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)


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


Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

26.1 km


Group rate: M-BFOKTLV


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 543077 “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)

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)


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


Quality Inn Waddling Dog

6 km


Standard (one queen bed)


Standard (two queen beds)


Sidney Waterfront Inn

150 m




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

More info will come soon

6. Plan your holiday

More info will come soon

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