2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria BC Canada


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Growing coastal rowing around the world

As part of the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, there will be first-time competitors from several countries that are new to coastal rowing, including the Bahamas and Brazil.

World Rowing has a “Development Programme” that provides some support to athletes travelling to international competitions.

http://www.worldrowing.com/athletes/training-and-development/development-programme

In August, we told you about Michael Knowles, the President and Captain of the Skullers Rowing Club, a Bahamian elite team member based in Exuma, Bahamas.  

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Help us make WRCC 2018 a “green” regatta

Competitors, volunteers and spectators at the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships can all contribute to make the event “green”.

Minimizing the environmental impact of the championships was part of the vision when local organizers began planning the event just over a year ago.

The organizing committee is excited to highlight our Official Green Power provider. Portable Electric is providing two 5k Voltstack power stations and three 2k units, plus technical support so we don’t have to rent as many diesel generators.

Find out more:

https://www.portable-electric.com/

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Guernsey rower crosses Indian Ocean en route to 2018 WRCC

A rower from the Guernsey Rowing Club is heading to the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships just a few weeks after completing a crossing of the Indian Ocean in 70 days.

James Plumley was part of a crew of four British men taking part in Indian Ocean Row 2018. Their main goal was to raise awareness, money and complete research for Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.

Plumley and his best friend Anthony Brewer are long-time coastal competitors. They first rowed at the Guernsey World Champs test event back in 2006. Since then they’ve competed at six more, often recognisable by their highly fashionable green shirt and yellow trousers combo.

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Limited edition “Orca Spirit” print available now for purchase!

This would make a wonderful souvenir for WRCC 2018 participants!

There are a limited number available.

The print is called “Orca Spirit” by Archie Andrew

It’s 24 x 17 and signed by the artist.

To order your copy now: https://events.peloton-technologies.com/event/OARCAOS

Read more about the strong indigneous connections to the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships:
2018 WRCC organizing committee member Marla Weston with artist Archie Andrew
OARCA Coastal Rowing Association
A new organization, called OARCA, was formed to promote coastal rowing in Canada. It now has a new logo, reflecting the spirit of the orcas who swim the waters where the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships will be held.
Thank you to Archie for the inspirational logo!

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Leading the charge for coastal rowing: Charles Hauss shares his passion for ‘aviron de mer’

Charles Hauss competing at the 2017 WRCC in France

Charles Hauss is a member of the 2018 WRCC organizing committee, based in Lachine, Quebec. He has been championing coastal rowing since 2010 in his home province and across Canada.

He is also a dealer for Euro Diffusion in Canada and instrumental in increasing the number of coastal boats from coast to coast.

Charles founded the Lachine Coastal Regatta as well as the Lachine Canal Head race. He is also an RCA and FISA umpire.

“Coastal rowing really started in Alma when the Lac-St.-Jean marathon was stopped because of some strong winds that caused many boats to capsize in 2010,” Hauss said.

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Denmark: A coastline made for coastal rowing

As we count down to the World Rowing Coastal Championships in October in Canada, we are sharing stories from coastal competitors from around the world, including a contingent from Denmark. Here’s the story of one club that will be joining us in Sidney for 2018 WRCC.

Submitted by Mark van Herk, KVIK Rowing Club
Copenhagen, Denmark

      

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Beach Start 101

We’ve been getting lots of questions about how the beach start at the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships will work.

So we asked Julien Bahain, Regatta Director – Technical to fill us in.

Hint: There is no running involved!

  1. Why did the organizing committee want to do a beach start?

When visiting potential sites during the bid process, Bazan Bay offered the best characteristics for a beach start. It features a long, straight, gently sloping pebbly beach, perfectly suitable for a beach start. It is worth noting that this would be the first-ever standing beach start at a World Rowing Coastal Championships.

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Meet the Kevin Bacon of Rowing

Anne in a Henley Women’s Regatta blazer, Leander scarf

Anne Buckingham is what you could call one of the super volunteers of rowing.

She’s currently involved with Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Masters Regatta, the Head of the Charles and the Leander Club, as well as occasionally doing commentary at other regattas. For her day job, she’s an in-house lawyer for a security printing company.

And fortunately for the Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, she’s going to drop by Victoria on her way to Boston.

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Hong Kong rowers to compete in Canada as preparation for hosting in 2019

For a group of rowers from Hong Kong, the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships will be a sneak peek of what will be in store for them when they host the regatta in 2019.

We reached out to Wan Ng, Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee for 2019 WRCC to find out more.

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Vive la France! Meet some of the French rowers coming to Canada

 

The 2017 World Rowing Coastal Championships were held in Thonon-les-Bains, France.

Coastal rowing or “aviron de mer” is huge in France as you can see from this video from the Championnat de France d’Aviron de Mer 2018 Plougonvelin or French coastal rowing championships.

We are looking forward to welcoming teams from across France to compete in Victoria in October, including these two!

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The boats are here! The boats are here!

       

We have boats! With close to 20 volunteers in total, we unloaded the 4 quads, 4 doubles and 4 singles in less than 1.5 hours.

The boats all went into a local barn where tires awaited. The excitement was unwrapping all the boats. It was like Christmas morning!

 

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An epic Canadian rowing experience: Alert Bay 360

An epic Canadian rowing experience: Alert Bay 360

Photos and reporting from Marla Weston and Annette O’Shea, 2018 WRCC organizing committee

Some of our 2018 WRCC organizing committee took time off from getting ready for the championships to be part of the annual Alert Bay 360.  

 

Here’s how organizers describe Alert Bay 360: an eco-tourism based event which encourages a healthy lifestyle, and helps our local businesses. This is an event which showcases not only Cormorant Island and those who live here, but also the culture and the many wonders found on Northern Vancouver Island.

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A ‘life changing’ sport: Meet the Skullers Rowing Club of Exuma, Bahamas

A ‘life changing’ sport: Meet the Skullers Rowing Club of Exuma, Bahamas

Michael Knowles is President and Captain of the Skullers Rowing Club, a Bahamian elite team member based in Exuma, Bahamas. We are looking forward to meeting him in Victoria in October.

Here’s Michael sharing the story of his club and the journey that will bring him to the World Rowing Coastal Championships.

We’re pretty new, history-wise. It all started back in 2015. At the time, I was involved in coaching track and field and was searching for something new to bring to my small island here in the Bahamas.

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Coastal rowing, San Francisco style

Coastal rowing, San Francisco style

We are very excited to read the growing list of competitors from around the world who have already signed up for the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships! When a member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco commented on social media about having just registered, we reached out to find out more.

Thanks to Kim Peirano for the write-up and to Kim and Joe Boone for the spectacular photos. The orange bridge is San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge and the silver bridge is the Bay Bridge.

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Salish coastal rowers are learning to ‘dance with water’

Salish coastal rowers are learning to ‘dance with water’

An update from Annette O’Shea of the Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

‘The focus is not on the rower, and it’s not on the boat, it’s on the ocean’ – Annette O’Shea

Eight of us are training to compete at the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships so far. We have a couple of singles and doubles, although we would love to enter a quad.

Every Saturday night for two hours, we practice racing – regardless of the weather or water conditions, so we have gone out in some pretty big water.

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Flatlanders go coastal: meet rowing sisters Kaelyn and Casie from Manitoba

Flatlanders go coastal: meet rowing sisters Kaelyn and Casie from Manitoba

As we count down to the World Rowing Coastal Championships in October in Canada, we are sharing stories from coastal competitors from around the world, including here in Canada.

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