Lots going on! Rowing PEI news!!

Here is the latest news from Rowing PEI.

1. Our Club Barbeque and Learn to Row graduation has been re-scheduled to THIS Saturday, June 28th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We hope you can attend.  If you have committed to a contribution last Saturday, we hope you can bring it THIS week.
Also…we could use a few helpers to set up around 11:15 on Saturday.
We will go RAIN OR SHINE.  We have the Grand Hall if the weather is not good.
2. Please check the website to find out more about our session about Competitive Rowing.  Lots of interesting info. Available to members of all ages and levels of experience.
3. Also on our website….www.rowingpei.ca….you are invited to our first ever Red, White and ROW event on Canada Day.  You need to sign up ASAP if you are interested.  The goal is to fill our boats…decked out in red and white.  Some great photo opportunities.  On the dock at 8:30 a.m. Canada Day. Drop us an email if you want to sign up at rowingpei@gmail.com  ***YOU CAN NOW SIGN UP DIRECTLY ON SIGN UP GENIUS ***
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4. Please “FOLLOW” our website: www.rowingpei.ca.  Go to the bottom of the page and look for the grey button and click on it.  It’s a great way to stay on top of all the news from Rowing PEI…in case you miss one of our emails.
As always, we welcome your questions and feedback.
See you on the water.
Your Rowing PEI Board of Directors

Red, White and ROW!!!

You are all invited to our first ever “Red, White and Row” event.  It will be held on Canada Day from 8:30-10:30 a.m.   On the dock at 8:30 please so we can spend some quality time showing our colours along Victoria Park!

Our dream (because Canadians do dream!) is to fill our entire fleet with rowers decked out in red and white.  This is, of course, weather dependent.  But it would make for some fantastic photos if we were able to get all of our boats out, filled with rowers in red and white.

If you are interested, please book a seat by emailing us at rowingpei@gmail.com.  We will need a commitment ahead of time so we can ensure we have enough L2s.    We encourage the former Canada Games rowers to come out and row the flatwater boats as well.  Please let us know if you can make it.

After the row, you are cordially invited to join us for one of our traditional “rower’s breakfasts”.  Details on the dock.

Red, white and….ROW!

Hope to see you there.

Information Session about Competitive Rowing

Rowing PEI held an info session on Sunday about the opportunities to train for competitive rowing.  These are open to members of all ages and levels of experience.

Stephen Murray talked about the regatta schedule.  (link to the entire schedule is at the top of this page)   Stephen highlighted the regatta in Alma, Quebec, which is the only regatta exclusively for coastal boats.  It is a “head race”.  You “wet launch” the boats from a beach and then row for about an hour on a marked course out on Lac St. Jean.  Last year, Mary Lynne Bruvels and Daphne Dumont competed in Alma.  If there is interest, board member and LTR coach Daphne Dumont has offered to take a group of rowers to the Alma regatta on Saturday July 12th.

The following weekend, July 19th is the Sprints at Lake Banook in Dartmouth.  This is an amazing facility…with lanes of buoys that you race down.  Several groups from Rowing PEI have competed at the Sprints.  These are flatwater boats ….or “skinny boats” as we coastal rowers call them.

Technical coach Mike Gibson took a team of ten youth to the Canada Games last year.  He suggests that anyone who wants to try competitive rowing should try to get out in our flatwater fleet this season.  We have a racing quad and a lightweight double and a couple of racing singles.  Canada Games alumnae Nathan Gibson and Travis Cheverie have started training as technical coaches.  They will be available to take interested rowers out in the flatwater boats.  There are other Canada Games rowers in the club who also have experience in the skinny boats, as do several Masters rowers.

If you are interested in trying a seat in one of these boats, watch for them in Sign Up Genius.  The coaches will sign up in a boat and then you are welcome to sign up for a seat.   It is …as always on the Charlottetown Harbour…weather dependent!!!  The flatwater boats can only go out in ideal conditions, especially with novice rowers.  So prepare to wait for the perfect opportunity.  It will be worth it!

Mike Gibson has also offered to give off-season training programs for anyone who is interested in preparing to compete next season…whether as a youth or Masters rower. We will have our own Rowing PEI trailer next year which will allow us to take our fleet to regattas.  It’s another exciting step in our development as a club.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have to coaches Mike Gibson, Stephen Murray, Nathan Gibson and Travis Cheverie.  If you have questions about Alma, Daphne Dumont and Mary Lynne Bruvels can help you out.

See you on the water!


Barbeque Postponed! and a few other notes

Hi all – Because of tomorrow’s cold wet forecast, we are postponing the barbeque until NEXT SATURDAY, June 28th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  That is when we will hand out the Learn to Row certificates.  Hopefully everyone who volunteered food and beverages can bring them next week.

We do need some volunteers tomorrow (Saturday) 11:30 a.m. at the Charlottetown Yacht Club to move some equipment off the front deck.  If you could spare an hour, your help would be appreciated.  Please RSVP if you can help.
There will be an INFORMATION SESSION Sunday June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. about competitive rowing for all ages and all experience levels.  If you’re at all interested, please come out and hear from the coaches.  You can read more on our website:
No pressure to compete but please come and find out what is available to all of our members.
Any questions?  Drop us an email.
Nancy, on behalf of the Rowing PEI Board

Find out more about competitive rowing!

