2024 Red Island Regatta – Save the Date!

 

2024 Red Island Regatta 

Coastal Races & Beach Sprints 

Brudenell River, Prince Edward Island 

Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18, 2024 

Hosted by: 

 

 

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island) is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. The Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq have occupied this Island for over 12,000 years. We honour the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which recognized Mi’kmaq title and established an ongoing relationship between nations.

2023 Red Island Regatta: Coastal Racing, featuring coastal endurance and beach sprint events 

Welcome! Bienvenue! Kwe’! Bienvenidos! 

Welcome to the Red Island Regatta hosted by Rowing PEI. This year, the regatta will be a coastal only event. There will be 2500- and 4500-meter coastal endurance rowing on the afternoon of Saturday August 26th, and a full morning of beach sprints on Sunday August 27th. Rowers will compete on buoyed courses located on the Brudenell River, next to the Rodd Brudenell Resort and the Brudenell River Campground.

We have a new location this year, close to the Brudenell resort and marina. There is lots of room for spectators. The Multipurpose Centre will still be our “home base” for the Captains Meeting and Saturday Awards and Hospitality Event. 

All boats and oars will be provided, so competitors only need to bring their spirit of adventureand water shoes!! 

We are excited to have Olympian and World Rowing Honourary Umpire Guylaine Bernier as our chief umpire in 2023. As one of Canada’s biggest promoters of coastal rowing, she will be available to speak about this exciting format and how it is growing around the world.

For the coastal competition on Saturday afternoon, rowers will start in the water, jumping into their boats before rowing a buoyed course that will be visible to spectators on the shore. The finish will be at the sand spit, giving fans another great view. The beach sprints on Sunday morning will provide everyone with a taste of this exciting, rapidly growing form of rowing, which is catching fire around the world. 

The awards on Saturday will be handed out at the multi-purpose facility at the end of racing There will also be the traditional Red Island Regatta hospitality event, featuring a feast of Island baked potatoes and mussels. The awards for the beach sprints will be presented on the beach at the end of racing on Sunday. 

The two Coastal Endurance racing configurations on the Brudenell River will be:

1) 2500 metres 

2) 4500 metres

 

All rowers will be required to wear water shoes / footwear to prevent foot injuries and cuts from the natural beach setting. This is mandatory. 

First Aid will be provided by our good friends at the PEI GSAR (Ground Search and Rescue). 

We welcome you all to have some fun in this amazing and beautiful place.

We would especially like to thank our Rowing Prince Edward Island sponsors and supporters: 

The Prince Edward Island Government Department of Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture; Sports, Recreation and Physical Activity Division 

The Canada Games Legacy Fund 

PEI Parks

East Coast Docks 

Cooke Insurance

Three Rivers Marina

PEI Potato Board

We welcome you to come row on our Island!!

Nancy Russell – Regatta Chair and President of Rowing Prince Edward Island 

Regatta Organizing Committee – Alan Hilburg, Sharon Gilbank, Cynthia Drewry, Alex Forbes, Elysia Atkinson (PSO Administrative Coordinator)

 

2023 Red Island Regatta Coastal Events 

*Proposed schedule only and may change depending on the number of entries 

For all racing, the races are listed as open and final so that rowers can race all together. Awards will be presented for the different categories of Under 19 and Senior. We will be asking coaches to let us know which rowers are in each category. 

*NEW For the purpose of the beach sprints, we will also ask coaches to rank their rowers so we can match up competitors as fairly as possible for side by side racing. Rank in terms of skill level, experience, number of years rowing, etc. 

(1) Under 19 — A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 19 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which they reach the age of 18. 

(2) Senior — A rower or coxswain of any age may compete as a Senior. 

Captains’ Meetings

Start  Event
10:30 All boats in the Start Area, course and 

safety check

Launch area near the marina
10:30-11:00   Weigh-in of coxswains for C4x+ Multi-Purpose Centre 
11:00  Coastal Captains 

Meeting*

Multi-Purpose Centre
12:00  Check-in On the beach 

near the 

Brudenell 

Marina

12:00  Launch safety boats Brudenell 

Marina

 

*Captain = one person per boat, so if you are rowing a single, you must attend. In a double or quad, at least one person should be designated as captain. 

