2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria BC Canada

Come to Victoria to row and race in beautiful surroundings in a friendly, welcoming community! 

Here are the essential links:

1. Register to Race

List of Events

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

How to enter

To compete at the World Rowing Coastal Championships, a competitor shall be a member of a club recognized by their National Federation. Crews may include members of different nationalities, but they must be members of a club under the same National Federation. Entries must be approved and submitted by the National Federation.

  1. 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.
  2. National federations submit entries by 10 September, 2018 using the FISA online entry system. Please include the club names and crew rankings.
  3. 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.
  4. Crews must confirm their entries in person at the regatta venue by 11 am 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.
2. Book your flights

Getting to Victoria

WRCC 2018 is taking place at Tulista Park beach in Sidney, which is located on the Saanich Peninsula, at the southern end of Vancouver Island. Sidney is approximately 25 km north of Victoria, 4 km from Victoria International airport and 5 km from the BC Ferries terminal in Swartz Bay. You can fly into Victoria International Airport or arrive via ferry from Vancouver or the USA. Accommodation is possible in both Sidney and in Victoria. Tourism Victoria has information on its website on getting to Victoria. We have provided details here, especially about how to get directly to Sidney.

 Flying into Victoria

Direct flights to Victoria airport come from Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, San Francisco, Calgary and Edmonton. Arrival from the international destinations will require you to travel through one of these cities. Flights from Vancouver International Airport to Victoria International Airport are frequent and take about 30 minutes. Victoria International Airport is located 4 km from Sidney and about 25 km from downtown Victoria.

> Travelling from Victoria Airport to Downtown Victoria

You can take public transportation (bus), shuttle bus, taxi or rent a car. Downtown Victoria is approximately 25 km from the airport.
A taxi costs about $55. The airport shuttle bus service stops at many downtown hotels. It costs approximately $25 one way and runs every hour or more frequently.
The Victoria International Airport is serviced by BC Transit. Use the BC Transit trip planning tool once you know where you are staying to check current schedules and fare. Bus fares in Victoria currently cost $2.50 for an adult, with discounted fares for seniors and youth (children five and younger ride for free). Tickets are single boarding. Travel from the airport to Victoria requires a transfer to a second bus, so the total trip cost will be $5. A day pass is $5 and offers an unlimited number of rides (per day). Expect the 25-kilometre trip to take an hour, with possible delays during rush hour or when your trip coincides with the arrival of a BC ferry from Vancouver.

> Travelling from Victoria Airport to Sidney

You can take public transportation (bus), taxi or rent a car. Downtown Sidney is approximately 4 km from the airport. A taxi is about $10.
Those travelling to Sidney from the Victoria Airport by bus can board the 83 or 88 for direct service. Use the same trip planning tool.

Flying into Vancouver

On the mainland side, the BC Ferries terminal is in Tsawwassen, about 30 km from the Vancouver airport and 220 km north of Seattle. The ferry trip is about 1 hr 40 minutes. It arrives in Swartz Bay, about 5 km north of Sidney.

> Travelling to BC ferry terminal

The BC Ferries Connector service operated by Wilson’s Transportation operates a scheduled service from Vancouver Airport to downtown Victoria via BC Ferries. You can purchase bus tickets (which include the ferry fare) online or at the terminals. Buses leave every two hours starting 7 am, the trip is around 2.5 hours, and costs about $60 per person. Pacificcoach also offers a service from Vancouver Airport to the bus terminal in downtown Victoria.

You can use public transportation (SkyTrain then bus) to go from Vancouver Airport to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Check for schedule and price updates. Please check detailed instructions on this website. The trip from Vancouver Airport to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal typically takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours. Disembark the ferry at Swartz Bay. If you are heading to Sidney, it is a short taxi or bus ride away. The bus to downtown Victoria will take about one hour. Check BC Transit for routes and fare information.

> Driving yourself from Vancouver airport

Rental cars can be picked up at the Vancouver airport. From there you can drive to the BC Ferries terminal in Tsawwassen to catch the ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria). Note that this can be an expensive choice. Look for destination signs leaving the airport terminal and follow Highway 99 South. On highway 99 take Exit 26, to the South Fraser Perimeter Road South. Drive south/southwest on the South Fraser Perimeter Road South to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Total estimated driving time is about 25 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Ticket sales end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles. It is highly recommended you make a reservation in advance (requires payment at the time of booking). You must arrive 60-30 minutes in advance to claim your reservation. Please check current fares and information .