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Everyone is invited to an information session about competitive rowing for all ages and levels of experience.  The session will take place this Sunday June 22nd 11:00 a.m. at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.  We will meet on the porch.

Note…this is for rowers of all ages and levels of experience!  Head coach Mike Gibson will explain the opportunities to train with an eye towards competing.  He’ll talk about the club’s current fleet of racing sculls and how you can get the chance to try one out.  Technical coach Stephen Murray, who is also an umpire in training, can talk about the regatta schedule in the region.  And they’ll be open to any questions you may have.

The next regatta available to PEI rowers is the coastal regatta in Alma, Quebec.  Here is a note from Daphne Dumont about that regatta and the opportunity you have to take part:

Call for Competitors – Alma Quebec Coastal Rowing Regatta

PEI has been invited to send rowers to a Coastal Regatta in Alma, Quebec.  This is premier coastal regatta in eastern Canada.  It takes place on beautiful Lac St. Jean at the end of the Saguenay River in Quebec.  It runs all day Saturday July 12, 2014.   The course is a challenging six to eight kilometers around a buoyed course, starting from a fun beach launch with a mass start.  There are a lot of categories – coastal single, coastal double and coastal quad, men, women, and mixed.  Last year two rowers went from PEI and really enjoyed this regatta.  Boats can be rented there for a modest cost and last year the two PEI rowers were offered seats in a Quebec quad so they got an extra row.

The rowers have to be in Alma by Friday night July 11, 2014.  It’s a fun road trip but a long one – rowers would leave PEI by car on July 10, 2014, and spend the night at Rivière du Loup.  On July 11th they would cross by ferry on the north side of the St. Lawrence (passing beluga whales en route) and drive the striking last section along the Saguenay River to Alma.  Friday night there is a meeting for all competitors and the regatta goes on Saturday.  The regatta ends with a big Quebec party Saturday night and an early start on Sunday brings you home late Sunday evening.  Overall it costs each rower about $500-$600 dollars to go, including three hotel nights, gas, bridge tolls, boat rentals, and meals.  The regatta itself is not that expensive but getting there is not cheap.  It is a great event – there’s a whole centred on rowing called “Festi-Rame”.  The Alma club is very welcoming and can’t do enough for rowers that come in from other provinces.  Daphne Dumont has done this before and if there is interest – even just a pair, a mixed pair, or a single rower, she would be willing to confirm arrangements and share driving.  Her number at work is 894-5003.  Her presence is optional and certainly not obligatory!

Thanks Daphne!

There are other regattas coming up – chiefly the Atlantic Sprints in Dartmouth on July 19-20, for the flat water boats.

We hope as many rowers as possible will join us for this information session.  There will be no pressure to commit, just the chance to have all your questions answered about what is available in competitive rowing.  Any questions?  Email us at rowingpei@gmail.com

Hope to see you on Sunday.

Your Rowing PEI Board of Directors



Club Barbeque and Learn to Row Graduation – Saturday June 21st

It’s time to get together and celebrate the start of the 2014 season

and all of our new Learn to Row graduates!


We’re looking for volunteers for our first Club Barbeque coming up on at the Charlottetown Yacht Club on Saturday June 21st from 11 :30 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.

The club will be providing the hamburgers and hot dogs.  We will be asking for donations of other food items and beverages from members.

Ruth Quilty will be keeping track of the food contributions. We will also need a couple of people to help set up on the day, someone to barbeque and a clean up crew.

We will be handing out certificates to our Learn to Row participants as part of the event.  We will need a volunteer photographer to help out with this part of the day.

Also, does anyone have any pitchers to mix the lemonade?  We are also looking for griddles, for pancakes, for another upcoming event.  Lots of opportunities to help out!!!

Here’s a list of what we need for the June 21st barbeque:

3 dozen hot dog buns
3 dozen hamburger buns
condiments – ketchup, mustard, relish
frozen lemonade or fruit punch (4 cans)
2 dozen bottled water
2 dozen bottled water
potato chips (3 bags)
cheese plate
pickles, onions, tomatoes sliced
fruit tray
Anything else we’re missing???

Any leftovers will be used for our club barbeque in July!

Please RSVP to rowingpei@gmail.com

Saturday June 21st is also the Summer Solstice…the first day of summer. This will be a great way to celebrate.
Your Rowing PEI Board of Directors



Rowing Schedule – June 2014

Wednesday morning and weekend rows are available to returning members starting Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Other rows will be added, starting Monday June 16,  once the Learn to Row participants have completed their open water sessions. (see schedule below)

If you are a returning member and have registered and have paid in full, you should have received this month’s password for Signup Genius.  You can then begin to book your rowing times. Safeties also need to sign up for rows on the site.  If you haven’t received the June password, please contact Mike Gibson directly or through rowingpei@gmail.com

The full rowing schedule for members begins Monday June 16, 2014.  It is subject to change but here’s what we are starting with:

Monday 5:30-7:30 a.m.
Tuesday 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 5:30-7:30 a.m.
Thursday 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Saturday 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Sunday 8:30-10:30 a.m.

More rows may be added depending on demand and the availability of safety boat operators.