132nd Annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - August 3-10, 2014
July 22, 2014
Download everything you need to know for athletes, spectators and parents attenidng this year's Henley regatta. Masters racing is on the weekend of August 2-3 while the remainder of the regatta runs from August 5-10.
Save these dates
July 22, 2014
More details to follow, but plan on being here and celebrating with the ORC!
Henley Send Off - Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 12pm-2pm. The dress code for this event will be Royal Henley Garden Party, and is of no cost to our members!
Summer Season End Club Party - Saturday, August 16th, 2014 starting at 6pm. This event will require advanced ticket purchase, so stay tuned for details!
Caution in the parking lot - new rules for drivers and cyclists
July 14, 2014
A friendly reminder to all members arriving to the club by car to please check side and rear view mirrors and check blind spots for cyclists and pedestrians on foot before entering into the parking lot and pulling into a parking space.
Please also enter at low speed and be alert of your surroundings and other traffic arriving at the club.
Cyclists please dismount when you get to the gate before the old boathouse and walk your bike into the racks from there. We have had a couple of very close incidents with people coming out of the boathouse with singles as bikers ride past and we need to keep the safety of everyone in mind.
Cyclists and pedestrians on foot are reminded to stay to the right of the lane way down to the club. Thank you for your cooperation.
RowOntario regatta information sheet
July 12, 2014
Download an information sheet here with everything you will need to know as an athlete, parent or spectator coming to the Ontario championship RowOntario regatta in Welland on July 25-27, 2014.
ORC at CanAmMex regatta
July 12, 2014
Congrtaulations to the ORC's Louise Munro for two gold medal at the CanAmMex regatta at Lochaber Lake, Nova Scotia.Louise wasa member of the junior womens double and quad taking 10 second victories in both races ahead of Mexico and the United States in third.
Full results of the regatta can be found here.
ORC in Montreal and Philadelphia
July 10, 2014
This past weekend, the Ottawa Rowing Club was represented well at two different regattas.
From July 4-6, ORC competitive crews raced against strong American athletes at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. The team placed 3rd overall in the Mariner Trophy, winning 9 events and racing finals in others. The rest of the lightweight men’s Commonwealth Team joined Matt Fournier and the senior men’s program leading the watch count (prize for winning) for the weekend.
Event winners are Men’s lightweight 4x (M. Fournier, K. Tierney, A. Kunkel, L. Hall), Men’s Intermediate Light 4+ (K. Tierney, L. Hall, P. Steneker, J. Potts, L. Wilson), Men’s Lightweight 2x (M. Fournier, L. Hall), Senior Women’s 2x (J. Pelham, L. Page), Women’s Intermediate lightweight 2x (A. Fogarty, A. Currie), Men’s Intermediate 2- (K. Tierney, L. Hall), Men’s Intermediate lightweight 1x (A. Kunkel), Men’s lightweight 1x (M. Fournier), Women’s Intermediate 1x (M. Kay).
On July 5, ORC Competitive and Masters crews traveled to Montreal to compete at ERA Championships. The team placed 3rd overall in the Comstock Trophy winning 6 events and making finals in others. Event winners are Junior Men’s 4+, Junior Women’s 2x, Junior Women’s 1x, Masters Men 2x, Masters Men's 1x and Masters Women's 1x.
Thank you to all coaches, volunteers and supporters of our crews this weekend and congratulations to all!
Canada Day thanks
July 3, 2014
The ORC Canada Day party was a great success! A very big THANK YOU!! to all those who came out to celebrate with us and especially to our volunteers and staff who worked as a great team to make this event run so smoothly, creating an enjoyable evening for all. Keep checking the website for information on more upcoming special events at the club!
Ottawa River water quality poor
June 30, 2014
Just to let you know, we have received the first result of water quality sampling – it was a bit late.
The samples were collected just after a rain event in the middle of June, and the E. coli count was 300 units/100 ml.
That is as high as the River Keeper program has detected at the ORC docks in the past.
Therefore, it is suggested that extra care be taken with any open blisters, cuts or wounds.
Needless to say, swimming at this time is not really encouraged from the docks.
It is expected that the elevated E. coli count could continue due to the storms that are predicted for Canada Day.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
ORC – Masters rowing program
Congratulations Matthew Fournier and Louise Munro
June 30, 2014
The Ottawa Rowing Club is thrilled to share in the announcement that ORC athletes, Matthew Fournier and Louise Munro, will be representing Canada internationally this summer.