Travelling by Ferry from the USA

> Travelling by Ferry from the USA

The Black Ball Ferry (M.V. Coho) out of Port Angeles is the first option. The crossing takes about 90 minutes. It is recommended you make a reservation in advance. On most days in October the ferry runs twice a day (8 am and 2 pm).

You can also take a passenger-only ferry from Seattle by Victoria Clipper . The Clipper runs once a day at 8 am in October (with arrival in downtown Victoria at 10:45 am). Please check schedule and cost information.

Washington State operates the Anacortes Ferry that travels from Anacortes , WA, through the San Juan Islands to Sidney. The trip takes about three hours and runs once per day. It is also recommended that you make a reservation online.



3. Book your accommodation
Five Star

Check here for map showing hotel locations.

Hotel Name

Distance from venue

Website, Booking code, release date

Type of Room


Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa


11.6 km


Group reservation number: 1810102018

July 10

Ocean suites (one king bed)


Deluxe ocean suite (one king bed)


Fairmont Empress


26 km



Special rates are available for a single and double room. Please contact the organizing committee for details

Four Star

Check here for map showing hotel locations

Hotel Name

Distance from venue

Website, Booking code, release date

Type of Room


Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites


26 km


September 9


Traditional (one king or two queen)


One bedroom suite


Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina


27.3 km


Group reservation number:
September 1

One king bed or two double beds


One king bed (upper floor)


Breakfast added to room price


Hotel Grand Pacific


26.6 km

Group reservation number: October18 ROWING

September 10


Standard (one king or two queen)


Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

26.1 km


Group rate: 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships




Sidney Pier Hotel



Block Code: WORLDROWING2018

Block ID: 481201


Classic (one king or 2 queen beds)


Seaview (one king or 2 queen beds)


Studio Suites (one king bed)


Special rates also available for Junior Studio and Signature Suites


Single plus breakfast


Deluxe double


Deluxe double plus breakfast


Three Star

Check here for map showing hotel locations

Hotel Name

Distance from venue

Website, Booking code, release date

Type of Room


Accent Inn Victoria


23.5 km


Group ID 5443077 “World Rowing Championships”

All reservations MUST be made prior to September 10, 2018

Standard (two queen beds) with breakfast


Standard (two queen beds) with kitchenette and breakfast


Airport Travelodge Victoria


1 km


Standard (one or two queen beds) with breakfast


Standard (one king) with breakfast


Best Western Carlton Plaza


25.5 km




August 28

Traditional (two double beds or one queen)

$111 (avg)

Studio suite (two double beds)

$127 (avg)

Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria


24.5 km


Standard (two queen beds)


Standard (king bed plus pull out sofa bed)


One bedroom suite


Hotel Zed

14.6 km


Group ID 5442599 “World Rowing Championships”

All reservations MUST be made prior to September 10, 2018


Two queen beds


One bedroom suite with kitchenette




Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites


16.3 km




August 10

Standard (two queen beds)


One bedroom suite (one queen, one sofa bed)


Junior suite (one queen, one sofa bed)


Kitchen suite (one queen, one sofa bed) with full kitchen




Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour


25.7 km


Traditional (two queen beds) one person


Traditional (two queen beds) two people


Superior (king or queen bed) one person


Superior (king or queen bed) two people


Best Western Emerald Isle

1 km


Standard (double occupancy beds)





Cedarwood Inn and Suites





Rooms (double occupancy)


Studios (1 king, with kitchen


Suites with kitchens (double occupancy)


Quality Inn Waddling Dog

6 km


Standard (one queen bed)


Standard (two queen beds)


Sidney Waterfront Inn

1 km




Main building

Ocean View Guestroom: (1 or 2 Queen Beds)


Town View Guestroom: (2 Queen Beds)


Town View Studio Suite: (1 Queen Bed with kitchenette)


Town View Suite: (2 Queen Beds with kitchenette)


Ocean View Suite: (1 Queen Bed with kitchenette)


Waterfront Studio Suite: (1 King or 2 Queen Beds with Kitchenette)


Port Side Studio Suite: (1 King or 1 Queen Bed with Kitchenette)


Waterfront Suite: (1 Queen Bed with Murphy Bed and Kitchenette)


4. Rent a boat

Boat Rental

Race ready coastal rowing shells will be available for hire. The rental pool will have 48 boats, 16 in each class of single C1x, double C2x and coxed quad C4x+. Pool boats will be provided by Euro Diffusion and oars by Croker.