For the coastal endurance races, each flight will feature coastal doubles, coastal singles and a coastal quad competing side by side. 

The Captains’ Meeting will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday August 26,2023 at the multi-purpose building. Competitors can check in for the first flight on the beach after the briefing.

 

Coastal Endurance 2500 metres and 4500 metres 

(25 min. for racing and 5 minutes change over)

12:30 PM  1st Long Distance – 4.5 km
1:00 PM  1st Flight Coastal – 2.5 km
1:30 PM  2nd Flight Coastal – 2.5 km
2:00 PM  3rd Flight Coastal – 2.5 km
2:30 PM  4th Flight Coastal – 2.5 km
3:00 PM  5th Flight Coastal – 2.5 km
3:30 PM  6th Flight Coastal – 2.5 km
3:45 PM  Finish of the endurance races
4:00- 4:30 PM  Boats pulled up and buoy placement in preparation for rowing in the morning
5:00 PM  Coastal Endurance Awards 

Mussels, and Potatoes

Sunday August 27, 2023 – Beach Sprints

CAPTAINS MEETING: 8:00 A.M. at the beach launch, next to the Brudenell Marina and Resort. 

We will give 3 blasts of the horn before the beach meeting. (beach sprints)

One crew member in every boat must attend the captains’ race and safety meeting. Crews not in attendance will be issued a yellow card. 

Schedule for Beach Sprints:

START 

Solo Time Trials STT 

Doubles Time Trials DTT
8:30 STT1
9:30 DTT1 

 

Semi Finals Solo *TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE

Semi Finals Doubles 

11:30 SSF1 (SQFA1 & SQFB1) 

11:45 DSF1 (DQFA1 & DQFB1) 

11:37 SSF2 (SQFA2 & SQFB2) 

11:52 DSF2 (DQFA2 & DQFB2) 

11:44 SSF Finish Time 

11:59 DSF Finish Time

Finals Solo (SF and Doubles Finals DF) *TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 

12:00 SF2 (2nd place SSF1 & 2nd place SSF2) 

12:07 DF2 (2nd place DSF1 & 2nd place DSF2) 

Finish 12:14 

12:15 SF1 (1st place SSF1 & 1st place SSF2) 

12:22 DF1 (1st place DSF1 & 1st place DSF2) 

Finish 12:30

 

 

REGATTA FEES

Regatta registration fees are charged per seat raced (includes Rowing Canada $3.85 and Rowing Prince Edward Island $3.65 fees). See table below for seat fee structure. 

Fee Structure for Coastal Endurance and Beach Sprints Events – Adults (Senior) *includes equipment
Fleet  Fee / Seat
Single  $30 
Double  $30
Quad  $30

 

Fee Structure for Coastal Endurance and Beach Sprints Events – Junior *includes equipment
Fleet  Fee / Seat
Single  $15
Double  $15
Quad  $30 

 

All cheques are to be made out to Rowing PEI with the details marked as Red Island Regatta, or e-Transfers are welcome to rowingpei@gmail.com. 

*** If possible, we prefer that you pay on Regatta Central. 

A club may register multiple rowers and provide a single cheque or online payment. 

All payments must be received online or by cheque by Monday August 21st, 2023.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

June 30, 2023 – Entries open on Regatta Central 

August 13, 2023 – Entries close at midnight to allow organizers time to organize flights and source additional boats if needed. 

August 18, 2023 – Deadline for scratches without penalty. They must be received by midnight. Scratches received after August 18, 2023 will forfeit entry fees. 

August 21, 2023 – The draw is released. 

August 21, 2023 – At midnight – all payments must be received online or by cheque.

August 22, 2023 – At midnight – deadline to receive changes from coaches and competitors. Bulletins will be issued by email and posted online every time the draw is revised.

 

Note: Coastal Rower Registration 

There are a limited number of coastal boats/seats; please register early and efforts will be made to accommodate all requests especially for the quad. (C4x+)

Coastal events will be Coastal 1x, Coastal 2x, Coastal 4x+ for U19 and Senior. All races will be considered open and finals. Prizes will be awarded based on times. 

