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), 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 rigging boats at a private property approximately 20km up stream from Mildura, on the banks of the Murray. All boats should be 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 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 WDRC by the river bank from about 6.00 am on Saturday morning with a briefing at approximately 6.25, following which first leg crews will drive or take the bus to the starting point 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 Mildura Rowing Club foreshore where morning tea will be available.The crews in the second leg will row down stream to lock 11 and assemble to enter the lock at 11.00am under instruction from the Lock Master. After passing through the lock, crews will then row approx 25km 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