2015 Row ONtario club of the year


Head of the Rideau 2015 - Sunday September 27

August 29, 2015

Rules of the 2015 Head of the Rideau can be found here and the event list for the regatta can be found here.

Registration will be through Regatta Cetral with details posted in the next few days.


ONEC's 2015 Canadian Sculling Marathon (CSM) and Half Marathon - August 30

takAugust 29, 2015

ONEC's sculling marathon and half marathon take place this Sunday, August 30.

There are singles, doubles, and quads with ONEC expecting a dozen crews altogether.

These crews will be passing through water near the ORC boathouse between approximately 7:15 a.m. thru 9:00 a.m. on Sunday (please see attached maps.)

Candaian sculling marathon map


ORC Yoga Class on September 1

August 24, 2015

Yoga instructor, Terry Hind, will be back at the ORC to teach a final class on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00pm until 7:15pm. All ORC members are welcome to attend at no cost. Space is limited so claim your spot early!


New Boat Classification System at the ORC!

August 22, 2015

At the start of the Fall season, the ORC will be implementing a program and/or athlete specific boat class allocation system. This system is being put in place to maintain the longevity of our racing and training equipment. Details can be found here.


ORC Rowing Coordinator

August 22, 2015

ORC Senior women’s rower and Rowing Coordinator for the last two years, Marika Kay, is leaving us to further her education at Western. All of us at the ORC wish Marika the best in her new adventure, both on and off the water, and look forward to seeing her back with her ORC family in the future! With Marika’s departure, Masters women's rower, Maureen McEvoy, moves into the position of Rowing Coordinator for the fall rowing season. Please join us in welcoming Maureen to the job!


Labour Day Hours

August 22, 2015

The ORC will be open on Monday, September 7 from 7am to 12pm. As of September 8, fall hours will take effect. The ORC will be open Monday to Friday 5am to 8am, then close, and re-open from 2pm to dusk. On Saturdays and Sundays, we will be open 7am to 2pm.


ORC In Need!

August 19, 2015

The ORC is on the hunt for a decent used lawnmower and BBQ for use around the club. If you have either at home that you are considering replacing or getting rid of and would be willing to donate or sell your used one to the ORC, please contact us! Email or call 613-241-1120.


ORC Henley photos

August 15, 2015

There are some fantastic and beautiful shots from Henley and the ORC from Steve Mihorean, one of our junior parents. As he says, " feel free to pass these along. I have the raw files, all pictures can be edited in every aspect."

Here is the link to view them.


Congratulations Josh King

August 15, 2015

The ORC's Josh King, with his three Henley gold emdals this year, has been named DSA Peak RowONtario athlete of the month. Read the story here.


ORC on the World Stage in 15 days!

August 14, 2015

From August 30 until September 6th, 2015, Canadian crews will be racing at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. This is the first opportunity for RCA to qualify boats for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio next summer.

Building on the successful summer season at the Pan Am Games and World Cups, the team is focused on preparing for the final event of the 2015 racing season.

Congratulations to Rowing Canada Aviron and ORC National Team affiliates Cristy Nurse (W8+, W2-), Jennifer Martins (W8+, W2-), Christine Roper (W8+), Kate Goodfellow (W2x), Antje Von Seydlitz (W2x), Rosie DeBoef (Sweep Alt.), Andrew Todd (LTAMix4+) and Veronique Boucher (LTAMix4+) on your nomination. Good luck to you and all your teammates!

Read all the details about the team here.


Lilianne Pagé and Josh King talk about the ORC's Henley success on CBC radio

August 11, 2015




Thank you!

