ORC fall 2014

August 21, 2014

Please note the ORC hours for the fall rowing season, starting September 2:

Monday to Friday, 5am to 8am and 2pm to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 12pm

On Monday, September 1, the club will be open 7am to 12pm.


Row, Row, Row for Gold!

August 20, 2014

Three Ottawa Rowing Club members, Lilianne Page, Jenna Pelham and Marika Kay, have been selected to represent Canada and the University of Ottawa at The 2014 World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines, France. As this is a self-funded event, they will be looking to fundraise in support of their pursuit of excellence.

Check out this video to see them in action:

On Saturday, August 30th, there will be a "Mix'n'Match Club Wide Fun Row!" fundraising event from 9am-2pm in partnership with the ORC. Attendees will go for a special row including recovery bars from Elevate Me, and be able to participate in massage therapy, yoga, BBQ and much more. Contact to reserve a spot in a boat!

Please share their stories' and contribute via the following links.

Lilianne Page and Jenna Pelham (women's lightweight double)

Marika Kay (women's four)

Thank you to everyone who has supported the journey of Lil, Jenna and Marika and for spreading the word about their fundraising efforts!



Pig roast success

August 19, 2014

The ORC’s 1st Annual End of Season Pig Roast was a terrific party! Thanks so much for supporting this fun event. Despite the rainy weather, a great mix of ORC members came out to relax and enjoy the club and to celebrate the end of an intense and busy summer season. Much pig and southern sides were enjoyed and the evening was capped off by fireworks on the river. We look forward to hosting even more members at the 2nd Annual Pig Roast in 2015! A final shout out to those who helped with the roast including Fiona (our events coordinator extraordinaire), Rick and Ryan (for carving that giant beast of a pig), Josh and Anna (who made sure drinks were flowing), Jason, Brian, Philippe and the list could go on….thanks all!


ORC Work Party, August 23

August 8, 2014

Work is needed around the club as we enter the fall season and we need all the help we can get from our wonderful members. Without enough volunteers we cannot keep the club running as well as it does, so please set aside a couple of hours to help out. Work will start after the first am practice on Saturday, August 23.


Canadian Sculling Marathon - August 23-24

August 15, 2014

ONEC is hosting the Canadian Sculling Marathon on August 23 and 24 on the Ottawa River. If you are planning to row those two mornings please be aware of the routes for the Marathon and take extra care to avoid boat traffic participating in the event.


ORC at FISU World University Rowing Championships

August 15, 2014

Three Ottawa Rowing Club members have been selected to represent Canada and the University of Ottawa at The 2014 World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines, France. As this is a self-funded event, they will be looking to fundraise in support of their pursuit of excellence.

On Saturday, August 30th, there will be a "Mix'n'Match Club Wide Fun Row!" fundraising event from 9am-2pm in partnership with the ORC. Attendees will go for a special row including recovery bars from Elevate Me, and be able to participate in massage therapy, yoga, BBQ and much more. Contact to reserve a spot in a boat!

Please share their stories' and contribute via the following links.

Lilianne Page and Jenna Pelham (women's lightweight double)

Marika Kay (women's four)

Junior Competitive Program Training Camp - August 25-29

August 14, 2014

There will be a Training Camp from Monday, August 25, 2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014 (inclusive) for rowers interested in trying out for the Junior Women Competitive and Junior Men Competitive program. All practices will start at 5am and end at 7:30am. We ask that rowers arrive at the club at 4:50am so that we can start at 5am. The goal of the training camp is to allow the competitive coaches to determine if the rowers are ready to meet the competitive expectations of the program. Please note that there is no need to registrar for this training camp.

More information about the Junior Competitive Program, can be found here


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!



Club opening this week - August 11-15

Agust 11, 2014

We all know rowers are dedicated to their sport when they wake at dawn to get that precious row in. So it is with much regret that the club was not open for the early morning row on August 11. Our sincere apologies for this inconvenience. While our competitive programs take a much needed break following Henley, we are very fortunate to some of our fabulous master rowers helping us out and opening the club for those early morning rows. Stewart Taylor will open the club on August 12 and 13 and Tom Norris will open the club at 5:45am on Thursday and Friday. Many thanks to Stewart and Tom!


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...


Henley send-off party

August 8, 2914

Here are some photos from the send-off party on August 2 for athletes hdeading to St Catharines and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.


Additional week of summer camp - August 25-29

August 1, 2014

An additional week has been added to the summer camp schdeule for those 12-17 interested in learning to row.

The camp will now run the week of August 25-29 as well. Registration details can be found here.


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+


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.


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


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




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

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


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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