One of the goals of this event is to leave a legacy of equipment to support the development of coastal rowing in BC, Canada and North America. Pool boats are available for purchase by individuals or clubs after the Regatta. Equipment purchase

Boat rental fees

July 1 or later:                                   $195 (GST included)

Payment in full is required at the time of booking.

Secure your rental boat

Make your payment through Peloton.

Rental fee includes oars and required safety equipment from Tuesday until the end of the regatta.

Training sessions

Rental boats may be used for training on Tuesday. Please inquire about training sessions by email (rentaboat@wrcc2018.com) before September 28th, 2018.

5. Prepare for the Race

Please refer to the FISA rule book for all rules around the World Rowing Coastal Champioships.

The 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships will be the first World Championships using the beach start. You can find more information about this in the FISA rule book

Please note:

  • All crew members will be with the boat at the moment of the start of the race. No one will be running on the beach.
  • Every crew is required to organize 2 boat handlers at the start line (this means 2 extra people beside the crew members who are racing)
  • Be aware of the water temperature of ca. 10c, boat handlers might want to dress for these temperatures.
6. Plan your holiday

Extend Your Stay

Explore Super, Natural BC

BC is a wonderful destination whether you’re here for competition or just want to relax – and who says you can’t do both? We have lots of suggestions for you.

Plan to spend a few days for yourself, either before the racing begins or after. Rest. Recuperate. See the sights in Victoria and Sidney – please see all of our ideas and avail yourself of Tourism Victoria’s VIP Program, which is offered to all our participants! Athletes and officials will get a special sticker on their badges which will entitle them to all the exclusive offers at local attractions, restaurants, shops and more. Find out more about the program offers from Tourism Victoria.

Below are suggestions for more sporting activities before or after WRCC 2018 plus proposed itineraries for three or more days of touring to see the best of British Columbia.

More rowing, regattas and sporting events!

Below are suggestions for more sporting activities plus proposed itineraries for three or more days of touring to see the best of British Columbia.

  • Victoria Marathon – October 7, 2018

Warm up for the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships by going for a run. The Victoria Marathonis 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.

  • Head/Tail of the Gorge – October 20 & 21, 2018

Now that the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships are over, take time 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 picturesque Victoria, B.C. 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 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.

  • Victoria City Rowing Club

Victoria City Rowing Club (VCRC) is a not-for-profit, member-driven rowing club operating out of the Victoria Rowing Society (VRS) boathouse on Elk Lake in Victoria, BC. Introductory, recreational, and competitive rowing programs for athletes of all ages (12-80+ years) and skill levels are offered. Visitors are very welcome to come and row as long as they are members of their National Federation.

  • Salish Seas Coastal Rowing Club

The Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club (SSCR) is based out of Jericho Sailing Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. The club has both great rowing and club facilities. Club members and their fleet are dedicated to coastal rowing. All rowers are welcome.

The Best of British Columbia

When the racing is finished, why not make the most of your trip and consider staying on and doing some exploring around BC? You can maximize your travel dollars with choices to suit all budgets.

Here are a few suggestions of our favourite places to get you started planning to extend your trip to BCfor a few days, a week or longer.

Use the CoastView app below to view hundreds of photos of the wild and rugged coast within a day’s drive of Victoria. The map shows you where each image was taken. Or you can click on the green dots on the map to view images taken at specific locations. (Click the X in the upper right of the image to close it). Enjoy this virtual tour of southern Vancouver Island and plan your post- regatta adventures!

Three days:

If you didn’t get enough of the ocean – and really, who does? – it’s only a 1.5 hr drive north from Victoria to Parksville on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Parksville’s beaches are perfect for long, relaxing walks and many accommodations are right on the beach – a great quick getaway to unwind from racing and enjoy cozy fireside evenings à deux.

