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. In 2022 we will again be raising funds for their Wellness (Mental Health) Programs in remote communities.

The 2022 Rowathon Experience will start on Friday afternoon with boat rigging at Wentworth District Rowing Club (WDRC) and collection of Rowathon information.

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.

The proposed program is as follows:

Breakfast will be available at WDRC by the river bank from about 6.00am on Saturday morning with a briefing at approximately 6.20am. After you have filled your tummies with yummy goodness the first leg crews will travel to Apex Park near Mildura and prepare boats for the first leg down to Coomealla Golf Club landing, a distance of approximately 25Km.

Full crew instructions including maps of the course will be given out in the week before the Rowathon and during breakfast, before the start.

You can review the course on the river charts from the "Charts & Maps" menu. The first leg takes in chart " Murray below Mildura" followed by the chart "Murray above Lock 10" .

Apex Park launch area Coomealla Golf Club river bank

After enjoying morning tea by the Golf Club landing and a good rest or crew change boats will set off downstream to Wentworth District Rowing Club , passing by beautiful red-brown cliffs and lots of river red gums, on the way to the junction of the Darling with the Murray and row up the Darling to the WDRC landing, a distance of approximately 25Km. Lunch and a well earned rest will be enjoyed before the afternoon leg which will involve rowing up the Darling to a turnaround point then back to WDRC, we expect this will be a distance of approximately 15Km but will depend on the river flow on the day. The "Darling Chart 1" will be used for this leg.

A flat fee pays for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and end of rowing snacks. 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.

See links on left side for charts

Things to Take With You In The Boat

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 leg). So "be in it to win it."