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ROWING HANDBOOK 2010/2011. CONTENTS. PAGE. Message from Director of Rowing 4 Message from Chairperson of Parent Support Group Committee 5

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  • Message from Director of Rowing 4
  • Message from Chairperson of Parent Support Group Committee 5
  • The Rowing Club Structure 6
  • History of Rowing at SAC 9
  • Regatta Program 2010 – 2011 12
  • General Information
    • Rowing Season 13
    • Training 14
    • Crew selection 14
    • Equipment 15
    • Rowing Terminology 17
    • Revenue Policy 18
    • Regattas
      • Items to bring to regattas 19
      • The Regattas 20
      • Rowers’ dress 25
      • 1st 8 Privileges & Traditions 26
  • Rowers Code of Conduct 27
contents cont d


  • Understanding the regatta program 28
    • The sport of rowing 29
    • Rowing Websites 31
  • Information for the Boys 32
  • Rowing and Academics 35
  • Anti Doping Policy 37
  • Information for the Parents 38
  • Appendices
    • Appendix I

SAC Rowing Club Parents Support Group Terms of Reference 39

    • Appendix II

SAC Rowing Club Insurance Cover for 2010 / 2011 40

    • Appendix III

Piper contacts 40


From the Director of Rowing

  • The 2010/2011 Season beckons and I for one am excited at the prospect of bettering last season which in itself was a good one.
  • Our 1st Eight held up the great tradition of outstanding results with a hard fought 2nd Place at the SA Championships. Our 1st Four became SA Champions, as did our U16A Pair . Our 2nd Eight finished 2nd in the 2nd Eights whilst our U 16A Eight also finished 2nd in both the U16 Fours and Eights. From our Juniors, the U14 Octuple were the pick of the crop, finishing 3rd in their event.
  • Our 1st Four went on to represent the Eastern Cape with distinction at the National Trials finishing 2nd behind a Gauteng combination crew.
  • Even with these results there is a lot of work to be done to lift overall club performances next season and many of us have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that everything is in place before the first boat leaves the boat shed , come the start of the season.
  • So it’s all up to the boys themselves! And I am sure that they will knuckle down, in true St Andrews spirit, to training like the champions they are bound to be!

Donovan Cech


From the Chairperson of the Parent Support Group Committee

  • Rowing is the second oldest organized sport (after athletics) with the first recorded regatta dating back to 1315 in Venice. Pierre de Coulvertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, had a particular interest in rowing. His texts show that rowing held a special place and passion for him and he cited the sport as “the ideal discipline”. Rowing has been included in the Olympics since the first modern games in 1896 and is the second oldest and third largest sports code at the Olympics.
  • The SAC Rowing Club is over 54 years old and is a signature sport at the school with an impressive national and international track record and a growing set of alumni continuing to participate in the sport in SA and overseas. Our website, , and newsletters intend to help keep current SAC rowers and alumni connected.
  • The sport takes both rowers and supporters to beautiful and peaceful places. For the SAC rowing club this includes training at Settlers’ Dam and on the Kowie River and regattas on the Kowie, Buffalo, Swartkops and Vaal Rivers, the Knysna lagoon and the Roodeplaat Dam near Pretoria. Information on these venues is included in this manual.
  • Important educational and life skills are learnt while taking part in rowing, both at individual level as well as through commitment to team effort. Setting clear objectives, self discipline, self determination, and the individual and team sense of reward and fulfillment that come from the sport are wonderful, and you get fit too!
  • The SAC Rowing Club continues to thrive as a result of rowers, school staff, parents and alumni working together. Parents, in addition to encouraging your sons, please get involved with fund raising which is the primary contribution you can make to the club. Our club is well equipped and this is the result of fund raising by past generations of parents, supporters and old boys adding to funds provided by the school. During the coming year, co-ordinated by the parents’ support group committee, we shall encourage all current parents, as well as alumni, to get involved in some way in fund raising, to keep our club well equipped and competitive in each age group.
  • The parents support group committee members for 2010 / 2011 season are listed on page 8. It is representative of all age groups and the provinces which are home to most of our rowers. While we encourage all parents to get involved, the committee’s role is to lead and organize provincial fund raising efforts.
  • Should you wish to get involved with fund raising or have topics you want to discuss, please get in touch with any of the committee members or me.
  • Here’s to a fun and fulfilling season ahead for all rowers and supporters

Stephen Cahill


club structure
  • All parents, rowing staff and rowers are members of the rowing club : the parents provide support in terms of fundraising, help at regattas etc.
  • See SAC Rowing Club Parents’ Support Group Terms of Reference : Appendix I

SAC Rowing Staff :

  • Director of Rowing : Donovan Cech 083 5617841
  • Director of Sport : Pete Andrew 083 3011098
  • Supporting Staff : Basil Mc Kenzie 084 5155093

Simon Kroon 082 4497043

Mickey Paterson 083 4128122

Harold Hobson 083 7882092

Coaches :

  • 1st VIII coach : Donovan Cech 083 5617841
  • 2nd VIII coach : Clayton Mullins 072 3944401

Harold Hobson 083 7882092

  • U16 coach Carl De Beer 083 2673856
  • U15 coach Tom Cahill 082 331 8830

Graeme Allin 083 555 6295

  • U14 coachCourtney De Barros 082 8794492
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School Office Bearers

  • Captain : William Cahill 076 6125503
  • Vice captain : Nick Jackson 076 1854079
  • Boatman : Simon Harvey 084 8581314
  • Secretary : Marcel Bovijn

Election of the School Office Holders

  • Elections for the new Office Bearers are done within 30 days after SA Champs.
  • All boys who have rowed for at least one full season are entitled to vote once per office title.
  • No boy may hold more than one title in any given season cycle.

Captain and Vice- Captain Job Description

  • The Captain and Vice- Captain should do their best to ensure the following:
  • That all rowers uphold the Rowers Code of Conduct.
  • That transgressors of this code are reported to the Director of Rowing or a SAC Rowing Staff Member.
  • That all rowers understand and respect that the Coaches requests and instructions over rule any crew instructions or intentions.
  • That along with the Boatman, they should be the first to arrive and last to leave regattas, ensuring that the rowers have completed all their necessary tasks.
  • That they consider any request from a rower for permission to leave a regatta with balance, considering the rowers obligations to both the club and their personal commitments.
  • That they attend all prize givings after regattas.
  • That all boys receiving awards are present at regatta prize givings.
  • Assist any rower in understanding any duty or commitment that the rower may be unsure about.
  • Follow up on any rower who is absent from any duty, be it training, boat loading, and report the reason for absence to the Director of Rowing.
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SAC Rowing Club Parent Support Group Committee:

