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November 2020 Newsletter


New Coach/Rescue Boat

As mentioned last month, our Club has now taken possession of a new coach/rescue boat from Wanganui Boating Centre. This is a replacement for one of our older models which was leaking badly due to wear and tear on the aluminium hull. The engine and controls from the old boat have been installed on the new boat and drivers report that the new design is very stable (which is imperative should rescues be necessary) and boat wash has been minimised. The photo shows our Novices from Whanganui High School preparing to launch for their on water outing.


Upcoming events

Waitara Regatta - Saturday 28 November. Our Club won this trophy last year in a tight decision with Collegiate. A separate email will be sent to athletes with details.

Jury Cup - Saturday 5 December.

Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro - Friday 11 December to Sunday 13 December.

Club Memberships - Your fees must be paid by 30 November in accordance with the Clubs constitution. If anyone has not received an invoice please email our Treasurer Belinda on

Thirsty Thursdays - Every second Thursday 5:00 - 7:00 pm in our Oarsman Lounge. Come along and enjoy the robust conversation! Non - alcoholic drinks are available.


Boat Drivers

The new craft was put to good use when our Club hosted a boat drivers course last weekend. We congratulate Buck Rogers, Steve Collins, Bruce Osborne, Colin Wright, Darrell Monk, Dave Dudley, Jack Pringle and Lance O'Brien who all passed with flying (floating?) colours and can be added to our arsenal of qualified drivers for coaching and on water regatta

official duties.


Restored Historic Photo

Our second photo is a restored photograph of the Aramoho Boating Club second club house as it looked in 1917. Our current novices would have enjoyed launching an octuple from that ramp! This building survived until mid 1950's and veteran rower, now coach, Pete Smith

recalls it tipping progressively forward toward the river as it became more decrepit. This photograph now has a prominent position in our Oarsman Lounge and the Club commends Whanganui's Renata's Art and Framing for the outstanding restoration work.


100 Club Draw results

Our Raffle was drawn last Thursday before a very thirsty and animated crowd at our Club Lounge.

Prizes were as follows:

1st $2500 Number 52 Russell Terrey

2nd $500 Number 47 Graham "Hunter" Hill

3rd $300 Number 84 Graham and Chris Lawrence

17 Prizes of $100:

Number 77 Peter "Stump" Warner - Amazingly it was drawn 3


Number 69 James Kilmister

Number 50 Bev O'Loughlin

Number 40 Fiona & Humphrey O"leary

Number 97 Nev Mullany

Number 75 Steph Rush

Number 16 Royce "Jersey Puller" Tunbridge

Number 23 Ewen Noble

Number 82 Annie Pawson

Number 51 Pat Spriggens

Number 45 Heemi Stevenson

Number 90 Jack van Bussel

Number 53 Laurie Gibbs

Number 26 Richard and Jan Anderson

Number 11 Lois Rush

Winners have been separately notified.

The Aramoho Whanganui greatly appreciates the support of the all the ticket buyers. The $5000 raised will contribute greatly to the purchase of new sculling blades for the Club.


Next Skiff Purchase

At the recommendation of our coaches, the Club Committee proposes to go ahead with the purchase of a new double scull boat to add to our fleet of the modern racing plant.


We need help for the upcoming Jury Cup Regatta

We require helpers for the Jury Cup Regatta to assist with our canteen fundraising activities.

The following weekend we would also appreciate parental volunteers to assist

with our accommodation arrangements at the Marae at Kihikihi where we will

be based for this big regatta.

In both cases can volunteers please advise Grader at ASAP.


Have a good photo we should share with others?

We are always on the hunt for photos. If you have one that you want to feature in an upcoming newsletter, send it to


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