On your way up Island, you’ll drive through Duncan, in the Cowichan Valley, also known as the City of Totems. More than 40 totem poles were erected around downtown to honour the shared heritage of the city of Duncan and the Cowichan Tribes. Why not stop and take a walk around while you learn about the history of Cowichan Valley and the Quw’utsun’ (Cowichan) aboriginal people and soak in the local culture.

If you’ve got time, a 25-minute side-trip west from Parksville will take you through Cathedral Grove. Walking among its rare and ancient giant trees is a humbling experience. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference. Take Highway 4 from Parksville to MacMillan Provincial Park.

You’ve experienced firsthand what the ocean is like in southern BC. Now perhaps you’d like to see some really big waves. Tofino and Ucluelet are a relatively short drive – under five hours – north from Victoria. Both towns are situated on BC’s wild west coast and exposed to the open Pacific Ocean. Between them lies some of the best cold-water surfing imaginable, along with the Island’s longest sandy beaches that form part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The park is a great place to area to immerse yourself in nature’s raw beauty with accessible hiking trails, whale watching, kayaking and storm watching when the weather is inclement.

A few more days:

Carrying on the coastal theme, Haida Gwaii, north of Vancouver Island, is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. In 2015, Haida Gwaii was chosen as one of National Geographic’s 20 Best Trips. It is a one-of-a kind, unforgettable destination where visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, kayaking and fishing, learn about aboriginal culture and heritage and marvel at old-growth forests. At the southern edge of the island lies Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site

Ever heard stories about BC’s “spirit bears”? Plan your visit to include a trip to the Great Bear Rainforestin BC’s north and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do a little bear-watching. If you’re very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of this elusive and rare creature for yourself.

Or maybe you’re done with the ocean and water sports for now, and would prefer to see the sights in Vancouver. You can get there by ferry or fly. Vancouver offers a big-city feel with a West Coast vibe. Great hotels, fabulous dining, shopping and sightseeing await you. How about a trip up Grouse Mountain on Vancouver’s North Shore? Grouse is easily accessible from downtown Vancouver – just grab a shuttle or public transit and be there in under an hour. Feeling a bit daredevilish? Check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge while you’re on the North Shore.

October is a little early in the season for skiing, but if you’ve always wanted to see Whistler Blackcomb, site of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, now is your chance. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride to the top of the world and be blown away by the 360° views of the Coast Mountains. Of course, it’s not just about skiing, mountain biking and hiking. Whistler Blackcomb is known worldwide for its restaurants, bars and night life. Now’s your chance to kick up your heels with the locals.

A week or so:

If you’re craving a break from the city scene, why not take the road less-travelled into BC’s interior region. If you drive, you’ll see the terrain change from lush coastal rain forest to arid desert. In fact, the grasslands and bare hillside outside the town of Osoyoos, near the BC-USA border, are an extension of the Sonoran Desert that runs as far south as Mexico and pops up again in southern BC as Canada’s only desert. Who’d have guessed Canada has a desert?

Not far from Osoyoos, the cities of Penticton, Oliver and Kelowna lie along Skaha and Okanagan lakes, respectively. All the towns and cities along the lakes are summer vacation playgrounds with soft sandy beaches and long, un-interrupted stretches of lake that welcome water- and jet-skiers. They’ll be quieter in October, but there’s still lots to do and see, and great restaurants and accommodations.

This is definitely the place to come if you’re into wine. The Okanagan is a wine lover’s dream destination. The region is home to a multitude of wineries that produce internationally-recognized and award-winning wines. Everywhere you look you will see busy vineyards blanketing the hillsides.

For an immersive wine country experience, try the Naramata Bench, a few minutes south of Penticton and home to more than two dozen boutique wineries, some with uniquely luxurious accommodations.

No trip to BC is complete without visit to the Rocky Mountains. Radium and Fairmont Hot Springs, in BC’s east Kootenay region, are a pair of gems tucked away at the foot of the Rockies. While there, you can enjoy hiking in the wilderness with spectacular mountain views, catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep and ptarmigan, play golf, or take a long soak in mineral-laden water. What could be better than relaxing in natural hot springs while gazing up at the clouds sailing past jagged mountain peaks? Ahhh!

There’s so much to see and do in BC. Why not stay and play a while?

Contact us

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

Organising Committee

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