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.


ORC at the FISU World Rowing Championships

September 16, 2014

Three Ottawa Rowing Club members raced for Canada and the University of Ottawa at The 2014 World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines, France. Lilianne Page and Jenna Pelham raced in the lightweight women’s double, while Marika Kay represented Canada racing in the women’s straight four. Details on the results can be found here and video of the races can be found here. We want to congratulate Jenna, Lil and Marika on their latest international competitive achievements. We look forward to welcoming them back home at the club! Lastly, a shout out to Alex Munro, a former ORC athlete, who earned a silver in the men’s eight in France!


Save the Date October 18 - 9:30 am

September 16, 2014

The ORC is planning our annual shoreline clean-up efforts and we’ll be looking for a helping hand from our river-loving members! Mark October 18 at 9:30am on your calendar! More details will be posted closer to the event date. Thanks in advance for helping to keep our club and beautiful shoreline clean and green!


Fee review committee

September 16, 2014

The Ottawa Rowing Club (ORC) announces that a ‘Fee Review Committee’ has be established with a mandate to recommend to the ORC Executive Committee fees for the next rowing season.

Through the ‘Fee Review Committee’ (Fee Review), you can provide input into the rowing programs you pay for with registration fees. You can volunteer to sit on the committee and consider how effective governance, sustainable staffing and volunteer levels, program goals and operating expenses factor into the ORC fee structure. Lastly, you can vote on fees as part of the club’s Annual General Meeting tentatively scheduled for February 2015.

Clementine VanVeen has agreed to Chair the ‘Fee Review Committee’. She is a rower who has seen growth and changes over many years at the ORC. Clementine will bring her professional expertise - Vice-President and Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities – to the review process.

If you are interested in volunteering to work with Clementine on the ‘Fee Review Committee’, please email your interest to: Watch the ORC website and Facebook page for opportunities to provide input through surveys, email, and meetings.

Lana Burpee
Ottawa Rowing Club


Hello Riverwatchers!

September 16, 2014

This is a great opportunity to experience the Ottawa River in a unique way, interact with aboriginal groups, and share a mutual love for the river! Anyone can register to join the Inne Meshkenu walk/paddle down the Ottawa River. For more information visit:

The journey begins on September 19 near Temiscamingue and will arrive in Ottawa on October 3rd. There will be an event on Saturday October 4th at Victoria Island, with details to come.


The Head of the Rideau Wants You!

September 15, 2014

Greetings ORC Members, Friends, and Families:

The Head of the Rideau (HOTR) is fast approaching on Sunday, September 28. This is the flagship head race for the ORC and is very popular with clubs from across Ontario, Quebec, and northern New York. The HOTR is a great day of racing, on a beautiful course, located right here in Ottawa at Mooney's Bay and the Rideau River.

One of the reasons why The Rideau is so popular is the great work by our volunteers. That's where you come in.....Below are descriptions of volunteer positions. All rowers (including friends and family) are asked to consider giving some of their time to help make The Rideau a continued success.

There are multiple time slots available so you can both race and volunteer. High school students can also receive Volunteer Hours.

Some possible volunteer roles are:

On the water - along with one other person, you would be situated in a coach boat as a spotter at a particular point along the course to keep things moving smoothly and communicate any issues. This is also a great way to see the races and get to know fellow rowers. The driver requires a boater licence.

Food Bake Sale - while food trucks will be on-site, this position helps with a separate bake sale/snack table by donating baking, serving, taking requests, doing cash, and/or helping with set up/clean up. This is done with our parent volunteer co-ordinators.

Dock - ensuring that boats get on and off the docks smoothly is an important role and we are always looking for people who are able to communicate the need for efficiency to the rowers and also be able to deal with any last minute hiccups (missing blades, hot seating, equipment issues, etc).

Bow ball and shoe check - working at Control Commission through which all boats must pass, you are helping the Control Umpire check that bow balls are in place and that shoes are secure and tied down before boats proceed to the docks and launch.

Bow Marker Collection - making sure all bow markers are collected at the dock immediately after the race.

Volunteer floaters - helping as needed and filling in if volunteers cannot show or have a conflict.

Umpires - this is a trained position, but please indicate if you are interested in joining our umpire ranks.