  • Chairperson : Stephen Cahill (Open, Western Cape) 082 4685581
  • Vice Chairperson : Ed Bovijn (Open, Eastern Cape) 082 4675773
  • Committee Members :
  • John Bennett (U16, Gauteng) 082 4615017
  • Tim Fleischer (U16, Eastern Cape) 082 5547669
  • Greg Hunter (U16, open, Gauteng) 082 8824222
  • Paul Jackson (Open, Gauteng) 082 3878360
  • Mark Moses (U15, Gauteng) 083 4546888
  • Colin Muskett (U16, Eastern Cape) 082 7793744
  • Sally Price-Smith (Open, Eastern Cape) 072 5051621
  • Jenny and Roy Slack (Open, Western Cape) 083 6588688
  • Tim Williams-Wynn (Open, Cape Town) 083 6316687
  • Alistair Wood (U15, Gauteng) 083 6009739
history of sac rowing

Extracts from : M. 2008. The Boy in You: a biography of St Andrew’s College, 1855-2005. Simon’s Town: Fernwood Press. Pg. 407-410

  • Fifty years after the establishment of the St Andrew’s Rowing Club the school has a reputation as one of the finest rowing schools in the country. But there have been some moments of keen alarm and despair: moments when the existence of the club has hung in the balance and Council has held a sword over it. In both 1966 and 1977 Council felt it had no option but to declare the club “closed”.
  • The miracle of its rescue and subsequent rise to fame was encapsulated in the moment when the College crew took to the water at the Henley Royal Regatta in England in 2004.
  • “In the past no South African schools’ crew has finished higher than the top sixteen at Henley, so finishing in the top four was a sterling achievement for the St Andrew’s crew.”
  • It was not only a moment of triumph for John Gearing, the Springbok rower and gifted coach of the St Andrew’s squad, it was a moment to salute the perseverance and bulldog-tenacity of Axel Ohlsson, who, despite the appalling odds in the early days, had ensured that rowing at St Andrew’s would not die.
  • Tribute must also be paid to Martin Kennard, whose dedicated and skilled contribution elevated the standard of rowing to new levels, from which the success at Henley was made possible.
  • The first competition in which a College rowing team participated was the Annual Buffalo Regatta in 1959. Through the generosity of the Buffalo Rowing Club the College IV was lent a boat and blades for the occasion. “They were not very successful,” commented the apologetic headmaster.
  • Nothing daunted, a second IV took to the water in 1959 and, within a year, the rowers had taken part in four regattas and won the School Coxed IVs in Bloemfontein. The first equipment was “White Rigger”, an old boat borrowed from Rhodes until St Andrew’s was able to buy its own “Chumph”, in 1959.
  • Training camps at the Kowie became an annual pattern and, in 1964, 18 boys attended a four-day training session. Subsequently, the First VIII came first in the Border Junior VIIIs – a great fillip to their confidence. During their university vacations two former College rowing captains, David Wylde (1962) and Hugh Duncan Brown (1962), gave great assistance to captain Hugh Crail (1965) in preparing the team for competition, especially for the Buffalo Regatta – an event at which parents with homes at the Kowie or Kariega or in East London, provide hungry rowers with lunches, dinners and offers of warm beds.
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  • Today, it is evident that a successful rowing coach has time for very little else but training his crews, servicing his boats and organizing events. Hours, days and weeks are spent away from the school and it is a particularly taxing sport for a housemaster. In 1973 Axel handed over the Rowing Club to Chris “Megaphone” Morton (1964), a memorable senior student officer and an inspirational coach, and College crews took part in the Wemmer Pan Sprint Regatta and the Junior Tridents Provincial Eights at the South African Games. “Nevertheless, Axel continued to take a very active interest. The club had begun with a single crew of five and, by the time he retired, it had grown to 35, with a shadow membership of many more and a brand new boat from Australia.
  • In 1966 the rowing club had been rescued by a few determined Johannesburg parents. In 1977 the Council again voted for the closure of the club. This would have been tragic in view of the enormous successes during Morton’s era, including the gathering of six major trophies in1975, in the year Stuart Rennie, the St Andrew’s cox, was voted the best at the South African Rowing Championships and College became the first junior crew in South Africa to break the 5-minute barrier for the 1 500 metres with a time of 4 minutes 53.3 seconds. But with expenses mounting it seemed there was no choice, despite the success of both the First VIII and the U15 squad, both of which made it into the finals of the South African Rowing Championships in 1976.”
  • When Council concluded in 1977 that the club would have to be closed, it did not count on the passion of Old Andreans Rodney Still and Peter Searle, nor did it anticipate their generosity and commitment to keeping the boat afloat. Two minibuses were provided to help transport the boats, funds were forthcoming, and John Penberthy, that splendid swimmer, Springbok diver and all-round sportsman, took over the coaching for a short while. In his year as coach, five of the school rowers were selected for Border schools and the U15 VIII were unbeaten and won the national championships in Pretoria in 1978.
  • On the departure of John Penberthy in 1979, Axel Ohlsson once again took over as master-in-charge of rowing. Although his interest and commitment did not flag and he remained the guiding spirit, his enforced absences from Grahamstown on liaison work interfered with the cohesion of the club. His sudden death in 1986 left the Rowing Club rudderless. Dusty Kenyon kept it functioning during the Trinity Term of 1986 until Martin Kennard, who had successfully stroked for Oxford (1966-1968) and for Britain (1967), arrived at College and took the sport into realms of achievement which have been in the ascendant ever since.
  • Kennard’s arrival gave a depth to rowing coaching which established St Andrew’s as a major force in the sport in South Africa. Within a year he had introduce inter-house sculling and, by 1989, there was a third Rowing VIII for the first time in the history of the club.
  • The club went from strength to strength. Mark Bilbe and Barry Worthington were the champion rowing pair in South Africa in 1992 and the first College boys since the inception of the competition to win this title. In the same year Bilbe and HalvarMathiesen represented South Africa as members of the Junior squad which competed in Norway.
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  • At the end of 1992 Kennard’s son, James went from College for a sixth-form year at Radley in England. He captained the Radley first VIII and was selected as a member of the British VIII to compete in Switzerland. The crew won two golds. It was the start of a wonderful career in the sport for James Kennard and it was a devastating blow both for his family and for St Andrew’s when he was killed on his way to a regatta in 1997. Martin Kennard’s last year at College, 1994, was a vintage season for rowing. Grant Lapping and Richard Steel-Gray, son of Bruce (1966), a future chairman of Council, were selected to row as juniors for South Africa in Belgium and Norway and were rated among the top 18 pairs in the West. That year the Senior VIII won the Selborne Regatta for the first time since its inception in 1962.
  • In the years between Kennard’s departure and John Gearing’s arrival Brendan Doolan and Mike Fennell took charge of rowing, with the help of various coaches. In 1995 St Andrew’s First VIII, which had had a successful tour to Poland, won the South African Championships for the first time in 20 years and was invited to Henley. The oarsmen were all awarded Honours for their achievement.
  • In 1998 the First IV won at the South African championships but the First VIII came third, thus ending a three-year domination of the sport at school level.
  • Just as gentle Chris Rheeder had inspired a generation of rugby players in the 1920s, modest, self-effacing John Gearing has had a profound influence at St Andrew’s during the years that he coached rowing. As with Rheeder, his men would follow wherever he led. Never a raised voice, never a domineering word. His integrity was inspirational and his skill had earned him his Springbok colours as an oarsman. It is no wonder that Radley, that distinguished English public school with a strong rowing tradition, should have offered him the post of senior coach in 2007, but it was a huge loss for College.
  • Rowing became the prince of sports at College.
  • In 2001 St Andrew’s First VIII won the inaugural South African Schools Boat Race. In the next year five boys competed in the Junior World Championships in Lithuania, while the First IV gathered the laurels at the South African Junior Championships. In 2003 the senior crew went to the world championships in Greece, where they won bronze. When the oarsmen were all presented with their Honours awards at school, the whole of College spontaneously stood in homage.
  • Six of the rowers were selected in 2004 to row for South Africa at the World Rowing Championships in Spain. They came fourth. Back home, they won the South African Schools Boat Race for the third time and the IV came first in the South African Championships. In the Jubilee year the VIII was triumphant in the South African Schools Boat Race and retained their South African Junior title. At Henley they competed against Abingdon and lost – but not without honour.
  • The bunting and the tradition, the elegant state-of-the art boats, the pedigree of the clubs, the oarsmen and the sleek skimming craft: this was a far cry form old “Chumph” wading up the river at Kariega with Axel roaring from the bank and Eric Tasmer cooking up eggs and bacon in Geoff Palmer’s cottage for the ravenous crews when they came back from a hot, salty, sunburned row up the river. How Axel would have rejoiced, remembering his own days in “boats” at Cambridge.
regatta program 2010 2011
  • Interhouse Ergo Regatta 25 July 2010
  • St Andrews College
  • August Camp 19 -25 August 2010
  • Port Alfred / Knysna - 1st 8 Squad
  • ZRC / Grey Regatta 9 October 2010
  • Zwartkops, Port Elizabeth - All age groups
  • Knysna Halfway Regatta 23-24 October 2010
  • Belverdere, Knysna - Opens, U16’s
  • Buffalo Heads Regatta 30 October 2010
  • Buffalo River, East London - All age groups
  • Pre Schools Boatrace Camp 2 4 November to 3 December 2010
  • Port Alfred - 1st 8
  • Old Mutual Schools Boatrace4-5 December 2010
  • Kowie River, Port Alfred - 1st 8
  • January Camp 12-18 January 2011 ( 1st 8 :10-18 January 2011)
  • Kowie River, Port Alfred - All age groups
  • Eastern Cape Championships 29 January 2011
  • Buffalo River, East London - All age groups
  • Eastern Cape Indoor Rowing Championships 5 February 2011
  • East London /Port Alfred - All age groups
  • Grey U14 Regatta 12 February 2011
  • Zwartkops River, Port Elizabeth - U14’s
  • Selborne Sprint Regatta & Buffalo Regatta 18-20 February 2011
  • Buffalo River, East London - All age groups except U14’s
  • Pre SA Championships Camp 2-9 March 2011
  • Hogsback - 1st 8
  • SA Schools Championships 12-14 March 2011
  • Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria - All age groups


