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ASRL Newsletter 

Newsletter #59 - December 2015

Christmas is just around the corner and the waves are rolling all around Australia. This is the final newsletter for 2015 and includes a stack of information, results and member profiles and photos.

Don't forget to #teamnavyasrl on all social media posting for your chance to win!

A few important messages:

Aussies 2016

Charles Melloy, the Aussie Boat Referee, has informed us that the the program for the 2016 Aussies will be as followed:

Masters on the Monday & Tuesday 17/18 April 2016
All Relay Events on Wednesday 20 April 2016
All other divisions will be from Thursday to Sunday, 21 to 24 April 2016.

More information shortly on what divisions will be racing on these days.


A reminder that helmets can be plain colour coveted in fabric cap or painted.

On behalf of the ASRL committee I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

Bert Hunt 
ASRL President


There will be a brand new surfboat up for grabs as a prize that will be drawn at the ASRL Open. Your club can collect tokens throughout the season at a number of events!

For more information please click here

Crews Battle the Surf at Team Navy ASRL Launch

The Team Navy ASRL launch was held in testing conditions at Surfers Paradise on December 5 - 6 and although racing was cancelled on the Saturday those crews who stayed around for Sunday enjoyed the racing!

A special mention to the Navy team for their ongoing support and presence at the event. This included the Royal Australian Navy band (QLD section). 

click here to view over 100 photos from the event.

The results are as followed:

Open Men
Palm Beach Pigeons (NSW)
Corrimal Black (Under 23 crew)
Lorne 31
Alexandra Headlands JD Builders (Under 23 crew)
Coolum Beach (Reserves crew)
Open Women
Palm Beach Patriots (NSW)
Lorne Edge
Coolum Beach Chillies (Under 23 crew)
Under 19 Men
Maroochydore Force
Alexandra Headland QFFS
Alexandra Headland HH Air Conditioning
Tannum Sands Turbos
Coolum Beach Active Health
Mermaid Beach Weasels
Coolum Beach Butterfly Collectors
Bribie Island Team A


Video Highlights from Team Navy ASRL Launch

Les Herstik has posted a highlights reel from the Team Navy ASRL season launch from early December at Surfers Paradise.

Check out the footage via the YouTube by clicking here

#TeamNavyASRL Competition

We are excited to launch a BRAND NEW COMPETITION, exclusive to the Team Navy ASRL surf boat series.

All you have to do is #TeamNavyASRL in any of your surf boat photos on Instagram or Facebook! We want you to get CREATIVE! 

How does it work?

- We will pick the top three photos that use #TeamNavyASRL each week to go into a public vote.
- Voting will be done over Facebook each Saturday - Monday, starting on Boxing Day
- You must be creative and use the Team Navy ASRL logo or any Navy branding to be eligible.

Each week we will give away a customised sports bag or headphones with your crew/club name/logo on it!

GET HASH TAGGING! The competition is now open! 
Crews Racing to Represent Our Country

The National Selection Trial will be held at Elouera this Sunday 20 Dec commencing at 8am and we have some of the best crews in the country going head to head to represent Australia!

Confirmed starting list

Open Men
Mona Vale
Palm Beach NSW
North Cronulla
North Cottesloe 

Palm Beach NSW
North Cronulla 

Good luck to everyone competing for the right to represent the Green and Gold!

South Australian Competitors Tackle Middleton

South Australia had some great conditions at Middleton yesterday for the 2nd Team Navy ASRL carnival for the season!

The top 3 from the Team Navy ASRL SA carnival are below:

Open Men: Henley Mack Dogs, Port Elliot Rustlers, Henley Dirty Birds
Open Women: Glenelg A, Henley Strikers, Henley Amazons
Reserves: Aldinga Seadragons, Port Elliot Good Old Boys, Somerton B
U23 Men: Port Elliot Castaways
U23 Women: Glenelg, Henley Emuettes
U19 Men: Henley Beach Boys, Semaphore, Somerton
U19 Women: Henley Falcons

The next event in South Australia is on January 3rd, location TBC

Photo courtesy of Troy Pudney

Thanks to @wahlenberg_bluebell for hashtaggin #TeamNavyASRL with this classic photo! Everyone loves the Team Navy sunnies!

Three Team Navy ASRL Rounds Completed in Western Australia

The ‪#TeamNavyASRL‬ series hit Scarborough on Sunday 13 December for Round 3 in Western Australia. Congratulations to everyone who competed throughout the event!

The top three results from Round 3 are as followed:

Open Men
Nth Cottesloe A
City Red
City Werewolves

Open Women
Nth Cottesloe Westerfeld
Nth Cottesloe Kwik Cranes
City Senyoritas

Under 23 Men

Secret Harbour Screamin’ Seamen
City Werewolves

Under 23 Women
Nth Cottesloe Kwik Cranes
Secret Harbour Secret Victory

Under 19
Nth Cottesloe A
Fremantle Sasquatch
Nth Cottesloe B

Reserve Men
Scarboro Gaz
City Black
Nth Cottesloe A

Reserve Women
City Rowbots
Bunbury A
Trigg Island GB’s

Photo and results courtesy of Chris Inglis (Surf Life Saving SA)

Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival/ASRL Short Course Champs

The Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival is on again in January 2015 along with the ASRL Short Course Championships!

Details are:

Saturday 23 January
- Manly Team Navy Boat Carnival
- National Youth Selection Event
- Final NSW State Team Selection Event
Open Men, Open Women and Under 19's report at 6:30am with a 7:00am start.
Reserve Grade and Under 23's report at 11:00am with a 11:30am start.

