Many thanks to crew at The Lost Anchor in Cavendish!

The Canada Games training team had a fantastic lobster supper fundraiser on Father’s Day, Sunday June 19th – and we have many people to thank.

Biggest thanks to Miranda Ellis and Jamie Newson (and Kaleigh Peters!) for offering to organize this fundraiser! It was a ton of work just as they were about to open for the season. We really appreciate the opportunity. And we hope that our Rowing P.E.I. members and families will drop in to The Lost Anchor this summer to show our support for their wonderful restaurant.

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It’s The Lost Anchor Pub & Galley, at the corner of Routes 6 and 13, called Cavendish Corner.  You turn as if you were going towards Cavendish Beach and it’s on the right, behind the Dirt Shirt store.

Other thanks:
Eric C. Robinson Inc.
Covehead Rover
MR Seafood
Cathy MacAusland

Also, many thanks to the volunteers who peeled and chopped potatoes, put together the lobster suppers and handed them out.  I don’t have pictures of everyone but here are a few.

Thanks again!
Nancy – on behalf of the Canada Games rowing training team 2017

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Rowing PEI is hiring! Looking for a student to be our Rowing Program Coordinator

Rowing Program Coordinator                                     

Position Rowing Program Coordinator

Conditions of employment 9 weeks contract, 40 hours per week (varied hours)

Salary $ 10.75/hr

Start date July 4th  

Location of employment Charlottetown Yatcht Club (CYC) on the Charlottetown waterfront

Job summary

Rowing PEI is the non-profit Provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in Prince-

Edwart-Island. The successful applicant will be assisting in:

-the training of the competitive youth team  for the 2017 Canada Summer Games;

-the organization and delivery of our first national sanctioned rowing regatta to be held August 27;

-the promotion of the sport to the public and tourists.

Daily duties would include maintaining equipment, assisting with launching of boats, ensuring all safety policies of the club are being followed by all participants, operating the safety boat, and providing Learn to Row Coaching. Administrative duties will include maintaining logs of all boats on the water, when launched and when returned, and noting any damage or maintenance required by the rowing shells as well as the saftey boat. Other duties would include the installation and removal of marker buoys to establish training and racing courses on the water.



The position will require:

-a valid pleasure craft operator’s license;

-first aid training;

-water rescue training;

-rowing coach training.

The successful applicant will be provided with the necessary training to meet these



Education   Student in the current and upcoming year *note: not necessarily post-secondary*

Other Skills Experience in client services and/or coaching a team

Bilingual an asset

Driver’s licence an asset

Applicants must be able to swim and have water experience of some type

Application Please send a letter and a resume to by June 18th, 2016

Victoria Day Rowing Celebration and Boat Move


We’re kicking off the 2016 rowing season on Victoria Day !

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At 10 o’clock, we will be gathering at the Charlottetown Yacht Club to move the boats down to the dock.

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We will also have 3 ergs kicking into gear as our  Canada Games training team complete the last leg of their fundraising ergathon.
We will also be accepting cheques and cash for the 2016 season. And we can also sign up new members.  We have just a few spots left in the Learn to Row program.
At noon, we will be celebrating with a club barbeque.  All are welcome.

Hope to see you Victoria Day Monday at the Charlottetown Yacht Club!



Two new (to us) boats have arrived !

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Thanks to the intrepid Chris Williams who made the trek from Halifax to Charlottetown in the driving snow, including crossing the Confederation Bridge with two boats strapped on top of his car!
Chris is a former high performance coach in Nova Scotia who is graciously lending us two racing singles for our Canada Games training team. They are Van Dusens – and will be put to good use by our youth competitors.
A big thank you as well to Lea and Russ Bryden who told Chris about our plight (losing most of our racing boats in the barn collapse) and helped make the connection with Rowing P.E.I.
We still have a lot of fundraising to do, but this is a big step forward in our ability to prepare our athletes for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Thanks Chris!!

Meet our new competitive coaches – and more training opportunities!

As the Sport Development Coordinator for Rowing PEI, Stephen Murray would like to congratulate our new RCA Competitive Coaches (trained) for having completed the first weekend of a two weekend intensive course.
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This is the first time this course has been offered on PEI thanks to the New Brunswick high performance coach, Chantelle Hanley. We consider ourselves very lucky to have Chantelle provide this course as she is a rowing coach of 35 years and has coached internationally, rowed and competed in the US, UK, Europe and Canada.
 These coaches: Nancy Russell, Mary Lynne Bruvels, Heather MacKinnon, Heather Peters and Alex Forbes shared this learning experience with three coaches from the Fredericton Rowing Club.
Having these competitive coaches trained will mean Rowing PEI will be able to offer a masters competitive training program this summer, and support for members who want to travel to regattas this season.
The next opportunities for learning for our members include:
Advanced Boat Rescue, including scenario rescues May 2, 2016 5:30 -9:00 PM.  This course is required if you wish to help out with the safety position for rows.  This would extend to coaches if they perform a dual role.
The Learn to Row Coach training course will be held on May 7th and 8th, 2016. This course is for first year L2 rowers last year and L2 rowers who have not taken this learning before.  The course does remind you early in the season what things to consider to improve your stroke and to provide tips to new rowers to provide a quality experience for LTR and L1s coming into the club this year.
Stephen Murray needs to know ( no later than the April 9th, 2016.  The Advanced Rescue Course and the LTR Coach sessions are limited to 12 to 15 rowers. Please help to make these sections successful by letting Stephen know early.
Trained LTR coaches and Boat Rescue for safeties are essential to allowing Rowing PEI to deliver the volunteer programs we offer without leaving the heavy lifting to a few committed resources.
We are in the process of preparing the schedule for the 2016 season and we would love to include our newer members in the ranks of our volunteers.
Stephen Murray

Congratulations Emily Cameron!

