Club opening work party - Saturday April 26 - 8:00 am

April 23,2014

The ergs have returned to the ORC from Carleton and we are planning to put the docks in the water on Saturday May 3, so we need to get the club, docks, equipment and grounds ready for the season.

There will be a work party on Saturday April 26 starting at 8:00 am - all members are enouraged to come out and help prepare the club for the start of the season. Bring your golves and work clothes!

Work party assignments

Dock repairs - Senior men and Masters

Sweeoing parking lot and raking lawn - some junior men

Rigging boats - senior women and some junior women

Moving boats for rigging - junior men

Sweeping bays - junior men and junior women

Setting up racks and moving para boats - junior men

Caoch boats and motors - recreational rowers

Sweeping singles boathouse -- recreational rowers

Sweeping upstairs boathouses - recreational rowers

Please bring appropriate clothes for your assignment!


ORC Executive director Melissa McKenzie

April 22, 2014

I am pleased to announce that Melissa McKenzie is joining the Ottawa Rowing Club as Executive Director.

Melissa leaves her position as Executive Director of Lacrosse Canada to join the ORC. In addition to being the senior staff at a national sports organization, she has practical experience at the club level. Melissa has a background in rowing, as well as working experience in lacrosse, track & field, wrestling, ringette, and in fitness clubs. Previous responsibilities have included: managing staff, strategic and operational planning and implementation, financial oversight, as well as coach, athlete and program development. She is a graduate of Brock University with an Honours in Sport and Exercise Management.

As our senior staff, the Executive Director is responsible for daily club operations. Along with her team, she will support an ‘open-door policy’ for members and the general public seeking information about our rowing programs, especially through timely communications. Melissa will work closely with the Lead Coaches, Umpires, Regatta Chairs and the other volunteers who make such an important contribution to the ORC. Monitoring ‘Regatta Fees and Expenses’ along with the operational budget will be her responsibility. Member satisfaction, program development and registration growth will all be on-going projects to secure long-term strength for the ORC.

Her first official day will be on May 12, 2014, but in the meanwhile will meet with the Executive, ORC Staff, Lead Coaches (all dates TBC) – and participate in the selection of summer employees (rowing coordinators, and LTR/ Camp). This orientation will serve her well to a strong start in May.

Please join me in welcoming Melissa McKenzie to the Ottawa Rowing Club!

Lana Burpee
Ottawa Rowing Club


Crews on the water

April 22, 2014

The ORC Safety committee has made a special allowance for the RADAR group under the coaching of Ed Fornier be allowed to start on water training as of 22nd April, 2014. This is due to their trials at Welland being held on 3rd May 2014.

The RADAR group will still have to obey strictly with the cold water rules at the club, with the following added condition to the cold water rules. Training will be between the two bridges in daylight hours. If the club manager deems the water to be unsafe at any stage these athletes must follow his decision.

All other members / squads must wait until the regular Docks go in before they can start their on water season. At this stage the date that has been booked to have the docks put in will is the 3rd May, 2014. This is subject to change due to weather or river conditions deteriorating.

Safety training will start this week, and members are to check with their coaches as to where and when this is to take place.
A reminder that anyone wishing to go onto the water must have completed the following prior to being allowed onto the water for the 2014 season.

  1. Paid their membership;
  2. Watched the RCA safety video this year (2014);
  3. Completed the ORC safety training for 2014.

We look forward to an enjoyable and safe year ahead.

Jeremy Courtney
ORC Safety committee Chair.


Junior skills development program - Competitive Foundations

April 15, 2014

This year the ORC is offering a revised junior development program to help prepare new and inexperienced rowers between the ages of 12 and 18 with the skills they need for successful competitve rowing.

You can find all the details about the program here.

For questions about the programming, coaching and schedule: contact Kate Gorsline

For questions about fees or registration: contact Greg Brown


ORC Ergatta - Saturday April 5 - Carleton University

April 5, 2014

Rowers participating in the ORC Ergatta on SApril 5

Congratulations to everyone who paaticipated in today's ORC Ergatta. It was an excellent start to the rowing season - now we need to get the ice off the Ottawa River!

Here is a list of category winners in the Ergatta.

Here are the complete results.

Congratulations as well to Glebe Collegiate, winner in the high school category ahead of Lisgar Collegiate and Canterbury high school.


Extended stay at Carleton to April 13

March 25, 2014

Due to the lengthy winter we are still experiencing, the ORC has extended our rental of the third floor of the athletics building at Carleton until April 13 inclusive. The club will absorb these costs and the ergs will stay there until that date.

Beginning April 1 you must first have registered for the 2014 season (see below) then those who have been winter training at Carleton will only have access to the ergs. Their access will no longer include the pool, weight room, or any additional access already available to our athletes during the winter.

Should athletes wish to extend their access to these other facilities, they may do so at the welcome centre in the athletic centre paying on a monthly basis as their passes will cease to function as of April 1st. High school coaches in particular may wish to pursue alternative means of facilitating these services at their schools if such facilities exist.

