Karapiro Regattas and Camp information
The Karapiro River regatta site is located 6 km south of Cambridge. Regatta parking is available at a $5 per day.
Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club Regatta Site
Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club has a marquee tent which parents, family and supporters can use as a base. It is a good idea to bring your own chair, binoculars, and be prepared for all weather – sun, wind and rain.
Parent help is required on day of arrival or first thing on the morning of racing to help set up the tents etc. Also, on completion or at the end of the regatta to dismantle and pack up everything and put back onto the trailer/truck.
Parents are requested not to go into the Boat Park. This space is for the coaches and the rowers only to be focused and ready for their races. Parents can catch up with their rower when they return to the club regatta site.
All crew members will be supervised and under the responsibility of the Head Coach, Teacher in Charge (TIC) and junior coaches.
Lost property will be taken to the Blue Shed at the conclusion of each regatta and should be checked regularly should a rower be missing anything.
Each crew member is to provide large batches of home baking; one batch for a regatta weekend away and two batches for the training camp in January.
Biscuits and slices are best as they keep longer, but all contributions will be gratefully received. We are asking for good old fashioned home baking, things like banana loaf and anything containing oats and dried fruit are great. As a guide I recommend using recipes that use approximately 125g (4oz) of each butter and sugar. For transportation ice-cream containers are ideal, however if you want your container back please ensure it is named. The home baking is used as recovery foods, part of lunch or afternoon tea where appropriate, and distribution is monitored as part of the overall foods prepared.
Accommodation - Crew Members
Crew member accommodation is in single sex bunk rooms with some, or all, of their age group crew. The rooms are treated as bedrooms, where privacy is respected. Boys and girls do not spend time in each other’s cabins. The mattresses have plastic covers, so bottom and top sheets, (preferably fitted bottom sheet), are required and a light blanket/duvet or sleeping bag and pillow. It is not acceptable to lie on the mattresses without any cover on the mattress.
Rooms can get very hot in the summer and fans can be provided . Crew members are responsible for keeping their rooms clean during their stay and clearing and sweeping out their rooms on the day we vacate camp.
The Head Coach and Teacher in Charge (TIC) set lights out times.
Accommodation – Parents / Supporters
Tent / campervan sites are available to all parents and supporters and your own camping equipment will be required.
The cost per night will be advised in advance of each camp and will sometimes be dependent upon what accommodation option is chosen. All meals are provided and the full day cost for this is $12.50. It is necessary to book your accommodation in advance so that catering can be organised as we order to the numbers from wholesalers to keep club costs down.
Rowing uniform – cap, rowsuit, shorts, hoodie, polo shirt, socks, windbreaker, rowing bag, etc
Training gear – shorts, t-shirts, socks
Thermals – navy blue, long or short sleeved
Swimming costume and towel
Personal toiletries, including any medicines
Blister prevention and treatment: 1 full roll of 3.5 cm wide strapping tape. As most strapping tapes contain zinc oxide, choose another product if you react to zinc oxide tapes.
Betadine or Crystacide Cream
Towels – 1-2
Mobile phone and charger – NB, at Epworth and Finlay Park coverage is limited except for the Spark network
PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE NAMED – EVERYTHING - underwear, all clothes, bags,
phones, drink bottles, etc
All meals are eaten together in the main lodge. Meals are always healthy and balanced and there is plenty for everyone. (If your child has a food allergy or has any special requirements please let Catering Management know by emailing club, and also pack any special food which may be required.)
Rowers are to provide their own supply of recovery sweets, chocolate (or flavoured) milk drinks, Powerade, as required. Please include this with their personal packing. Please ensure these are clearly named.
There are large washing machines and dryers which are coin operated ($1 and $2 coins). A parent (or two) is responsible for the laundry which will be co-ordinated with the roster provided. It would be appreciated if each and every rower could provide $3 (in $1 or $2 coins) – this can be tapped to their home baking container each time.
There are a number of first aid boxes.
In the truck
Kitchen at Epworth and Finlay - stays there the entire time
Small ones in each vehicle
Regatta Site – just a small one with basics.
In each coach boat – in a water-proof box which contains basic items, flares & thermal blankets etc
At the regattas St John’s vehicle is on site and the club has medical professionals who will be assigned at each event
There is no Vodafone or 2degrees cellphone coverage at Camp Epworth or Finlay Park. Spark does work and there will be numbers provided to you ahead of each camp in case there is an important need to get in touch with your rower.