Please express your interest as follows:

Cell (optional):
Position(s) in which you are interested:
Time slot in which you are interested (A, B, and C):

A) Races 1-2, 8-11:30:
B) Races 3-4, 11:30-14:30:
C) Races 5-6, 14:30-17:30:

We all benefit from a successful regatta and your help is much appreciated. Please reply to Kevin Gilmore at:


Sussex Drive closed - Sunday Sept. 21

September 10, 2014

Sussex Drive, including the stretch with access to Lady Grey Drive, will be closed to traffic on September 21 between 8:45am and 1:45pm due to the Army Run’s Half Marathon route.

Please plan accordingly if you are coming to the club that morning for a row.


Head of the Madawaska results - September 7, 2014

September 8, 2014

The ORC was represented this past weekend in Burnstown at the Head of the Madawaska. It was a beautiful day to get a few head races in kicking off the fall regatta schedule. ORC rowers did an amazing job and came off the water with smiles on their faces. Congratulations to all of our ORC rowers who raced! Many thanks to all those who helped get our crews to Burnstown including Jenn Shortall, ORC VP Recreational who acted as leader extraordinaire, John Muir for driving the ORC truck and trailer (a big job!), Roy Hoople for expertly coaching our crews and helping with logistics, our junior development parents who pitched in with loading and unloading boats, and thanks to our rowers for representing the ORC so well!

Head of the Madawaska 2014 results


Fall Junior Development rowing

September 2, 2014

or those interested in rowing this fall in the Junior Development - Fall program there will be a meeting for athletes and parents at 10 am on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ottawa Rowing Club.

Additional details can also be found here.

If you cannot attend the meeting here is a link to the wikispace page with more information about the program. Please read it carefully. It has information about practice times, what you need to bring to practice and regattas the veteran team will go to

If you have any questions please contact Greg Brown

Greg Brown
Coach - Junior Development


41st Head of the Rideau Regatta - Sunday September 28, 2014

August 29, 2014

The Ottawa Rowing Club, is pleased to invite you to attend the 41st running of the Head of the Rideau Regatta to be held on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at the Rideau Canoe Club facility at 804 Hog’s Back Road on the Rideau River at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

The Head of the Rideau regatta is Ottawa flagship rowing regatta held continuously every year since 1973. Rowers enjoy a scenic 5.2 km race along the Rideau River culminating with an exciting finish in Mooney’s Bay. Rowers from all over Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern US participate annually in this challenging head race held each autumn.

Open to varsity and club rowers alike, the Head of the Rideau offers races for all ages and boat classes, with a short course race for novice athletes. Race weekend will kick off with the Rideau Canal Flotilla on Saturday morning through Ottawa’s downtown core on the scenic UNESCO World Heritage waterway; the Rideau Canal. Launching will be at Dow’s Lake and participants will row down the canal to the National Arts Centre. The flotilla this year will be limited to ‘Singles’ boats only.

Sunday boasts a full day of racing, from 7:50 A.M. until 17:30 P.M. Spectators can enjoy the regatta from one of several enjoyable vantage points: the Hog’s Back Park/Bridge overlooking the finish line, Mooney’s Bay Park and Beach alongside the course, or from the marina directly across the river from the Canoe Club. Awards will be presented Sunday immediately following the regatta at the Rideau Canoe Club facility.

Registration is open now until September 19th at 12:00 noon.

Please see the Head of the Rideau page for registration details. 

An information package for the regatta can be downloaded here.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at:

Regulations and the event list for the 2014 Head of the Rideau regatta on Sunday, September 28 are now available.

Download the 2014 HOTR regulations here.

Download the 2014 HOTR event list here.


Reminder re: parking

August 29, 2014

The club parking lot is a busy place this fall season. Please take care when entering and exiting the parking and be aware of other cars, pedestrians and cyclists. If you are parking your car in the club parking lot, please ensure you park in a designated spot between the yellow lines. All spaces needs to be accessible and this is only possible if everyone parks between the yellow lines in a designated spot. If you are We thank you as do your fellow teammates!


Club fall hours - September-October 2014

August 29, 2014

The club will be open as follows until September 28
5am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
7am to 12pm, Saturday and Sunday
Check the website for hours after September 28.