August 10, 2015

The ORC’s Henley Send-Off party sent some good luck with ORC athletes who raced at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta this past week. With an inspiring 9 gold medals, the ORC ties St. Catharines Rowing Club and Princeton National Rowing Association for top first place finishes. Congratulations to all ORC athletes who raced this past week!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful Henley week including our amazing volunteer coaches who were at Henley: Ed Fournier, Kate Gorsline, Stu McKenzie, Jamie Bell, Marie Lefebvre, Glenn Hay, Robert Boraks, Robert Tang, Cliff Brimmell and Jonas Piva. Thank you to our trailer drivers for getting our boats to and from Henley including Amy Moen, Robert Tang and Cliff Brimmell. And thank you to our parent volunteers who supported our coaches and athletes all week long including Carrie Connell, Jennifer Rae-Brown and Kevin Armstrong, as well as all the parents who baked, chopped and prepared food for our athlete nosh table.


ORC Job Posting: Rowing Coordinator

August 6, 2015

The ORC is looking for someone to fill the position of Rowing Coordinator for the fall rowing season. Position description can be found here. Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter by August 12th to


Ottawa Rowing Club tops the gold medal table as the133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta wraps up

August 9, 2015

St. Catharines On - Aug 9 - With three more gold medals on the regatta’s closing day the Ottawa Rowing Club finished the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley regatta with nine first place finishes.

That was good enough for top spot among the 130 clubs and more than 2,200 rowers competing during the week.

The ORC’s nine golds ties it with the St Catharines Rowing Club and the Princeton National Rowing Association of Mercer Lake NJ in top spot in terms of first place finishes.

But with seven seconds and three thirds during the week-long regatta, the ORC had one more top three finish than either St Catharines or Princeton.

Sunday’s three gold medals came from 14 Ottawa crews who raced in finals during the day. Golds went to:

— the senior men’s lightweight quad - Matt Fournier, Matt Christie, Julien Pouliot and Josh King;

—- the senior women’s lightweight eight - Anna Currie, Jenna Pelham, Megan Haley, Tara Barnett, Jasmine Carter, Genevieve Vallee, Sawyer Bonin and Alyssa Pastic with Coxswain Tiffany Dang

—- the senior women’s lightweight quad - Alanna Fogerty, Kristin King, Dana Howell and Lilianne Page.

In addition to the nine wins during the week, four ORC Masters crews won gold medals last Sunday as Masters events kicked off the week of rowing in St Catharines.

The Henley Regatta brings to an end the summer season at the ORC. Training camps for Carleton and University of Ottawa rowing teams begin in late August and local high schools will be back on the water then as well for the fall rowing season.

Here is a link to some photos from the week.


Three More Henley Golds for Ottawa Rowing Club

August 8, 2015

St. Catharines, August 8, 2015 - The gold medal count for the Ottawa Rowing Club climbed today at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with three additional wins. More ORC crews also qualified in events slated for the final day of racing at the Henley Regatta on Sunday, August 9.

In the Men’s U23 Lightweight Double, Charles-Li Benard and Josh King won gold with a time of 7.07.72. Josh King is a now a double Henley gold medallist having also won gold in the Men’s U23 Lightweight single earlier in the week.

ORC rowers Matthew Christie and Lilianne Page also respectively won gold in the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Single Dash, which is raced over 500 metres.

The following crews also qualified for final events taking place on August 9:
Senior Men’s Lightweight Quad - Matthew Fournier, Matthew Christie, Julien Pouliet and Josh King
U17 Men’s Coxed Four - Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Oliver Mihorean, Nicholas Lee, William Cao, Jacob Serjeantson
Senior Men’s Quad - Eric Farquarson, Luke Teeft, Darren Major, Bruce Laurich
U23 Women’s Lightweight Four - Megan Haley, Ashley Broadhurst, Daria Lutz, Emmie Page
U19 Women’s Quad - Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt, Molly Marland, Gillian Henderson
U17 Men’s Coxed Four - Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Oliver Mihorean, Nicholas Lee, William Cao, Jacob Serjeantson

ORC crews will look to add more gold medals tomorrow, Sunday, August 9, during the final day of racing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta before returning to the ORC to prepare for the fall rowing season.