Facilities at Finlay Park
Address - Finlay Park Adventure Camp, 117 Finlay Road, Hora Hora, RD2, Cambridge.
Finlay Park is located beside the Waikato River (adjacent to Epworth Camp). It is about half an hour drive from the Karapiro regatta site.
The river - There is no swimming or paddling in the river at any time. The water is not safe to swallow. Rowers must always disinfect and dress any minor cuts or abrasions each time they return from river training.
Dining hall - Parents are welcome to use this area at any time during the day and evening.
Chiller – available, please name all your items.
Drying Room -A drying room is located next to the lake cabins to dry and air out clothes.
Showers – Bathroom facilities attached to each accommodation block.
Swimming Pool -There is a large 24 m x 10 m x 1.3 m outdoor swimming pool and small paddling pool. The use of the swimming pool (for rowers) is to be organized and supervised by the coaching staff. Please ask the Head coach or TIC for permission before using the pool. Families using the pool must watch their own children. The supervision needs to be by someone over 16.
Spa Pool - Located next to the pool a large 40 person inside spa. Supervision is as per swimming pool instructions.
Recreation Hall - Available for indoor games.
Gym/Events Centre - This centre holds an inside skate ramp (no helmet no ride policy).
Facilities at Epworth Camp
Address - Epworth Retreat & Recreation Centre, 116 Finlay Road, Hora Hora, RD2, Cambridge
Epworth is set on 10 acres beside the Waikato River and also maintains and utilises 2 acres of water frontage. Epworth offers a really lovely setting for camping. It is about half an hour drive from the Karapiro regatta site.
Swimming pool - The use of the swimming pool (for rowers) is to be organised and supervised by the coaching staff. Please ask the Head Coach or TIC for permission before using the pool. Families using the pool must watch their own children. The supervision needs to be by someone over 16. Access to the pool, lower field and the river is through the dining hall, not the steps leading to the downstairs site.
The River - There is no swimming or paddling in the river at any time. The water is not safe to swallow. Rowers must always disinfect and dress any minor cuts or abrasions each time they return from river training.
The Gym - This will be set up with erg machines. It is available for all to use – unless the rowers are using it for training or erg sessions.
Showers - Two blocks will be allocated to girls/women and two to boys/men. There is no swapping, even if there are unused showers.
Dining hall - Parents are welcome to use this area at any time during the day and evening. The only request is that, after 9pm chairs do not get dragged over the floor. It is concrete and there is another school with sleeping accommodation directly below.
Laundry - This is located on the lower level and there are large washing machines and dryers which are coin operated ($1 and $2 coins).
Chiller - There is a chiller at Epworth Camp which parents can put personal food items in. Please name your items/bag so it is not used as communal food. There will be shelves allocated for this.
Facilities at Finlay Park Village
Address - Finlay Park Adventure Camp, 117 Finlay Road, Hora Hora, RD2, Cambridge.
Finlay Park is located beside the Waikato River (adjacent to Epworth Camp). It is about half an hour drive from the Karapiro regatta site. This is a small eco site at the main entrance to Finlay Park.
Accommodation is in 7 x 4 bunk bed fales with solar power. Rowers need to remember to turn the lights off when they depart in the morning or else there is no lighting available at night time. There are no power outlets in the fales so remember to bring power banks should you want to charge your phone.
There is one new shower block with separate mens and womens facilities and an older shower module across the field.
There is one small chiller, kitchen and dining room with a large deck. Outside tables are ideal to eat at if the weather permits.
There is only a washing machine at the Village with dryers at the main Finlay Park Camp.
Swimming pool - The use of the swimming pool (for rowers) is to be organised and supervised by the coaching staff. Please ask the Head Coach or TIC for permission before using the pool.
All regattas and camps are managed by the Rowing Committee, but would not function without parents support. An email asking for your support will be distributed prior to each regatta/camp date.
There will be a roster created which covers food preparation, kitchen duties, dishes, cleaning and also covers the regatta site for lunch. All parents staying will have at least one duty to do. Many hands make light work. This will be posted in the kitchen. Upon arrival please ensure you familiarise yourself with your duties. If, for any reason, they are not suitable please exchange with someone else on the roster – this is your responsibility and please do not just fail to turn up – this lets the whole club down.
Meal preparation, cooking and serving are rostered duties. Dishes are also rostered and done by a parent and a rowing group.
Getting the catering organised is a huge task. Assistance may be required to help with loading and unloading at Bayswater, before and after regattas/camp.