2015 Row ONtario club of the year


ORC Ergatta results

February 10, 2016

Here are the results of Sunday's ORC Ergatta.


Recreational and Instructional program dates 2016

February 4, 2016

Here are the dates for recreational and instructional program for 2016. More details on fees will follow the annual general meeting on February 26

Adult Rowing League
ARL Introduction and Q&A Night - Thursday, May 19
Tuesday ARL Introduction Night - Tuesday, May 24
Wednesday ARL Introduction Night - Wednesday, May 25
Thursday ARL Introduction Night - Thursday, May 26

Practice Nights
Tuesday ARL - May 31, June 7, 14, 21
Wednesday ARL - June 1, 8, 15, 22
Thursday ARL - June 2, 9, 16, 23
*The evenings of June 28, 29, 30 are contingency night should an earlier practice date be cancelled due to weather.

Race Nights
July 7, 14, 21, 28

Row with an Olympian!
July 6 - Share in the Olympic spirit and learn from the best! For a small fee claim your seat in a crew with veteran rowers who have competed for Canada at the Olympic Games!

Learn to Row
May 16, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26 (rain date May 27)
May 30, June 1, 3, 6, 8 (rain date June 10)
June 13, 15, 17, 20, 22 (rain date June 24)
July 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 (rain date July 15)
July 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 (rain date July 29)
August 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 (rain date August 19)
August 22, 24, 26, 29, 30 (rain date Sept 2)

Discover Rowing Summer Camp
July 4-8
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29
August 8-12
August 15-19
August 22-29


Andrew Todd in the Ottawa Citizen

January 27, 2016

Read about Andrew Todd in the Ottawa Citizen.


ORC’s Annual General Meeting - February 24, 2016 - 6:30 pm

January 21, 2016

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W. from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, February 24. All members are encouraged to attend, with sign-in starting at 6:30pm.

The AGM agenda will include:
(a) Roll Call
(b) Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting
(c) Reports of Officers
(d) Business Arising out of Reports
(e) Budget and Fee Schedule
(f) Election of Officers
(g) New Business
(h) Adjournment

The following positions on the ORC executive are up for election for two-year terms at the AGM:

Vice-President Recreational and Instructional Programs
Vice-President Administration

Those interested in running for these positions should express their interest in writing to ideally by February 15 and include a brief bio and reasons for your interest.



2015 Recipient of the Wes Kuran Award Announced at the President’s Banquet

December 1, 2015

Mac Bruce Fuoco

One of the many highlights of this year’s President’s Banquet was the announcement of the recipient of the 2015 Wes Kuran Scholarship. The Wes Kuran Scholarship was established to honour Wes Kuran in recognition of his service to the Ottawa Rowing Club as President (1997-2006) and for his long service to the club and rowing in Canada since the 1970s.

The award and cash prize of $500 is awarded annually to support the studies of a university club member who has demonstrated leadership in volunteerism and also rowing success.

The 2015 recipient of the scholarship is Mac Bruce-Fuoco, a valuable member of the ORC’s senior men’s competitive program and member of the University of Ottawa’s rowing program.

Since Mac discovered rowing in high school, he has managed to win Henley medals, win various medals at other club regattas and win medals in university regatta events. In 2015 Mac raced the lightweight single at the famous Head of the Charles, placing 6th among world class competition and he placed 2nd in the lightweight pair at the Ontario University Championships and 4th in the lightweight single. Although he may be small in stature, Mac is fierce in his training and racing and judging what he is capable of on the water based on size is a mistake. As ORC coach, Kate Gorsline, describes ’there are few people I would rather watch race than Mac, as there is never a point in his races where you see him give up; he always finds another rate bump, another gear, another push - I can never assume where he or his crew has finished, and its not until I meet him at the dock that I know exactly who the raced ended up’.

In addition to putting in extensive training time and excelling on the water, Mac can be found on the water in a coach boat at the ORC. Mac volunteers his time between training to coach alongside ORC volunteer coach, Rob Park (who also happened to introduce Mac to the sport of rowing in high school) and helping to run the rowing program for Osgoode Township High. Paying his experience in rowing forward has given Mac the chance to introduce the sport that he has come to love to others who were just like him before he discovered the power of rowing.

Congratulations to Mac on receiving the 2015 Wes Kuran Scholarship!


