Welcome to Victoria and to Canada!
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we invite the rowing world to Victoria, home of the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2018 (WRCC 2018).
We are thrilled to be the first location in North America to host this international event. Our vision is to host a championships that provides an excellent experience for athletes, as well as spectators and volunteers. Our goal is to make this regatta a catalyst for the development of coastal rowing on the West Coast of Canada. We are committed to supporting the local community and running a regatta that respects the natural environment.
Join us for an exceptional championships in a spectacular setting. Race with a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop in a pristine environment. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife such as porpoise and orca whales, tall trees and rocky islands, Victoria is an adventure playground by the ocean. Come row in a gorgeous setting and be welcomed by warm Canadian hospitality.
Tulista Park in the Town of Sidney is within Greater Victoria and offers an ideal venue for WRCC 2018. A long, straight and gently sloping pebble beach offers the opportunity for the first-ever beach start for the championships. The racing will be on Bazan Bay. While the bay is protected from ocean swells, racers will have challenges of tidal currents, wind, waves and the potential of tricky waters created by the interactions of wind and tide.
Sidney is a safe, compact and friendly community, with all amenities in easy walking distance of the venue. The city of Victoria, a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences, is only a short distance away. Extend your stay to enjoy the beauty and nature of Vancouver Island and naturally spectacular British Columbia.
We are ready and eager to host the world’s best coastal rowers in October. See you in Sidney!
On behalf of WRCC 2018 Organizing Committee
Entry and Visa Requirements
If you are not Canadian, you will need a valid passport to come to Victoria. No visas are required for American, Australian, UK, Irish and New Zealand citizens, as well as EU citizens (including non-EU countries like Norway and Switzerland). However, most citizens of these visa-exempt countries, with the major exception of the USA, need an Electronic Travel Authorization form if they are flying into Canada. You can check here if you need the ETA. This is not required if you arrive in Canada by road.
Please have your National Federation contact the Organizing Committee to request a Letter of Invitation to support your visa application. The request should include your passport number and expiry date, date of birth and full name. Letters will be issued to individuals who are confirmed as team members by their national federation.
Please be aware that October 6-8 is a holiday long weekend (Thanksgiving) in Canada. Transportation routes, particularly ferries, will be busy. If you plan to take a BC Ferry, we strongly recommend that you make a reservation in advance.