For athletes to continue to train with ORC programs they must be registered in a 2014 program prior to April 1st with ORC and update their RCA and RO registrations as well. Registration will be verified against RONIN on that day as athletes who are not registered will no longer have RCA insurance coverage as of March 31.


RCA Coach Weekend #1 - Ottawa - April 11-13, 2014

March 22, 2014

The ORC will host the RCA Coach weekend#1 training seminaron the weekend of April 11-13.

Itwill start on Friday at 6:00 pm and conclude on Sunday afternoon.

More details, the registration form and payment details can be found here.

Employment at the ORC 2014

March 16, 2014

The Ottawa Rowing Club is seeking applications for a numbe iof part-time paid positions at the club for the 2014 season.

We are looking for someone to work in the office on administrative matters as a rowing co-ordinator,a boathouse custodian to maintain the boathouse on weekends and some evenings, instructors for learn to row sessions and summer youth camp and bartenders to work at events in the boathouse where there is already a busy season ahead of weddings, receptions etc.

You can find detailed job descriptions of the positions here:

Rowing co-ordinator

Boathouse custodian

Summer camp-learn to row instructors


Please submit applications by email to the club secretary. You should include a cover letter, CV and references.

The deadline for applications is Saturday April 5, 2014


ORC Ergatta - Saturday April 5, 2014

March 10, 2014

Entry forms are now available for the ORC's spring ergatta. Weather permitting (that means if enough snow has melted) it will lbe at the club) but details on actual location will be finalized shortly.

The entry deadline is Saturday March 29.

Here is the entry form to complete online.


Annual general meeting vote results

February 27, 2014

At the Annual General Meeting of the ORC (February 25 2014), members were asked to vote on the club expansion project:

“Whereas the land and buildings from which the Ottawa Rowing Club (ORC) operates are owned by the city of Ottawa and the NCC, and the current buildings cannot be further enhanced through the addition of hydro, water, heat or space;

Whereas in 2017 the ORC will celebrate 150 years in its prestigious location in the parliamentary precinct as the dominant provider of rowing to the national capital region;

Whereas the membership accepted the design concepts presented for ‘The Ottawa Rowing Centre’ building, and received from the ORC Renewal Planning Committee a feasibility study of a 5% contribution towards an $18million dollar expansion based on these concepts.

Be it resolved that the Executive Committee be authorized to extend development of the concepts, including exploring partnerships, in order to come to a financial agreement with the city, which would be subject to ORC Membership ratification."

The motion was approved with overwhelming support, and only a single 'NO' vote.

Members had lots of questions about how the club will not only sustain rowing membership, but grow the sport. We will be actively seeking your ideas on how your personal rowing experience can be better -- and how to get (just about!) everyone rowing!

I would like to thank the members of the ORC Renewal Planning Committee for dedicating their time and expertise to developing the feasibility study: Mike Walker (Chair), Wes Kuran, Peter Thompson, Rob Boraks, Tina Roic, David Blair, Martin Munro, and Chris Waddell.

If you have any questions -- or ideas -- related to the club expansion project, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Lana Burpee
Ottawa Rowing Club


Associate umpire clinic in Ottawa - March 27 and April 2

February 19, 2014

There will be an Associate Umpire Clinic to prepare interested individuals for the process of becoming a certified Rowing Canada Umpires. This clinic is approximately 6 hours in duration and will take place over 2 nights (Thursday March 27th 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Wednesday April 2 6:30 -9:30 pm). There is an expectation that clubs will be recruiting individuals to attend this event. A minimum of 5 participants are required for this clinic to run.

Interested participants are required to register for this event through the Row Ontario web site (web link here).

Location: Ashbury College, 362 Mariposa Ave, Ottawa ON, K1M 0T3, Junior School Room 101. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Details or questions can be directed to Wes Kuran or Brian Storosko


Become A Learn to Row Learning Facilitator

February 10, 2014

Are you passionate about rowing? Do you love helping others further their knowledge?

If so, we're looking for you! ROWONTARIO is accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming a Learn to Row Learning Facilitator.

Position Description
As a Learn to Row Learning Facilitator, you will be leading our 13-hour long NCCP recognized Learn to Row course for instructors teaching Learn to Row camps or lessons at their club. While you will be expected to deliver the Learn to Row Instructor course a minimum of once a year, ROWONTARIO will organize all of thelogistics of planning the course. As most of the Learn to Row Instructor courses are held in the winter/spring, your training and coaching schedule will not be affected. 
An honorarium is provided for each Learn to Row Instructor course you facilitate.
Travel expenses incurred while conducting a course will be reimbursed

What's Involved in Becoming a Learning Facilitator? 

1. Send us your Application of Interest (see below)

2. We will follow up with you to discuss your interest, and answer any of your questions

3. Attend a 2-day Learning Facilitator training course at our ROWONTARIO offices (#206-19 Waterman Ave, Toronto, M4B 1Y2) on March 29 & 30, 2014.

