The Rowathon Day

The Flying Doctor Rowathon is an annual one day marathon row held on the Darling and Murray Rivers and hosted by Wentworth District Rowing Club (WDRC) in Wentworth, New South Wales. It is the longest one day marathon rowing regatta in Australia and raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This year we will again be raising funds for their Mental Health Programs in remote communities.

The 2019 Rowathon Experience starts on Friday afternoon with boat rigging at a private property approximately 20km up stream from Mildura, on the banks of the Murray. All boats should be rigged, put on tressels and tied down at the designated area. There will be overnight security. Boat trailers should then be taken to Wentworth District Rowing Club trailer parking area. There will be a Rowathon sign on the Sturt Hwy by the access gate to the property which is about a 1km east of Trentham Estate winery.

The traditional informal BBQ hosted by WDRC will commence at approximately 6.00pm. An opportunity to relax with your crew and enjoy the sunset reflections over the Darling River. There will be ample parking by the river and this is also the location for the pre-regatta breakfast on Saturday morning.

Breakfast will be available at WDRC by the river bank from about 5.45am on Saturday morning with a briefing at approximately 6.10am. After you have filled your tummies with yummy goodness the first leg crews will drive or take the bus to the starting point to get ready for a great day's rowing. Check-in at 6.50 and starting will be from approximately 7.00am.  Crews will not be permitted to start before 7.00am, with starting times decided after consultation with crews in the week leading up to the Rowathon. Full crew instructions including maps of the course will be given out before the start. 

You can review the course on the river charts from the "Charts & Maps" menu. The first leg takes in chart " Murray Above Mildura" with the start close to the 904 river marker. This follows on to chart "Murray Below Mildura" which includes lock 11, Apex Park and part of the second leg. The final chart, "Murray above lock 10" covers the Murray to the junction of the Darling and the Darling River up past Wentworth and includes Coomealla Golf Club landing.

 Note the following changes to arrangements:

Crews will head down stream, approximately 18km on the Murray to Lock 11 where we will enter the lock from 9.00am to approximately 9.45 under instruction from the Lock Master. We will have two movements through the lock during that time. After passing through the lock, crews will then row approx 2km down to Apex Park for morning tea and crew changes. It will be possible for crews to make a change at the Mildura Rowing Club lawns prior to heading to the lock, providing they have time. Also for crews not wanting to take their boat through the lock, they can take it out at the Rowing Club lawns and we will have a trailer to take it to Apex Park. 

The second leg of approximately 26km will start from Apex Park and head down to Coomealla Golf Club landing for lunch. 

Following lunch, the last leg will be rowed down to the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers then up the Darling to WDRC to the finish line and a welcoming afternoon tea.

A flat fee pays for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. It is not necessary to take cutlery or crockery to the row, as everything is provided at the meal stops. Nor will you need to take any money, as you will have paid for your meals with your registration.


The day finishes with the Survivor's Roast in the WDRC boat shed where crews can compare great rowing feats, times and sore parts, always with a deal of satisfaction. 

The dinner is paid with the entry form. During the evening we will auction a limited number of special items to raise funds for the RFDS.
We also expect to have a stall near the WDRC boat shed, at the end of the day, selling local produce and donated items, again to raise funds for the RFDS.

The Rowathon is not necessarily a race, but there are some serious records to be broken by those who enjoy a challenge. Crews will be timed over the three legs of the course and the aggregates compared for awarding the trophies. If you and your crew want it to be less competitive, you can enjoy an extraordinary row at a more leisurely pace along the beauty and grandeur of our nations great rivers.

Generally, crews have rest breaks on the water every 20 - 25 minutes, as well as taking three formal breaks on the riverbank with their Support Crews. Above and below the morning, lunch and afternoon stops there will be signs marking the points at which your boat will be timed in and out of each of these two formal breaks. Times do not significantly count for the Jack Joel Trophy but are of great interest to crews which, by rowing the full distance unchanged, vie for the Ian Law Trophy. We also have the Col Rogers Trophy for the "Fastest Boat" over the course with crew changes allowed and the Wentworth Perpetual Trophy for the fastest boat with no changes doing just the half marathon (first two legs). So "be in it to win it."

Coomealla GC landing for lunch.

See links on left side for charts