2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria BC Canada

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.


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.

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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!

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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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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Contact us

Renting a boat: rentaboat@wrcc2018.com
Media Inquiries: media@wrcc2018.com


Rowing Association
5100 Patricia Bay Highway,
Victoria BC V8Y 2T6
Contact Person
Brenda Taylor: askus@wrcc2018.com
Press Officer
Nancy Russell: media@wrcc2018.com