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Dear Boat Club Alumni, Members and Supporters,

There has been quite a lot happening at the Boat Club over the past few months – let us bring you up to date.

Sydney University New Boatshed

The construction of the new boatshed is well advanced – over the past two months the builders have drilled and/or driven 36 new piles into Burns Bay and onto these they have fitted the connecting headstocks and formworks for the main floor.

The reinforced concrete slab was poured last Wednesday a week ago and now the builders are putting in place the formwork to pour the walls that will divide the bays and support the top story.

Construction could be finished as early as November.

Boatshed Funding

Following arrangements on installing racking in the new boatshed the SUBCV Committee decided to increase their fundraising commitment towards the cost of the new boatshed to $1,600,000. To date pledges and commitments from alumni total $1,350,000.

Another $250,000 in assistance is needed from alumni. Can you help ? Call Chris Noel on 0410 406 790 or email

Winter Tours

National Team Members Overseas – World Cups and Olympics

Four of our club members are in Europe training with the Australian Team. Cam Girdlestone and Sasha Belonogoff in the Aus Men’s Quad, Sally Kehoe in the Women’s Double and Mark Prater coaching the men’s pair. The team will compete this weekend in World Cup III in Poznan. Both these crews won gold and silver respectively at World Cup II and are destined to stay in Europe training till they fly to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

National Junior Team Members – World Juniors – Rotterdam – late August

At home four club members are training as the 2016 Australian Men’s Junior Four. Marcus Britt, Ollie Schwartz, Jack O’Brien and Lochie Miles will compete in the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rotterdam 21-28 August. The crew is being coached by SUBC Club President Sarah Cook.

SUBC Trans Tasman Australia v New Zealand Universities – Queenstown – Early July

SUBC will send men’s and women’s teams to the University Trans- Tasman event in early July. Our men’s eight will represent Australian Universities against New Zealand Universities in a series of races in Queenstown while our women’s squad will be six members of Sydney University and three from University of Queensland. Racing will be at Lake Hayes 7-9th July. Coaches will be Debbie Fox and Dustyn Butler

SUBC Winter Youth Development Trip – Murwillumbah – vs. Uni of Qld and Griffith University

About twenty junior athletes will head north for a week of training and racing on the beautiful Tweed River. A men’s schoolboy eight, a men’s youth quad , and six youth women in quad and double will have a training camp at Murwillumbah and race various events over 5km, 3 km and 2 km against crews from University of Qld and Griffith University.

The squad will be led by coaches Esther Verburg and Tom Minifie.

Tweed River 1

The beautiful Tweed River – Murwillumbah NSW

International University Regatta in Xinjin , China – approx. 23 July – early August

Sydney University has been invited to end both a men’s and women’s eight to The China International University Regatta in Xinjin, Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Many leading international universities will compete in this regatta and will participate in the cultural activities and local celebrations around this regatta.

Our crews will be visiting China for about 12 days including the regatta and joining in the local cultural programs. Coaches will be Dustyn Butler and Debbie Fox.


To raise funds for our New South Wales rowers in U23 and Junior rowing teams for 2016 Rowing NSW is arranging a “Support the Crew “ Fundraiser on the evening of 16th July at The Four Seasons Hotel. Sydney.


A number of sub committees initiated by our President , Sarah Cook are working on various aspects of the Boat Club to upgrade our rowing programs and the quality of our administration:

Membership Committee : Chair – Lizzi Chapman – working on membership categories and improving ways of payment and collection of subscriptions.

Communications Committee : Chair – Jane Spring – working with Hanne Trafnik on improving and upgrading the presentation of the SUBC website

Finance / Strategy Working Group: Chair – Peter Stokes – our new home will bring a greatly expanded rowing program – how to finance this and manage this larger program is purview of this group

High Performance Committee – Chair –Sarah Cook – working with coaches and SUSF to ensure we offer the best quality rowing development programs

All Committee details are listed on our website starting with details of the SUBC Executive Committee :


The Australian Boat Race returns to Sydney Harbour this October – SUBC ask all its alumni , rowers and parents involved with the club to support our men’s and women’s eights as they battle with Melbourne University over the 4.5 km course from Woolwich to Darling Harbour.

Ferry Tickets to follow the races will be available form next week. Details will be sent – join us on the harbour for Australia’s Boat Race – match racing Sydney v Melbourne.



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