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.

Paul Mudroch
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 indicating your preference of volunteer time if applicable. Thank you for your cooperation!

Volunteers Needed:
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
                  Reduce stress
                  Feel energized
                  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
                  Quality breathing

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:

  1. Drop the brain (be in the present moment]
  2. Listen to the body (honour your limitations)
  3. 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

ORC members pose wiht darwings for 20127 redeveopment

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.

Jeremy Courtney
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



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

July 4-6 Independence Day Regatta - Philadelphia
July 5 ERA Regatta - Montreal
July 26-27 RowOntario - Welland
Aug 5-10 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - St Catharines
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


2013 Year-end video

November 24, 2013

You can watch the 2013 ORC year-end video here on YouTube.

Thanks to Mr Tang who put it together


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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