2018/19 Club Captains Report

This season has again built on the previous year and it is very encouraging to see the club continuing to progress each season. The season kicked off with the biggest corporate rowing regatta we have had so far. We had eight crews train over 4 weeks then race in a 500m sprint regatta in mid-October. In a close final Cosgroves beat Tonkin & Taylor by a quarter length to be the first winners of the new Barrie Jones Shield.

We had a good size squad of both return rowers and new members in our club this season but again the womens squad was much larger than the mens. Our first big outing was to the Marlborough champs up in Blenheim, which was the first time we had been to this regatta in a number of years. The regatta was a great success and we achieved some good results. After seeing what the Wairau River had to offer we made another change in moving our club camp from the usual Lake Dunstan, to the Wairau Rowing Club in Blenheim. The change also allowed a few of our rowers to have some time out to tend to their social lives during the week. Training on the Wairau River was fantastic and we managed to get 10 out of our 11 sessions on the water.

The South Island Club Champs was our first medal regatta of the season at the end of January. The club squad put on a very good performance with some excellent results showing the hard work the squad had been putting in was paying off. We came away from the regatta with 8 medals including 3 golds, including the womens club quad, and mens club double and single.

The club squad was joined by a large contingent from our member schools for the New Zealand Club Champs in Twizel. All up we had about 70 people rowing in CRC colours at the regatta between the club, our schools, and our RPC rowers. It was great to see the club being represented across so many levels and even better to see the number of medals being won! CRC ended up a very respectable 4th in the Centennial Oar with 9 medals being won in total. My personal favourites were the gold for the womens club quad, silver for Angus in the mens club single, gold and silver for Christchurch Girls High School in the u19 four, and a silver medal for Christchurch Boys High School in the mens senior 8.

This has been my third season as club captain and it will also be my final one as I will be moving overseas before the start of next season. It has been a huge learning experience for me over the last three years and I hope I have positively added to the legacy of the oldest rowing club in New Zealand. While moving on from the club is tough I have full confidence on the group of people coming through and the club could not be in better hands going forward. I has been a pleasure being involved with CRC these past few years and I am excited to see what the club is capable of going forwards.

Seniores Priores

David Hatton

Club Captain

2012/13 Club Captains Report

The London Olympics last year has propelled the profile of our sport in this country. Our two Olympians, Matthew Trott and Eve MacFarlane, both finished 7th in their respective quads events - achievements to be very proud of at the highest level. In the U23s, Lucy Spoors won a Bronze medal in the U23 quad last year and will this year try to gain selection in an elite crew with Eve as the next Olympic cycle begins.

Closer to home we've got used to the less than ideal situation of having the boats 

outside on the Porritt Park hockey turfs but the new boat shed at Kerrs Reach is a 

welcome sight for us all. It will provide us with security and a home much closer to 

the water than the last 2 seasons. The building itself is now 99% finished and 

racks will be installed before we kick off next season.

This year has again been a challenging one on Kerrs Reach. Not only have we 

spent almost the whole 2nd season without a shed, the water available for training 

has been limited with the closure last September of the Avondale Road Bridge. 

These disruptions will continue as the north side of that bridge and the others 

further downstream are repaired in the next year or two.

This season has however been very positive for the club with a sharp rise in 

membership. This was sparked with an increased interest in the sport following 

the London Olympics, we then ran a small but successful learn to row program.

d open day to get our season started. We have during the course of the season 

started rowing at 2 'new' High Schools, Papanui and Cashmere which will be a 

boost for the club in the future.

We took a small but enthusiastic team to the Nationals in March. The Novice men 

learned a lot and were unlucky not to make an A final. Our Novice women also 

rowed well at the regatta and Kate McKenzie and Jo Foster claimed the first 

medal for the club, a bronze in the novice double. Later that day Logan Keys 

rowed a fantastic race to win the Club single by 2 lengths. That performance 

earned him a national trial and subsequently a place in the NZ U23 coxed four 

that will race at the U23 World Champs in Austria in July. Rangi Ruru was our 

only school to send rowers to the regatta and contested the Novice eight where 

they finished second to some particularly stiff competition.

This year has seen us host Lincoln University for their short Uni games campaign. 

This is a relationship we hope will grow for the future and hopefully grow into a 

source of club rowers for us.

Our schools have also had a good season generally although medals at the 

Maadi Cup regatta proved hard to come by. The biggest improvers have been 

Rangi Ruru who despite not winning a title at Maadi have been developing a large 

squad, made 15 A finals and won medals in 3 of them this year to be our top 

performing school. CBHS and CGHS also brought medals home from a number 

of A finals reached.

