Welcome to Rowing P.E.I.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope to see you all back again in 2019.

Check out the amazing photographs from Jason Hoyt on our Rowing PEI Facebook page.  If you share any of the photos, please be sure to give him a photo credit!

Regatta Draw version #6 – 8/24/2018 10:00 p.m.

Red Island Regatta 2018 – Draw v6

Here’s a news release about the event!

Rowers return to Red Island Regatta on the Brudenell River this weekend

The Red Island Regatta is returning to the Brudenell River this Saturday after a one year hiatus and, for one P.E.I. rower, it will be a chance to compete in front of family and friends.

Shannon MacAulay of Mount Herbert is a relative newcomer to rowing. She spent six years with Hockey Canada and played for Team Canada at the 2016 Nations Cup as a member of the National Women’s Development Team.

She was recruited into rowing through the RBC Training Ground program and has been training hard with the North Star Rowing Club in Dartmouth since May.

MacAulay has competed at two rowing competitions so far: the Nova Scotia Sprints on Lake Banook in July and, most recently, at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario.

On Saturday, she will compete closer to home.

The Red Island Regatta will feature 1,000 metre sprint races in the morning in front of the Rodd Brudenell resort. The finish line is close to the Brudenell marina.

In the afternoon, the rowers will switch to coastal boats and compete on a 2.3 kilometre course along the river towards Georgetown and back. They will be launching from the beach on Brudenell Island.

Competitors are coming from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to row, including a varsity team from St. FX. There will also be 10 entries from the host club, Rowing P.E.I.

Home base for the event will be Activity Centre in Brudenell Provincial Park. Spectators are welcome to come down to the water and cheer on the rowers.

The races begin at 7:30 a.m. and will wrap up by 4:30 in the afternoon.

Regatta organizers are thankful for the support they’ve received from premiere sponsor, East Coast Docks, the governments of P.E.I. and Canada, the Montague Waterfront Development Corporation, P.E.I. Parks, HMCS Queen Charlotte and Tranquility Cove Adventures.

“We are excited to showcase our sport on the beautiful Brudenell River and hope Prince Edward Islanders will take advantage of this opportunity to see some great competition, including the relatively new sport of coastal rowing,” said Russ Bryden, co-chair of the regatta.

Rowing P.E.I. was formed in 2010 with the loan of a recreational fleet from Rowing Canada Aviron. The club now has about 50 members, rowing out of the Charlottetown Yacht Club. Rowing P.E.I. offers Learn to Row programs regularly through the summer.

For more information: www.rowingpei.ca

Contact: Russ Bryden
Co-chair, Red Island Regatta
Ph: 902-209-6333

Order your Red Island Regatta 2018 shirt now. Deadline is August 8, 2018!
Thanks to our regatta sponsors.

Our 2018 SignUp Genius is now up and running! Book your rows now.


Online registration for the 2018 season is available now! Follow the instructions here.

You can pay by cash, cheque or eTransfer. *if paying by eTransfer please make the answer rowing
*drop cash or cheques to Daphne Dumont at Macnutt and Dumont, 57 Water Street, Charlottetown
PLEASE NOTE: you can NOT pay online with a credit card on the RCA website even though it may look as if that is an option.

WE WELCOME VISITING ROWERS!  We have a $25 visitor fee and will happily pair you up with one of our Rowing PEI crew to head out in a coastal boat on the Charlottetown Harbour. Email rowingpei@gmail.com to book a spot.


If you have completed Learn to Row in any previous year, you can purchase a punch card for 4 rows for $100 in 2018.

If you decide you want to become a member for the rest of the 2018 season, the $100 will be subtracted from your $330 membership fee.

This is ideal for someone who wants to get back into rowing after a break, or if you aren’t sure how this year’s schedule will work out for you.

        Learn to Row 2018

Cost of Learn to Row is $130

The first training sessions for the Learn to Row will be either:

Saturday June 9th 12:30-4:30 p.m. or Saturday June 16th 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Other membership categories and fees are available here: https://rowingpei.ca/2018-online-registration/


Red Island Regatta – Saturday August 25, 2018!! SAVE THE DATE!

Red Island Coastal Rowing Tour – Sunday August 26, 2018

Here’s to a great 2018 season!

