Pontoon, Learn to Row coaches, Gym closure, Ted Bromley, Appalling Wombat

Learn to Row coaches for term 4

We are still short LTR coaches for the upcoming term. If you are prepared to help please email Suzanne Hartley at learntorow@mosmanrowing.com. This program raises essential money for the club and, I can assure you, is very rewarding for the coaches, particularly in term 4 when the days are getting longer and warmer.

Private function in gym this Saturday afternoon

Please note that the gym has been booked for a private function this Saturday (tomorrow/Oct. 8) between 12 noon and 6pm and will therefore be off-limits.

Ted Bromley

Most members would be know that Ted Bromley is a famous life member of our club. One of our heavyweight fours is named after him. Ted died in 2004 and bequeathed a substantial sum to establish a trust to help cover the international touring costs of athletes in the under-aged Australian rowing teams. This year seven Mosman athletes received funding from the E.R. Bromley Trust to help with their seat fees for the campaigns in Rotterdam and New Zealand.

I recently heard that part of Ted’s fortune was derived from a mining dispute concerning his property in the Hunter Valley. The case ended up in the High Court. This obituary is well worth a read. It explains a little about the case and much more about Ted. http://users.tpg.com.au/nsrc/obit_ted.html

Appalling Wombat Award

Pleasingly, things had been quiet on the Wombat Front until the Monday of the long weekend but this is now a day that will live in infamy. Why? Eight male masters and their female cox were returning from the pool beyond the bridge in the Martin 8+ and had paused at the top of the course. Only then did the four man choose to let fly with a noxious emanation that was staggering in its volume and ferocity. Fortunately his seat was carbon fibre as a timber one might have shattered or caught fire or both. A toxic miasma soon enveloped the stern four and cox and, due to the lack of breeze, lingered for what seemed an eternity. Had the cox been using an old-fashioned megaphone we may have had a fatality on our hands.

Video of the week

Just a short video concerning navigation this week and one some of you may have seen. Sorry. It’s been a short week and I’ve been crook with a cold so couldn’t, to use a word that is terribly over-used these days, ‘curate’ something more substantial for you. Of course, the footage is from the Riverview Gold Cup which, this season, will be on Saturday, 4 March.