Following Maadi, Fran Hlavac (CGHS), Tom Clyma and Liam Smith (CBHS) and 

Kate McDonald (RRGS) where invited to trial for the S.I. U18 team. Fran, Tom 

and Kate were selected to the team and contributed to the Southerners claiming a 

fourth win in a row over the North Islanders. Lucy Hutchinson (RRGS) was invited 

to trial for the NZ Junior team. Lucy was unsuccessful on this occasion but with 

another 2 years to go in this age group we wish her all the best for selection in the 


Following the London Olympics one of the CRC's stalwarts, Matthew Trott 

announced his retirement from Rowing. Trotty (as he's well known by his friends) 

started rowing while at Christ's College in the mid 90's and joined the club with a 

large group of CC old boys in the summer of 98-99 which contributed to the 

growing success for CRC at the time when we won our Centennial Oar twice in 3 

years. Since winning his first Premier title in the Quad in 2004 he has amassed at 

total of 18 Redcoats and represented NZ from 2007 to 2012. He is now putting his 

Degree to good use working in the rural banking sector in the Waikato.

So, all of this progress has been refreshing and very positive, we just have to 

make sure it continues! 


Mike Petherick

Club Captain

2012/13 Presidents Report

Our club is well and truly re-estabished at Kerrs Reach with the completion of our "Totalspan" clubhouse - our third in 152 years. However, our tenure there will depend both on the Council's goodwill and on future plans for that part of the city. So we are in a sense "temporarily ensconced".

Our club captain's report reflects a good season under extreme difficulties, but 

thanks to the dedication of our coaches, aided by hard work by some of our 

senior members, we are well on the way to a reborn and vibrant club once more.

We've come through some hard times but look forward with confidence to the 

future. As the oldest rowing club in the country, we're ready to roll again with a 

new clubhouse, new plant on order, new members and renewed vigour. Our 

affiliate schools are looking strong and are progressing well and we are hopeful 

that they will provide a healthy base for the future growth of the club.

Finally may I enjoin all our older members to support our younger brigade in the 

upcoming season - they deserve it.

Eddie Martin



2010/11 Jubilee Chairman's Report

We celebrated our 150th anniversary during the 2011 year –but no-one could have foreseen the tribulations we suffered at that time. Three major earthquakes that wreaked death and havoc in the city forced us to re-assess our programme time and time again, and finally we were forced to celebrate on a much lesser scale than originally planned.

The book we had begun to plan was shelved as our funding proposals to the banks and others, naturally were overtaken by more urgent needs in the city. We considered it would be insensitive to launch our proposed Foundation Fund to our members  – many of whom had suffered financially and had serious housing issues. A paucity of any forthcoming sponsorship, despite earnest endeavours to capture some, forced us to lower our sights on such things as an expanded programme, publicity and memorabilia.

Despite having to re-organise our complete programme on a few occasions as venue after venue was seriously damaged, the excellent Jubilee Committee supporting me, of Brian Neill, John Wheelans, James Sheehan, Basil Pettigrew, Ross Smith and our indefatigable secretary, Jim Sunderland, still managed to organise an event befitting our proud club.

Nearly 150 registered for the celebrations held 16-18 September, 2011. We had a “meet and greet” informal get-together on the Friday, a very pleasant fun regatta and barbecue (with the kind co-operation of the Cure Boating Club) on the Kaiapoi River on Saturday in perfect conditions, and that night, the formal dinner/dance at the Chateau on the Park (one of the few hotels not badly damaged). On the Sunday a few hardy souls met at Pomeroy‟s Bar, right opposite our original Fitzgerald Avenue site, for a nostalgic ”elevenses” session to round off our celebrations. It proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable weekend where we relived old memories, put some dandy combinations on the water, and where, led by our patron Evan McCalman, gave a lusty rendition of our club song.

  We face enormous challenges ahead as our Kerrs Reach clubhouse, first devastated by the „quakes, then finally brought down by arson  – ironically fifty years since our shift from our town site to the Reach - but with the generous and costly site preparation provided to the clubs by Fulton Hogan, we‟ll have temporary premises ready for the start of our 151st season. 

Eddie Martin  Chairman, Jubilee Committee

2010/11 Club Captain's Report

This season will be remembered for a few milestones, the most significant of them being the 150th celebrations. It will also be remembered for some less than positive things too. Thank you to Eddie Martin and his team who organised our sesquicentennial celebrations, it was a great opportunity to celebrate the history of the club and catch up with old friends.

