The Rowathon Day

Watch this space for details of the 2019 course but you can read below what happened last year.

The Flying Doctor Rowathon is an annual one day marathon row held at Wentworth, New South Wales. It is the longest one day marathon rowing regatta in Australia and raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
In 2018 we will help celebrate "90 Years of RFDS"  by setting a course of 90 Kms to be rowed on the great outback Darling and Murray Rivers on Saturday, October 6th. Rowers can choose to complete the full distance or row one or more of the four roughly equal stages. The first 2 legs will be on the Murray River starting at Apex Park near Mildura and the second 2 legs will be on the Darling River from Wentworth District Rowing Club. 

The 2018 Rowathon Experience starts on Friday afternoon with rigging boats at Apex Park, Cureton Ave, Mildura, on the banks of the Murray. All boats should be taken to Apex Park, rigged and put on tressels at the designated area where there will be over-night security. Boat trailers should then be taken to Wentworth District Rowing Club trailer parking area. The informal BBQ hosted by Wentworth District Rowing Club (WDRC)  will commence at approximately 6.00 pm and you can 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 the river bank from about 6.00 am on Saturday morning with a briefing at approximately 6.30, following which first leg crews will move to Apex Park to get ready for a great day's rowing. Check-in and starting will be from approximately 7.30 am.  Crews will not be permitted to start before 7.30 or after 8am. Full crew instructions including maps of the course will be given out before the start.


Crews will head down stream on the Murray to the Coomealla Golf Club where morning tea will be available. (see photos below of CGC river edge landing) The second leg is to WDRC where lunch will be available followed by the third leg up the Darling River to a private property just beyond the 20Km marker (see photo below of landing) where afternoon tea will be provided and the last leg is back to WDRC. The first two legs are approximately 25Km each going with the flow of the river and the third and fourth legs are approximately 20Km each, making a total of 90Km in the day.

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 are timed over the four 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 three 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 morning tea.

Bob Hill's landing for afternoon tea.

See links on left side for charts
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