For Coastal 4x+, crews can provide their own coxswain or a RPEI cox will be arranged.

 

Important Notes: 

The racing distance may be changed by the Chief Umpire in the case of adverse weather conditions, in consultation with the Organizing Committee. 

For the beach sprints, the time trials may be used for the progression system. In the case of inclement weather, the progression system may be changed, to move more quickly to the finals. 

If cancellation of this regatta is unavoidable due to inclement weather or for any reason beyond the control of the organizing committee, no refunds will be offered.

RULES AND REGULATIONS 

APPLICABILITY OF RULES 

  1. Unless otherwise noted in this package, the RCA Rules of Racing approved in January 2022 will be followed. 

REGISTRATION 

  1. Regatta registration must be completed online through Regatta Central. Each club is responsible for registering their own athletes. All athletes must be in the RCA membership system. No other form of registration will be accepted. 
  2. The registration must be completed by the deadline as stated in Regatta Central. 
  3. If you are unable to complete registration or have technical difficulties contact rowingpei@gmail.com.
  4. RCA membership numbers of all participants are required. Registration will be verified through RCA and participants who are not registered with RCA will NOT be allowed to participate. US Rowing participants must include their registration number on the entry form as well. 
  5. Entries will open June 30, 2023 and close August 13, 2023 at midnight to allow organizers time to organize flights and source additional boats if needed. 
  6. Scratches without penalty must be received by midnight August 18,2023, one week before the event. Scratches received after August 18, 2023 will forfeit entry fees. 
  7. Scratches after racing has begun will be listed a DNS (did not start) and will forfeit entry fees without suitable medical attestation. 
  8. All substitutes must be listed on the athlete list. Clubs can edit the crew lineups at any point in time up to 1 hour before the start of the race. This allows time to validate the athletes in the RCA database. 

RED ISLAND REGATTA DETAILS 

  1. There will be a Captains’ Meeting 11:00 A.M. August 26th (endurance) at the Multipurpose Centre and 8:00 A.M. August 27th at the beach launch, next to the Brudenell Marina and Resort. We will give 3 blasts of the horn before the beach meeting. (beach sprints)

11. One crew member in every boat must attend the captains’ race and safety meeting. Crews not in attendance will be issued a yellow card. 

This meeting will review the major rules of the regatta for the Coastal events.

12. A race will not be delayed accommodating a late arriving crew. 

13.The number of club entries in each event may be restricted and dependent on the registrations and the available spaces / seats.

14. The number of races per athlete will depend on the number of entries and the available seats to be raced. This will be determined by the coaches and the organizing committee.

15. There will be a weigh-in for the coxswain for the C4x+  only. The weigh-in will take place at the Multipurpose Centre between 10:30 and 11:00 am, prior to the Captains Meeting.

16. Please be advised that the race schedule is subject to change depending on the number of entries per event. 

CLUB & COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY

17. Clubs qualified to participate at the regatta must be in good standing with RCA.

18. International crews (US and abroad) must provide suitable documentation that their club is registered and in good standing with their National Governing Body.

19. All members at the regatta must be represented in consistent club colors. Although it is understood that a variety of rowing uniforms are available such as singlets, uni-suits, etc., officials of the regatta must see a clear consistency in the color and pattern worn by all members, male and female, representing one club.

20. Competitors must be registered with their National Sport Governing Body and provide suitable documentation with registration (Canadian athletes must submit RCA numbers with registration and US athletes should submit US Rowing numbers).

21. Competitors participating in multiple events are responsible for allowing sufficient time between events.

22. A competitor may compete for his/her club or province.

22. Competitors may participate as a member of a composite crew (two or more clubs).

23. The Red Island Regatta recognizes two categories of rowers: under 19 and Senior for these coastal events. 

Categories of Rowers and Proof of Age and Identity. On request, every competitor must be able to provide proof of age and identity by producing government issued documentation with photo, or other acceptable form of identification as stipulated by the OC and stated in the Regatta Package or Bulletin. RCA recognizes the following categories of competitors: (1) Under 19 — A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 19 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which they reach the age of 18, (2) Senior — A rower or coxswain of any age may compete as a Senior.

