ORC Ergatta - Sunday February 1 - 8:00 am - OAC

January 27, 2015

The Ergatta is being held at the Ottawa Athletics Club (2525 Lancaster Road) on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The first race will start at 8am, and the final race will start at 9:30am

See the Race Schedule for the Ergatta to determine one's race start time. Rowers are asked to show up at least a half hour early to the Ergatta to pick up their race card and to warm up.

Please read the 'Rules of the ORC Ergatta' (also attached with this email) so that you are familiar with what you need to do when you arrive at the Ergatta.

Race schedule by last name.

Finally, if you are currently NOT a member of the Ottawa Athletics Club, can you please take a moment to fill in the following form. The same goes for anybody attending the Ergatta as a spectator (and who is currently NOT a member of the Ottawa Athletics Club). By completing the online form, it will allow you and spectators easy access to the Ottawa Athletics Club.

Spectators and competitors who are ot members of the ttawa Athletic Club must complete this form by Thursday, January 29, 2015.

If you have any questions, please email Melissa McKenzie

Thanks and see you at the Ergatta.



Wes Kuran Award 2015 - call for nominations

January 22, 2015

The Wes Kuran Scholarship – for a deserving university athlete – will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Rowing Club on February 24, 2015.

The 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 will be awarded to support the studies of a university club member who has demonstrated leadership in volunteerism and also rowing success.

If you feel that you, or someone you know is deserving of this award, please follow the application guidelines below:

To be eligible for the Wes Kuran Scholarship, the following must be demonstrated:

The athlete must have rowed in a competitive program at the ORC in 2014, including being registered in a competitive membership through the summer;
The athlete intends to return to row at the ORC in 2015;
The athlete demonstrated leadership or volunteerism in rowing or other community activities during 2014. A description of activities and a letter of reference, which includes contact coordinates of the reference, must accompany the application.
The athlete has achieved success on the water during 2014 either through results at a major regatta such CSSRA, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, Head of the Charles or the (Canadian) National Championship Regatta – or through a significant rowing improvement. Success must be supported with a letter from the coach.
The athlete is registered as a full-time university student in the 2014-15 academic year. Supporting documentation must be provided with the application.
The application should include:

A brief description (no more than 500 words) on how the criteria is met and why the award is merited.
Supporting letters from references and coaches as detailed above.
Contact information for the scholarship applicant including phone number and email address.
Applications must be received by Melissa McKenzie, Executive Director no later than February 8, 2015, via email to Please mark the subject line of the email ‘Wes Kuran Award’.


ORC annual general meeting - February 24 7:00 pm

January 22, 2015

This year's annual general meeting willbe held at the Rockcliffe Community Centre 380 Springfield Road from 7:00 pn - 9:00 pm on Tuesday February 24.

All members are encourgaed to attend withsign-in starting at 6:30 om


ORC executive positions 2015

January 20, 2015

The following positions on the ORC executive are up for election for two-year terms at the annual meeting at the end of February

Vice-President- Competitive

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


ORC Ergatta, February 1 at the Ottawa Athletic Club

January 17, 2015
We will be hosting a winter ergatta on Sunday, February 1 at the Ottawa Athletic Club. The event will start at 7am and will take place in the Douvris Studio, located just behind the OAC tennis courts.

ORC rowers must register by Sunday, January 25 using the following form found here..

The schedule will be posted online after January 25.

Members of the Ottawa Athletic Club are welcome to join us for free on Feb 1! Meet our coaches, hop on an erg and try a 500m piece next to experienced rowers, get some useful tips on how to get the most out of the ergs at the OAC and see some great racing technique.


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!


An Evening of Celebration for the Ottawa Rowing Club

November 28, 2014

Over 170 ORC members and volunteers came together on November 22 for the ORC's annual year end banquet held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre. It was a terrific evening with a lot of laughs, smiles and cheer in celebration of another successful year at the Ottawa Rowing Club. The evening could not have been so much fun and so lovely without many helping hands.

