Bayswater: Annual Learn to Row event a chance for beginners to have a paddle and join a crew

Mark Muscat, Tony Beech, Jarrad McNeil (15) and Leonie Edward. Picture: Andrew.
Mark Muscat, Tony Beech, Jarrad McNeil (15) and Leonie Edward. Picture: Andrew.

A VOLUNTEER-run rowing club in Bayswater is hoping to attract more beginners to its 20th annual Learn to Row regatta event.

ANA Rowing Club, based at the end of Milne Street, Swan River end near the Garratt Road Bridge, has 150 members from across Perth – including Kalamunda and Fremantle.

The club’s annual event will be held on March 18 and is open to all ages, where people can register individually and be placed in a crew of four or register as a crew.

There will be a barbecue and cakes for sale, with funds raised going to the club.

Crews will race 500m and go through an elimination process before the best crew is determined.

Committee member Mark Muscat said the club wanted to get people who want to have fun and exercise to learn how to row.

“The reason why they are attracted to our club is that we don’t get as much speed boat traffic,” he said.

“We usually have about five or so sessions where we teach them how to row and then we have a regatta.

“On the day, we have various heats and there is handicaps for women crews and mixed crews – so no one has a distinctive advantage.”

Muscat said the youngest member was 14-years-old and the oldest was about 70-years-old.

“We have got programs for juniors, from 14 to 16-year-olds (and) we have got guys who are in their 60s and are racing in masters,” he said.

“This (regatta) is just a way of getting people just a bit of a taste for the sport and if they want to join the club, fantastic.”

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