Docks out of the water - Saturday Novemebr 1 - 8:00 am

October 24, 2014

The season is almost over as next Saturday the docks come out of the water for the winter. That means we need lots of volunteers to help with the range of tasks that have to be completed to winterize and prepare the club for closing until the spring.

Each group of rowers will have specific tasks for the day. Check back here by the weekend to see the list and bring your work gloves and warm clothes. See you next Saturday!


High Water Levels on the River - no rowing for at least today

October 21, 2014

The Safety Committee has determined that due to high water levels there will be no afternoon rowing today, October 21. The senior coaches may make a determination in the early mornings as to whether crews may go out, but given present conditions the safety committee recommends that crews do not go out tomorrow morning and possibly future mornings, but this will be assessed each day.

The parking lot boat ramp looks like a safer launch area for coach boats because the usual coach boat ramp is dangerous due to the water level. For crews and coaches that do go out please be extra cautious and remain safe.


Two thirds for ORC crews at the Head of the Charles

October 20, 2014

Ottawa Rowing Club crews took two third place finishes at the 50th Head of the Charles regatta in Boston on the weekend.

Matthew Fournier finished third in the lightweight mens single category with Alex Kunkel of the ORC in 12th and follow ORC member Josh King in 20th. Ottawa’s Matt Christie who rows for Queen’s University was seventh in the race.

Louise Munro and Hayley Watt were also third for the ORC in the women’s youth double category beaten only by a crew from Germany and one from the US of the 33 entries.

The ORC’s Mark Chapman took fifth of the 37 rowers in the senior masters single category while the ORC’s men’s youth four of Chris Clarke, Alex Bernst, Graham Connell, Jon Hamilton and cox Khalil Daibes finished eighth and top Canadian crew of 85 boats entered in the category.

The ORC's Josh Weissbock took 8th out of 35 entries in the Club Men's 1x, and Anna Currie placed 14th out of 23 in the lightweight women's 1x.

Carleton University’s coxed four of Charles Li-Benard, Paul Vermuelen, Eric Farquharson, Luc Beaudouin, and cox Matt Noel finished 14th of 44 in its category. The ORC’s womens masters eight with Jenn Shortall, Pamela Peacock, Karin Germann, Marcella Tendilla, Amy Moen, Maureen McEvoy, Caitlin Salter-MacDonald, Alison Patrick, and cox Jeremy Courtney was also 14th in its category.

Additionally, a thank you to Amy Moen and Horacio Tendila for driving the trailer to and from the regatta.

RC's youth four at the Charles

Amy Moen photo


ORC Crews Head to Boston

October 16, 2014

The following ORC crews are headed to Boston this week for Head of the Charles, the world’s largest two-day rowing event:

Masters Women’s 8+ - Jenn Shortall, Pamela Peacock, Karin Germann, Marcella Tendilla, Amy Moen, Maureen McEvoy, Caitlin Salter-MacDonald, Alison Patrick, Jeremy Courtney
Women’s Youth Double - Louise Munro, Hayley Watt
Collegiate Men’s Four (Carleton U) - Charles Li-Benard, Paul Vermuelen, Eric Farquharson, Luc Beaudouin, Matt Noel
Men’s Youth Four - Chris Clarke, Alex Bernst, Graham Connell, Jon Hamilton, Khalil Daibes
Men’s Masters Single - Mark Chapman
Men’s Club Single - Josh Weissbock
Men’s Lightweight Single - Matthew Fournier, Josh King and Alex Kunkel
Women’s Lightweight Single - Anna Currie

Our crews will join more than 9,000 athletes from around the world competing in 55 different race events. Live webcasting of the event starts October 18.

More information on the regatta, event schedule, results, etc.can be found here.

We wish our ORC crews the very best of luck in their races!


Head of the Fish - October 25-26, 2014

October 7, 2014

For athletes, parents and friends attending the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs NY on October 25-26, we have prepared a fact sheet that you can download here.

There will be an ORC bus and those travelling on it need to complete the form for US Customs you can download here.

As well everyone going to the Fish MUST have a valid passport that you will be required to show at the US border. Without a passport you will not be allowed into the United States. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Here is an early draft of the regatta schedule.


