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February 20, 2020

Following the challenging conditions at the State Championships the week before, BRC was blessed with fine weather to host their Regatta on Sunday 16 February.

The day ran smoothly thanks to everyone assisting under the guidance of Captain Nick and Vice captain Renate.  A 6am start to 3pm lock up is a long but rewarding day.  Special thanks to Chris Morgan, David Longhurst, Rob Keane, Heather Hunt and Grant Hunt for driving the Racing Officials tinnies and Barbara Ramjan (actual BRO) for a full day in the saddle.

Our women's D grade 8+ honoured the memory of Shirley Croot with a win in the "Don & Shirley Croot".

Congratulations to all - on and off the water.

February 20, 2020

Sadly we farewell Shirley Croot who passed away last weekend. Shirley was the wife of former BRC President Don Croot AM.

A truly remarkable woman with a brilliant mind and a photographic memory.

Shirley was the rock behind Don and the binder of the family. Shirley lived her life to the full and is now at peace.

Our condolences to her sons and the extended family.

Terry Maher

Pictured: the Christening and Launch of the 'Don & Shirley Croot' - (2004)

February 11, 2020

Last weekend nine members of the para squad braved torrential rain and wind to represent the Club at NSW State Championships at SIRC.

The competition was tough but all our rowers put in a tremendous effort, and despite the weekend’s poor weather conditions, matched or improved on their times raced at the Small Boats Regatta,.

Bronte and Lauren won Silver and Bronze respectively in their 2km 1x. 

Unfortunately the regatta was cancelled before our two 4+ crews got to race.

Congratulations to all our para competitors.

January 17, 2020

Despite some challenging conditions, a great weekend was had by all at the Manning River Summer Regatta. Congratulations to all who competed, particularly Zoe & June with a win in the WD2x, Niki & Anthea with 2 second places in the WD2x and WM2x and further placings and some great racing in the doubles and womens 8+ - also captured by Maria on GoPro. - Saturday bow side - Sunday stroke side

Big thanks to our Captains Nick and Renate for supporting the crew and to Owen for driving the trailer.


December 4, 2019

A record six crews from Balmain went to Melbourne this year to complete in the 61st Head of the Yarra. The 8km winding course from the boathouses opposite Federation Square to Hawthorn Rowing Club is a true test of preparation, strength, endurance and the coxswain ability to manage other crews, the winding course and 11 bridges. BRC recorded a number of personal bests and the weekend was rounded off with dinner (and dancing!) at The Crafty Squire. Thanks to those who participated in organising the event and to Glebe rowing club in assisting with logistics.

November 29, 2019

Sunday 24 November saw our favourite balcony once again transformed into the Slow Slide Gin Bar.

Perfect weather and a perfect view - no wonder our venue is so popular with hall hirers. 

The cocktails were flowing thanks to Vic, Jules and Rose and everyone who helped out including Balmain High School for the loan of the chairs.

The two 'Slow Slides' have raised over $2000 that will go into boat maintenance so everyone benefits.

Thanks Girls.

Stand by for the third in the series to be announced soon. 

November 20, 2019

BRC entered the school girl regatta arena last weekend with the junior girls competing at the MLC School Regatta.  Supported by their coach, Zoe and enthusiastic BRC mum, Vic Clay the girls notching up two credible third places in the doubles and came back smiling. 

November 19, 2019

Congratulations Eleanor Taylor who received a special blazer from her school (PLC) for representing Australia at the INAS Global Games.
The presentation was attended by Balmain/ex-PLC girls Lauren and Ruby as well as proud parents.

November 17, 2019

Thank you everyone who competed, volunteered or just simply turned up to spectate at yesterday's Iron Cove Classic!

Thank-you coaches & athletes - we fielded six full BRC crews and can see some great improvements in times and results. Our WD8+ came second in their event and our MM8+ were the third quickest MM8+ on the course on raw times. Every crew did our tiger colours proud, so well done! Great to see competitors spanning the full range of abilities and ages.

Thank-you volunteers - the volunteer group of Renate Ijpma, Jim Lucas, Bob Greaves, Rob Keane, David Longhurst, Chris Morgan, Niki Reed and Ann Pham made sure the regatta ran smoothly and on time. We started 46 racing crews within 20 seconds of the gazetted start time and the race was held with minimal fuss. The efforts of this team enabled to BRC to field as many athletes as possible. Thank-you also Jeremy and MM crew for setting and packing down the course with minimal fuss.

Thank-you everyone who pitched in to cook the BBQ -...

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