Dear Rogaining Community, wishing you a warm welcome to the 2024 rogaining season. I hope you have enjoyed some time off over the summer. I, for one, have been glad the weather has been reasonably kind thus far. I hope you also have been able to enjoy the long evenings to get some outdoor time.

Vale Stephen Dose. To begin on a somber note, the SARA committee and rogaining community mourns the passing of former accomplished rogaine competitor and setter, Stephen Dose. Stephen died after a long illness on 5 February; his last rogaine was the 4-hour at Belair 3 years ago. Stephen competed in many rogaines at state, national and world level, the latter being the 7th World Rogaining Championships in the Warrrumbungles, NSW, Australia in 2006, where he placed second in the Mixed Veterans category. In addition, he set the 24-hour State Championships/SA -Vic challenge “Eura Carla” near Padthaway in 2002, and assisted Rob Tucker to set the 2004 Australian Championships at Holowiliena. We give our sincere condolences to his beloved family: wife Robyn, children Katherine, Wes, Tom, Riordan and families. His kind-hearted presence, as Rob Tucker aptly put it, will be sadly missed in both rogaining and orienteering circles.

The rogaining year: The SA Rogaining committee has been busy planning for 2024. We are again happy to be offering a range of events, of different lengths and distance from Adelaide. Our first event is the Twilight 4-hour ‘Nautical Navigators of Noarlunga’. Meredith Norman is the lead setter. Meredith, you may remember, is one third of the Dream Team, current World Junior Women’s Rogaining Champions, holding the title for a second year in a row. Don’t be daunted if you are not a potential World Rogaining Champion – this event is shaping up to be a lot of fun for all teams, however seriously or casually you like to rogaine.

The Twilight event will be followed by the as-brief-as-possible 2024 AGM. This year we will be asking you, as rogaining members, to vote on some changes to our constitution. In a nutshell, we are seeking to make the conditions of rogaining membership clearer and are updating some of the financial processes.

In other news, we are in urgent need of a lead setter for the 15-hour roving event in May. We have approved property access near Peterborough. Help with the map and other aspects of the event will be available. Please consider volunteering – we will be eternally grateful!  The 15-hour is a very popular format and not as onerous as a 24-hour to set and run. Contact any one of the committee members for more details.

Finally, at our summer planning meeting, the SARA committee decided to put in a bid to host the 2027 World Rogaining Championships. A small sub-committee led by Craig Colwell is looking at areas in the Flinders Ranges. More to come on that exciting, possible development.

I look forward to seeing you at the Twilight event or at some stage in 2024.

Zara Soden, SARA President.