Happy New Rogaining-Year.

The big event on the 2019 calendar, which I’m sure you are all training for, is the Australasian Championships which Rogaining Tasmania will be hosting on the weekend of 9-10 November. Planning is well underway for the Binalong Day And Night Rogaine. Bernard Walker has put in a huge effort to improve the base-map beyond what we get from government-supplied data. In particular, he has been examining aerial photography in fine-detail to get the tracks and varied vegetation correct as possible. His computer has been glowing red-hot from processing LiDAR data to generate accurate contours. Event Director Peter Tuft reports that some key volunteer positions are still vacant. We need people for hash house and campsite logistics, assistance with the catering at the All-Night Café (a second hash house), and an experienced first aid officer. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to assist.

2018 was a good year for us: six 24-hour rogaines (including the 29 hour Bush Search and Rescue NSW Navshield). It was going to be five, ending with the NZ Champs in Dunedin, but with the horrible weather combined with the rugged terrain it turned into the toughest we’ve ever done. Back in Sydney two days later, still bummed with our performance, we made a last-minute decision to enter ‘Return of the Oysters Rogaine’ the following weekend.

24hr event winners Toni Bachvarova and Andrew Smith

24hr event winners Toni Bachvarova and Andrew Smith

We flew to Hobart after work Friday night, had a comfortable sleep in a lovely B&B in Sorell, picked up some treats from the Dunalley bakery Saturday morning.

The 2018 Australasian Rogaining Champs were held at Manumbar in SE Qld on the 25th and 26th of August. Rogaining Tasmania was represented by a small team of enthusiasts.

Gary Carroll and Bernard Walker - pre-start
Gary Carroll and Bernard Walker - pre-start

Ciara Smart and Nic Pittman

Ciara Smart and Nic Pittman

ARC2019 Logo SmallNext year it is Tasmania’s turn to host the Australasian Rogaining Championships. This big event will be held on the weekend of November 9th and 10th in the St Helens - Bay of Fires Region. There will be a wide variety of terrain types in the event area – steep, subtle, granite, coastal, marshes and some former tin mining areas. Don’t be put off because it is a “championship event”. There will be control sites that test the navigational ability of the elite teams, but there will be something for family and social rogainers to enjoy. The event website can be viewed at arc2019.rt.asn.au.

Peter Tuft (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is the event director. Even though it’s a long time until we host this event there is a whole lot of planning to be done now. We are putting together the organising team and already have most of the key positions filled, but need people to help with the following roles:

This year’s Australian Championships are being hosted by Queensland and are being held in the Gympie region – a couple of hours north of Brisbane on August 25th and 26th. The event organisers are very experienced and the terrain looks open and very interesting so it will be a great event. There is lots of information at arc2018.qld.rogaining.org.au. Regular entries close on the 1st of August.

Tasmania’s recipients for the Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation funding to attend the Intervarsity Champs and Australasian Champs are Rachel Allen and Callum Thompson-Young. They are both Australian Maritime College (UTAS) students.

Congratulations and good luck to you Rachel and Callum and to the other Tasmanians who have entered.