More Qualifying Action and Three Gold Medals for the ORC at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

August 6, 2015

St. Catharines, August 6, 2015 - It was a successful day of racing again for the Ottawa Rowing Club at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Today’s results included three gold medal finishes for ORC rowers along with more ORC crews qualifying for semi and final races during the week-long Henley regatta.

ORC rowers, Matthew Fournier and Matthew Christie won the Senior Lightweight Men’s Double in a time of 6.44.27, while Alanna Fogerty handily beat the 2014 Henley winner and CURC champion in the U23 Lightweight Women’s Single by 7 seconds with a time of 8.19.10.

Josh King rounded out the gold medal winners today with his performance in the U23 Lightweight Men’s Single with a time of 7.28.58.

In qualifying action today the following ORC crews will advance in semi and final races:

Sawyer Bonin and Emmie Page move to the semi in the U23 Lightweight Double.
Alanna Fogerty and Anna Currie, along with Daria Lutz and Ashley Broadhurst, were first in their respective heats and will move to the semi in the U23 Lightweight Women’s Double.
Charles-Li Benard and Josh King finished first in their heat and will move to the semi in the U23 Lightweight Men’s Double.
Emily Featherstone, Gabriele Zitikyte, Amandine Drew and Margot MacLaren qualified for the semi in the U23 Quad.
Marika Kay and Mollie McCabe will move to the semi in the Senior Women’s Double.
Kristen King and Jenna Pelham qualified for the semi in the Senior Women’s Double.
Matthew Fournier will move to the final in the Senior Men’s Lightweight Single.
Gillian Cross and Hayley Watt were first in their semi in the U19 Women’s Double and will move to the final.
Lilianne Page qualified to move to the final in the Senior Women’s Lightweight Single.

ORC rowers look to add more gold medals to it’s count as racing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta continues this week until Sunday, August 9.


Fall Club Hours

August 6, 2015

As of September 8, the ORC will be starting fall hours and will be open 5am to 8am and then again from 2pm to dusk, Monday to Friday. Hours will remain 7am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


Junior Development Information Meeting - August 15 at 2pm

August6, 2015

A Junior Development information meeting will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 2pm at the ORC for all junior foundations and development rowers and their parents. This is a great opportunity for new and developing junior rowers to get details on the fall rowing program and to meet the junior development coaching team. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the ORC Pig Roast that follows that evening at 6pm!


ORC Crews Qualify to Semis and Finals at 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

August 5, 2015

St. Catharines, ON, August 5 - Today, at the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, Ottawa Rowing Club crews built on the success of the ORC Henley gold medal masters crews from this past weekend. Eight ORC crews qualified to move to semis and five ORC crews qualified for finals.

ORC crews moving to semis are:
U23 Mens Single - Luke Teeft
U19 Men’s Double - Graham Connell and Alex Bernst
Senior Lightweight Men’s Single - Mac Bruce-Fuoco
Senior Lightweight Men’s Single - Matthew Fournier
U19 Women’s Double - Gillian Cross and Hayley Watt
U19 Women’s Double - Molly Marland and Gillian Henderson
Senior Women’s Lightweight Single - Lilianne Page
U17 Women’s Quad - Lea Papillon, Margaret Hemphill, Sophia Chavez Tendilla, Katie Clark

ORC crews moving to finals are:
U23 Men’s Lightweight Single - Matthew Fournier
U23 Men’s Lightweight Single - Josh King
U23 Women’s Lightweight Single - Alanna Fogerty
Senior Men’s Double - Eric Farquharson and Mac Bruce-Fuoco
U23 Women’s Pair - Megan Haley and Ashley Broadhurst

High intensity racing at the biggest regatta of the summer rowing season will continue through the week until the end of the Royal Canadian Henley on Sunday, August 9.


