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About ARC

The Adelaide Rowing Club is South Australia's premier rowing club.


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Affectionately known as the ARC, the Club caters for rowers from a wide range of ages and varying levels of intensity and competition ranging from new rowers undertaking Learn-to-Row programs through to elite athletes representing the state and country. 

ARC also has a healthy Master's rowing program catering for rowers from 27 to 80+ years of age. 



Fleet, Facilities & Equipment

ARC operates from two boathouses: the city boatshed overlooking the Torrens Lake, and a bay at the extensive RowingSA complex at West Lakes. 

The Club has an extensive fleet of boats spread over both locations, including 4 coxed eights, 3 coxless fours/quad sculls, 5 coxed quad sculls and fours, 8 coxless pairs/double sculls and 8 single sculls.




The Torrens Lake boathouse also hosts the ARC gym, where members perform off-water strength and conditioning training. The gym hosts a suite of weight machines and equipment as well as 8 modern Concept II ergometers (rowing machines), and provides a great base to go for a scenic jog around the Torrens - as well as a sneaky beverage upstairs afterwards.






Social Life

ARC is well-known across Adelaide for its vibrant social life and great atmosphere. 

The ARC bar and function room provide a great place to relax and unwind, whilst taking in the spectacular view from the balcony across the river, Elder Park and towards Adelaide Oval.

Thursday night is Member's night at the ARC, with the usual format being a row on the lake, followed by drinks upstairs, and occasionally a meal or BBQ dinner.

The function room often plays hosts to many of the Club's social events including:

The Annual Dinner

Captain's Cocktail Party

ARC Christmas Party

Opening of the Season

Vice President's Luncheon


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Formed in 1882 on the banks of the River Torrens as the I'Zingari Rowing Club, the Club has had a rich and colourful past over its 130+ year life-span.

Over its time, many have plied up and down Torrens Lake, and more recently, West Lakes, wearing the gold, red and black colours of the Adelaide Rowing Club.

The Club's current boatshed on the River Torrens is the third edition, after the first and second sheds were destroyed by flood in 1889 and fire in 1931 respectively. 

The Club has an extensive collection of photographs on display at the boatshed that illustrate this history, many of which appear in the Club's official history "Adelaide Rowing Club: The First 100 Seasons" by R.W. Richardson.