Reminder: April 1 Spring Information Meeting

March 30, 2015

There is an ORC Spring Information Meeting on Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm. Location is the lecture hall room 112 at Glebe Collegiate.

This meeting is open to ALL members to find out information about all programs before the spring season begins.

Whether you are senior competitive, junior competitive, recreational, masters or junior development, this meeting will be useful. If you are not yet a member of the ORC but are interested in finding out more about our programs, you are welcome too!


Rackage Fees Due April 1

March 30, 2015

Rackage fees are due by April 1 for any person storing a personal single at the ORC boathouse. Fees must be paid online through the Ronin registration system:

If there are questions regarding rackage fees or payment of rackage fees, please contact the ORC Registrar, Greg Brown.


ORC Athlete Representative

March 24, 2015

An ORC Athlete Representative must be selected this spring for a one year term. The Athlete Rep is a voting officer of the Executive Committee and acts as the representative of all competitive athletes. The Athlete Rep also manages the Athletes’ Fund.

If you are interested in giving back to your club and sport as Athlete Rep send an email to ORC Secretary Jenna Pelham, by April 12. The Athlete Rep will be voted in at the April 18 Ergatta.

Many thanks and much recognition goes to Lilianne Page for her dedicated service as Athlete Rep for the past year.


ORC Spring Ergatta

March 19, 2015

The ORC spring ergatta will be held on Saturday, April 18 at the Ottawa Rowing Club starting in the morning. All ORC athletes are strongly encouraged to be there to race and to cheer on teammates. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 12. Don’t wait.

Sign up now online (it takes 30 seconds!):


Special Events at The Boathouse

March 19, 2015

Are you planning a special event or corporate meeting and need a unique, rejuvenating location? Move out of the boring hotel boardroom and into the waterfront ORC Boathouse - the perfect getaway to gather with friends or colleagues. The Boathouse offers flexibility, privacy, a waterfront view, free parking and close proximity to downtown Ottawa. Email for more information.


Seeking 2015 Learn to Row Rowing instructors / Summer Camp Counsellors

March 11,2015

Full job descriptions for the positions can be found here.

Summary of Duties:

The ORC’s summer youth camp is a great way for youth to get involved in athletics and learn the basics of an exciting and challenging sport. Carried out on the beautiful Ottawa River, the camp allows youth the opportunity to learn how to row from qualified instructors in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Rowing instructors / youth camp counsellors create a fun and safe environment in which participants get involved in athletics and learn the basics of an exciting and challenging sport. Instructors are responsible for day to day management of the camp and will provide all on land and on water instruction with a focus towards individual skill development within a fun and safe environment.

As well, Instructors will be asked to teach rowing to beginners, both adults and youth, through the Learn-to-Row program.

This position requires a high level of rowing knowledge, enthusiasm, initiative, and passion. The instructor position provides a fantastic opportunity to enhance teaching, people, administrative and rowing abilities!

Specific responsibilities include:

• Supervise and instruct up to 20 participants during one session
• Monitor rowing and safety equipment, ensuring in advance equipment is ready for each session, arranging for repairs where necessary
• Participate in day to day planning of activities and rowing focuses
• Promote the transition from youth camp and learn-to-row into further rowing programs within the club

Qualifications Required

• Successful completion of the RCA/ROWONTARIO LTR Instructor program
• Pleasure craft operating card is required for this position
• Mandatory Standard First Aid and CPR or willing to certify before the beginning of camp
• Comprehensive knowledge of rowing within a competitive environment
• Experience instructing /coaching
• Effective customer service experience
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Flexibility and ability to work on several tasks at once
• Willingness to get directly involved in ORC activities and programs
• Self-motivated / willing to take initiative / problem-solver
• Ability to work independently, with a minimum of supervision
• Previous experience working within a camp environment is an asset
• Willingness to submit to a Police Criminal Records Check
• Bilingualism is an asset


Submit a cover letter and resume by email to no later than March 31st 2015. Please include Youth camp counsellor application in your subject line.


Water safety and PFDs

March 3, 2015

Be safe this rowing season and invest in your own Personal Flotation Device (PFD) - all rowers are encourage to have one.

The Chandlery Marine Supplies (367 Poulin Ave, Ottawa) offers ORC members a 15% discount off the regular price of the Mustang Inflatable Belt Pack PFD. You can find the product and price here:

Thank you to The Chandlery for extending this discount to our members and keeping us safe this rowing season!

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.


ORC shirts available at the AGM

February 20, 2015

Yet another reason to come to the AGM on Tuesday February 24 - to buy an ORC T shirt - available for $20 at the AGM Rockcliffe Park Community Centre. 380 Springfield Road, Ottawa - Registration: 6:30 pm Meeting starts: 7:00 pm

ORC blue T shirt


Congratulations Victoria

February 3, 2015

Congratulations to the ORC's Victoria Ozimkowski on being selected the January DSA Peak RowOntario Athlete!

Find out more here

Keep up the hard work Victoria


ORC Members Recognized by RCA

February 3, 2015

RCA recently awarded ORC rower, Louise Munro, the Bobby Pearce Award (Junior Female Sculler of the Year). Bobby Pearce of the Leander Rowing Club won the Diamond sculls at the 2931 Henley Royal Regatta and Gold Medals at the 1928 and 1932 Olympic Games for his native country, Australia. He moved to Canada, turned professional and was never beaten as an amateur or professional champion.

Louise received the Bobby Pearce Award for accumulating the highest total of points from competing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, the 2014 RBC National Rowing Championships and the Rowing Canada Aviron Spring Trials.

ORC rowers, Cristy Nurse and Rosanne DeBoef were honoured as a member of the women’s eight that won silver at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.

