2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria BC Canada

> With what kind of crew can I participate in this event?

Participation in 2018 WRCC is open to:

  • Women: CW 1x, CW 2x, CW 4x+
  • Men: CM 1x, CM 2x, CM 4x+
  • Mixed: CMix 2x
  • Open age category

More the full schedule go to: https://www.wrcc2018.com/program-of-events-schedules/

> How do I register for the 2018 WRCC2018

Clubs submit entries to your National Federation (deadline to be determined by each National Federation). Please contact your federation for more information. Canadian and US athletes: please submit your entries via RegattaCentral. (link to : https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=5849), making sure you select the event with the correct country (e.g., Womens Open C1x (Canada) for members of Canadian clubs, Womens Open C1x (USA) for members of US clubs.). Please contact USRA or RCA directly if you have questions about your entries or eligibility.

National federations submit entries by 10 September, 2018 using the FISA online entry system. Please include the club names and crew rankings.

All athletes must complete the Rowers Commitment Form. If an athlete has not completed the form in 2017 please mail the form to FISA or submit it in person to the FISA representative at the Regatta Registration desk in Victoria.

Crews must confirm their entries in person at the regatta venue by 11am October 11, 2018. Any crew who has not confirmed their entry in person by that time will be assumed to be not competing and will be removed from the draw.

> Do I need to be a member of a rowing club to enter?

Yes, you need to be a member of a rowing club recognized by a national rowing federation. Please contact your national federation for information on clubs in your area.

> Do crew members have to be from the same country? Are composite crews allowed to race?

Yes, composite crews may race, as long as they are members of the same national federation.

> What are the rules around uniforms for racing at 2018 WRCC?

Rowers’ clothing is covered in Rule 51. Please see Bulletin 1 for detailed information.

> Where can I stay?

Greater Victoria, including Sidney, have lots of options to suit every budget and taste in accommodation.

The 2018 WRCC organizing committee has made arrangements for discounted and package deals with these hosts: https://www.wrcc2018.com/accommodations/

You can find more information on accommodations, things to see and do and travel tips through Tourism Victoria.

> Where do I get my food during the regatta?

Sidney is less than 1,000m walking distance from the regatta site and is a haven for great food – coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores are all within easy walking distance of the regatta venue.

We will have local food trucks on-site during the event.

Check out Eat & Drink for more information.

> What’s in Sidney, BC? What can I do in and around Sidney?

Where to begin? Sidney has something for everyone. Drop in to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea where you can meet the wily octopus and marvel at the amazing acrobatics of the resident jellyfish. Or take a walk along the waterfront and watch fishermen casting their nets for crab off the pier. Perhaps you’re into shopping: clothing, shoes, housewares and personal indulgences – including six bookshops. Maybe you’re a foodie? You could eat every meal at a different venue and still not hit all the great places to nosh.

Whatever your passion, Sidney is a delightful place to spend a few days. Check out Distinctly Sidney for more ideas.

> What is the weather like in Sidney in October?

Much depends on the weather! October is early autumn in western Canada, so the weather is changeable. The temperatures typically rise to the mid-teens most days and cool off to below 10°C at night.

We’re hoping for bright blue skies and perfect sunshine for the regatta, but no matter, bring your all-weather gear and prepare to get at least a little wet – after all, rowing is a water sport and rowers are used to head-racing in wet weather. We’ll have plenty of tents to huddle under just in case Mother Nature rains on us.

The races will be wet launches from the beach, so be prepared to get wet.

> What can I expect as an experience at the 2018 WRCC in Sidney BC?

Excitement! Fun! Racing! Crazy waves (we hope). Camaraderie and a chance to reconnect with friends – and rivals – you haven’t seen in a while.

Come to row in a gorgeous setting, and be welcomed by warm Canadian hospitality. Then extend your stay to enjoy more of our beautiful province.

Canada’s wild West Coast is an iconic tourism destination. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife such as orca whales, tall trees and rocky islands, Sidney and Victoria are adventure playgrounds by the ocean.

Victoria is a vibrant city, located about 27km from Sidney. Urban, rural and nature blend seamlessly. The Saanich Peninsula, and especially the city of Victoria, boasts fabulous coffee and superb West Coast cuisine – think salmon, locally grown fruit and vegetables, cheeses from Saltspring Island and award-winning BC wines. Victoria is acclaimed as BC’s craft beer capital. Dozens of regional and provincial parks in the area offer quiet and a touch of wilderness. Spend time exploring the nearby Butchart Gardens or learn about totem poles and indigenous history and culture at the Royal BC Museum. This wonderful corner of Canada has it all!

> What do I need to bring to the regatta?

Photo identification for checking in at the regatta site, shoes for water-launch, clothes for racing and more (dry) clothes for after racing.

> I’m not bringing my own boat. How can I rent one? What about oars?