the rowing season
  • Rowing, a major summer sport at SAC, takes place during the 3rd term and the first half of the first term.
  • The first regatta for SAC rowers is normally the ZRC / Grey regatta in Port Elizabeth in early October. Later in October the 1st VIII and U16 A VIII compete at the Knysna Half Way Regatta in Knysna, and at the end of October the whole club competes at the Buffalo Heads Regatta in East London (previously the Mayors Plate Regatta).
  • The Old Mutual Schools’ Boat Race (a 6km heads race) is held on the Kowie River in Port Alfred , normally over the first weekend of the December holidays. This is a national event for 1st VIII crews and it is starting to attract overseas crews as well.
  • The second half of the season starts with Rowing Camp for the whole club in Port Alfred, normally held in the last week of the Christmas holidays (early to mid January). SAC normally participates in River Vaal Regatta (RVR) (1st VIII only) in Gauteng, but it seems this regatta will now take place in September, so it is doubtful that the crew will participate. The Eastern Cape Champs in East London takes place at the end of January, followed by the Selborne Sprints and Buffalo Regatta in East London in February and finally the SA Champs in Gauteng, normally in early March.
  • SAC rowers may attend the SA Senior Champs as well, normally end April , after which they may continue to SA Junior National Selection trials and if good enough may be chosen to represent SA at the Junior World Championships
  • Training takes place either:
  • On the school premises (SAC Ergo room or SAC Rowing Tank)
  • At Settlers Dam (when there is sufficient water in it), and
  • At Port Alfred on the Kowie River.
  • U14 and U15 boys are taught to scull (2 blades per rower) and may row singles, doubles, quads and octuples.
  • U16 and open boys may continue to scull ,but in addition they are taught to row with one blade (sweep oar rowing), stroke side (right) or bow (left).
  • Training times are set by the age group coach, in collaboration with the Director, a week in advance and boys may not miss training except for medical reasons. The coach must be informed as far in advance of the training session as possible, in order for him /her to be able to organize a substitute rower for the boat.


Crews will be selected to compete in regattas by the Age Group Coaches in collaboration with the Director of Rowing.

There are a number of factors taken into account in selecting a crew:

Ergo Trial Times – show raw strength, endurance, determination and power to weight ratio.

Rowing Technical Ability

Seat Boat Racing Ability – boys may race a series of races in different combinations.

Personality – team harmony is important, but all boys should be encouraged to work together towards common goals.

