Alumni Report

Rowing experience down under – A visit to the Commercial Rowing Club in Brisbane (Max Rasche)

When I came to Australia for a 6 month internship as a part of my International Logistics Studies, I knew I wanted to keep rowing as a part of my life. Turns out, oarsmen and women along the east coast of Australia are very enthusiastic about the sport and so there is a thriving rowing community. Hence, I quickly found a place to row, namely the Commercial Rowing Club in Brisbane. It was established in 1877 and is Queensland’s oldest amateur sporting club and the Premier Queensland Rowing Club (source:

I received a warm welcome and was soon invited to go for an outing in a single on the Brisbane River. Never having rowed in a single before made this quite an adventure, especially with the “City Cat” (a high speed catamaran for public transportation) passing by every twenty minutes, leaving me to cope with its heavy wash. Indeed I made not capsizing my priority, as one of my colleagues had told me about the sharks that like to come upriver from the ocean. Nonetheless I managed to have a good row and after a few more outings I was able to go out by myself. Now I use every opportunity I have to go out on the weekends and enjoy the beginning of Australian spring on the water. It’s fantastic to make this experience and it keeps me looking forward to get back to training with the Jacobs Rowing Team on the (shark free) Lesum.

Till then I wish the team a great fall season and “always a hand width of water under the keel”!


Brisbane, October 2011

PS: By the way, there is actually an Australian Boat Race between the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney at the end of October. Feel free to check out their webpage:

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