ORC President’s Banquet Award Winners Announced

November 30, 2015

The ORC’s annual President’s Banquet was held on November 21 at the Delta hotel in downtown Ottawa. It was a busy evening that included 170 ORC members coming out to celebrate an incredibly successful 2015 for the ORC.

The evening started with a humorous and intriguing talk from Esquire Magazine Writer-at-Large and Contributing Editor to ESPN: The Magazine, Chris Jones, who spoke about how winning strategies of the most successful game show contestants can also be applied to all areas of life. There were some definite takeaways to think about as we prepare to win races in 2016.

We were very luck to have many of the ORC's National Team Affiliates on hand at the banquet including Sarah Black, Kate Goodfellow, Cristy Nurse, Antje von Seydiltz, Rosanne DeBoef and Christine Roper and Kate Goodfellow spoke about her experience from novice rower to National Team athlete competing for Canada internationally.

ORC annual awards were handed out to the following winners:
Service Award - Roberta Gal
Coach of the Year - Glenn Hay and Stu McKenzie
Volunteer Appreciation - John Muir and Peter Burpee
Male Sweep Crew of the Year - Matthew Fournier, Joshua King, Matthew Christie, Charles Li-Benard, Graham Connell, Alex Bernst, Jonathan Hamilton, Mac Bruce-Fuoco, Khalil Daibes
Female Sweep Crew of the Year - Anna Currie, Jenna Pelham, Megan Haley, Tara Barnett, Jasmine Carter, Genevieve Vallee, Sawyer Bonin, Alyssa Pastic, Tiffany Dang
Male Sculling Crew of the Year - Joshua King, Matthew Fournier, Matthew Christie, Julien Pouliot
Female Sculling Crew of the Year - Lilianne Page, Kristen King, Dana Howell, Alanna Fogerty
Male Junior Crew of the Year - Alex Bernst, Jonathan Hamilton, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell, Khalil Daibes
Female Junior Crew of the Year - Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt
Male Novice Rower of the Year - William Cao
Female Novice Rower of the Year - Danielle MacEachern
Coxie of the Year - Khalil Daibes
Recreational Rower of the Year - Harald Augeneder
Female Masters Rower of the Year - Amy Moen
Male Masters Crew of the Year - Rob Park, Rob Marland, Paul Amesbury, Larry Hasson, Craig Law, Derek O’Farrell, Morgan Jarvis, Vanessa Wen, John Ossowski
Sportsmanship Award - Jenna Pelham

And international recognition was given to ORC affiliated athletes who raced internationally in 2015 including Veronique Boucher, Rosanne DeBoef, Elizabeth Fence, Kate Goodfellow, Jennifer Martins, Cristy Nurse, Christine Roper, Antje von Seydiltz, Joshua King, Matthew Fournier, Julien Pouliot, Matthew Christie and Andrew Todd.

A big congratulations to all of our award winners for 2015!

The evening also acknowledged ORC umpires who dedicate so much time to keep our races fair - thank you to all of our umpires and special congratulations to Mel Bryce who became a qualified FISA umpire in 2015.

To round out the evening, Mr. Tang once again put on a great show with his annual video, which can be found here: Many thanks to Mr. Tang for capturing what an awesome 2015 at the ORC.

Thank you to all who attended this year’s banquet and a special thanks to the King brothers - Josh and Aaron - who did a fantastic job MC’ing the evening!

We look forward to an even more successful 2016 and celebrating again, even bigger, next fall!


ORC Members Honoured at RowOntario Conference

November 30, 2015

RowOntario announced it’s annual award winners this past weekend. A big congratulations goes to….

Stu McKenzie, ORC Lead Coach of the Senior Women’s Program and Head Coach of University of Ottawa Rowing, who won RowOntario Coach of the Year!
Janet Buchan, ORC Recreational Coach, who won RowOntario Recreational Coach of the Year!
Josh King, ORC Competitive member, who won RowOntario Athlete of the Year!

The following ORC volunteers were also awarded with RowOntario certificates recognizing their volunteer dedication to rowing in Ontario: Stu McKenzie, Robert Tang, Ed Fournier, Glenn Hay, Janet Buchan, Kate Gorsline, Martin Rowland and Cliff Brimmell.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who make the ORC a wonderful place to be and Ontario rowing the best it can be!


ORC 2015 season video

Niovember 23, 2015

Here is the link to the ORC's 2015 season video, premiered at the President's Awards banquet on Saturday night.

Thanks to Mr Tang for putting together the video again this year.