Commitment and Training Ethos

equipment use


  • Crews are assigned boats as per the equipment listing on page 15
  • Deviation from this listing must be approved by the Director prior to use and approval is made at the Director’s sole discretion, bearing the following in mind:
  • The approved use does not negatively influence the performance of any other crew that qualifies to row in that particular boat as per the listing.
  • The new crew rowing the boat has the necessary technical ability to perform in it.
  • The new crew rowing the boat has the necessary skills so as to not damage the boat whilst getting on and off, as well as whilst on the water itself.
  • Boys are responsible for the equipment they use. Damage must be reported to the Director / coach immediately, so that repairs can be arranged.
  • Boys have to keep their boats clean ; it is the crew’s responsibility to make sure that boats are washed and packed, securely tied on trailers or racks when stored outdoors. The coach will check that this has been done adequately.
  • At regattas it is the school office bearer’s responsibility (Capt, V-Capt & Boatman), supported by the 1st VIII, to make sure that the crews have packed, loaded their equipment and that all are secured on trailers etc.
  • Crews pack their own boats : each crew reports for boat loading and unloading before and after all regattas and camps in accordance with the boat loading schedules.
  • The most important loading event of all is the unloading and cleaning of boats after the SA Championships. ALL rowers and coxes must be prepared to spend a full afternoon in the week after the SA Champs to fulfil this task. It would usually be the Wednesday afternoon or Sunday afternoon following the regatta. Boys must notify the Director, in person, by Tuesday 2pm latest, in that week, if they cannot attend the unloading.
rowing terminology
  • Blade / spoon – the part of an oar which propels the boat.
  • Bow – Front of the boat with a bowball on its tip for safety.
  • Bowman – The rower in the bow of the boat. When the boat is coxless (ie. no coxwain) the bowman issues the commands and steers the boat.
  • Bowside – Right side looking from stern to bow (green colour on oars)
  • Catch – The beginning of the stroke where the blade is inserted into the water
  • Coxwain – The person who steers the boat. He either sits in the stern in an eight or lies in the bow in a four.
  • Double – A sculling boat with 2 rowers.
  • Drive – the phase of the rowing stroke which propels the boat.
  • Eight – A sweep oar boat with 8 rowers.
  • Feathering – When the blade is turned horizontally during the recovery.
  • Finish – When the oar is taken out of the water.
  • Footboard – The device you strap your feet into.
  • Four – A Sweep oar boat with 4 rowers.
  • Gunwale / Gunnel – The top edge of the side of a boat.
  • Gate – The device that holds the oar and allows it to pivot around the rigger pin.
  • Pair – A sweep oar boat for 2 rowers.
  • Pin – The steel bar attached to a rigger which holds the gate in place.
  • Port / Stroke Side – Left side looking from stern to bow ( red colour on oars)
  • Quad – A sculling boat for 4 rowers.
  • Recovery – The slide forward from the finish to the catch of a stroke.
  • Rigger – An aluminium / carbon extension attached to the boat which holds the pin and gate.
  • Sculling boat – A boat which has rowers with 2 oars each.
  • Shell – The boat body.
  • Single – A sculling boat for 1 person
  • Slide – The seat that the rower sits on in the boat.
  • Squaring “up” – When the blade is turned from feathered (horizontal) to vertical.
  • Stern – The rear of the boat.
  • Stroke – The rower who is at the back of the boat ( but in front of the rest of the crew.) He sets the crews pace.
  • Sweep - A boat in which each rower has one oar.
revenue policy

The following expenses are covered by school fees:

  • Coaches wages and salaries
  • Equipment
  • Transport of boys and equipment to local training venues and regattas.
  • Motor boat petrol
  • Repairs and Maintenance of equipment.
  • ROWSA Club Affiliation
  • General Expenses

The following expenses are covered by parents:

  • Rowing kit
  • Accommodation and flights (where applicable) for rowers and coaches at all regattas.
  • Regatta fees
  • ROWSA Rower membership.
  • Camp meals /food (there may be meals credited to your account in term, to offset such expenses.)

Revenue generated out of SAC Rowing Club activities

  • One of the most important functions of the Parents Support Group is to raise funds for the rowing club : the current annual target is R 200 000.
  • Funds are raised in many ways, e.g. golf days/ dinners / auctions / shows / sales of goods / donations / requested voluntary annual fees – currently R1000 per rower.
  • All revenue realized from fund raising activities is to be paid into the SACRC account for the benefit of the club and its activities. The committee shall have the discretion to do the following:
  • Offer financial support to any SACRC rower representing a provincial or national team. If the financial assistance is not used by the rower for the intended purpose, it must be refunded to SACRC by the parent receiving the financial assistance.
  • Use the revenue received for the running of the SACRC activities and / or for equipment purchases.
  • No-one may benefit financially from the SACRC activities without the approval of the committee. Any expenses incurred in raising the revenue must be paid by SACRC.

Regatta “must haves ”:

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Deck chair
  • Gazebo or beach umbrella. We have a few gazebos, some exclusively for the boys at regattas and 2 for parents at SA Champs. These 2 are stored by Greg and Judy Hunter who erect them on the SACRC allocated “:spot” for SA Champs. They are usually supplemented with other gazebos to provide maximum shade as it can be very hot
  • Hat
  • Wet weather gear when rain looms.
  • Supporters’ shirts, hats will be available for sale at regattas from Sally Price- Smith.
  • Regatta Draw and Program
  • We will endeavour to forward all parents the regatta program. However the Draw may change on the last day or overnight before the regatta starts, so it is always good to download it from as late as possible to ensure there have been no changes to starting times.
  • Cooler boxes with refreshments of your choice are allowed at all regattas except the Selborne and Buffalo Regattas.(a cash bar, tuck shop and take away meals are available)

Mayors Plate ( Buffalo Heads Regatta)

  • Hosted by Selborne and Clarendon, this is a one day regatta that normally falls on the last Saturday of October.
  • The entire club departs and returns on the same day.
  • Crews race a number of long distance heads races with the Mayors Plate being the premier event in Fours.

Eastern Cape Championships

Buffalo and Selborne Sprints Regatta

  • The Buffalo Regatta began in 1881 and has been held every year since then except for some interruptions during the war years. Two large silver trophies, valued at R1m and R1.5m respectively, are competed for : the Silver Sculls (Men’s sculls) and the Grand Challenge (Men’s coxless fours). The Grand Challenge Trophy stands 1.2 m tall.
  • Selborne Sprints are raced over 500m, the Buffalo regatta over the normal 2000m. The course is run downstream and is affected by tides, currents and wind.
  • Parents’ Function :
  • There is normally a parents' dinner on the Friday evening of the Buffalo Regatta : this is just a social event and a good time to meet new parents and catch up on SACRC activities. In the past this function has been held at the Blue Lagoon Hotel or the Old Selbornians Club : details will be emailed to parents from the chairman closer to the time.

ZRC Regatta

  • Held in October on the Zwartkops River outside Port Elizabeth. The entire club departs and returns on the same day.
  • Directions
  • From Port Elizabeth
  • Follow the signs to Grahamstown until you get the offramp to Swartkops. Turn left at the first stop on the bridge and *** right at the first traffic light. Take a left turn at the very next traffic light into the road to Perseverence. You will pass a Salt Works on your left. You will come to a right turn to Redhouse. Drive into Redhouse, the road will turn to the right and then left over the railway track. Go left and follow the road keeping right until the road turns right onto the river front.
  • From Grahamstown
  • Take the Swartkopsofframp. This is the first turnoff once you have crossed the Swartkops River. Turn right at the Stop and then follow instructions ***

Knysna Regatta

  • This has now become a two day regatta, normally either the second last or last weekend of October. It is held on the western side of the lagoon in Belvedere Village.
  • Normally only the 1st Eight and Under 16 Eight participate. The crews race sprints over 1 000 meters on the Saturday and the 1st Eight races a heads race early on the Sunday morning. The team departs on the Friday morning and returns on the Sunday evening.
  • From George (N2)
  • Turn left at the Belvedere sign, (last turn off before the bridge over the Knysna river. ***Turn right immediately under the bridge. Turn left into Belvedere and follow sign to Belvedere Manor. The venue is below the Hotel on the lawns in front of the lagoon.
  • From Port Elizabeth
  • Drive through Knysna, along the lagoon. Drive over the Knysna River bridge and turn right immediately. Follow instructions above ***
  • Parents usually have a get together on the Saturday night prior to the Sunday Heads Race.