ORC competitive men’s Lead Coach, Ed Fournier, was selected as runner-up for Coach of the Year. In 2014, Ed coached crews to wins at Canadian Henley Regatta and Canadian University Rowing Championships and he had one athlete win gold and silver for Canada at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.

Congratulations to all on these latest achievements! Find out more here


Matthew Fournier Named 2014 Rower of the Year

February 3, 2015

The Ottawa Sports Awards were held recently where ORC rower, Matthew Fournier, was honoured as 2014 Rower of the Year. Matthew has had an outstanding season while rowing for Carleton University, the Ottawa Rowing Club and Canada’s national team. At Carleton, he was undefeated on the fall circuit, winning both Ontario and Canadian university races and earning OUA and CU male rower of the year honours. Racing in lightweight boats, Matthew also finished 3rd at the Head of the Charles regatta. With Team Canada, the ORC’s Athlete of the Year won gold and silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Championships.

ORC Coach, Kate Gorsline, was also nominated for Female Coach of the Year and shortlisted as one of the finalists. Kate didn’t take home the OSA for female coach of the year, but she still takes home the admiration, gratitude and recognition of the ORC as one of our most dedicated coaches!


ORC Ergatta Results

February 3, 2015

The ORC ergatta held on February 1 at the Ottawa Athletic Club resulted in the pain and anguish that comes with 2k racing on the erg, but also resulted in some personal bests. Congratulations to all those athletes that raced and thank you for supporting and participating in this club event!

Official results can be seen here.

It’s always safety first at the ORC and our winners took home a Fox40 Dual Function Light and Whistle so they are ready for on-water training!

A big shout out to Mr. Tang and Glenn Hay for all of their help and coordination prior to and at the event. THANK YOU so much for all your work and time! And thank you to the Ottawa Athletic Club for allowing us to host the event at our winter training location.


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!


An Evening of Celebration for the Ottawa Rowing Club

November 28, 2014

Over 170 ORC members and volunteers came together on November 22 for the ORC's annual year end banquet held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre. It was a terrific evening with a lot of laughs, smiles and cheer in celebration of another successful year at the Ottawa Rowing Club. The evening could not have been so much fun and so lovely without many helping hands.

Many thanks to Chris Waddell, ORC VP Administration and Lana Burpee, ORC President for their help with event planning and coordination and to Marika Kay and Lilianne Page, ORC senior women program athletes, who did a phenomenal job MC-ing the event and creating a lot of laughs and warm memories. Thank you to our award presenters including Paul Amesbury, Sophie Desaulniers, Jennifer Shortall, Lana Burpee, Marika Kay, Lilianne Page and Lindsay Wilson. Thank you to Matthew Fournier, ORC senior men’s athlete and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and guest speaker for the evening. It was terrific to hear from Matthew about his journey to success at home and internationally. And thank you to Mr. Tang, junior women’s lead coach, for his year end slide show and video. Mr. Tang’s slide show and video is a banquet highlight every year and this year was no exception. The compilation of so much ORC footage in such a powerful way is no small task! To view the video go to:

Finally thank you to all of those members who could attend the banquet this year. It was wonderful to see the ORC community come together for one last hurrah for 2014. Now we look to 2015 for another great year!

And most importantly, a very big congratulations to all of our award winners of the evening!

Service Award:Greg Brown
Coach of the Year: Ed Fournier and Kate Gorsline
Volunteer Appreciation: Donna Blois, Carrie Connell, Jennifer Rae Brown
Male Sweep Crew of the Year: Joseph Kunkel, Mac Bruce-Fuoco
Female Sweep Crew of the Year: Jenna Pelham, Lilianne Page, Anna Currie, Alanna Fogerty, Megan Haley, Dana Howell, Emmie Page, Alyssa Pastic, Jennifer Bowen
Male Sculler of the Year: Matthew Fournier
Female Sculler of the Year (and princess of the year award!): Louise Munro
Male Junior Crew of the Year: Alex Bernst, Jon Hamilton, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell, Khahil Daibes
Female Junior Crew of the Year: Louise Munro, Milica Banic, Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt
Male Novice Rower of the Year: Aaron King
Female Novice Rower of the Year: Sahara Frojmovic
Coxie: Jennifer Bowen
Recreational Rower: Marc-Andre Dionne
Masters Crew of the Year: Marcella Tendilla, Amy Moen, Pamela Peacock, Caitlin Salter-Macdonald, Maureen McEvoy, Jennifer Shortall, Karin Germann, Alison Patrick, Jeremy Courtney
Sportsmanship Award: Gillian Cross


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.





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.

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


2015 Calendar

April 1 Spring Athlete Information Meeting, Glebe Collegiate Room 112
April 17-19 RCA Spring Development Trials West, Burnaby
April 18 ORC Ergatta - Coxswain training - ORC
April 18 Safety training members and coaches - 10 am ORC
April 19 Safety training members and coaches - 12 noon ORC
April 21 Safety training members and coaches - 6 pm ORC
April 23 Safety training members and coaches - 6 pm ORC
April 25 Docks in the water - 8 am - ORC
May 2-3 RCA Spring Development Trials East, Welland
May 23 National Capital High School Regatta, ORC
June 6 Doors Open
June 5-7 CSSRAs, St. Catharines
June 13 ORC high school regatta
June 24-26 US Elite Nationals, Princeton, NJ
July 1 Members Canada Day party - ORC
July 3-5 Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia
July 10-28 Pan American Games, Toronto
July 12 RowOntario Masters Championships, Welland
July 25-26 RowOntario Championships, Welland
August 1 Royal Canadian Henley Garden Party, ORC
August 2-9 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines
August 15 Junior Development Athlete and Parent Information Meeting
August 15 End of Season Pig Roast, ORC
August 17-21 Junior Development Training Camp, ORC
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 24-25 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.

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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.

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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