It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we invite the rowing world to Victoria, home of the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2018 (WRCC 2018).
We are thrilled to be the first location in North America to host this international event. Our vision is to host a championships that provides an excellent experience for athletes, as well as spectators and volunteers. Our goal is to make this regatta a catalyst for the development of coastal rowing on the West Coast of Canada. We are committed to supporting the local community and running a regatta that respects the natural environment.
Join us for an exceptional championships in a spectacular setting. Race with a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop in a pristine environment. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife such as porpoise and orca whales, tall trees and rocky islands, Victoria is an adventure playground by the ocean. Come row in a gorgeous setting and be welcomed by warm Canadian hospitality.
Tulista Park in the Town of Sidney is within Greater Victoria and offers an ideal venue for WRCC 2018. A long, straight and gently sloping pebble beach offers the opportunity for the first-ever beach start for the championships. The racing will be on Bazan Bay. While the bay is protected from ocean swells, racers will have challenges of tidal currents, wind, waves and the potential of tricky waters created by the interactions of wind and tide.
Sidney is a safe, compact and friendly community, with all amenities in easy walking distance of the venue. The city of Victoria, a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences, is only a short distance away. Extend your stay to enjoy the beauty and nature of Vancouver Island and naturally spectacular British Columbia.
Please have your National Federation contact the Organizing Committee to request a Letter of Invitation to support your visa application. The request should include your passport number and expiry date, date of birth and full name. Letters will be issued to individuals who are confirmed as team members by their national federation.
We are ready and eager to host the world’s best coastal rowers in October. See you in Sidney!
On behalf of WRCC 2018 Organizing Committee
S,JIJEȽ EȽ SḰÁL
LÁ,E E TŦE ÁLENENEȻs TŦE WŚ̱ ANEĆ WIILṈEW
In the homelands of the Saanich people
NIȽ SETINES TIÁ,
This is known as Sidney
JE,ÁȽ ȽTE E TŦÁ,IYE TŦE JEMOT EȽ SKÁL I, TŦE S,JIJEȽs
We acknowledge and welcome the graciousness to the people present today.
I MEQ SÁN AȽE E TIÁ ÁNEȻ
And everyone here today
STOLȻEȽ John Elliott is a respected Elder of the Tsartlip First Nation.
His dedication to the revitalization of First Nations languages began over 30 years ago, inspired by the efforts of his father,
David Elliott, to preserve the SENĆOŦEN language.
In 1999, Mr. Elliott co-founded FirstVoices, a suite of web-based tools that supports language archiving and learning, and which
is now used worldwide. Mr. Elliott is the Chairman of the Saanich Native Heritage Society. He serves on the Advisory
Committee of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) and previously served for six years as a director on the FPCC board.
In 2009, he received an honorary PhD from Maharishi University of Management in Iowa for his work in language
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