Old Mutual Schools Boatrace

  • Hosted by SAC, this event is held in Port Alfred on the Kowie River on the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend in December. This is an event for 1st Eights only (1st Quads for girls).
  • Modeled on the Oxford / Cambridge boat race, crews race a heads race over 6km (4km for Girls). Crews then race finals on the Sunday in a one on one format based on times attained, from the day before. (1stvs 2nd in the “A” Final, 3rdvs 4th in the “B” Final)

January Rowing Camp

  • This camp is held in Port Alfred the week prior to the start of school in January and involves the entire club as well as new boys who would like to attend, regardless of whether they are going to do rowing as a summer sport or not. It is normally six days in duration and boys are either collected from the airport, or they are driven down from Grahamstown.
  • On the Saturday night there is usually a function for parents and the boys.
  • This camp is a great opportunity for new boys to make friends with their peers and meet some of the older boys at the school. They learn a new skill which they can use as their “New skill learned” in the Bronze Section of the President’s Award Program which many boys will get involved in once school starts. Most of all they can make an informed decision about which summer sport to choose, something that can become a life changing aspect of their lives.

SA Champs

  • This regatta normally coincides with half term which means that the boys don’t have to be away for an extra long weekend and so don’t miss even more school. The boys normally fly up on the Thursday and back to Grahamstown on Monday.
  • The 1st VIII has a different program. This crew trains at altitude – either in Gauteng or at Hogsback – for the week prior to SA Champs. They may fly separately and they may also stay in different accommodation from the rest of the club . This varies from year to year.
  • The regatta usually takes place at Roodeplaat Dam, North East of Pretoria . The event starts on Friday with the heats and finals of all sculls and pairs. Saturday and Sunday usually have a mix of boat classes culminating in the 1st Eights final which is the last event of the championships
  • All boys stay together in their crews at the accommodation under the supervision of their coaches and supporting teachers and they usually eat breakfast and supper there.
  • Entrance tickets for SA Champs will be on sale at the Buffalo Regatta – from the chairman ; otherwise they may be bought at the dam – there is usually a small discount for pre-purchased tickets. There are a lot of B&B’s and self catering accommodation units available in the area. A list of all the options , with contact details is available at
  • Accommodation in the Northern suburbs of Pretoria has also proven to be suitable for quick access to the N1. These areas include Lynwood, Lynwood Glen, Lynwood Ridge, Silverton, Murrayfield, Arcadia and Hatfield.
  • Each school is allocated a ‘spot’ at the regatta and Judy and Greg Hunter erect the SACRC gazebos on the SAC spot, so look out for it and join the party ! It’s a festive occasion : there is food and drink on sale but you may wish to bring your own cooler box.
  • Sleepouts are not allowed during regattas, i.e. if the regatta is held over a few days, boys must sleep with the rest of the crew until the completion of the regatta. Boys may go out for meals with their parents only if they have permission from their coach.
  • Parents may take their boys on Sunday evening after the prize giving and after all the boats have been loaded and are ready for departure. If it is half term the boys may decide not to travel back with the rest of the rowing club and may arrange their return flights themselves : this must be agreed with and communicated to the Director of Rowing and the boy’s coach.
rowers dress

Training Dress

  • January Camp
  • January Camp is the only time that boys may wear civvies, primarily because many new boys do not have school rowing kit yet, and some may not continue rowing either.
  • Training must, however be done in clothing that is both appropriate for sporting activity and acceptable considering that the boys are in the public eye.
  • Boys should ensure they have a haircut BEFORE they arrive on camp, as the club will not tolerate hairstyles that are not neat or suitable. Once again this is because we will be training in the public eye.
  • Normal Afternoon Training
  • Boys should wear SACRC tri-suits only with a white SAC t-shirt whilst training.
  • Boys must also commute to training in their school tracksuits, unless it is hot and they have permission from the Director of Rowing or Supporting Teacher or coach, in which case they may wear their white SAC t shirts, SAC Rowing Club golf shirt and SAC shorts.

Regatta Dress

  • When boys travel to regattas, they must wear the same dress : either all tracksuits or all in chinos etc : this will be communicated by the Director of Rowing.
  • At regattas boys must wear appropriate sports uniform. Civvies may be worn only when away from the regatta and when not travelling as a team / school.
  • Tri-Suits:
  • The first team has a different tri-suit from the rest of the club.
  • The 2nd VIII wears the same tri suit as the rest of the club with a big college badge on the chest.
  • The rest of the club rows in the official SACRC tri-suit.
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1st Eight privileges :

  • Training- A 1st Eight rower may wear any tri-suit, but it must be both respectable and in a respectable condition. They may also wear any training shirt, as long as it is either plain blue, white, black or red.
  • The 1st Eight requires more clothing than any other team, both for training (they train more than any other crew) and wearing before and during regattas.
  • SAC 1st Team tracksuit
  • White shorts with light blue and navy stripes down the one side, the rowing badge on the other side, and the sponsor on the left back.
  • Light blue vest [Mullins house colour] with rowing badge on the chest screen printed in navy.[training]
  • Old school shirt: grandpa vest : White t-shirt with buttons down front done in light blue and navy, also the same light blue and navy trimmings around neck and arms and rowing club badge on left breast.
  • Old Khaki t-shirts (plain white short-sleeved t-shirt from Cape Union Mart) with rowing club badge (SAC badge with crossed oars) and “ST ANDREW”S COLLEGE” across the top of the badge and “1st VIII” underneath the badge.
  • Short sleeve white utility shirt – tight fitting.
  • Long sleeve white utility shirt – tight fitting
  • Sleeveless wind breaker / sports jacket.
  • Tog bag same as rugby team
  • Cap
  • The 1st Eight kit may be sponsored ; the sponsor’s logo will then be embroidered on the back of the neck and on the tog bag.