ORC launches local athletes' support fund

August 3, 2015

The Local Athlete’s Fund is a new initiative with the purpose of providing financial support to ORC athletes in need who are rowing at the local club level. It has been established as a sister fund to the ORC’s existing Athlete’s Fund, which is designated to financially assist ORC athletes competing internationally. It has been established to recognize the efforts club athletes put into fundraising and volunteering, and therefore to provide an avenue for local athletes in need of financial assistance to access funds. The money for this fund will be raised through fundraising initiatives at the club.

Application & Selection - Money from the Local Athlete’s Fund will be awarded twice per year to athletes who currently row at the ORC. The recipients will be chosen based on individual financial need and circumstances, as well as level of commitment to the club as outlined in the application letter.

The application deadlines are May 1 and September 1, however, in extenuating circumstances the selection committee may approve funds to be released before these dates. The selection will be made by a committee comprised of the former and current Athlete’s Representatives of the ORC Executive.

Deatils about the fund and application process can be found here.


Four gold mealds for ORC rowers as 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta kicks off

August 2, 2015

ST. CATHARINES ON - Aug 2 - The Ottawa Rowing Club had a very successful start to the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with masters athletes winning four gold medals Sunday afternoon.

Ottawa’s Amy Moen was the big winner for the ORC with three gold medals — in the women’s pair joined by Pamela Peacock and the women’s double with Caitlin Salter-Macdonald. Those three and Kim Sogge then combined with cox Alina Barnett to win the cox four masters race.

Rodrigo Ideus and Anne-Andree Sirois took the fourth ORC gold medal in the mixed masters category.

Ottawa rowers also took two third place finishes - Stewart Taylor in singles and Edith Gagnon and Lee Sela in the masters women double - during the afternoon of racing

Masters (athletes beginning at the age of more than 21) race 1000 metres rather than a 2000 m course. Athletes from 50 clubs across Canada and the United States competed in the Masters events.

Masters competition Sunday began the week-long Henley Regatta. Competitors will have the day off Monday before heats begin on Tuesday headed to final on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.



30 Medals for ORC crews at 2015 RowOntario Championships!

July 27, 2015

It was a hot and humid weekend in Welland, ON, but Ottawa Rowing Club crews took advantage of the great conditions to bring home an impressive 30 medals at Rowontario Championships. Placing second to provincial rivals, St. Catharines (34 medals) in the overall medal count, ORC crews won 14 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze medals over the two-day event that had almost 800- entries from 30 clubs.

Multiple gold medal winners were Matthew Fournier (three) and Matt Christie (2) jus back from representing Canada at the World University Games in South Korea. Junior women Hayley Wyatt and Gillian Cross each won two gold medals.

Everyone now beings final preparations for the week--long Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St Catharines, starting August 4 that brings together almost 3000 rowers from clubs from across North America as well as some Central American entries.

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers, coaches and supportive parents who ensured the success of all our athletes during the regatta. Congratulations to all and thank you to all the volunteers, umpires and other staff from South Niagara and Rowontario for the successful event!

Gold Medal Crews:
• U17 Men 4x+ (Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Jacob Serjeantson, William Cao, Nicholas Lee, Oliver Mihorean)
• Sr Lwt Men 1x (Matthew Fournier)
• U19 Women 4x (Gillian Henderson, Molly Marland, Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross)
• Sr Lwt Men 2x (Matthew Christie, Matthew Fournier)
• Sr Lwt Women 2- (Genevieve Vallee, Jasmine Carter)
• U23 Lwt Women 1x (Alanna Fogarty)
• Sr Women 2- (Marika Kay, Mollie McCabe)
• U19 Women 2x (Hayley Watt, Gillian Cross)
• U23 Lwt Women 2- (Megan Haley, Ashley Broadhurst)
• Sr Lwt Women 2x (Jenna Pelham, Kristen King)
• U23 Lwt Women 4- (Emmie Page, Daria Lutz, Ashley Broadhurst, Megan Haley)
• Sr Lwt Men 2- (Joshua King, Matthew Fournier)
• Sr Lwt Women 4x (Jenna Pelham, Kristen King, Dana Howell, Lilianne PAge)
• U23 Lwt Men 1x (Matthew Christie)