Skills Competition Finals - Saturday October 18 - 9:00 am

October 12, 2014

The Junior Development novice program will be having their second rowing skills competition on Saturday, October 18 from 9 am. to noon.

This is the final skills competition for novice rowers in the Junior Development program. In a series of events athletes will demonstrate boat balance, square blade rowing, boat handling and navigation skills.

You're welcome to come out and watch the event. All the events can be seen from the clubhouse.


Ottawa River Shoreline Clean Up - Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:30-11:30am

October 11, 2014

Meeting Location: Parking Lot of Ottawa Rowing Club, 10 Lady Grey Dr by Interpretive Centre.

Hello all ORC members,

On Saturday, October 18 starting at 9:30am the Ottawa Rowing Club in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint will be participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up. Anyone interested in helping clean up our riverbanks before the start of winter, including those high school rowers in need of volunteer community service hours, please RSVP to or sign up on the sheet posted on the back board of the new boat house. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided.

Please feel free to bring any friends and family interested in joining our clean-up!


2014 Fall season dates to remember

October 11, 2014

Head of the Charles - Boston
Thurs. October 16: AM Head of the Charles trailer loading
October 18 – 19: Head of the Charles
October 18: 9:30am ORC Shoreline Clean-Up
Mon. October 20: TBD trailer unloading

OUA championships - St. Catharines
Wed. October 22: 5pm OUA trailer loading/tentative NRC* boats to St.
Thurs. October 23: 5pm Head of the Fish trailer loading (small trailer)
Fri. October 24: OUA Development (Novice/JV University)
Sat. October 25: OUA Championships (Varsity University)

Head of the Fish - Saratoga Springs NY
Sat. Oct. 25 - Sun. Oct. 26: Head of the Fish (Junior/Masters)
Mon. October 27: 6am OUA trailer unloading
Mon. October 27: 5pm Head of the Fish trailer unloading

Canadian Universities Championships / National Rowing Championships - Victoria BC
Sat. Nov 1 – Sun. Nov 2: Canadian University Rowing Championships (BC)!
November 7-9: National Rowing Championships (BC)


Tony Zasada Memorial Award - 30th Anniversary

October 2, 2014

Dear RCA Members,

We are pleased to announce that the criteria and application forms for this year’s Tony Zasada Memorial Fund Award are available on the RCA Website: RCA Awards.

This $2000 award is provided annually to an athlete who best emulates Tony’s character and determination - many of Canada’s National Team and Olympic Rowing Team members are former award recipients. Please forward this message to any deserving candidate that meets the criteria for this award.

Applications must be received by November 15th, 2014. We ask that applications be forwarded via e-mail to:

Mr. Bob Ellard

Please go to the RCA website for further information regarding this award.


2014 Head of the Rideau results

September 29, 2014

The ORC hosted the Head of the Rideau regatta this past Sunday and it was a terrific success. The weather could not have been more perfect with a perfect blue sky, warm sunshine and calm water. Summer had a little bit more left to give and we definitely took advantage of it. The day included some great racing and the ORC wants to thank all those clubs and universities that made the trek to Ottawa again this year.

We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2016 and adding to the pool of competitors. We want to also give a huge thank you to all of our regatta volunteers and race officials. The HotR is only possible with the hard work of our many volunteers and officials who manage the pre-event planning, on-water racing, docking, start and finish lines, on site food, regatta registration, and the list goes on. It is a small army of people who help out and we thank you many times over for all you do.

The Kandahar Trophy for rthe top university team at the regatta went to Queen's University beating Trent University by one point.

Download the results of the 2014 Head of the Rideau here.

Here are Roberta Gal's photos from the Head of the Rideau. If you are sharing them with friends, please give credit to Roberta.


October Club Hours

September 24, 2014

Club hours for September 29 until November 8:
Monday to Friday, 5am to 8am and 2pm to dusk (the club is closed from 8am to 2pm)
Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 12pm


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.


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


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


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

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 1 Docks out of the water
Nov 10-15 RADAR testing - at ORC winter raining facility
Nov 22 ORC end of year banquet


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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