  • At SA Champs and Boat race the 1st VIII is piped onto the water, and off if they win (sometimes even if they just do jolly well) ; the piper plays “Highland Cathedral”.
  • Also at SA Champs the 1st VIII, IV and / or pair receive any awards they might have won dressed in kilts, shirts, school tie and blazers, long socks and black shoes. It is up to the boys, coach and parents of the 1st VIII to make sure that the boys have kilts and that a piper is available. (See Appendix IV for piper contacts).
  • The boys in the 1st VIII traditionally shave their heads for SA Champs.
  • If a 1st team (VIII, IV, pair) wins a race they may carry their oars from the winner’s jetty held vertically
rowers code of conduct

As a member of the St Andrew’s College Rowing Club I shall, at all times, endeavour to:

  • Uphold the name of St Andrew’s College.
  • Set the benchmark for sportsmanship, both on and off the water.
  • Follow instructions given by coaches, captains and rowers my senior, to the best of my ability.
  • Show consideration and respect to opponents, team mates, umpires and spectators.
  • Show consideration and respect to fellow club members especially those my senior.
  • Remember that I am rowing as part of a team and put the interests of my fellow rowers and my school before self-glorification.
  • Be loyal to the team and not let my team mates down by being absent from practices and regattas without a legitimate excuse.
  • Be punctual for practices and regattas.
  • Not leave a regatta venue without having permission from the Captain or Vice Captain to do so, whether during or after a regatta. If they are not available I will ask my coach or the Director of Rowing for permission to leave.
  • Excuse myself in person, from my coach or Director of Rowing, as soon / early as possible, when I am ill or injured.
  • Dress correctly for regattas or for travel thereto. ( see ROWERS DRESS)
  • Thank all officials, coaches, teachers and parents after regattas, coaching sessions and tours.
  • Treat all rowing equipment in my use with the utmost care and respect.
  • Clean and pack away ( in the correct place) any equipment my crew or I may have used.
  • Report any damage that my crew or I, may do to any equipment or object whilst on the water, or in taking the equipment to or from the water, whether it belongs to SAC Rowing Club or not.
  • Consider the safety of my crew, other crews or other people when on the water or anywhere within a regatta venue.
understanding the regatta program
  • A - The number of the Event
  • B - JM or MJnr or B for boys
  • B - JW or W Jnr or G for girls
  • B - This is followed by the age group:
  • B - Either U14, U15, U16 or 1st(OP or U19) age groups.
  • B - A, B, C or D is the category division. For the Open / U19 age group the divisions would be listed as 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.
  • B - Boat Class
  • B - 1, 2, 4 or 8 indicates the number of rowers / boat size participating in the event.
  • B - X - is for Sculling Events (2 oars per boy)
  • B - Mainly done in the U14 and U15 age groups.
  • B - 1x is a single scull One boy with 2 oars
  • B - 2x is a double scull Two boys with 2 oars
  • B - 4x is a quad Four boys with 2 oars
  • B - 8x is an octuple Eight boys with 2 oars
  • B - + or - is for Sweep Oar Events (1 oar per boy)
  • B - Only U16 and Open age groups
  • B - 2- is a Pair Two boys with 1 oar each
  • B - 4+ is a Four Four boys with 1 oar each
  • B - 8+ is an Eight Eight boys with 1 oar each
  • B - The “+”or “-” describes the presence or absence of a coxwain in the boat.
  • B - 4+ is a Coxed Four, 4- is a Coxless four
  • C - Describes the event as either H = heat, S = semi-final or F = final
  • D - Race Starting Time
  • E - The Race distances of 500m, 1 000m or 2 000m
  • F - The school / club with the name of the stroke underneath.


the sport of rowing
  • Rowing is not just a sport, its a discipline. Just like flyfishermen spend their whole lives perfecting the cast, so the rower continually strives for that perfect stroke, the stroke which leaves the boat perfectly balanced, with a maximum possible speed for his effort.
  • But then there’s another dynamic in that the rower is often not alone. There is a crew of rowers, all working together, synergising their efforts to make the boat go faster.
  • A crew of individuals who may be very different in terms of personality, motivation, emotion, skill and experience and yet they have a common goal that they all must achieve through commitment, perseverance and most importantly mutual tolerance and respect for each other.
  • Some say that “a crew is only as good as it’s weakest rower” and so the stronger rowers must focus on improving their team mates abilities, as this may prove more important than just focusing on their own. Encouraging, motivating through positive re-inforcement, whilst still having attention to detail, will be some of the challenges that they face, should they wish to achieve. And that weakest rower will know that he cannot give up, and let down his team mates who have trained as hard, if not harder than himself. Persevere, never give up!
  • As a rower, you are going to learn the hard way. Its physically demanding , to say the least. Only cross country skiing can compete with rowing in terms of the energy to time exercised. In the last 500 meters of a race you are going to be asking yourself the question: Why do I do this?..... It’s excruciating! All the energy is gone. The muscles are burning. The body is well into oxygen debt...... You could easily just throw in the towel but you cannot. You must persevere! Your crew is depending on your performance. One “soft” stroke could be the difference on the line!
  • And that is why you do this! To endure! To learn that every tough challenge has a finish line, and you need to cross that line, to realise your potential as both an individual and as a crew. The pain will go away, but knowing you did not do your best lasts a lot longer!
  • So its not just about winning and beating other people. Its about beating yourself. Its about overcoming your doubts through dogged determination , self -belief and belief in your crew.
  • And this takes time, time in the boat, time on the ergo, time in the gym and even just time communicating and bonding with your team mates. And the training on the water must be seen as a blessing. How many sports are there which present such dynamics, within such beautiful surroundings, in any weather conditions, day after day, all year round?
  • Your life will never be the same . You will become haunted by water. You will come across stretches of water that will call on you to explore and conquer. Not only the water, not even your technique but more likely yourself! The sound of your heart drumming in your head, to the rythym of each and every stroke as the water boils off the boats bow.


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  • Rowing goes back some 2 or so centuries, to times when man discovered that an oar could be more effective when worked against a fulcrum. For the first time boats started “ going backwards”. Most of the rowing was done under duress in moving large “warships” in the midst of battle.
  • The first known competitive regatta was held in Venice, Italy, in 1315. It was initially popular in the Mediterranean, but soon spread throughout Europe.
  • The first regatta in Britain was held at Gravesend Town in 1698. Throughout the next century boats grew from pairs to fours , sixes and eventually eights, which were first raced in London in 1778.
  • Arguably the most famous race for eights is the Oxford vs Cambridge Boatrace which first took place in 1829 and continues annually to this day, with the challenge always taking place on the Thames, in London on the first Sunday in April. Here the crews have a head to head battle over a course distance of 6,3km.
  • The biggest club regatta in the world is undoubtedly the Henley Royal Regatta, which takes place in Henley on Thames, England, annually, in the first week of July. It has been in existence since 1839 and continues to attract crews from all continents.
  • FISA ( FederationeInternationalesocieted’Aviron) is the international rowing body which was first established in 1892, four years prior to rowing’s first appearance at the Olympic Games which took place in Athens, Greece, in 1896 (men only, with women only admitted at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
  • Competitive rowing in South Africa Dates back to 1861 when a challenge between The South African Rowing Club and Union Rowing Club took place in 6 oared boats over a distance of 4 and a quarter miles in the Western Cape.
  • Alfred Rowing Club, now located at Zeekoeivlei, Cape Town, is not only the oldest Rowing club in South Africa, it is indeed, the oldest surviving sporting club as well.
  • The Buffalo Grand Challenge Race, for Coxless Fours, held at the Buffalo Regatta in East London in February, is South Africa’s oldest race, first rowed in 1888. It is the most prestigious race for senior rowers in South Africa with a trophy which is reputed as being one of the biggest and most valuable silver trophies in the world.
  • South Africa has a strong history of international rowing, done under our national federation ROWSA ( Rowing South Africa). Our first Olympic oarsman was Henry De Kock, who competed at the 1928 Olympics. Our most successful crew is the combination of Donovan Cech and Ramon Di Clemente, who won a Bronze medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 in the pairs event.