Hope to see you soon.
Rowing PEI Board – Daphne Dumont, Brian Higgins, Nancy Russell, Lea Bryden, Joeanne Woodard

Check out this great video from the Hanlan Rowing Club in Toronto to see what coastal rowing is all about!!

New this year – Competitive Group
Under the guidance of a former high performance rower and coach, we will be offering a program for those 16 to 100 years old, male and female, who are interested in taking their fitness abilities to the next level. This will be of interest to those of a moderate to advanced fitness level with an interest in cross-training and mixing up their fitness routine. No previous rowing experience required – only a desire for a hard-core full-body workout in the early mornings and/or evenings on beautiful Charlottetown harbour.
Rowing is a sport where you can go from novice to competitive in a matter of months so opportunities to compete – from the Red Island Regatta in Brudenell (August) to the World Coastal Rowing Championships in British Columbia (October) are available to those who like a goal for their workouts and to combine travel with fitness.
Workout times/days will be determined by the training group and boat availability.
Learn to Row 2018
Learn to Row is your entry point to the wonderful sport of rowing! Whether you’re looking for a low impact, full body workout, a way to get out on the water, a chance to meet some great people or a combination, it all starts here. No experience with water sports is needed and it is a great substitute for exercise after being in the gym all winter.
You can row recreationally but there is also the opportunity for all ages to compete. Our coastal boats are made especially for the wind and wave conditions on the Harbour. We row out of the Charlottetown Yacht Club from May to October.
Cost of Learn to Row is $130
 Other membership categories and fees are available here
The introductory sessions for the Learn to Row will be either:

Saturday June 9th 12:30-4:30 p.m. or Saturday June 16th 12:30-4:30 p.m.

We will add more Learn to Row sessions through the summer and into the fall as numbers warrant.

You will select one of these group sessions. You will go through safety training, learn the elements of the rowing stroke and then go down to the dock and go out for a short row.

Then you will individually book two open water rows with a Learn to Row Coach. You will continue to work on the rowing stroke and learn important skills. The goal is to have these completed by the end of June.

Then you have the option to convert to a full membership at the end of LTR training. It’s $200 to sign up for the rest of the season. We also offer a 4 pack for $100 if you want to try it a few more times before choosing to commit.

You are an L1 (Level 1) when you complete Learn to Row. You continue to row with other experienced rowers until you begin an L2 and can maneuver a boat yourself. Then you can book a double or single.

We also have an Advanced Fitness/Competitive program this year where a coach will lead the group through 2-3 practices a week. Crews will have the opportunity to prepare for the Red Island Regatta which will be held on Saturday August 25 at Brudenell.

Here is our tentative weekly schedule. We will be adding additional row times as the season goes along. Most members aim for 2-3 rows per week but you are welcome to do more as space allows.


This is the system we use to sign up for rows:







2018 Members Rowing PEI
Indoor Rowing Schedule 2018

Ready to get in “rowing shape”?

Everyone is welcome to join our one hour training sessions at the Stratford Indoor Soccer Complex. We do a warm-up, a 30 minute row including some fun drills and then a yoga stretch.

Cost is $12 per person. Please bring exact change if you can!  Also a water bottle and yoga mat, if you have one.

Questions? Contact coach Nancy Russell at 902-394-3297

To book a spot:



Red Island Regatta 2018

We are very excited that the Red Island Regatta is returning in 2018! It will again be a hybrid regatta with sprint racing in the morning and a coastal race in the afternoon. The competition will be held at Brudenell, P.E.I. and competitors are encouraged to book early as space at the Rodd Brudenell Resort is already limited. The date: Saturday August 25, 2018. Click here for the latest updates!

Exciting news from Rowing the World!

Join us in 2018 to row Canada’s prettiest little province, Prince Edward Island.

We are waving the Maple Leaf as we announce our new rowing trip to Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast. Famous for lobster suppers, potato fields to the sea and Anne of Green Gables, PEI offers a concentrated dose of delightful scenery, friendly people, wonderful food and lots of ways to have fun outdoors. Now we can add rowing to the list of vacation choices. Join us for a short, sweet, summer rowing holiday.


Click here to read more about the trip!

Canada Weekend: Prince Edward Island

Here are some highlights from Rowing P.E.I. to inspire you to give our sport a try!