A Rowing Success! Our First Ever Rowing PEI Regatta

Thanks to everyone who participated in Rowing PEI’s first ever Regatta. We had a great day on the water with a super lunch to follow.  Thank you especially to the umpires and other race officials who spent the morning on the water.  We are very excited to have had twenty participants!!  That is almost half of the club participating, including some of our new Learn to Row graduates.

The ten teams were selected in a blind draw.  The pairings included a range of age and experience level, which added to the excitement of the competition.

In the end, the winning team was Hannah Gibson and Jason Steeves, followed by Nathan Gibson and Nancy Russell.  The third place team consisted of Aleya Quilty and Laura Daudelin.  Congrats to everyone who participated.  It was a steep learning curve, rowing out and racing on a course for the first time.  But we all learned a lot.  And there is some talk that we will try to do it again in September!

Complete results will be posted here, along with more photos.


Team #3 – Aleya and Laura


Team #2 – Nancy and Nathan – with Stephen accepting on Nathan’s behalf!


The champions – Hannah and Jason!!


LTR graduates received their certificates


Umpire Stephen talked to the rowers after the event


The umpires briefed the rowers before the regatta


Ernie gives Nancy and Nathan a hand before their race


Jason and Hannah ready to race


There was lots of activity on the dock as the boats came and went filled with new teams


Aleya and Laura are all smiled before the race


Mike helps Ruth and Henry get ready to leave the dock


Sterling and Barb are ready make some waves on the race course!


Mike and Val heading out to the course


Travis and Alex. This is Alex’s second row! What a way to learn!

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Andrew and Amir


The post-race spread!


The lunch table was a popular spot


Lots of race analysis at the picnic tables!

Invitation to Learn to Row Participants – Please Join Us Tomorrow!

Hi Learn to Row participants –  You are cordially invited to be part of our first ever Fun Regatta tomorrow, Saturday August 16th.  The action on the water starts around 9 a.m.  You should get a good view from behind the Culinary Institute or along the boardwalk.  Or join us on the dock.

We will be offering a post-regatta meal around noon on the front porch of the Yacht Club, which you are welcome to attend.
At 12:30, we will be handing out certificates to the newest graduates from the Learn to Row program and the prizes for the regatta.
Please feel very welcome to take part in some or all of the activities tomorrow.
Drop us an email at this address if you have any questions.
Thanks, Nancy – on behalf of the Regatta Organizing Committee

Regatta Schedule

All teams must be at the dock for the participants’ briefing which starts at 830 sharp. 

Here are the teams. Teams can feel free to wear matching colours/ hats etc.
1. Nick Scott and Laurie Carruthers
2. Ernie Morello and Heather Peters
3. Jason Steeves and Hannah Gibson
4. Nathan Gibson and Nancy Russell
5. Ruth Richman and Henry Chan
6. Laura Daudelin and Aleya Quilty
7. Sterling Schnatz and Barb Lundrigan
8. Valerie Thompson and Mike Gibson.
Any questions? Feel free to drop us an email at rowingpei@gmail.com
A reminder that ALL members, including current LTR participants, are invited to the post-regatta meal, starting around noon.
Around 12:30, we will be handing out certificates to our latest group of Learn to Row graduates and the prizes for the regatta.
Thanks, Nancy – on behalf of the Regatta Organizing Committee

Atlantic Hurricane Forecast – quieter than predicted

   MIAMI — U.S. government forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane
season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric
and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation.
   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects
three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that
peaks between mid-August and mid-October.
   Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and
12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued Thursday.
   The forecast calls for zero to two of those hurricanes to be
major storms with winds greater than 110 mph (177 kph).
   Forecasters say there remains a 70 per cent chance that the
season will be less busy than normal. A normal year has 12 named
storms, six hurricanes and three major storms.
   There have been two hurricanes so far this year.


Fun Race Day – Saturday August 16th – note the change of date!

Rowing PEI is organizing its first ever fun race day for Saturday August 16th. *note the change of date!!

If you’re interested, you can sign up now on SignUp Genius.  The deadline to register is Wednesday August 13th.

Once we know how many people are interested, the umpires will randomly draw names to pair up rowers in the coastal doubles.  The doubles will race head to head down a 500 or 1,000 metre course.

We will also be offering a “challenge” section.  Rowers will be able to select a boat and race down a 500 metre course.  This will be a time trial – best time wins!

Stephen and Ernie will be working on setting up a buoyed course off Victoria Park where rowers can practise as part of their rows.

This will be a fun event, followed by a barbeque.  We will be asking competitors to bring a food contribution and the club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with set up, clean up and organizing the regatta.  Email us if you’d like to get involved.

We hope to see you on Saturday August 16th!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask a member of the race day organizing committee: Mike Gibson, Stephen Murray, Daphne Dumont, Mary Lynne Bruvels, Liza Jamani and Nancy Russell.