Here’s a very exciting note from Daphne Dumont:emily 1

Non-Rowing news from Emily Cameron!

We have just heard that Emily, now in Florida undergoing the grueling selection process for the national Olympic team, has had great news about her future. She has been accepted at Oxford University for the prestigious and highly competitive Master of Public Policy degree course, starting in September. (They also have a modest little rowing program there…will Emily have a chance to row in THE “Boat Race” against Cambridge in 2017? Women now compete over the same punishing miles-long course on the Thames as the men do, and Oxford’s women won hands down last year.) This is colossal news for her, and we send our heartiest congratulations. You GO girl!!

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Rowing P.E.I.


The Annual General Meeting of Rowing P.E.I. will take place on March 12, 2016.

ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME and encouraged to attend.  Family of rowers and others interested in our sport are also most welcome.

Date:  SATURDAY March 12, 2016

Time: 11 AM – and we hope members will join us for lunch afterwards at Boston Pizza

Place: House of Sport, Enman Crescent (a left turn off University Avenue after UPEI and before Staples, then turn right – it’s the old Holland College vocational center)

Room number:  Room 234, second floor

Your Board of Directors hopes to see you there – come and find out about our plans for the 2016 season.

Are you interested in training as a rowing coach?

Rowing P.E.I. is looking for rowers interested in taking the RCA Coach training.  It is open to all ages.  If there is enough interest, we will offer the course here on P.E.I., either in March or April.  Please email Stephen Murray at or for more information or to register.



Anyone with experience rowing at the high school, club, or university level with basic rowing technical knowledge and who wants to coach rowers in their first year or two of competition.


Delivered over two weekends, the RCA Coach workshops provide an exceptional foundation for your coaching career and introduces new coaching methods that will enhance your program€™s effectiveness.

There is a lot to learn — therefore this workshop offers you a mix of classroom and hands on experiences delivered over two weekends.

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  • Developing a strong understanding of LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) and how this applies to the novice competitive rower;
  • Introduction to RCA rowing technique and how to teach it;
  • Developing an effective practice plan;
  • How to rig;
  • Administering the movement screen;
  • Introducing basic concepts of training program and design;
  • Safety;
  • Race planning;
  • €œMake Ethical Decisions€,€“ a must-have skill for every coach and an NCCP requirement for all sports.

A unique aspect of this workshop is the movement screen process that focuses on eight movement tests for athlete assessment. This process allows the coach to ensure that sport activities are based on the new rowers€™ strengths and weaknesses, enhancing their ability to improve and avoid injury. This engaging and interactive element of the workshop is a fantastic learning exercise for any coach, and is applicable to many other sports.

After six months of coaching, you may participate in the second weekend of this workshop. Between sessions, you will work on a practical assignment that will encourage you to apply skills learned during the first weekend within your rowing program.

  • Teaching RCA technique using drills and effective use of feedback;
  • Planning a training program using RCA Categories of Intensity;
  • Analysis of various program elements: equipment, testing, and technique;
  • Connecting the movement screen to developing an effective program for the rower;
  • Developing strength in rowers and how to teach and monitor the rower in the weight room;
  • Race strategy and the role of the coach at a regatta;
  • Practical analysis of the coach’€™s program using the completed assignment to ensure €œreal life€ application.


The rowers that you would coach are in the Train to Train or early Learn to Compete stages of LTAD. They have taken a Learn to Row course and still require considerable emphasis on developing good technique. Rowing programs could include;€“ high school, university, club, or masters. Sport backgrounds will vary but these rowers are novices and are just beginning to compete.

Exciting news for 2016!

Some exciting news for the 2016 rowing season!

Including Rowing PEI’s first sanctioned regatta featuring flat water and coastal rowing!
But first….here are a few upcoming events.

1. Here are a couple of easy ways you can support our Canada Games training team!
a. TOMORROW!!! Here’s a tasty way to support the Canada Games Rowing Training Team! Come out to Boston Pizza on Wednesday February 10th between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Our rowers will be there to greet and help serve you. They will collect all tips and a percentage of the sales. Please SHARE! This is a great way to support their efforts.
b. You can also help the PEI Canada Games Training team by dropping off your bottles and cans for recyling to Aubrey’s, 29 Garfield Street! They’re open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Just say that you want to donate your refund. You have to go into the office to sign our donation sheet. Thanks.
c. Ergathon continues. We will have a wrap up event of indoor rowing that everyone can be part of. Stay tuned for details.