24. Rowing PEI seeks to create a rewarding and fun competitive experience. Events may be combined to provide athletes with racing opportunities. The categories of rowers and classes of boats will be: 

Men-C1X, C2X: U19 & Senior 

Women-C1X, C2X: U19 & Senior 

Mixed- C2X: U19 & Senior 

Mixed – C4X+: U19 & Senior 

Food and Water

Meals and snacks will be the responsibility of the individual rowers.

A mid-afternoon Saturday and mid-morning Sunday snack will be provided to officials and volunteers. Please alert organizers to any food allergies.

There will be a free day-one, post-regatta hospitality event at the Multi-purpose Centre prior to the awards on Saturday afternoon, consisting of Island mussels and P.E.I. baked potatoes. It is usually one of the highlights of the regatta.

**All competitors and volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle. Bottles can be filled at the Multipurpose Centre and at the Pro Shop, near the marina.

Rowing PEI encourages recycling and will make every effort to make our regatta as environmentally sustainable as possible.

The Red Island Organizing committee needs volunteers, and it is a great way to experience this event. Parents and others willing to volunteer their time are asked to contact rowingpei@gmail.com.

ROWING COURSES

  

Coastal Endurance Course – 4.5 km

Coastal Endurance Red Course – 2.5 km  

 

 

Warm up and Cool down Areas are located on land due to the turn-around use of the equipment.

The cool-down area will be in the grassy area next to the marina. 

Coastal Rowing

For coastal races, competitors will start next to their boats in the water. 

Competitors must wear protective footwear, or they will not be allowed to participate. This will be strictly enforced after some rowers cut their feet on shells in previous years. We suggest waterproof shoes or narrow running shoes that you don’t mind getting wet! 

 If you are providing your own cox, they need to weigh in at the Multipurpose Centre before the Captains’ Meeting, between 10:30 and 11:00 am on Saturday. This will be the only time for weigh-ins. 

Each coxswain MUST carry their own dead weight required and have it validated at the weigh-in. The coxswain must show it at the Control Commission again when returning from racing. 

You must wear protective footwear for the coastal races. Rowers without footwear will not be allowed to compete. 

Coastal endurance races – rowers in singles and doubles will wear belt PFDs. There will be PFDs in the coastal quad and the cox will wear a full PFD. 

*it’s hard to climb in the quad, which is why we are putting the PFDs in the boat versus wearing them 

Rowers under the age of 16 will wear full PFDs. 

 

Boat Handlers – Crews are asked to provide their own boat handlers for the endurance and beach sprints. There will be Rowing PEi volunteers on hand as well to help. 

There will be a flag marking the location where the boat handlers MUST stop the boats, to prevent damage to the oars and keels of the boats. 

  1. The coastal course is not triangular in shape. See map for layout.
  2. Rules for the coastal course will follow the rules of coastal racing in the RCA Rules of Racing approved in January 2022.

    Control Commission:

Control commission ill be a tent set up near the launch area, next to the Brudenell Marina and Resort.

Each crew will need to designate a team captain who will need to report himself at Control Commission before and after each race.

The team captain will receive an arm band  that needs to be worn by the bow rower.

Crews are to report to control BEFORE and AFTER every race. 

BEFORE – Competitors need to get registered, get their crew armband* and any updated information from the Control Commission. 

AFTER – Competitors also must come back to the Control Commission to check in after their race. 

 

Start Procedure 

The start will be done on the water between 2 starting buoys near the shore line.

This Start line will also be the Finish line.

Competitors will stand in the water beside their boats.

The start will be given by visual and audible signals as follow:

– 3 min : Hoist 3 red balls with a white cross and sound 3 clear, short horn blast.

– 2 min : Lower 1 of the 3 red balls and sound 2 clear, short horn blast.

– 1 min : Lower 1 of the 2 red balls and sound 1 clear, short horn blast.

– Start : Lower the last red balls and sound 1 long blast with the horn.