    A travel subsidy will be provided for those attending from out of town.

4. Following your training, you will co-facilitate a course with the Master Learning Facilitator. During this time, you will be evaluated and will either be considered ready to facilitate courses on your own or undergo further training.

Applications of Interest
If you're interested in becoming a Learn to Row Facilitator, please submit the following information to Kristen Rogalsky, our Member Services Manager.

1. Rowing/Coaching CV

2. Club affiliation

3. Are you actively coaching?

4. Experience instructing in the Learn to Row environment

5. Experience leading/facilitating courses or classes

Deadline to apply is Monday February 24, 2014.

Want To Learn More? Contact:

Kristen Rogalsky Row Ontario


Adult Rowing League registration is open for summer 2014

January 28, 2014

registratoin is now open for this year's Adult Rowing leaguie on Thursday evenings. It always fills up quickly so you can register now and avoid the rush.

Register first with Rowing Canada in ARL here

The last form in the Rowing Canada registration contains a link to the Ronin registration where you can pay for your registration and pick your team and t-shirt size.




ORC Safety policy 2013

February 27, 2013

The revised club safety policy for the 2013 season is now posted on the web site. You can find it here.

PLease read it before the seaon begins!




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

April 5 ORC Ergatta (tentative)
May 3-4 RADAR - Welland
May 17 ERA High School Regatta - Montreal
May 24 National Capital High School Regatta
June 6-8 Canadian Secondary School High School Regatta - St Catharines
July 4-6 Independence Day Regatta - Philadelphia
July 5 ERA Regatta - Montreal
July 26-27 RowOntario - Welland
Aug 5-10 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - St Catharines
Sept 28 Head of the Rideau
Oct 4 Head of the Trent - Peterborough
Oct 11 Brock Invitational - St. Catharines
Oct 17-19 Head of the Charles - Boston
Oct 24-25 Ontario Universities Rowing Championship - St Catharines
Oct 26 Head of the Fish - Saratoga Springs NY
Nov 1-2 Canadian Uiversities Rowing Championship
Nov 7-9 RADAR - Welland


2013 Year-end video

November 24, 2013

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

Thanks to Mr Tang who put it together


Rowing Canada Privacy policy

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

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Tour our Boathouse

A table setting in the boathouse

See our Boathouse banquet facilities, our scenic Ottawa Rover location complete with grounds and gardens, a terrace landing on the banks of the river for wedding ceremonies, parking for 90 vehicles and photos from previous functions at the boathouse.

Rental details for weddings, receptions, meetings and corporate learn-to-row sessions can be found here.

Please direct all questions by email here.

Download the Boathouse rental fact sheet and contract for 2014

Check the calendar for 2014 dates already booked.


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Frequently asked questions about rowing

March 1, 2014

Q: What is the difference between rowing and paddling?
A: Rowing is an Olympic water sport. Paddling includes canoe, kayak and dragon boating.  The rower is seated backwards in the boat with oars propelling the boat in the opposite direction of the rower. The rowing stroke is a function of the legs and the arms with the seats in the boats mobile to move with the rowers’ stroke – it is a full body workout!  Rowing can be done as an individual, or part of a boat crew. Calm, flat water is ideal for rowing.

Q: How old do I need to be to start?
A: 12 years old, depending on physical strength and maturity.

Q: Am I too old to start rowing?
A: Rowing is a sport for all ages and levels, so it is never to late to learn to row!

Q: What level of swimming should I have?
A: Being comfortable treading water as well as swimming in deep water without support from a life vest is ideal for rowing and other water sports. Non-swimmers can wear a personal (pouch styled) floatation device.

Q: What is the Coxswain?
A: Usually a smaller rower who sits at the stern of the boat, facing the bow. The coxswain (or coxie) coordinates the rhythm and power of the rowers and steers the boat.

Q: How do I get to the Ottawa Rowing Club?
A: The ORC is located at 10 Lady Grey Dr. Ottawa, ON. The boathouse is located on the Ottawa River, off Sussex Drive opposite the Saudi Embassy, just eats of downtown Ottawa. Program activities take place in the second, larger boathouse.
Limited parking is available on site for members and program participants. OC transpo bus route #9 stops a few minutes walk to the club and bike racks are on site.

Q: What should I wear/bring?
A: Snug fitting clothing, socks and running shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottle in an old sock, lock.           

Q: What amenities are available onsite?
A: Free wireless Internet access, vending machines, refrigerator, microwave, personal day-use lockers, showers change rooms, strength training equipment and rowing machines.

Q: How long is the rowing season?
A: The season is weather dependent. Water safety is top priority, when water levels and temperatures are safe, the boats can be in the water. The season usually starts at the beginning of April and runs until early November.

Q: I am a rower visiting from out of town; can I row with your club?
A: Yes! We have guest memberships available. You must be registered with another club in order to row as an ORC guest.










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