2015 Row ONtario club of the year


Happy Thanksgiving!

October 6, 2015

This holiday weekend we give thanks and much appreciation to our many, many dedicated and talented volunteers in the ORC community! We love that you love rowing and make the ORC the best place to be. We wish everyone a happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday and we hope you get chance to fit in some rowing. The club will be open Saturday and Sunday 7am to 2pm and on holiday Monday we’ll be open 7am to 12pm.

If you have a couple of spare hours tomorrow morning (Saturday), please join us at the ORC for our annual shoreline clean up! From 9:30am to 11:30pm we'll be doing our part to keep the river shoreline clean and beautiful. This is a great activity of the whole family and for high school students who need volunteer hours. Come prepared for all weather and we hope to see you tomorrow at 9:30am!


2015 Head of the Madawaska results - Burnstown

October 6, 2015

Here are the results of the 2015 Head of the Madawaska regatta at Burnstown. Congratulations ot all the ORC rowers who partipated in the rain!


2015 Award Season Is Already Here! October 21 Deadline for Nominations!

October 5, 2015

The award season is upon us already and now is the time to celebrate the triumphs and successes of 2015 at the ORC! This is a great time to recognize fellow rowers, coaches, umpires and volunteers for all their work and dedication over the past year. ORC Awards will be handed out at the ORC end of year banquet on Saturday, November 21 (mark your calendar!).

ORC Awards

Nominations may be made through this link in the following award categories:

Rower of the Year
Coach of the Year
Volunteer Appreciation Award
Male and Female Sweep Crew of the Year
Male and Female Sculler of the Year
Male and Female Junior Crew of the Year
Male and Female Novice Rower of the Year
Coxswain of the Year
Recreational Rower or Crew of the Year
Masters Rower or Crew of the Year
Sportsmanship Award

The deadline to submit nominations is OCTOBER 21!

Rowing Canada Awards

Nominations must be submitted to the ORC Executive by email via by OCTOBER 21. Awards categories include Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year:

RowOntario Awards

Nominations must be submitted to the ORC Executive by email via by OCTOBER 21. Awards categories include Athlete of Year and Coach of the Year in competitive and recreational categories:

Head of the Trent coverage features Josh King

October 5, 2015

Coverage of the weekend's Head of the Trent regatta in the Peterborough EXaminer featured the ORC's Josh King rowing for Trent University.


Rowing Canada Tony Zasada Memorial Award, 31st Anniversary 

October 2, 2015

Rowing Canada announces the criteria and application forms for this year’s Tony Zasada Memorial Fund Award:Candidate Criteria & Forms.

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, 2015. We ask that applications be forwarded via e-mail to:

Mr. Bob Ellard


Head of the Rideau results

September 28, 2015

The Head of the Rideau was a huge success again this year, over 270 boats, more than 400 athletes, 8 hours of exciting racing! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers for your hours of support in making Head of the Rideau 2015 the best ever!

Download the 2015 Head of the Rideau results.


Head of the Fish regatta - Saratoga Springs NY - Saturday October 31-Sunday November 1

September 23, 2015

Here is the travel and information package for all those rowers, parents and friends attending the Head of the Fish regatta.



Fall Hours

September 5, 2015

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 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.



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.



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



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



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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.










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