rowing websites
  • Our very own web site. Look for the latest pics, news and info here.
  • Regatta dates, draws and results are available from this website.
  • You will find photos of some of the regattas that SAC participates in, such as Schools Boatrace and SA Champs on this site.
  • SA National Rowing Website for local rowing news and notices.
  • International Federation rowing website, containing international regatta notices, results, athlete profiles etc.
  • Henley Royal Regatta Website
info for the boys
  • With a little assistance from parents, rowers need to learn to take responsibility for both their team and themselves.

Packing a bag for a One Day Regatta

  • Sunblock,
  • Cap,
  • 2 tri-suits,
  • 2 SAC –T- shirts or Rowing Club Golf Shirts,
  • 2 pairs of white socks,
  • slops,
  • SAC tracksuits or SAC Jacket,
  • Plastic bag for wet kit,
  • a water bottle (with water or energy drink)
  • a pillow
  • A towel and shower gel
  • Rowing tools ( a #10 and #13 spanner, headlight)

On Hot Sunny Days

  • Stay out of the sun for as long as possible
  • Drink cold fluids as often as possible, staying hydrated.
  • Wear a cap
  • Wear SAC sunglasses

On Cold, Rainy Days

  • Stay warm, paying particular attention to warming up properly before your first race.
  • Stay as dry as possible, change after your race if you are wet or cold.

Avoid Disappointment

  • Get together as a crew one hour before your race.
  • Check your boat thoroughly.
  • Ensure your coxwain (if you have one) has weighed in and your bow number is on your boat.
  • Ensure the entire crew is wearing the same kit.
  • Get on the water timeously, having been prepared for any delays.
  • Have water with you.
  • Have the time on you so you arrive at the start before your Race Start Time!
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For Emergencies

  • All boys in the same age group must store the following cell phone numbers in their phones:
  • Everyone in their age group and / or team.
  • Their coach
  • The Director of Rowing and:
  • Any teacher managing their age group.

What to eat at regattas

BIG NO’s –

  • No sweets, fizzy drinks, dairy products or acidic foods.
  • Eating junk food prior to a regatta can be a problem as these foods are usually high in sugar and low in carbohydrates.
  • Eating out can be a problem. Boys pick up gastrointestinal bugs from public places and this can be disastrous for any crew. If you do, follow strict hygiene, wash hands regularly with a suitable hand sanitiser.
  • For the same reasons as above, do not drink tap water. Take enough water with you to regattas.
  • Do not share the same water bottles, where you can pick up other peoples germs.
  • Do not eat a big meal within 3 hours of a race!


  • Bottled still water, Energade and Powerade.
  • Bread rolls with chicken / tuna.
  • Bananas
  • Energy bars
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The Golden Rule:

  • Never take a supplement without notifying your coach.
  • The reason for this is simple, they can contain banned or restricted substances, prohibited under Anti Doping rules.
  • Even beyond the possibility of this, it is often a bad idea to try new supplements before competition, without having tried them before. They may not sit well in your stomach under the stresses of competition and exertion, which may result in vomiting or nausea before or after competition.
  • This will cost a rower more than any benefit that could possibly have been derived from taking the supplement in the first place, due to dehydration which would result from loss of fluids.
  • It seems only logical that if you eat well, and get adequate rest, you do not need any supplements. Most supplements are a waste of money, and invariably end up as money literally going down the toilet!
  • If you are training excessively, and life is very busy, a multivitamin supplement would generally suffice, along with a protein supplement, such as whey powder, to ensure your muscles are getting enough protein.
  • Consult a dietician or your coach if you think you need to go beyond this.
rowing and academics

Approach your academics in a practical way.

  • Right from the beginning of term, inform all your teachers about the dates you will be away from school for rowing. For most boys this will be the Thursday and Friday of the Buffalo Regatta. This will help teachers to plan their lessons accordingly and hopefully not schedule any tests around this regatta weekend.
  • Ask for details of any written assignments due over this period so that you can work on, complete and hand them in well in advance of the Buffalo Regatta.
  • Buffalo Regatta is only 1 ½ weeks before half term and the parent / teachers meeting when your teacher will need marks for your term orders. Make sure that by the time Buffalo comes along, the pressure for term order points is “off” and not “on”. Doing it that way, you will ensure that your term order will be a true reflection of your academic effort and ability.
  • During the last lesson (for each subject) before you leave for Buffalo, you need to ask your teacher what work they want you to do before Monday. Don’t rely on classmates to tell you on the Sunday evening!

Feeling tired in class

  • Some teams train really hard from time to time, having sessions before school in the early morning and again in the afternoon. You might find yourself feeling tired, weak or even just hungry during the day. When you feel like this and you can’t focus or concentrate in class, despite eating all your food at breakfast and taking enough vitamins, (and drinking enough water!) then perhaps you need to go and see someone like Audrey Weyer at Butler Pharmacy. Ask for her professional advice on the right additional supplement to take as well as the correct dosage to enable your body to restore itself and sustain you throughout the day.

How do you get the best possible academic results whilst committing fully to rowing?

  • Andrew Craig, Kieran Robertson, Brian Malcomess, Finn McQuaid, Craig Henderson and many other past 1st 8 rowers did it brilliantly, getting 6,5 and 4 A’s in matric! What do they say is the key?
  • Finn McQuaid and Brian Malcomess (2004) – “ Rowing at St Andrews offers a myriad of opportunities to make close friends and explore different places. One of the nicest aspects of rowing, especially at a boarding school, is the fact that it allows (and actually requires) boys to get away from the daily stresses of school life.”
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  • “Rowing provides boys with superior fitness and this goes a long way to upholding the old adage that a healthy body promotes a healthy mind, as the self discipline required by rowers often translates into their studies.”
  • “ In order to succeed in the sport of rowing you require (and thus learn) a certain level of commitment, perseverance and self- discipline, not to mention the social skills required to successfully interact in what becomes a very close- knit team environment.”
  • “ The lessons learnt from rowing carry through in every aspect of College life. The only real advice which can be offered to young oarsmen is that if you want to succeed and enjoy rowing you must commit to it whole heartedly. No one said this sport of ours was easy, but always remember: everything you give to rowing will be returned to you ten-fold.”
  • Andrew Craig (2001)
  • “ Rowing has long had a reputation as a sport that affects the academic success of school pupils. It is certainly true that rowing is time consuming, although this does not have to affect your school work. Many hours of training and travelling are required to compete at the top level. However, there is still more than enough time in any pupils day to fit in studies.”
  • “All that is required is good time management – a skill that boys should acquire sooner rather than later in their College careers.”
  • “ A serious oarsman will develop a very disciplined approach to life – disciplined in training and also in anything else in which he intends to succeed. This strong ethic is easily applied to school work and has resulted in many successful academics from the rowing club. Just looking back over the past eight years, there has been at least one, and often more, “A” aggregates achieved by matric candidates from the 1st Eight.”
  • Set yourself clearly formulated goals, both long term goals as well as short term goals.