Matthew has been selected to Canada’s national team racing at the Commonwealth Rowing Regatta in Scotland from August 9 to 10, 2014.
Louise has been selected to Canada’s national team racing at the CanAmEx Regatta in Lochaber, Nova Scotia from July 11 to 12, 2014.
Please join us in celebrating this news and congratulating both Matthew and Louise on their selections! We wish them well!
RowOntario transportation and accommodation - July 25-27
June 27, 2014
Again this year we will have a bus going to the RowOntario regatta and have rooms reserved at Niagara College for the weekend. Any senior athletes interested in travelling to and from the event on the bus and/or seeking riooms at Niagara College should let either Marika or Karin in the office knowby July 11.
Monday yoga next week - June 30
June 24, 2014
Due to the Canada Day celebrations being next Tuesday evening, July 1 next week, yoga at the ORC will be held on Monday, June 30 at 6:00 pm for next week only.Then it is back to Tuesdays in July.
Canada Day Celebration at the ORC
June 19, 2014
The Ottawa Rowing Club is pleased to invite all members and friends to our annual Canada Day celebration on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 from 6pm until 11pm. Come and relax in the boathouse and enjoy the best view of the fireworks in Ottawa! Our in-house BBQ and cash bar will be available throughout the evening. This event will require a wristband, which must be purchased in advance for $2 each in the ORC office, or $5 at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to the athletes’ fund. The athletes’ fund provides financial assistance to our members competing at international regattas. We hope to see you all there!
In order to make this a successful event we need volunteers to help out before and during the event. All volunteers will be provided with a food ticket for their commitment at the event. If you are available to volunteer, please send a message to email@example.com indicating your preference of volunteer time if applicable. Thank you for your cooperation!
Monday, June 30: 2-4pm Food Preparation: 4 volunteers
Tuesday, July 1: 5-7pm Set-up and food serving: 4 volunteers
Tuesday, July 1: 5-10pm Security: 4 volunteers
Tuesday, July 1: 7-9pm Food serving: 2 volunteers
Tuesday, July 1: 9-10pm Take down and clean up before Fireworks: 4 volunteers
Yoga at the ORC - starting June 24
June 19, 2014
Nourish your Mind, Body & Spirit :)
When: Every Tuesday at 6pm starting June 24
Where: ORC Interpretive Centre
Who: Tuesday night yoga is open to ALL ORC members
Why: Improve your oarsmanship
Improve posture and body alignment
Build core strength and increase flexibility
Train harder with fewer injuries
Fine tuning your sense of balance and sensory awareness
Develop your mental focus and concentration
Observe the world in a more positive light
Your Yoga Teacher:
Terry Hind is a certified Group Fitness, Water Fitness and Yoga Instructor. With over 25 years of teaching experience, he has taught many types of group exercise classes as well as Yoga and Pilates, in government, corporate, commercial and community centre fitness settings. Terry is known for his high-energy and enthusiasm in his group fitness classes and his connection with mind-body-spirit in his yoga classes. He has a passion for health and well-being that he loves to share.
So! Get your yoga mat and get ready to:
- Drop the brain (be in the present moment]
- Listen to the body (honour your limitations)
- Control the breath (deep cleanse your breath)
Summer club hours
June 11, 2014
For the remainder of June the hours are:
5:00 am to 7:00 am and 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekdays
7:00 am to 12:00 pm on weekends
For July and August the hours are:
5:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays
7:00 am to 12:00 pm on weekends
Glebe Collegiate wins two golds at CSSRA Regatta
June 8, 2014
Congratulations to Glebe Collegiate for two natonal championship victories at this weekend's Canadian Secondary School Rowing Assoication national championship regatta in St Catharines.
Glebe rowers Gillian Cross and Hayley Watt took a 25- second victory in the junior womens double final, then joined by Katie Clarke and Reilly McClure, they also won gold in the junior womens quad final, taking first in that race by 12 seconds.
Lisgar's Louise Munro finished second in the senior womens single category and picked up another silver by joining fellow Lisgar rower Mitzi Banic to take second in the senior womens double final.
Glebe also had a bronze medal in the senior men 72 kg cox four final.