We can absolutely help you out with this! There will be a boat pool of 48 boats provided by Euro Diffusion and available to rent. Rentals include Croker oars and safety equipment.

Check out Boat Rental for more information on how you can reserve a boat and oars for the regatta.

> How can I find a boat for training?

All boat rentals are through OARCA and are manufactured by Euro Diffusion’s. Euro Diffusion boats will be available for a few days before the regatta begins, for crews to practice.

Croker is supplying rental oars for the event.

We anticipate that other boat and equipment suppliers will be on site as well. Check our website for updates.

> What about training time? Will I have an opportunity to take my boat out and practice on the course?

Training time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday prior to the event will be available. We will post more details about times and course availability on the website soon.

> How do I get to Sidney, BC?

It’s easy! Check the Quick Start Guide for details.

> How do I get around in Sidney?

Sidney is less than 1,000 metres from the regatta site. It is a small town filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and sights to visit. Sidney is very walkable. You won’t need transportation unless you plan to drive into Victoria or go touring in your off time.

And speaking of Victoria and environs – public transit is efficient and inexpensive, and there are also taxis, and most downtown Victoria hotels have shuttle service.

> How do I get to downtown Victoria with public transport?

There are a number of ways to get into Victoria, including public transport.

Check our website: https://www.wrcc2018.com/getting-to-victoria/ for some ideas.

You can also plan your trip with BC Transit: https://bctransit.com/victoria/schedules-and-maps/trip-planner

> What will the regatta schedule look like?

Typical race courses are designed with a few turns in them, and some straightaways, to ensure an exciting race. The final course design will be posted closer to the regatta start date.

> Where do I find results?

Results will be posted on https://www.wrcc2018.com once the races are final. Check back later for more details.

> Who will manage the journalists?

Our Chief Press Officer, Nancy Russell, will handle all media inquiries before, during and after the championships.

Please contact her directly with your requests:


> How do I get a Media Accreditation?

To participate at the 2018 WRCC, media are required to be accredited through World Rowing, also known as FISA. For general information, please visit World Rowing’s Media Centre. Application for accreditation specific to 2018 WRCC is now open.

Please check Getting to Victoria which includes entry and visa requirements. If you are travelling to Canada for the championships, contact our Chief Press Officer, Nancy Russell media@wrcc2018.com to request a letter of invitation to support your visa application.

> Can my crew wear/display gear (clothing, equipment) with our sponsor(s) logos?

Advertising (sponsor logos, etc) is covered in Appendix 11.

Sponsor logos are allowed on the shirt/unisuit and on the pants of the unisuit, on headwear and on socks/leggings, in specific areas and sizes. Please see Appendix 11 in the FISA rulebook for details.

Team managers and crew captains are reminded that they are required to display their family name and country code on the front of their uniform and only their three letter country code on the back.

> I would like to stay longer. What do you advise me to do?

Yes! How long would you like to stay? What do you like to do? The possibilities are endless!  You could stay on Vancouver Island, or go big and explore Super, Natural British Columbia.

Check out Extend Your Stay to help plan your perfect regatta/holiday getaway.

> Are there any other regattas or sporting events that I might be interested in?

There sure are. If you are an avid runner, consider GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – October 7, 2018 – as a warm up for the 2018 WRCC.

The Victoria Marathon is Vancouver Island’s premier running event, offering athletes an unmatchable running experience on the pristine West Coast. The world-class, record-breaking course is designed by runners, for runners. As the only Certified Boston Qualifier on the Island, you are invited to compete, to conquer and to move from warm-up to reward.

In addition to the full marathon, there is a half marathon, an 8K road race, and a fun kids race.

Who can resist the lure of more rowing? With that in mind, why not consider staying around for two of the most exciting head races on the West Coast, the Head and Tail of the Gorge regatta, will be held the weekend following WRCC, on October 20 and 21.

This is your chance to compete in a Victoria rowing regatta tradition. This regatta is hosted by the University of Victoria men’s and women’s rowing programs on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria.

The Head of the Gorge starts just shy of the Johnson Street Bridge and runs under three bridges to the finish line in front of Esquimalt Gorge Park.

The Tail of the Gorge starts in beautiful Portage Inlet, runs under the proud new arches of the Craigflower Bridge, and finishes at the Esquimalt Gorge Park. If there is enough interest, the University of Victoria will consider adding a separate coastal event for participants.

> Is it possible to race both the CMix2x and another event?
It may be possible to race in the CMix 2x and another event- please check the provisional schedule. Heats for the CMix2x are Thursday afternoon; heats for all other events are on Friday. Check the times for the Finals on Saturday. For example, the Finals for the CM 2x ad the CMix2x are 2 hours apart (so it may be feasible to do both); the CM1x and CMix 2x are back to back (so it would not be possible to race A Finals of both events). Please note that there is no B Final for the CMix2x.

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