Winter training schedule at the Y

November 2, 2015

Download the winter training schedule for the Y here for seniors, juniors, junior development, mastersand recreational athletes.


ORC Rowers Finish in Top Spots at Head of the Charles

October 19, 2015

The freezing temperatures may have arrived in Ottawa this weekend, but rowers from the Ottawa Rowing Club are still on the water competing for top spots during the competitive fall rowing season.

Despite blustery conditions this past weekend at the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta hosted in Boston, ORC rowers finished well at the two-day regatta, which is the largest in North America with 11,000 athletes competing in over 1,900 boats in 61 events.

The ORC’s masters men’s eight crew, comprised of several Olympic and World Championship rowers, finished in 4th place out of 20 crews. In the lightweight men’s single event, with 16 competitors, Matthew Fournier, finished in 2nd place and Mac Bruce-Fuoco finished in 6th place. In the lightweight women’s single, with 21 competitors, veteran ORC rower, Jenna Pelham, finished in 8th place. Competitive junior rowers, Hailey Watt and Gillian Cross finished 8th out of 36 crews in the women’s youth doubles.

Rounding out the results for the ORC in Boston was the junior youth four crew coming in 45th out of 85 crews and the senior masters women’s double finishing in 33rd spot.

Carleton University crews, who train out of the Ottawa Rowing Club, also finished well at Charles with a 13th place finish in the men’s collegiate four (out of 46 crews) and a 14th place finish in the women’s collegiate four (out of 35 crews).

The Head of the Charles occurs part way through the fall rowing season after the Head of the Rideau Regatta, Head of the Trent Regatta and the Rowing Canada National Rowing Championships (NRCs), held last weekend.

The NRCs also served as a major highlight of the fall rowing season with ORC rowers progressing to final racing after competing in time trials, repechage and semi-final racing.

At the NRCs, Ottawa Rowing Club athletes Matthew Christie, Matthew Fournier and Josh King finished, respectively with first, second and third place finishes in B Final racing action. On the women’s side, ORC athletes Jenna Pelham and Lilianne Page and finished second and fourth respectively in the B Final. While Alanna Fogerty (1st C Final), Anna Currie (4th C Final) and Charles Li-Bernard (2nd D final) all finished with solid performances.

Ottawa Rowing Club’s senior men’s coach, Ed Fournier, had this to say about NRC racing and ORC athlete performances, ‘the level of competition at this year’s National Rowing Championships was phenomenal with almost all national team members participating in singles or pairs. In lieu of heats, the three days of racing was kicked-off with a time trial for every category, used to seed athletes into quarterfinals. The eight ORC athletes raced exceptionally well, stepping up the intensity of their racing throughout the week from the time trial on Thursday to the finals on Saturday. Being able to race against national team members and crews from across the country gave our athletes a true measure of how they stack up against the best in the country.’

ORC rowers will continue to step up the intensity in preparation for more fall racing at the upcoming Ontario University Championships in St. Catharines, Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs and and the Canadian University Championships in Lochaber Antigonish, Nova Scotia.



2015 Head of the Madawaska results - Burnstown

October 6, 2015

Here are the results of the 2015 Head of the Madawaska regatta at Burnstown. Congratulations ot all the ORC rowers who partipated in the rain!

Head of the Trent coverage features Josh King

October 5, 2015

Coverage of the weekend's Head of the Trent regatta in the Peterborough EXaminer featured the ORC's Josh King rowing for Trent University.


Head of the Rideau results

September 28, 2015

The Head of the Rideau was a huge success again this year, over 270 boats, more than 400 athletes, 8 hours of exciting racing! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers for your hours of support in making Head of the Rideau 2015 the best ever!

Download the 2015 Head of the Rideau results.


Head of the Fish regatta - Saratoga Springs NY - Saturday October 31-Sunday November 1

September 23, 2015

Here is the travel and information package for all those rowers, parents and friends attending the Head of the Fish regatta.



Fall Hours

September 5, 2015

As of September 8, fall hours will take effect. The ORC will be open Monday to Friday 5am to 8am, then close, and re-open from 2pm to dusk. On Saturdays and Sundays, we will be open 7am to 2pm.


ORC Henley photos

August 15, 2015

There are some fantastic and beautiful shots from Henley and the ORC from Steve Mihorean, one of our junior parents. As he says, " feel free to pass these along. I have the raw files, all pictures can be edited in every aspect."