The club will be open on Monday, September 1 from 7am until 12pm only.

The cooler fall weather is coming. Just a reminder that the club is not heated and so dress accordingly for both indoor and outdoor training.


Safety on the water

August 14, 2014

As of Monday, August 25, all coaches and athletes are required to wear a personal light during early morning rows in low light conditions. This includes having lights on coach boats. No exceptions.

The ORC safety policy is available here


Thank you

August 12, 2014

The ORC has the best team of coaches and parent volunteers/chaperones who make all the difference to our club and athletes during the busy competitive summer season. We wish to extend a very BIG thank you to our very talented program lead and assistant competitive coaches who coached our athletes during the Royal Canadian Henley and/or volunteered hours of coaching to our competitive crews during the entire season. We’d also like to extend a BIG thank you to our highly dedicated parent volunteers who not only act as chaperones, but help keep all of our athletes well fed and hydrated and cheered on during a very intense week of rowing during Henley and/or at the competitive regattas preceding Henley. Please help us show our appreciation to these people by personally thanking them when you see them in and around the club.

Competitive Program Coaches:

Senior Women: Stu McKenzie, Marie Lefebvre, Tina Roic
Senior Men: Ed Fornier, Kate Gorsline
Junior Women: Robert Tang, Cliff Brimmell, Jonas Privas, Rob Thompson
Junior Men: Glenn Hay, Robert Boraks

Parent Volunteers:

Donna Blois, Carrie Connell, Jennifer Rae-Brown, Lynda Bernst, Rick Bernst, Kevin Armstrong, Caroline Peck and all the parents who bake, cook, chop and wash food for the nosh table!



Congratulations to ORC rower, Matthew Fornier

August 12, 2014

ORC rower, Matthew Fornier came away from the Commonwealth Rowing Championships this past weekend with a gold and silver. During the Championships held in Motherwell, Scotland, Matt won his heat in the lightweight single, and came second in the final to a sculler from Australia.

In the lightweight doubles event, Matthew with his partner Lee Hall, won gold in a race that saw them take the lead early and hold on to it until the finish.

Congratulations to Matthew on his successful racing in Scotland!

ORC at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

August 11, 2014


U 19 hehley winners

The winning U19 women's quad with coach Cliff Brimmell.

More photos of the winning U19 crew thanks to Donna Blois

On the final day of racing at Henley, three ORC crews won gold:

Senior Womens Lightweight 8+: Jenna Pelham, Lilianne Pagé, Anna Currie, Alanna Fogarty, Megan Haley, Dana Howell, Emmie Page, Alyssa Pastic, Jennifer Bowen (cox);

U23 Mens Lightweight pair: Joe Kunkel, Mac Bruce-Fuoco;

U19 Womes quad: Melica Banic, Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt, Louise Munro

Men’s LTA Double/Pair Dash - David Blair and Paul Steneker

Women’s AS Single - Elsa Lalonde

Men’s para LTA Double/Pair - David Blair and Paul Steneker

Women’s para AS single dash - Elsa Lalonde

On Thursday Alanna Fogarty finished fourth in the U23 Womens Lightweight Single final, Gillian Cross and Haley Watt finished second in the U17 Womens Double final, Lillian Pagé and Jenna Pellham finished third in the Senior Womens Lightweight double.

Today Milica Banic and Louise Munro finished second in the final of the U19 Womens Double event. Our U23 Mens Lightweight Four (Joe Kunkel, Josh King, Paul Steneker, Mac Bruce-Fuoco) finished second in their final and our U23 Womens Lightweight pair (Anna Currie, Dana Howell) finished third in their fin

Congratulations to all of our athletes and stay tuned for more results...


ORC Athlete Fund

July 29, 2014

The Ottawa Rowing Club Athlete Fund was established in 2008 for the purpose of assisting Ottawa Rowing Club athletes in rowing endeavors that help to promote the sport and the Ottawa Rowing Club at the international level. Team selection for these competitions typically occurs very close to the event, giving athletes little time to raise money for foreign trips, when costs aren't covered by national sporting organizations.

For some events such as the Pan-Am Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games, athletes' expenses for the actual event are fully covered (other than personal expenses). For other events, the athletes are responsible for all or the majority of their costs. The Athlete Fund is intended for these individuals.

