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When does the rowing season begin and end?

The Auckland Grammar School Learn to Row season begins in Term 1 (early February) and ends in the middle of Term 3 (mid August). The Rowing season runs from September to March with the majority of regattas being completed November to March.

How much training is involved?

Learn to Row athletes train between two and three times a week in Term 1 with the majority of training being on the ergs (rowing machines) and three to four times a week, increasing on-water time, in Terms 2 and 3. Rowing athletes will generally train six days a week during the rowing season (September to March).

Weekly training schedules for the Auckland Grammar School Rowing Team will be posted on the Erg Room noticeboard and sent to all student/parent email addresses regularly.

How do the students get from School to the Auckland Grammar Rowing Club?

Parents/rowers need to make their own transport arrangements through the use of the School vans and car-pooling for rides to and from the Auckland Grammar Rowing Club between September and November.

A School bus is then available to take the boys from the Rowing Club to School from December to March. Parents/rowers must organise their own transport to and from the club on weekends.

How do the boys get to and from training?

Most of our boys carpool which helps with the workload of having a son as a rower! Please email the Auckland Grammar Rowing Club if you would like more information and to register your boy for this.

Contact details and addresses for all Auckland Grammar School Rowing parents are posted in the Rowing drive at the beginning of each new rowing season. This will make it easy to identify other rowers in your neighbourhood and to make carpooling arrangements. Note: this page can only be viewed by current season rowers/parents who are logged in.

Before organising your carpool, please be aware that Junior rowers (Under 15/Under 16) sometimes train at different times to Senior (Under 17/Under 18) rowers.

Where are regattas held and how often?

There are between two and three regattas held on Lake Pupuke, on the North Shore and five regattas held from October to late March at Lake Karapiro.

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals (otherwise known as the Maadi Cup) alternates between North and South Island annually and is held on either Lake Karapiro, Cambridge or Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel.

What about transport to and from regattas?

Travel to regattas in the Auckland region are for the boys/parents to arrange. School vans will be arranged by the Club prior to the Lake Karapiro regattas and the majority of our rowers are transported to the Lake in these.

Do you have training camps?

Yes we do! There are two major training camps a season, each are five to seven days long. They are held during the spring and summer school holidays, so they don't interrupt the student's academic life.

How much are the fees?

Fees for the 2018/19 season are yet to be determined. Club fees are due by early December. The fees cover most costs for the season, including food at training camps and weekends away at regattas, uniforms, membership fees to the Auckland Grammar Rowing Club, race entry fees, insurance for our boats and trailers, and many other costs associated with a successful rowing programme.

What's the difference between a novice rower, a junior rower and a senior rower?

Novices are rowing for their first season. Junior rowers are in either the Under 15 or Under 16 age groups. A senior rower is a rower in the Under 17 or Under 18 age group.

Boys may progress up the age groups and row with more experienced rowers if they are making good progress within their group.

How much involvement is required of parents?

Rowing is a sport that requires a significant base of support from the parents. As is the case with all School sports, the more parent help, the better the squad will function.

Besides getting rowers to and from training (carpools are a great way of spreading the driving load), parents are encouraged to help at regattas and camps (e.g. food preparation for out-of-Auckland regattas, supervision, driving, boat maintenance and the like). Helping out is a great way of getting to know other parents - and, of course, the young men!

Is much out-of-Auckland travel involved?

Auckland Grammar School Rowers usually compete in five regattas outside Auckland. Four will be at Lake Karapiro and one at the Maadi Cup, which is held in alternating years at Lake Karapiro, and Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel. The crew will only compete at the Maadi Cup if they qualify.

How long does a regatta go for?

Lake Pupuke regattas are usually held on Saturdays and Lake Karapiro regattas run from Friday to Sunday. The Maadi Cup runs from Monday to Friday.

Auckland Grammar School rowers are required to stay for the entire duration of the regatta, so as to support their team-mates who are out on the water.