Here is the link to view them.



Ottawa Rowing Club tops the gold medal table as the133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta wraps up

August 9, 2015

St. Catharines On - Aug 9 - With three more gold medals on the regatta’s closing day the Ottawa Rowing Club finished the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley regatta with nine first place finishes.

That was good enough for top spot among the 130 clubs and more than 2,200 rowers competing during the week.

The ORC’s nine golds ties it with the St Catharines Rowing Club and the Princeton National Rowing Association of Mercer Lake NJ in top spot in terms of first place finishes.

But with seven seconds and three thirds during the week-long regatta, the ORC had one more top three finish than either St Catharines or Princeton.

Sunday’s three gold medals came from 14 Ottawa crews who raced in finals during the day. Golds went to:

— the senior men’s lightweight quad - Matt Fournier, Matt Christie, Julien Pouliot and Josh King;

—- the senior women’s lightweight eight - Anna Currie, Jenna Pelham, Megan Haley, Tara Barnett, Jasmine Carter, Genevieve Vallee, Sawyer Bonin and Alyssa Pastic with Coxswain Tiffany Dang

—- the senior women’s lightweight quad - Alanna Fogerty, Kristin King, Dana Howell and Lilianne Page.

In addition to the nine wins during the week, four ORC Masters crews won gold medals last Sunday as Masters events kicked off the week of rowing in St Catharines.

The Henley Regatta brings to an end the summer season at the ORC. Training camps for Carleton and University of Ottawa rowing teams begin in late August and local high schools will be back on the water then as well for the fall rowing season.

Here is a link to some photos from the week.



Three More Henley Golds for Ottawa Rowing Club

August 8, 2015

St. Catharines, August 8, 2015 - The gold medal count for the Ottawa Rowing Club climbed today at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with three additional wins. More ORC crews also qualified in events slated for the final day of racing at the Henley Regatta on Sunday, August 9.

In the Men’s U23 Lightweight Double, Charles-Li Benard and Josh King won gold with a time of 7.07.72. Josh King is a now a double Henley gold medallist having also won gold in the Men’s U23 Lightweight single earlier in the week.

ORC rowers Matthew Christie and Lilianne Page also respectively won gold in the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Single Dash, which is raced over 500 metres.

The following crews also qualified for final events taking place on August 9:
Senior Men’s Lightweight Quad - Matthew Fournier, Matthew Christie, Julien Pouliet and Josh King
U17 Men’s Coxed Four - Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Oliver Mihorean, Nicholas Lee, William Cao, Jacob Serjeantson
Senior Men’s Quad - Eric Farquarson, Luke Teeft, Darren Major, Bruce Laurich
U23 Women’s Lightweight Four - Megan Haley, Ashley Broadhurst, Daria Lutz, Emmie Page
U19 Women’s Quad - Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt, Molly Marland, Gillian Henderson
U17 Men’s Coxed Four - Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Oliver Mihorean, Nicholas Lee, William Cao, Jacob Serjeantson

ORC crews will look to add more gold medals tomorrow, Sunday, August 9, during the final day of racing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta before returning to the ORC to prepare for the fall rowing season.



More Qualifying Action and Three Gold Medals for the ORC at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

August 6, 2015

St. Catharines, August 6, 2015 - It was a successful day of racing again for the Ottawa Rowing Club at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Today’s results included three gold medal finishes for ORC rowers along with more ORC crews qualifying for semi and final races during the week-long Henley regatta.

ORC rowers, Matthew Fournier and Matthew Christie won the Senior Lightweight Men’s Double in a time of 6.44.27, while Alanna Fogerty handily beat the 2014 Henley winner and CURC champion in the U23 Lightweight Women’s Single by 7 seconds with a time of 8.19.10.

Josh King rounded out the gold medal winners today with his performance in the U23 Lightweight Men’s Single with a time of 7.28.58.

In qualifying action today the following ORC crews will advance in semi and final races:

Sawyer Bonin and Emmie Page move to the semi in the U23 Lightweight Double.
Alanna Fogerty and Anna Currie, along with Daria Lutz and Ashley Broadhurst, were first in their respective heats and will move to the semi in the U23 Lightweight Women’s Double.
Charles-Li Benard and Josh King finished first in their heat and will move to the semi in the U23 Lightweight Men’s Double.
Emily Featherstone, Gabriele Zitikyte, Amandine Drew and Margot MacLaren qualified for the semi in the U23 Quad.
Marika Kay and Mollie McCabe will move to the semi in the Senior Women’s Double.
Kristen King and Jenna Pelham qualified for the semi in the Senior Women’s Double.
Matthew Fournier will move to the final in the Senior Men’s Lightweight Single.
Gillian Cross and Hayley Watt were first in their semi in the U19 Women’s Double and will move to the final.
Lilianne Page qualified to move to the final in the Senior Women’s Lightweight Single.