In total Ottawa high schools had vcrews in eight finals as the three day regatta wrapped up.
ORC presents redevelopment concept at Ottawa 2017 Ideas forum
June 8, 2014
People should have access to enjoy Ottawa’s rivers
– says Ottawa Rowing Club at city’s ‘2017 Ideas Forum’
Citizens were invited to Ottawa city hall today to contribute ideas on how the capital city could commemorate 2017 – Canada’s 150th birthday.
The ‘Big Idea for 2017’ contributed by the Ottawa Rowing Club was to open up access to the waterfront of the Ottawa River right downtown in sight of the parliament buildings. Greater access, says club President Lana Burpee, will have more residents and tourists making the river their destination for sport, recreation and special events.
The Ottawa Rowing Club (ORC) proposes that the city’s gateway to the water should be through the site they occupy between the MacDonald-Cartier and Alexandria Bridges. This site is the sole property on the river owned by the city and on which under-serviced and outdated buildings currently exist.
The ORC has developed a building plan for the site which would include public access, cafés, meeting spaces, fitness and recreation rooms – as well as housing the rowing club which has been active on the site for nearly 150 years.
‘When your family is out on its bikes along Sussex Drive to visit the Prime Minister’s residence or Rideau Hall, wouldn’t it be lovely to have a spot to stop for ice cream – or even a public washroom? Why not enjoy a meal, a drink or entertainment on the water’s edge? Shouldn’t we be swimming and fishing in our river?’, asks Ms. Burpee.
A new Ottawa Rowing Centre would increase river access and create a tourist destination. For residents it would add simple amenities to the riverfront and added fitness facilities in the downtown core. This type of planning and spending would provide a legacy beyond 2017.
Of course, a new Ottawa Rowing Centre would help the club celebrate its own 150th anniversary! The club was founded by Sir John A. MacDonald and Mayor Robert Lyon, just weeks before Confederation.
ORC at the Royal Henley Regatta
June 1, 2014
Congratulations to ORC rowers Alex Munro and Andre Pelletier who will be rowing for University of Western Ontario at the Henley Royal Regatta Temple Cup this yearr.
Racing begins in England on July 2. The only other time Western wentto Henley in 2008, there were 75 universities entered and Western won, with OR Crowers Andrew Jago and Peter McClelland in the boat.
You can read all about the preparations and plans for this year's crew here.
The team also needs some additonal financial support to make the trip and details about donating to help them can be found here.
The ORC's Paul Mudroch is travelling to London, England on July 7 to participate in the Royal Henley masters on the Thames. He is rowing in the E2X and F8+ for Leander BC.
Wish him well:)
Here is the link to the site with more info.
Obstructions around the bridge - May 30
May 30, 2014
Attention all coaches and crews. It has been brought to the safety committee attention that there has been additional signage put into the river on both sides of the MacDonald - Cartier Bridge.
Please take caution with all boats when going through this bridge.
These signs will be there for at least a year, but will possibly change location around the bridge as the work on it progresses.
There are also barges under the bridge. Their location will change as the work progresses also.
Once again be aware of these obstacles as you and your crews enjoy their water sessions.
ORC Safety Chair
Summer staff 2014
May 19, 2014
Some of the club's summer staff for 2014 will begin work this week so you should notice a few changes around the office.
Our goal is to staff the office from 8:00 am to closing Monday through Friday and when the club is open on weekend mornings and holidays. To do that the club has hired two rowing co-ordinators Marika Kay and Karin Germann to split the office time with executive director Melissa McKenzie. Many will know Marika as a leading member of the competitive program for several years while Karin has in the past been rowing coordiator at ONEC.
In addition Jack Vandermeer started work this weekend as the weekend custodian. Jack will work Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 pm until closing andopening the club from 7:00 am until noon on Saturdays and Sundays. He is completing grade 12 this spring at Canterbury High School, is bilingual and also an accomplished trumpet player heading to University of Ottawa in the fall.
Please take a momen tto welcome all of them in their new responsibilities.
Junior skills development program - Competitive Foundations
April 15, 2014
This year the ORC is offering a revised junior development program to help prepare new and inexperienced rowers between the ages of 12 and 18 with the skills they need for successful competitve rowing.
You can find all the details about the program here.
For questions about the programming, coaching and schedule: contact Kate Gorsline
For questions about fees or registration: contact Greg Brown