This has however, been a tough season for CRC and as a result we have a battle on our hands to get the wheels of the club turning again. We have just ended our 150th year with no adult active members in the club. This is in part due to fallout from the earthquakes that have affected Canterbury since September 2010 but the incoming management committee will have to be more effective in providing a positive environment for rowing at CRC to prosper in.

We were sad to farewell James Armitage and Alison Coates during the winter of last year. We hope to see them again around the Club in the future at some stage.

Early season training was tough and featured a lot of weekend trips to Kaiapoi for on water time and a lot of off water work until the re-opening of Kerrs Reach at Show weekend in November. Use of the Avon River was still challenging particularly for coaching purposes.

With no active CRC rowers it was left to our schools to spend the summer outdoors at Porritt Park with Rangi also making use of the Waimakariri River. This season we have been joined by a small contingent from Avonside Girls High School and we hope to see them strengthen in the coming seasons. The bulk of the season went mostly to plan, similar to last season, the two regattas in Twizel during January were wind affected but the Canterbury Mazda and SISS regattas were rowed in calm conditions

Maadi Cup was a more successful affair than last year for each of our other three schools which is great to see. Rangi Ruru coming home with a welcome silver medal, Girls‟ High built on their success of last season with six medals including one gold and Boys‟ High with their first medals in four years including the first gold since 2006. It was also pleasing to see CBHS with a significant increase in numbers on last season. CBHS also made the Maadi Cup final for the first time since 2007. Following Maadi, 5 of our School members were selected for the SI U18 team which dominated the U18 regatta against the North Islanders in April at Karapiro.

Our earthquake damaged Leander building was destroyed by fire at the end of February and some possessions belonging to the Club and its Schools were lost but should be covered by insurance. The remains of the building are now gone 1 but a re-building project appears to be gaining momentum and we look forward to having a home next summer. This will be necessary for us to attract more rowers for the coming season.

Our RPC athletes had a mixed National Championships with our Men unable to emulate the success they have become used to. The women performed well to retain the Premier eights title and also win the quad. I had the pleasure of presenting Anna Dawson with her first Red Coat and later in the regatta Sophie Speirs also won her first. Following national trials Lucy Spoors was selected in the U23 Quad to compete in Lithuania in July and CRC will be represented at the London Games by Matthew Trott and Eve MacFarlane in the Men‟s and Women‟s Quadruple Sculls respectively, we wish them all the very best.

Michael Petherick Club Captain: 2010-Present

2010/11 Presidents Report

Our 150th season has not been as successful as some, but under the circumstances currently prevailing in Christchurch, we are fortunate to have been able to accomplish anything in rowing terms.

This season would have to rate as the most trying on record, and I congratulate all club officers and members for their efforts. The earthquakes, rendered our club boatshed and facilities untenable. This in itself was a massive obstacle to be overcome with training being carried out at venues far and wide from our traditional venue of Kerr's Reach.

There have been untold problems, and delays in getting our insurers to agree to any action for the replacement of our clubrooms, until the disastrous fire put an end to any prospect of repairing the building. The fire in itself, may have been a in disguise, as at least it hurried the demolition and clearing of the site. We were indeed fortunate to not lose much plant in the fire, as our skiffs were being stored off site, though we did lose some coaching boats and other ancillary equipment. The end result could have been so much worse. Currently, our building has been demolished, and the site should be cleared by mid June. We are hopeful of getting building consents soon, for the erection of temporary steel framed boat sheds on the site in the near future. Getting answers to questions on the status of our building was inordinately difficult due to the hedging of the insurers, and the need for having to deal remotely through too many intermediaries. From the ashes, The C.R.C. shall, like the Phoenix, rise again.

Congratulations are due to the following members on achieving higher honours this season:-

NZ representatives:- Matthew Trott, Eve MacFarlane, Lucy Spoors, Anna Dawson (selected but subsequently withdrew) and Francie Turner

S.I. Under18 representatives:- Lucy Hutchinson, Tom Clyma, Eddie Palmer, Maddie Smith, and Francesca Hlavac

Thanks are due once again to:- Jim Sunderland, secretary, Nicholas Campbell, treasurer, Michael Petherick, club captain, Brian Neil for his untold work for our club, and of course, all members of the committee, coaches, and rowers for your sterling efforts during a very traumatic year. Well done.

Finally in celebrating our 150th season I would like to thank the CRC for according me the honour of being president of the oldest rowing club in New Zealand. As my term of office draws to a close, I wish OUR CLUB and all its members the very best for a successful 2012/2013 season.


Brian Aitchison  Club President:  2008-Present