By supporting ORC athletes pursuing rowing at the highest levels in the sport, we are helping raise the level of athlete aspirations at the club. Not only do these individuals stand as role models for our current members but they are ambassadors for the club. Their success helps to solidify the reputation of the Ottawa Rowing Club as a competitive club able to produce high performance athletes therefore attracting more athletes to the club. But above, all by supporting our athletes we show them how proud we are of their accomplishments.

Athletes wishing to receive support from the Fund should express their intent to the Athletes' Representative. They should indicate the event for which they require funding, total cost to participate in the event, and any support provided to the athlete from other sources. Funds will be distributed based upon need and funding availability. 

Full details about the application process can be found here.


RowOntario 10 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze medals for ORC

July 28, 2014

The thunderstorms held off for a successful weekend of racing by ORC crews this past weekend. Competitive crews left Welland, ON with 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 8 Bronze and many other hard fought races after the 2 day regatta.

The ORC managed to sweep the podium in the U23 lightweight men's 2-, and dominated other finals with more than 1 crew qualifying through each event. Competitive crews now return to Ottawa for a final week of training before returning south for the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

Gold Medalists: Sr W2x, U23 Lwt M2-, U23 Lwt W2x, U19 W4x, U23 Lwt M4-, U19 W2x, U17 W2x, Sr Lwt M2-, Sr Lwt W4x, U23 Lwt M1x.

Silver Medalists: U23 Lwt M2-, U23 Lwt W2x, U23 Lwt M4-, Champ W2x, U17 W4x, Sr M8+, U19 M4x, Sr Lwt W2x

Bronze Medalists: Sr M2-, U23 Lwt M2-, Sr Lwt W2-, U19 M8+, Sr Lwt W1x, U19 M2-, Sr W4x, Champ W8+





Registration for all 2014 programs is now open

February 29, 2014

Registration consists of two steps;

STEP ONE: registration in your program with Rowing Canada,

STEP TWO: registration with the Ottawa Rowing Club and fee payment at the Ronin registration site.

HAVE YOU DONE BOTH STEPS? Then you are REGISTERED in your program

Junior athletes should be registered by a parent or guardian.

For more information about our programs see: Competitive,Recreational, Adult Rowing League, Learn to Row, High School, Discover Rowing, Youth Summer Camp.

Credit card statements
While most credit card statements say "RONIN* Ottawa Rowing Club(Competitive Program)," some credit cards and banks cut off a portion of the account information and registrants may only see (RONIN or PaybyRONIN).

Do you need help? Ronin Or via phone at: 1-888-554-6665 From 8:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday through Friday For other issues contact

Coaches, Directors, Volunteers and Day Visitors

Coaches, directors, volunteers, and day visitors should register here.

If you are a coach, director or volunteer and don’t have an account on the Rowing Canada membership site, please create one.
The registrar does coach, director, or volunteer registration with Rowing Canada.

Coaches please send an image of your boating license, police check letter and any coaching certificates you have to if you didn’t do it last year.

Rackage Rackage fees are due by April 1.

You can pay the fees through Ronin here.

Anyone wishing a one year sabbatical from their rack spot in the Andy Binda boathouse must notify the ORC of their request in writing – and pay their rackage fees – by the April 1 deadline. The ORC is not responsible for insuring private boats against theft or damage.

Fees for each rpogram can be found here.



Club calendar 2014

Sept 28 Head of the Rideau
Oct 4 Head of the Trent - Peterborough
Oct 11 Brock Invitational - St. Catharines
Oct 17-19 Head of the Charles - Boston
Oct 24-25 Ontario Universities Rowing Championship - St Catharines
Oct 26 Head of the Fish - Saratoga Springs NY
Nov 1-2 Canadian Uiversities Rowing Championship
Nov 7-9 RADAR - Welland


Rowing Canada Privacy policy

Read the RCA privacy policy as it relates to data you provide to Rowing Clanada when you register.

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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.

Rental details for weddings, receptions, meetings and corporate learn-to-row sessions can be found here.

Please direct all questions by email here.

Download the Boathouse rental fact sheet and contract for 2014

Check the calendar for 2014 dates already booked.


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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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