Guardian story about Rowing P.E.I. fundraising campaign

Island rowing club begins fundraising campaign to replace sculls

Published on April 21, 2015
P.E.I.’s only rowing club is racing against time to replace four of its sculls.

They were destroyed when heavy snow caused a barn roof to collapse in March in Stratford.

Rowing P.E.I. has launched acrowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to help pay expenses not covered by insurance.

Rowing P.E.I. president Mike Gibson said the club’s insurance provider, Cooke Insurance, and FirstOnSite Restoration have been a huge help.

“We’re probably looking at a loss . . . in the $50,000 range for replacement but we were insured and the insurance is a great step in helping us to rebuild,” he said. 

Gibson said a shipment of coastal boats was already headed to Quebec from Europe, so the club has been able to place an order. He is hopeful the replacement sculls arrive before the season begins at the end of May.

Rowing P.E.I. is hoping to raise $5,000 through the campaign. It would cover the $1,000 insurance deductible, temporary storage costs of $500, transportation costs of $500 to get the new sculls from Quebec to P.E.I. and $3,000 of the $7,000 scull replacement cost.

As of Tuesday, $550 – or 11 per cent of the goal – had been raised.

Following the roof collapse, Rowing P.E.I. officials got together to look at options. When Gibson asked, was it time to sell the remaining assets, the answer was overwhelming.

“Everyone kind of looked at me like, ‘Well, we’re not going to do that,'” Gibson said. “That really wasn’t an option.”

Four of the club’s nine key sculls were crushed beyond repair. Two of them were racing boats, used for training youth. The other two were coastal boats, specially designed for the wind and waves on the Charlottetown Harbour.

The group’s new custom trailer, purchased in 2014, was also damaged and will be repaired by Linkletter Welding.

The club will have more coastal boats following the new purchases, as it refocuses a bit of its efforts. Rowing P.E.I. officials have had positive talks with Canadian and American officials about a competitive North American coastal program as they look to grow the sport.

“There is really great potential there,” Gibson said.

Rowing P.E.I. will hold its club registration on Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the House of Sport Royalty Centre in Charlottetown.

The club trained 30 new rowers last year, which boosted membership to more than 60.

2015 Registration + two Erging Sessions

Rowing P.E.I. will hold registration for the 2015 season this SATURDAY, April 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  at the House of Sport Royalty Centre, 40 Enman Crescent (Sport PEI offices) , Room 212.

*Please note: there are 30 Learn to Row spots this spring. We may or may not do an additional LTR session in the fall.
Click here for 2015 fees:

Learn to Row $120.00
Individual membership: $310.00
Family membership: $310 plus $250 for the second family member, $220 for each additional member

You can register at the event on Saturday — or online —  and then drop by to pay by cash or cheque.  (details on online registration below)

Two more events this week:

Tuesday April 21st – “open” erging session between 6 and 7 p.m. at the Stratford Indoor Soccer complex.  $10. No coaching but an open time if you’d like to do some erging on your own.

Saturday April 25th – coached erging session with Jason Steeves 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Stratford Indoor Soccer Complex.  $10

*please pre-register for erging sessions by dropping us an email (

Online Rowing Registration

Start by registering or logging into your account.

Go to:

Click on My Account
You will either register or log in. There are prompts if you have forgotten your RCA number or Username or your password.

Once you are logged in:
Select Join a Rowing Program/Register
Select Prince Edward Island and Rowing PEI from the drop-down box

When the list of programs appears, click « join » for the program you want.

You will then be asked to read the Waiver and, at the bottom, click that you have read it.

Your registration will not be completed until Rowing PEI has received your payment.

Payment options :
-you can drop off a cheque or cash at our registration event on Saturday April 25th. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the House of Sport Royalty Centre Sport PEI offices -40 Enman Crescent – Charlottetown
Room # 212

You can drop off a cheque at Daphne Dumont’s office (google map directions below)  or mail it. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS CLEARLY MARKED FOR ROWING PEI!!!

Macnutt & Dumont

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57 Water, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7M4
(902) 894-5003

Here is the mailing address:

Rowing PEI
Box 965, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 7M4

Any questions?  We are happy to help!

Welcome to the 2015 rowing season!