2. Training in 2016- Stephen Murray has taken on the role of Sport Development coordinator and is ready to help any members interested in training, including upcoming sessions for LTR and RCA coaches, and for new safety boat drivers.
If anyone is interested in starting to train as an umpire, Stephen needs to know by the end of this week, Friday February 12th. Course will be in New Brunswick.
March 18-20 RCA Technical Coach Weekend #1 Dartmouth
April 9-10 LTR Facilitator Course Charlottetown
May 2nd Rowing PEI Advanced Boat Rescue CARI pool – Charlottetown
Contact Stephen at if you are interested.
More dates and info coming soon to the Rowing PEI website.

3. Some important dates coming up!

Annual General Meeting – Sport P.E.I. House of Sport
Saturday March 12th 11 :00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
40 Enman Crescent
*lunch at Boston Pizza – all welcome

L2 Refresher session *date to be confirmed
Saturday April 16th 10:00 a.m. – noon
Sport P.E.I. House of Sport
40 Enman Crescent OR Holland College gym

Registration for 2016 Season
Saturday April 23rd 10 :00 a.m. – 2 :00 p.m.
Sport P.E.I. House of Sport
40 Enman Crescent

Learn to Row sessions Saturday May 28th and Tuesday May 31st
Saturday May 28th 12 :30-3 :30 p.m.
Tuesday May 31st 5 :00-8 :00 p.m.
Learn To Row Dryland Sessions

4. Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship:
Rowing P.E.I. is excited to announce that we are planning our first ever Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship for Saturday August 27, 2016. What’s even more exciting is that we are going to offer a hybrid regatta – flat water racing in the morning with a coastal competition in the afternoon.

Exciting news! P.E.I. is hosting a regatta – and – it’s going to be unique

Rowing season is now just months away!
As always, drop us an email if you have questions or comments.

Nancy – Rowing P.E.I.

Exciting news! P.E.I. is hosting a regatta – and – it’s going to be unique


Rowing P.E.I. is excited to announce our first ever Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship for Saturday August 27, 2016.

What’s even more exciting is that we are going to offer a hybrid regatta – flat water racing in the morning with a coastal competition in the afternoon.  You can compete in one or both events.

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The inaugural Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship will also highlight a very beautiful venue in eastern Prince Edward Island. The course will be set along the picturesque Brudenell River, with our regatta headquarters at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort.

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Friday evening, Rowing P.E.I. will host a “Meet and Greet” before the Competitor’s Meeting.  Dinner is available till 10:00 p.m. at the resort and snacks can be ordered via room service after that.

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We have reserved a block of rooms so that people can spend the weekend right here at a resort on the river socializing, rowing and enjoying the beautiful resort and surrounding areas at the end of the summer. This is a really unique venue. Once people arrive, all races, accommodations, dining, golfing, swimming, spa, horseback riding, canoeing is all right here. No need to get in a car and go anywhere. Everyone can just hang out together for the weekend.
Brudenell – Standard Room $149
Rowing P.E.I. has 25 standard rooms set aside – if you prefer a different option, you should book ASAP
Guestroom Rates August 26-28, 2016
Standard Room $149
Junior Suite $189
Executive Suite $219
King Cottage $229
Queen Cottage $299
Two Bedroom Cottage $389
Rates are subject to 14% HST.
These rates are quoted per night, and are net non-commissionable.
Rates are based on Single and/or Double Occupancy.
We are pleased to extend the above rates 3 days pre/post the event based on availability at time of booking.
All rates quoted are subject to applicable taxes & gratuity.
We can also arrange a shuttle from the airport with advance notice.  Brudenell is about a 45 minute drive from Charlottetown.

And…back to rowing!

Saturday morning will feature the flat water races on a 1,000 metre course.  The number of races and categories will depend on registration.

Lunch is included with your registration.  *snacks and fruit also available to purchase

Saturday afternoon, competitors will compete on a 3.5 kilometre coastal course.  There will be singles, doubles and a coastal quad available to rowers.

Races will be $75.00 per seat, all inclusive.


Rowers are welcome to compete just in the flat water division, just in the coastal division or both.  We are working with Chief Umpire Linda Lee from Nova Scotia on the details of the event.

We will wrap up the day with a Barbeque* and Awards Ceremony at the Brudenell Resort.

*Barbeque will be put on by families of Canada Games training team as a fundraiser.



We are also considering a special Touring Day on Sunday to top off your rowing weekend.  We will take our coastal fleet on a 15 kilometre trip to Panmure Island Beach for a picnic lunch, then a return row.  If you would like to be part of this special adventure, let us know so we can determine the level of interest.

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The Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship is a new event so we welcome feedback and questions.  We hope we will have a great turnout as we finally get the opportunity to showcase our amazing rowing venues and fleet of boats.

We would like an expression of interest ASAP so we can judge how many boats and divisions we will need to make this very exciting format work.

We look forward to seeing you on the water in August!

Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Championship Race Committee Chair Stephen Murray

Mike Gibson, President of Rowing P.E.I.

For more information or to express interest:

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