ORC rowers look to add more gold medals to it’s count as racing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta continues this week until Sunday, August 9.



30 Medals for ORC crews at 2015 RowOntario Championships!

July 27, 2015

It was a hot and humid weekend in Welland, ON, but Ottawa Rowing Club crews took advantage of the great conditions to bring home an impressive 30 medals at Rowontario Championships. Placing second to provincial rivals, St. Catharines (34 medals) in the overall medal count, ORC crews won 14 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze medals over the two-day event that had almost 800- entries from 30 clubs.

Multiple gold medal winners were Matthew Fournier (three) and Matt Christie (2) jus back from representing Canada at the World University Games in South Korea. Junior women Hayley Wyatt and Gillian Cross each won two gold medals.

Everyone now beings final preparations for the week--long Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St Catharines, starting August 4 that brings together almost 3000 rowers from clubs from across North America as well as some Central American entries.

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers, coaches and supportive parents who ensured the success of all our athletes during the regatta. Congratulations to all and thank you to all the volunteers, umpires and other staff from South Niagara and Rowontario for the successful event!

Gold Medal Crews:
• U17 Men 4x+ (Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Jacob Serjeantson, William Cao, Nicholas Lee, Oliver Mihorean)
• Sr Lwt Men 1x (Matthew Fournier)
• U19 Women 4x (Gillian Henderson, Molly Marland, Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross)
• Sr Lwt Men 2x (Matthew Christie, Matthew Fournier)
• Sr Lwt Women 2- (Genevieve Vallee, Jasmine Carter)
• U23 Lwt Women 1x (Alanna Fogarty)
• Sr Women 2- (Marika Kay, Mollie McCabe)
• U19 Women 2x (Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross)
• U23 Lwt Women 2- (Megan Haley, Ashley Broadhurst)
• Sr Lwt Women 2x (Jenna Pelham, Kristen King)
• U23 Lwt Women 4- (Emmie Page, Daria Lutz, Ashley Broadhurst, Megan Haley)
• Sr Lwt Men 2- (Joshua King, Matthew Fournier)
• Sr Lwt Women 4x (Jenna Pelham, Kristen King, Dana Howell, Lilianne PAge)
• U23 Lwt Men 1x (Matthew Christie)

Silver Medal Crews:
• Sr Women 2x (Marika Kay, Mollie McCabe)
• Sr Lwt Women 4- (Dana Howell, Jenna Pelham, Anna Currie, Lilianne Page)
• U23 Lwt Men 4- (Kieran Wilson, Alex Martin, Jason Sukstorf, Christian Lackey)
• U19 Men 4+ (Khalil Daibes, jonathan Hamilton, Alex Bernst, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell)
• Sr Lwt Women 2- (Tara Barnett, Dana Howell)
• Champ. Men 8+ (Gabrielle Takaoka, Alexander Therien, Devon Sutherland, Bruce Laurich, Stephane Tahibet-Schneider, Luke Teeft, Darren Major, Eric Farquharson, Simon Barry)
• Sr Lwt Women 1x (Lilianne Page)
• Sr Men 8+ (Khalil Daibes, Mac Bruce-Fuoco, Charles-Li Bénard, jonathan Hamilton, Alex Bernst, Graham Connell, Matthew Christie, Joshua king, Matthew Fournier)
• U23 Lwt Men 1x (Joshua King)

Bronze Medal Crews:
• U19 Men 2x (Alex Bernst, Graham Connell)
• U23 Women 4- (Emmie Page, Daria Lutz, Ashley Broadhurst, Megan Haley)
• U17 Women 4x (Katie Clarke, Sofia Chavez Tendilla, Margaret Hemphill, Lea Papillo



New equipment repair and damage report system introduced

May 9, 2015

This year the ORC is introducing an online system to report boat damage and to indicate when repairs to damaged boats may be completed.

Members shoud fill out damage reports online as soon as dmagae occurs and the office staff will keep up to date the document indcated estimated repair times.