Silver Medal Crews:
• Sr Women 2x (Marika Kay, Mollie McCabe)
• Sr Lwt Women 4- (Dana Howell, Jenna Pelham, Anna Currie, Lilianne Page)
• U23 Lwt Men 4- (Kieran Wilson, Alex Martin, Jason Sukstorf, Christian Lackey)
• U19 Men 4+ (Khalil Daibes, jonathan Hamilton, Alex Bernst, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell)
• Sr Lwt Women 2- (Tara Barnett, Dana Howell)
• Champ. Men 8+ (Gabrielle Takaoka, Alexander Therien, Devon Sutherland, Bruce Laurich, Stephane Tahibet-Schneider, Luke Teeft, Darren Major, Eric Farquharson, Simon Barry)
• Sr Lwt Women 1x (Lilianne Page)
• Sr Men 8+ (Khalil Daibes, Mac Bruce-Fuoco, Charles-Li Bénard, jonathan Hamilton, Alex Bernst, Graham Connell, Matthew Christie, Joshua king, Matthew Fournier)
• U23 Lwt Men 1x (Joshua King)

Bronze Medal Crews:
• U19 Men 2x (Alex Bernst, Graham Connell)
• U23 Women 4- (Emmie Page, Daria Lutz, Ashley Broadhurst, Megan Haley)
• U17 Women 4x (Katie Clarke, Sofia Chavez Tendilla, Margaret Hemphill, Lea Papillo



Ottawa Rowing Club adds Gold-Medal Winning touch to Pan Am Torch Relay

PanAm torch crossing Dow's lake

June 29, 2015

Call it superstition. Call it Karma, but the Ottawa Rowing Club is sending a little magic — Golden Magic — on to Canada's team at the Pan AM Games.

The ORC — founded in 1867 — will be part of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay on the morning of June 30th as it passes through Ottawa on the final leg of its journey across the country en route to Toronto.

The club will deliver the Torch in style — Gold-Medal-winning style.

Paul Amesbury, Pan AMs Gold Medal winning rower from the 2007 games in Rio de Janeiro, will hand the Torch off at Dow's Lake when he arrives in an Eight with Cox after a ceremonial trip rowing the Torch across Dow’s Lake to the Pavilion.

Paul’s crew struck Gold in the Lightweight Men’s Four in Rio, an experience he trained years for and will never forget. He knows exactly what Canada’s best — especially the rowers — are feeling as the days and hours tick down and the Torch runs, rolls, and rows its way to the Opening Ceremonies.

“Rio was amazing,” says Paul. “I was a real mix of nerves and excitement. We were anxious to get the racing started, but it was amazing to see thousands of people there to welcome us. To our team in Toronto I’d say. You’ve done all the work. You’re ready. Now take the time to enjoy the entire experience. Really savour it.”

Joining Paul, eight other ORC members will propel the Torch across Dow’s Lake in a Canadian-made Hudson Shark Eight. The sleek 18-metre-long shell is a stunning new example of what has made Hudson Boat Works one of the world’s hottest boat designers, with more and more of its shells hitting the line first at top international events like the Pan Ams and the Olympics. Hudson crafts its carbon-fibre beauties in London Ontario, home to much of the Canadian National Rowing Team.

Rounding out the crew to deliver the Torch on Dow’s Lake are Paul’s crewmates:

Wes Kuran, former ORC president who we are honoured to announce has been selected as one of the 2015 Pan Am Games rowing umpires.
Hillary DeJong, a 23-year old Trunk and Arms para-rower ;
Lilianne Page, one of ORC’s latest crop of international rowing talent. Lil pulled for Canada at last year’s FISU World University Rowing Championships.
Hayley Watt and Graham Connell, two young Junior rowers and Gold Medalists at both the national high school championships and Canadian Henley.
Mike Walker, current Rowing Canada Aviron President and former ORC President;
Lana Burpee, ORC president, decorated rower and volunteer coach; and
Coxie and ORC executive member Jeremy Courtney who will apply 20+ years of coxing experience to ensure a safe journey for the Torch.

