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