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A.M. Ramsay Regatta Course

The A.M. Ramsay Regatta Course is an international standard 2km course suitable for rowing, canoeing and dragon boat racing. Located at West Lakes approximately 9km from the city centre and 5km from the airport, the course is home to Rowing SA and the South Australian Sports Institute rowing and canoe/kayak program.

Contact Us

Rowing SA
100 Military Road
West Lakes Shore SA 5021

The home of 

Rowing SA 


Phone: (08) 8242 3288
Fax: (08) 8242 3162

A.M. Ramsay Rowing Course Fact Sheet (PDF, 323 KB)


The Rowing SA complex includes the Boatshed Café and Function Room, administration offices, meeting rooms, storage sheds, boat stores, indoor training centre and full change facilities.

The A.M. Ramsay Regatta Course is managed by Rowing SA on behalf of the Government of South Australia.

The venue is available for hire. Please note that hire is subject to Rowing SA's rowing, sporting and other member priorities.

For all enquiries regarding the Boatshed Café and Function Room please go to Rowing SA website

Facilities/Equipment Hire Form

Regatta Course Hire Agreement

For further information on the A.M. Ramsay Regatta Course and facilities please see the Fact Sheet (PDF, 323 KB).

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The course was redesigned and installed in 2008/2009, $2.436 million. It included starting and finish pontoons. The Judge's Tower was also upgraded at this time.

Specifications & amenities

The course is set on a 4.8km boating lake allowing for warm up and training activities.

The 2km A.M. Ramsay Rowing Course is a fully cabled course with a complete kevlar rope system, 1.5m underwater that is independent of any attachment to the adjacent banks and concrete steps. 

The grid system is secured with marine grade stainless steel shackles and fittings. Wood pylons act as anchorage points with the ability to secure the pontoon at 250m intervals from start to finish.

Portable Equipment:

9 buoyed lanes: There are 9 buoyed lanes marking the 2,000m regatta course. Buoys are at 10m intervals and red buoys mark the first 100m and the last 200m. 

Starting pontoon: The starting pontoon is a 128m x 4m movable pontoon temporarily located at the southern end of the lake. With permanent cross cables every 250m, the starting pontoon can be anchored at 250m intervals. 

Starting tower and aligners/timing huts: A temporary starting tower can be erect on its own floating pontoon. Two aligner huts can be erected along the western side of the course at the 250m, 500m, 1,000m, and 1,500m marks.

Permanent fixtures: 

Launching pontoon: The launching pontoon is approximately 45m long and 5m wide, with 3 access ramps (incl. wheelchair access).

Judge's Tower: The Judge's Tower is located at the northern end of the course. The three-level tower provides for regatta control including an electronic camera/timing system, a tiered umpiring level and a third floor media/commentator balcony.