The Ottawa Rowing Club wishes all of Team Canada the best of luck at the Pan Am Games.
And remember— if you want some of Paul’s Pan Am’s Gold Magic, give that Torch an extra squeeze.


Fundraising for Para-rowing and Andrew Todd

June 17, 2015

As some of you may know, the Canadian Para-Rowing team is now training at Elk Lake in Victoria, BC, for the first time ever at a centralized training centre.  Two members of the LTA 4+, myself (Andrew Todd), and Véronique Boucher are both proud ORC rowers who moved out to Victoria this past winter to the Victoria Training Centre.

By centralizing and training together year round as an LTA 4+ crew, this has allowed us the opportunity to fully commit to our common goal of representing Canada at the World Rowing Championships this year in Aiguebelette, France to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics next year in Rio.

One of the financial challenges of our program is that we must fund $1000 per athlete, for a total of $5000 in order to cover a portion of the costs associated with us travelling to and competing in Europe at the Worlds.  These funds will go towards flights, accommodations, ground travel in Europe, and food. 

If you are able to support our crew any help would be very much appreciated, no matter how small.  You can donate online at our GoFundMe page:

Some of you have already helped us to raise money for a week long self-funded training camp at the end of June, and I would like to take the opportunity now to thank all of you!

I hope that all ORC members are enjoying their time on the water and training hard.  I hope I get chance to see many of you the next time I am back in Ottawa.

Kind regards,

Andrew Todd


ORC Gets On The Water with Ottawa High Schools

hiugh school rowers on teh water

May 22, 2015

Ottawa high schools Longfields, Canterbury and Lisgar have enjoyed a day at the ORC and on the Ottawa River in recent weeks. This is as a result of the ORC’s Discover Rowing Day initiative providing a free opportunity for Ottawa area high schools to get students on the Ottawa River for a day of rowing. The ORC will welcome three additional schools before the end of May. All together through these Discover Rowing Days the ORC will have given over 100 students the amazing experience of rowing with a crew on the Ottawa River!

Huge thanks and recognition goes out to our AMAZING! volunteer coaching team who are making these days a reality including: Marika Kay, Greg Brown, Stu McKenzie, Francis Kenny, Kate Klarer, Emmie Page, Ashley Broadhurst, Lilianne Page, Tara Barnett, Kristen King and Victoria Ozimkowski, as well as Rob Marland, a two-time Olympian in rowing and Gold Medallist who has provided inspiring words of encouragement to participating students as part of the Discover Rowing Day experience.

rowers getting into boats at the dock


New equipment repair and damage report system introduced

May 9, 2015

This year the ORC is introducing an online system to report boat damage and to indicate when repairs to damaged boats may be completed.

Members shoud fill out damage reports online as soon as dmagae occurs and the office staff will keep up to date the document indcated estimated repair times.

You can find the two Google docs here and youshouldbe bale to complete them online and save them

Open Equipment/Boat Damage Report form here

Open Pending Boat Repair form here


Safety Lights on sale at the club office

May 1, 2015

Personal safety lights and whistles are available in the ORC office. Cost is $15 each. Cash and cheque accepted.


What is Para-Rowing?

April 30, 2015

Para-rowing is rowing for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The basic techniques used are the same as rowing for the able-bodied, with modifications to equipment and coaching methods to adapt the sport to individual needs and abilities.