Many thanks to Chris Waddell, ORC VP Administration and Lana Burpee, ORC President for their help with event planning and coordination and to Marika Kay and Lilianne Page, ORC senior women program athletes, who did a phenomenal job MC-ing the event and creating a lot of laughs and warm memories. Thank you to our award presenters including Paul Amesbury, Sophie Desaulniers, Jennifer Shortall, Lana Burpee, Marika Kay, Lilianne Page and Lindsay Wilson. Thank you to Matthew Fournier, ORC senior men’s athlete and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and guest speaker for the evening. It was terrific to hear from Matthew about his journey to success at home and internationally. And thank you to Mr. Tang, junior women’s lead coach, for his year end slide show and video. Mr. Tang’s slide show and video is a banquet highlight every year and this year was no exception. The compilation of so much ORC footage in such a powerful way is no small task! To view the video go to:

Finally thank you to all of those members who could attend the banquet this year. It was wonderful to see the ORC community come together for one last hurrah for 2014. Now we look to 2015 for another great year!

And most importantly, a very big congratulations to all of our award winners of the evening!

Service Award:Greg Brown
Coach of the Year: Ed Fournier and Kate Gorsline
Volunteer Appreciation: Donna Blois, Carrie Connell, Jennifer Rae Brown
Male Sweep Crew of the Year: Joseph Kunkel, Mac Bruce-Fuoco
Female Sweep Crew of the Year: Jenna Pelham, Lilianne Page, Anna Currie, Alanna Fogerty, Megan Haley, Dana Howell, Emmie Page, Alyssa Pastic, Jennifer Bowen
Male Sculler of the Year: Matthew Fournier
Female Sculler of the Year (and princess of the year award!): Louise Munro
Male Junior Crew of the Year: Alex Bernst, Jon Hamilton, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell, Khahil Daibes
Female Junior Crew of the Year: Louise Munro, Milica Banic, Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt
Male Novice Rower of the Year: Aaron King
Female Novice Rower of the Year: Sahara Frojmovic
Coxie: Jennifer Bowen
Recreational Rower: Marc-Andre Dionne
Masters Crew of the Year: Marcella Tendilla, Amy Moen, Pamela Peacock, Caitlin Salter-Macdonald, Maureen McEvoy, Jennifer Shortall, Karin Germann, Alison Patrick, Jeremy Courtney
Sportsmanship Award: Gillian Cross


ORC President's Banquet photos

November 24, 2014

You can find all Roberta Gal''s photos from the Nov. 22 banquet here.



Two great options for keeping -- or getting -- fit this winter!

November 18, 2014

Rowers, coaches, volunteers and family members are invited to stay active this winter with great discounts on cross country ski passes in Gatineau Park and indoor winter facilities at the Ottawa Athletic Centre.

Cross Country Skiing
Thank you Julia Fournier for coordinating a group discount for the ORC. To take advantage of this discount, you must purchase your season pass before December 1. Use your member password: winter2015 on this link:

2014 Group discount price list:

Adult (18-59) = $127.49
Student (18-24) = $85.00
Senior (60+) = $85.00
Youth (13-17) = $76.50

Ottawa Athletic Club
Great facilities at one of the city's best clubs. All inclusive 'Gold' membership for ORC rowers, coaches and volunteers allows access to all facilities (except tennis, squash and racquetball) plus a variety of classes. For parents or spouses, there is a great discount too. Want to play those raquet sports this winter -- sign up for the membership upgrade. See for details about prices and links to register.

The 2015 on-water season is just around the corner. Get ready with an active life that includes cross country skiing and winter training.


ORC Winter Erging Schedule

November 16, 2014

The ORC erg room at the Ottawa Athletic Club is set up and ready to go! The erg room is located behind the tennis courts, next to Douvris Karate & Fitness.