You can find the two Google docs here and youshouldbe bale to complete them online and save them

Open Equipment/Boat Damage Report form here

Open Pending Boat Repair form here



The Ottawa River Centre

February 25, 2015

Imagine a happy place where...Runners run. Paddlers paddle. Hikers hike. Rowers row. Walkers walk. Cyclists cycle. Children play. Yogis downward dog. Canoeists canoe. Sailors sail. Kayakers kayak. Swimmers swim. Happy couples wed. Minds collaborate. Friends laugh and love. Good food feeds the soul. Community is fostered. Environment is nurtured. Active for life is celebrated. Serene views centre the self.

The new Ottawa River Centre (ORC) will be a catalyst for public amenities along the Ottawa River, ensuring life-long activity, health, well-being and social engagement.

From office and meeting space to open spaces for activity to event space for celebrations to dock access for water sports and more, the ORC is building a better city. With YOU in mind.

Watch a video simulation of what the Ottawa River Centre will look like on the ORC's YouTube channel.


The ORC in Rowing Magazine

January 17, 2015

ORC member, Roberta Gal, is a talented photographer and the ORC is blessed to benefit from her stunning photography of ORC rowers, the Ottawa River and our historic boathouse. And thanks to Roberta the ORC is beautifully featured in the current issue of Rowing Magazine!

A very big congratulations to Roberta on the publication of two of her photos in the current issue of Rowing Magazine, rowing’s only magazine, delivering monthly in-depth features, news, tips and the best in rowing photography.

Here is one of those beautiful photos by Roberta.

ORB bioathouse at dusk


Ottawa Rowing Club named 2014 RowOntario Club of the Year!

December 3, 2014

There will be a new banner added to the ORC boathouse come spring! On November 29th, during the RowOntario annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, the ORC was named RowOntario Club of the Year acknowledging club innovation and success! This is a huge honour and is testament to the hard-working, talented, most wonderful rowing community here at the Ottawa Rowing Club. We congratulate and thank our many passionate volunteers, including coaches, parents, executive, officials, and all those who help make the ORC a wonderful place to be and the Club of the Year in Ontario. Cheers to the RowOntario Club of the Year!



2016 Calendar

Note: dates subject to change

February 7 ORC Ergatta - YMCA
February 24

ORC annual meeting - Hintonburg Community Centre - 6:30 pm

April 6

Spring athletes meeting -ORC
April 16 ORC Ergatta - ORC
April 16-29 Safety training ORC
April 23 Docks in the water
April 29-May 1 RCA Spring Trials East
May 14 Canal relay race- Rideau Canal
May 21 National Capital High School Regatta - ORC
June 4 Doors Open Ottawa - Get on the Water Open House - ORC
June 3-5 CSSRA - St. Catharines
June 10-12 Senior women's camp
June 18-19 RowOntario Club Elite camp - ORC
June 21 Canadian Forces Watersports day
June 23-26 US Elite Nationals
June 27-28 CPR and first aid course (pre-registration required)
July 1 Canada Day Celebration 10am to 3pm (for the public)
July 1 Canada Day Party 6pm to 11pm (ORC members only)
July 1-3 Independence Day Regatta - Philadelphia
July 17 RowOntario Masters - Welland
July 22-24 RowOntario Championships - Welland
July 30 ORC Henley garden party
July 30-31 Royal Canadian Henley Masters - St. Catharines
July 31 Canadian Masters - Regina
August 1-7 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - St. Catharines
August 5-21 Olympic Games - Rio de Janiero
August 13 Junior Development athlete and parent meeting - ORC
Aug 30-Sept 6 World Rowing Championships - Netherlands
Sept 2-4 FISU championships
Sept 3 ORC shoreline cleanup
Sept 7-18 Paralympic Games - Rio
Sept 10 Junior Competitive athlete meeting - ORC
Sept 11 Head of the Madawaska - Burnstown
Sept 17 PD Ross - Rideau Canal
Sept 22-25 Canadian National Rowing Championships
Sept 25 Head of the Rideau - Rideau Canoe Club
October 1 Head of the Trent - Peterborough
Oct 1-2 Head of the Genessee - Rochester
October 8-9 Brock Invitational - St Catharines
October 22-23 Head of the Charles - Boston
Oct 28-29 OUA Championships - St Catharines
October 29-30 Head of the Fish - Saratoga Springs, NY
Nov 4-6 Canadian University Rowing Championships - Welland
Nov 1 Winter training begins
Nov 5 Docks out of the water- ORC
Nov 19 ORC President's banquet

2016 Program registration will open by March 1, 2016


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ORC in the Ottawa Citizen

September 24, 2014

Read about the ORC redevelopment plans in today's Ottawa Citizen.