There are three classes of para-rowing:
Legs, Trunk and Arms (LTA) – athlete on a sliding seat; legs, trunk and arms used to propel the boat
Trunk and Arms (TA) – athlete on a fixed seat; lap strap used to secure athlete; trunk and arms used to propel the boat
Arms and Shoulders (AS) – athlete on fixed seat with rigid back support; chest and lap straps used to secure athlete; arms and shoulders used to propel the boat

Complete information on classification can be found here


New ORC Athlete Rep Announced

April 20, 2015

On April 18, Anna Currie, a member of the ORC Senior Women’s program, was announced as the new ORC Athlete Representative for a one year term. The Athlete Representative is a voting officer of the Executive Committee and acts as the representative of all competitive athletes, responsible for communications between athletes and the Executive through respective program representatives.

Anna is accomplished in and out of sport. Anna rows competitively with the ORC and Carleton’s varsity program and has notable results, including a Canadian Henley gold medal. Anna’s other accomplishments and contributions include captain of the Carleton Women’s Varsity Rowing Team, recipient of the 2014 Wes Kuran Scholarship Award, volunteer work with the food bank, with young adults with intellectual disabilities and in the pediatric ward at the Regina General Hospital.

Anna is a 3rd year student in the social work program at Carleton University, due to graduate in 2016.

Please help us in welcoming Anna to the new position of Athlete Representative and passing along our many thanks to Lilianne Page, who served as Athlete Representative in 2014.

Ottawa Rowing Club Fees 2015

February 26, 2015

All fees include HST, credit card processing fees, and Rowing Canada and Row Ontario fees (competitive $91, others $20).

Program From To Total fee
Full Members      
Competitive April 1 Nov 15


Competitive (spring/summ) April 1 August 15 $690.00
Competitive (summer) June 15 August 15 $525.00
Competitive (summer/fall) June 15 Nov 15 $690.00
Competitive (fall) Aug 15 Nov 15


Cox April 1 Nov 15 $113.00
Receartional (full) April 1 Nov 15 $659.00
Masters (full) April 1 Nov 15 $730.00
Seasonal programs      
Recreational (spring/summer) April 1 Aug 15 $412.00
Recreational (fall) Aug 15 Nov 15 $329.00
High School Rowing (spring) April 1 June 15 299.00
Junior Competitive Foundations (summer and fall)

June 15

Aug 15

Sept 1

Oct 31

Junior Competitive Development (summer and fall)

June 15

Aug 15

Sept 1

Oct 31

Guest (one month)     $216.00
University Aug 15 Nov 15 $370.00
Instructional programs      
Adult Rowing League June 1 July 31 $245.00
Learn to Row (Five sessions)     $210.00
Discover rowing summer camps (per week)     $230.00
Rackage fee     $320.00


The Ottawa River Centre

February 25, 2015

Imagine a happy place where...Runners run. Paddlers paddle. Hikers hike. Rowers row. Walkers walk. Cyclists cycle. Children play. Yogis downward dog. Canoeists canoe. Sailors sail. Kayakers kayak. Swimmers swim. Happy couples wed. Minds collaborate. Friends laugh and love. Good food feeds the soul. Community is fostered. Environment is nurtured. Active for life is celebrated. Serene views centre the self.

The new Ottawa River Centre (ORC) will be a catalyst for public amenities along the Ottawa River, ensuring life-long activity, health, well-being and social engagement.

From office and meeting space to open spaces for activity to event space for celebrations to dock access for water sports and more, the ORC is building a better city. With YOU in mind.

Watch a video simulation of what the Ottawa River Centre will look like on the ORC's YouTube channel.


The ORC in Rowing Magazine

January 17, 2015

ORC member, Roberta Gal, is a talented photographer and the ORC is blessed to benefit from her stunning photography of ORC rowers, the Ottawa River and our historic boathouse. And thanks to Roberta the ORC is beautifully featured in the current issue of Rowing Magazine!

A very big congratulations to Roberta on the publication of two of her photos in the current issue of Rowing Magazine, rowing’s only magazine, delivering monthly in-depth features, news, tips and the best in rowing photography.

Here is one of those beautiful photos by Roberta.