The club’s winter erging schedule can be downloaded here:


Preparing for the ORC's 150th anniversary

Novmeber 11, 2014

In 2017, the Ottawa Rowing Club will celebrate its 150th birthday. Helps us create a
curated collection of stories that captures more than a century of rowing, unitans and
friendships. Send us photos and/or stories of your fondest memories, be they proud, happy,
sad or ridiculous! Submit to

This project is being organized by LIndsey Wilson, Tina Roic and Mr. Tang.

Find more details by downloading this poster.


See you on the water in 2015!

November 3, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came down to the club on Saturday to help close up the club for the winter and take out the docks! Everyone's hard work went along way to ensure we will be ready to go as soon as the ice melts in the Spring. Thank you to the Masters and Rec programs that completed the inventory; the Junior Women, University Novice and Seniors who derigged the boats; the Junior Men who braved the cold waves to float the docks downstream to the crane; and Peter Thompson, Greg Brown, Robert Tang, Stuart Taylor and Brian Adams for organizing the event.

Details for winter training and the End of Season Banquet will be posted soon.

Congratulations everyone on a great season and see you on the water in 2015!


ORC in the Ottawa Citizen

September 24, 2014

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


Safety at the club

September 16, 2014

A friendly reminder to all of our members to be extra cautious while on the docks and particularly when on the coach boat ramp. Given darkness and cool damp mornings, the docks and coach ramp can be become slippery so please take your time and take extra care when walking on these areas. Please also wear proper footwear when at the club - this means footwear with a tread that will give you some stability and traction (i.e running shoes). Another reminder that all athletes and coaches must wear personal lights in low light conditions. This is a must and there are no exceptions. Thank you for keeping yourself and your teammates and coaches safe this fall season.





2014 Year-end video

November 28, 2014

You can watch the 2014 ORC year-end video here on YouTube.

Thanks to Mr Tang who put it together

2015 Calendar

February 1 ORC Indoor Rowing Championships, Ottawa Athletic Club
February 24 ORC Annual General Meeting - Rockcliffe Community Centre
March 1 Crash B, Boston (para-rowing only)
April 1 Spring Athlete Information Meeting, ORC
April 18 ORC Ergatta and Docks In, ORC
April 17-19 RCA Spring Development Trials West, Burnaby
May 2-3 RCA Spring Development Trials East, Welland
May 16 High School ERAs, Montreal
May 30 National Capital High School Regatta, ORC
June 6 Doors Open
June 5-7 CSSRAs, St. Catharines
June 24-26 US Elite Nationals, Princeton, NJ
July 3-5 Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia
July 4-5 ERA Championships, Montreal
July 10-28 Pan American Games, Toronto
July 12 RowOntario Masters Championships, Welland
July 25-26 RowOntario Championships, Welland
August 1 Royal Canadian Henley Garden Party, ORC
August 2-9 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines
August 15 Junior Development Athlete and Parent Information Meeting
August 15 End of Season Pig Roast, ORC
August 17-21 Junior Development Training Camp, ORC
August 22-31 Carleton U and UOttawa Training Camps, ORC
Sept 13 Head of Madawaska Burnstown
September 19 PD Ross, Ottawa
Sept 26-27 Head of the Rideau, Ottawa
October 3 Head of the Genesee, Rochester
October 3 Head of the Trent, Peterborough
October 9-11 National Rowing Championships, Welland
October 17 Brock Invite, St. Catharines
October 17-18 Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston
October 23 OUA Development Regatta, St. Catharines
October 24 OUA Championships, St. Catharines
October 24-25 Head of the Fish, Saratoga Springs NY
October 31-November 1 Canadian University Rowing Championships, Lochaber Antigonish, NS
November 1 Winter Training Begins
November 7 ORC Club Closure (Docks Out)
November 21 ORC Awards Banquet
February 24, 2016 ORC Annual General Meeting

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Tour our Boathouse

A table setting in the boathouse

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.

To find out more details about rental of the Boathouse, including facility availability, pricing and how to reserve your special event, please email

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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:

Youth Camp

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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