ORC 2015 season video

Niovember 23, 2015

Here is the link to the ORC's 2015 season video, premiered at the President's Awards banquet on Saturday night.

Thanks to Mr Tang for putting together the video again this year.


New equipment repair and damage report and incident report system introduced

Open Equipment/Boat Damage Report form here

Open Pending Boat Repair form here

Open the Incident Report form here


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Tour our Boathouse

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See our Boathouse banquet facilities, our scenic Ottawa Rover location complete with grounds and gardens, a terrace landing on the banks of the river for wedding ceremonies, parking for 90 vehicles and photos from previous functions at the boathouse.

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Rowing for the summer - 2015

January 4, 2015

If you love rowing and want to share your experience with family or friends then let people know about ORCs instructional programs. Programs are available for beginners and experienced rowers see below. The best way to promote ORCs programs is through word of mouth. Please pass on your passion!

Adult Rowing League

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) takes place on weekday evenings in June (practices) and July (race nights!).

Upon registering to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights, you are assigned to a crew, a boat and a coach. Practices are held weekly during the month of June (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 18:00h).

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (18:00h) for races - some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open. Race nights are all about fun!

Participants must be 18 years or older. No previous rowing experience required.

For further information contact:

Learn to Row

You don't need any previous experience to take the ORC's learn-to-row course. It starts with learning safety on the water, details about your boat and oars and instruction on technique on our rowing machines in the club house and dockside rowing simulator. You are on the water in your second class in an eight, learning how to balance a boat and then how to move it through the water as a crew.

For further information contact:

Discover rowing summer camps

Youth, age 12-17, learn to row or improve existing skills in a fun and safe environment on the Ottawa River! Weeklong sessions run through the summer starting Monday, June 24th. Campers row, learn water safety, boat rigging and maintenance and participate in other fun outdoor activities.

Contact us to learn more:
613.241.1120 after April 15


Frequently asked questions about rowing

March 1, 2014

Q: What is the difference between rowing and paddling?
A: Rowing is an Olympic water sport. Paddling includes canoe, kayak and dragon boating.  The rower is seated backwards in the boat with oars propelling the boat in the opposite direction of the rower. The rowing stroke is a function of the legs and the arms with the seats in the boats mobile to move with the rowers’ stroke – it is a full body workout!  Rowing can be done as an individual, or part of a boat crew. Calm, flat water is ideal for rowing.

Q: How old do I need to be to start?
A: 12 years old, depending on physical strength and maturity.

Q: Am I too old to start rowing?
A: Rowing is a sport for all ages and levels, so it is never to late to learn to row!

Q: What level of swimming should I have?
A: Being comfortable treading water as well as swimming in deep water without support from a life vest is ideal for rowing and other water sports. Non-swimmers can wear a personal (pouch styled) floatation device.

Q: What is the Coxswain?
A: Usually a smaller rower who sits at the stern of the boat, facing the bow. The coxswain (or coxie) coordinates the rhythm and power of the rowers and steers the boat.

Q: How do I get to the Ottawa Rowing Club?
A: The ORC is located at 10 Lady Grey Dr. Ottawa, ON. The boathouse is located on the Ottawa River, off Sussex Drive opposite the Saudi Embassy, just eats of downtown Ottawa. Program activities take place in the second, larger boathouse.
Limited parking is available on site for members and program participants. OC transpo bus route #9 stops a few minutes walk to the club and bike racks are on site.

Q: What should I wear/bring?
A: Snug fitting clothing, socks and running shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottle in an old sock, lock.           

Q: What amenities are available onsite?
A: Free wireless Internet access, vending machines, refrigerator, microwave, personal day-use lockers, showers change rooms, strength training equipment and rowing machines.

Q: How long is the rowing season?
A: The season is weather dependent. Water safety is top priority, when water levels and temperatures are safe, the boats can be in the water. The season usually starts at the beginning of April and runs until early November.

Q: I am a rower visiting from out of town; can I row with your club?
A: Yes! We have guest memberships available. You must be registered with another club in order to row as an ORC guest.










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