ORB bioathouse at dusk


Ottawa Rowing Club named 2014 RowOntario Club of the Year!

December 3, 2014

There will be a new banner added to the ORC boathouse come spring! On November 29th, during the RowOntario annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, the ORC was named RowOntario Club of the Year acknowledging club innovation and success! This is a huge honour and is testament to the hard-working, talented, most wonderful rowing community here at the Ottawa Rowing Club. We congratulate and thank our many passionate volunteers, including coaches, parents, executive, officials, and all those who help make the ORC a wonderful place to be and the Club of the Year in Ontario. Cheers to the RowOntario Club of the Year!



2015 Program registration is now open

February 28, 2015

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.


Junior athletes must be registered by a parent or guardian.

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

Credit card statements
While most credit card statements say "RONIN* Ottawa Rowing Club(Competitive Program)," some credit cards and banks cut ofa 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 registers coaches, directors, and volunteers 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.

Follow the ORC on YouTube

Follow the ORC on Twitter

Follow the ORC on Facebook


ORC in the Ottawa Citizen

September 24, 2014

Read about the ORC redevelopment plans in today's Ottawa Citizen.

2014 Year-end video

November 28, 2014

You can watch the 2014 ORC year-end video here on YouTube.

Thanks to Mr Tang who put it together


New equipment repair and damage report and incident report system introduced

Open Equipment/Boat Damage Report form here

Open Pending Boat Repair form here

Open the Incident Report form here


2015 Calendar

August 22-31 Carleton U and UOttawa Training Camps, ORC
Sept 13 Head of Madawaska Burnstown
September 19 PD Ross, Ottawa
Sept 26-27 Head of the Rideau, Ottawa
October 3 Head of the Genesee, Rochester
October 3 Head of the Trent, Peterborough
October 9-11 National Rowing Championships, Welland
October 17 Brock Invite, St. Catharines
October 17-18 Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston
October 23 OUA Development Regatta, St. Catharines
October 24 OUA Championships, St. Catharines
October 31-November 1 Head of the Fish, Saratoga Springs NY
October 31-November 1 Canadian University Rowing Championships, Lochaber Antigonish, NS
November 1 Winter Training Begins
November 7 ORC Club Closure (Docks Out)
November 21 ORC Awards Banquet
February 24, 2016 ORC Annual General Meeting

Rowing Canada Privacy policy

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

Ronin logo


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.

Boathouserental ad

To find out more details about rental of the Boathouse, including facility availability, pricing and how to reserve your special event, please email

RCA logo


Rowing for the summer - 2015

January 4, 2015

If you love rowing and want to share your experience with family or friends then let people know about ORCs instructional programs. Programs are available for beginners and experienced rowers see below. The best way to promote ORCs programs is through word of mouth. Please pass on your passion!

Adult Rowing League

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) takes place on weekday evenings in June (practices) and July (race nights!).

Upon registering to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights, you are assigned to a crew, a boat and a coach. Practices are held weekly during the month of June (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 18:00h).

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (18:00h) for races - some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open. Race nights are all about fun!

Participants must be 18 years or older. No previous rowing experience required.

For further information contact:

Learn to Row

You don't need any previous experience to take the ORC's learn-to-row course. It starts with learning safety on the water, details about your boat and oars and instruction on technique on our rowing machines in the club house and dockside rowing simulator. You are on the water in your second class in an eight, learning how to balance a boat and then how to move it through the water as a crew.

For further information contact:

Discover rowing summer camps

Youth, age 12-17, learn to row or improve existing skills in a fun and safe environment on the Ottawa River! Weeklong sessions run through the summer starting Monday, June 24th. Campers row, learn water safety, boat rigging and maintenance and participate in other fun outdoor activities.

Contact us to learn more:
613.241.1120 after April 15


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.










© 2008 Ottawa Rowing Club. All rights reserved. DESIGN by SMDESIGN