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships due to be held in Poznan, Poland from 25 to 29 July.

The U21 Australian Rowing Team will compete in Sydney from 28 to 30 June and then again on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand, from 23 to 25 August. The team will be looking to retain the Rusty Robertson Trophy in the annual Trans-Tasman Regatta. The U21 series is a positive development opportunity for Australia’s Pathway athletes transitioning between the Junior (U19) and Under 23 categories.

Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez, said of the selection announcement today: “The standard and depth of the triallists and crews in 2018 is very pleasing. A number of the athletes/crews selected have been performing strongly throughout the season and we look forward to their continued improvement and positive performances, along with wishing them the best of success at their respective competitions.”

Near the top of the selection performances in the U23 category were The SUBC pair of Judge and O'Brien and the U23 Lightweight Double of SUBC's Leon Chambers and UTS's Matt Curtin.

Athletes selected from Sydney University were:

Andrew Judge, Jack O'Brien       U23 Pair

Leon Chambers                          U23 Lightweight Double Scull

Wallis Russell                                U23 Women's Lightweight Scull

Matt Murray and Michael Franz      U21 National Team

Rachel Balcomb and Ella Mentzines   Junior Women's Coxed Four