Sunday 24 January
Everyone is a 6:30am report for a 7:00am start.

Carnival format

Saturday is elimination racing with repechage with the aim to have five races per division, including finals. Sunday is a short course with the format to be announced closer to the event (subject ot entry numbers and conditions). There will be two boat areas on both days and the area splits will be announced on Monday 18 January.

Entries and Registration

Saturday entries are via NSW branches section of 'SNB - Manly Boat Captain'
Sunday entires are via ASRL section of 'ASRL Short Course Champs'.

Eligible crews will receive tokens for the draw to win a NEW SURFBOAT.

All officials and competitors are invited to Manly Life Saving Club after the ASRL Short Course Champs on Sunday for refreshments, medal presentations and team selection announcements. 

Check the ASRL website, SNB brach website and Facebook for updates leading up to the event.
Tasmanian Boaties Battle it Out at Carlton Park
The #teamnavyasrl series was in Tasmania on Saturday 5 December for Round 1 of the series at Carlton Park beach.

The results are as followed:

1 - Carlton Park Old Gold
2 - Clifton Beach Wynd Stalyns
3 - Kingston Karnivores

1 - Clifton Beach Krackens
2 - Kingston Beach Krunch
3 - Carlton Park Imports

Round 2 of competition in Tasmania will be held on Saturday Jan 2 at Clifton Beach.
Team Navy ASRL Open Information Friday February 19 - Sunday 21 February

The Team Navy ASRL Open in 2016 will be bigger and better than ever before! With the addition of new divisions, exciting prize draws, the Tran Tasman competition and a new exciting timeslot for the Interstate competition, this is an event not to be missed!

This event page will have all of the information you need for the three day competition! 

The ASRL have again partnered with Destination NSW! Make your weekend in Shellharbour more than just 'a weekend'! The region has some remarkable attractions, visit for more information.

We are excited to announce that at this year’s Open we have added two female divisions. This means that eight divisions of racing will take home medals against the standard six of the past. 

The divisions are:
- Open Male
- Open Female
- “A” Reserve Male
- “A” Reserve Female
- U23 Male
- U23 Female
- U19 Male
- U19 Female
- The U19 Female is a complete new division
- Open Female will commence racing as the one division. After 4, 5 or 6 rounds the top 24 point score crews will split into the Open Female division while the next 24 crews will shift into the new “A” Reserve division of racing for the finals

The program is as followed:
- Masters commence at 7.30am on Friday
- Masters divisions start at 160 - 260 M & 160 - 180 F
- A Reserve Male & U23 Male & Female will commence in one Area at 9.30am on Friday and 11.30 in the second area at the completion of the Masters
- The plan is to row 4 and 5 rounds of A reserve M and U23 M&F on Friday
- Interstate reverts to 4pm on Friday

- U19 M & F open the Saturday program at 8am
- First test Match at 10.30 Sat
- Open M & F commence at 10.45am Sat
- Every division will go from Pointscore to the round of 24 crews unless numbers dictate a smaller number

- Racing to commence at 7.30am
- Rounds will run down from 24 to 16 to 12 to 8 to the final
- Final race should be concluded by 2.30pm on Sunday
- This will all be dependent on crew entries and be confirmed closer to the event

Entries Open 
- The ASRL Open entry is now open to crews on Surfguard
- Entry fee is $40 per rower
- The U19 both divisions are free
2016 - The Year of the George Bass Marathon

The George Bass Marathon is on again in 2016 and good luck to all of the crews and support members who will be taking part in the event!

Sunday 3 January - Saturday 9 January 2016. 7 days, 7 legs and 190km's of some of the best coastline in Australia.

Visit for all of the information
Tribute for Nicholas Ruygrok

An emotional tribute was held on Sunday 13 December at the Team Navy ASRL carnival at Middleton in SA for Nicholas Ruygrok.

Nicholas tragically passed away this week in a cycling accident in NSW. 

Rest in Peace - Nicholas Ruygrok

Billy Psaltis is a passionate rower and rookie sweep with the Currumbin Vikings SLSC

We had a chat with Billy and you can view the Q&A on the Team Navy ASRL Facebook page.

Billy said "the Currumbin Beach Vikings Opens Men's surf boat crew as they are very successful at what they do and are very humble about it. They are very encouraging to junior rowers like myself."

Click here to read the full interview.

Gold Coast Seniors News Article

Check out this article from the Gold Coast Seniors News (December edition)

Albie Maxwell, 82, is "the oldest active sweep in the world", according to his teammates. He says a "sweep" coaches and guides the team.

"I've been rowing since 1951," Albie said.

"I've been sweeping since 1956. You've got to be able to read the surf because the rowers have got their eyes on the beach."

"You've got to have good balance and be strong. It's fantastic, the camaraderie."

For the full article please visit…/seas-too-wild-for-…/2867754/

Photo - The Coolangatta Blues in training - Col Buttenshaw, Graham Matthews, Albie Maxwell, Steve Mason, Greg Ryan and sweep Phil Hammond.

The Torquay SLSC is full of a rich history in surf boat rowing! Crews across many decades from the club have won gold at a number of events in our sport and the club has a number of current rowers who are keen to take it up to the best in the country. One of the youngsters within the club is determined to reach the top in the Under 23 Women category.

Dayna Bentley is a twenty year old rower from the Torquay SLSC who simply LOVES the sport of surf boat rowing.

Read the full interview with Dayna by clicking here
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