anti doping policy
  • St Andrews College is committed to creating a school ethos of zero tolerance to any use of Substances banned under Anti Doping Rules. The school now reserves the right to test or search any boy or items in his possession for doping.
  • Anti Doping testing is very rare at a junior rowing level, in particular at a school club level. Most testing would probably occur at a National Championship and it is likely to be low key and candidates are likely to be selected on a totally random basis.
  • Please be aware that if your son is on ANY CHRONIC MEDICATION, you / he should notify the crew coach and / or the Director of Rowing, so that the school can take appropriate steps where necessary, to notify Rowing South Africa, so that a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form may be completed, and lodged, which indemnifies your son from punishment for that particular drug, should it be on any banned substance listing.
  • Even boys with Asthma must submit TUE forms.
  • Anti Doping Agencies are there to PROTECT your rights as a rower.
  • At the end of the day they should be welcomed with open arms, as they ensure that competitions are fair, so never feel that they are an inconvenience.
  • The procedure for a basic urine test under anti doping protocol is simple, but must be followed and applied under strict conditions and protocol, if the results of such testing are to be valid.
  • All rowers should be aware of their rights under such testing, but these should be made very clear to you by the officer testing you.
  • These are a few pointers of what to expect:
  • Once you present yourself to the testing officer and start the test, you may not leave until the test is completed.
  • You are entitled to have someone, be it your coach, friend, parent or other accompany you for the duration of the test.
  • If you fail to present yourself to a testing officer, after having been notified to do so, you could possibly be deemed to have failed such a drug test.
info for parents


  • Parents are often involved, at some stage, in preparing meals, be it lunch or supper, for rowers. The important thing to remember is that rowers need a balance of carbohydrates, protein and even fat, which is one of the best energy sources.
  • There are a few golden rules:
  • Rowers should avoid dairy products within 3 hours of racing.
  • Rowers should avoid too much beef / meat as it is difficult to digest.
  • Carbohydrates like potato and rice are even better than pasta( a refined carbohydrate.)
  • The following is a list of possible meals that could be prepared, that would give the boys what they need to perform!
  • Supper
  • Chicken A La King – Chicken and rice, with any veggies (eg broccoli / butternut.
  • Cottage /Shepherds Pie – Mince, mashed potato, with any veggies.
  • Roast Chicken with rice / potato, with any veggies.
  • Beef Stroganoff – Beef, mushroom, cream and rice, with any veggies.
  • Lasagne – Beef or chicken, with veggies


  • It is often a lifesaver for the boys, particularly on tour, to get their laundry done, as kit so often gets reused towards the end of a tour, which can not only look shabby, but is also not very hygienic. So if you are able to do some laundry for them, it will help.


  • Boys often need plaster (the plaster that is purchased in rolls) to protect their hands from blisters. The trick to avoid blisters is for the boys to tape their hands and fingers from day 1 of camp. If you leave hands unprotected for even one day, the blisters will arrive!


  • The Eastern Cape is desperate for parents to become involved in assisting with the running of our local regattas. The Eastern Cape Rowing Association has requested that each school provides at least one person who is prepared to do duty at a regatta, once a year. It is very simple to qualify as a local official and is both an enjoyable and social experience.
  • Please contact the Director of Rowing if you are interested.
appendix i
  • Terms of Reference of the Parents’ Support Group of the St Andrew’s College Rowing Club
  • Introduction :
  • The primary role of the parents’ support group is fund raising for equipment and other needs of the club. They may also help, at the request of the master-in-charge of rowing or the coaches, at regattas, camps etc. Whilst all parents are required to participate in these support activities, a committee is formed to lead and co-ordinate these activities and to align and communicate with the master-in-charge of rowing, the director of sport, the headmaster and the rowing club parents.
  • Role and Focus of Parents’ Support Group :
  • Fund raising for equipment and other identified needs
  • In support of this to conduct events and activities, with the necessary communication and within school policy and guidelines
  • To help the master-in-charge of rowing, when requested
  • The Committee :
  • The committee will consist of a chairperson and several other members representative of the U14, U15, U16 and U19 age groups : it is desirable to have representation from each of the 3 main provinces from which the majority of boys come, in order to facilitate fund raising.
  • The tenure of the chairman and the committee members is one year but they may serve for more than 1 year if appropriate e.g. if no other parents make themselves available
  • The committee will be ‘reformed’ each year, after SA Champs and before the beginning of the new season in October. A Chairman will be elected at that meeting. (Traditionally the Chairman has been a parent of the incoming captain.)
  • The committee will formally meet 4 times a year when it is desirable for all committee members or a ‘proxy’ to be available e.g. k-day weekend, (June), Balloon week (October), new boys rowing camp (January), SA champs (March).
  • Accounts and Funds Management :
  • All funds raised by and on behalf of the Rowing Parents Support Group will be managed by the Finance Section of St Andrew’s College. All monies will be deposited into the St Andrew’s College bank account and records of all transactions will be kept within the range of accounts held by the Finance Section. These accounts are audited on an annual basis. All payments from this account will need to be authorised by a member of the Parents Support Group and would be subject to the normal authorisation required by the Finance Section. Payment requests should, wherever possible, be accompanied by supporting documentation. Income and expenditure statements for this account will be available on request. 
  • Committee’s roles and responsibilities :
  • The Chairman :
  • Formal communication with the master-in-charge of rowing, director of sport or the headmaster
  • Management of the funds
  • Calling and chairing of meetings, setting of agendas and report back to parents
  • Developing a fundraising strategy and operational plans (with help of the committee and other interested parents)
  • consultation with the master-in-charge of rowing on the short and long term equipment needs of the club
  • Committee members :
  • Lead and co-ordinate fund raising activities in each of the provinces working with interested parents
  • One member will assist the chairman with communication
  • One member, working with the master-in-charge of rowing and the coaches, will provide marketing and public relations support to profile the club.
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  • Errol Burman : Gauteng : 082 8551565
  • Giles Maynard : OA rower and piper currently based in Johannesburg ; mother Megan phone : 083 4574816 / 011 6463672
  • Roy Blingham, Head of SA Pipers : 083 6771810 / 011 467501