Coastal Rules of Racing

8.3 COLLISIONS –  In case of collisions (of boats or oars), and if one of the crews objects, the Umpire shall decide who is at fault and may impose a penalty on the boat responsible for the collision. In the event of a severe collision, the Umpire may decide fault and may impose a one (1) minute penalty on the crew responsible. 

8.4 OVERTAKING – It is the responsibility of a crew overtaking another crew to avoid interfering with the crew being overtaken; a crew which is being overtaken must maintain its course and shall not interfere with the overtaking crew. If a crew being overtaken obstructs or interferes with the overtaking crew by changing its course or in any other manner, the Race Umpire may penalize the crew causing obstruction or interference or hindrance by awarding a time penalty of 60 seconds or may exclude the crew or take other appropriate measures under the rules. 

8.5 ROUNDING OF A TURNING MARK –  At the turning marks, it is the individual responsibility of every crew to avoid severe collisions with other crews and observe the rules of overtaking. Crews are responsible for their own steering. 

In order to be placed in the final ranking for the event, all crews must round all turning marks in the correct direction and must complete the full course as designated by the Organizing Committee.

  1. Objections – Will be heard at the Control Commission immediately upon return from flight up until the start of the next flight. 

 

Sunday August 27, 2023 – Beach Sprints

*We will have a limited number of entries in the Beach Sprint so please register ASAP if you are interested in trying this exciting new format! 

Racing will be match racing (2 boats at a time). One rower per crew will start on the beach. In the case of a double, one will be on the beach, the other will be in the water with the boat and oars. 

The race starts with a short run to the boat. Then the crew steers through a 250 m slalom course and returns to the beach (total rowing 500 m). 

In case of adverse weather, the time trial result may be used for another step of the progression system.  The progression system may be changed and the time trial will be important. 

Boat holders will be used for the Beach Sprints and provided by the respective crews. There will be support from Rowing PEI volunteers. 

Please don’t row the boats too close into shore. Pay attention to the instructions from race officials as to where to get out of the shells and run to shore. We have had damage to oars and fins in previous events so please be respectful of our equipment. 

When they arrive back at the beach, one of the rowers from each crew runs to the finish line.

Crews are to report to control BEFORE and AFTER every race. 

 

CAPTAINS MEETING: 8:00 A.M. at the beach launch, next to the Brudenell Marina and Resort. 

We will give 3 blasts of the horn before the beach meeting. (beach sprints)

One crew member in every boat must attend the captains’ race and safety meeting. Crews not in attendance will be issued a yellow card. 

Beach sprints – PFDs will be in the boats. 

Brudenell Beach Sprint Course

 

 

2023 Schedule: Sunday Beach Sprints 

*subject to change depending on the number of entries 

-Competitors with the top four times in the time trials will qualify for the quarterfinals. -The semifinals will be an A and B crossover.

Solo Time Trials STT 

Doubles Time Trials DTT 

8:30 STT1 

9:30 DTT1 

8:37 STT2 

9:37 DTT2 

8:44 STT3 

9:44 DTT3 

8:51 STT4 

9:51 DTT4 

8:58 STT5 

9:58 DTT5 

9:05 STT6 

10:05 DTT6 

9:12 STT7 

10:12 DTT7 

9:20 STT8 

10:20 DTT8 

9:27 STT Finish 

10:27 DTT Finish.

Solo Quarter finals A and B Group SQFA and 

Double Quarter finals A and B Group DQFA 

SQFB 

and DQFB 

10:30 SQFA1 

11:00 DQFA1 

10:37 SQFA2 

11:07 DQFA2 

10:44 SQFB1 

11:14 DQFB1 

10:51 SQFB2 

11:21 DQFB2 

SQF Finish 10:58 

DQF Finish 11:28

Semi Finals Solo 

Semi Finals Doubles 

11:30 SSF1 (SQFA1 & SQFB1) 

11:45 DSF1 (DQFA1 & DQFB1) 

11:37 SSF2 (SQFA2 & SQFB2) 

11:52 DSF2 (DQFA2 & DQFB2) 

11:44 SSF Finish Time 

11:59 DSF Finish Time

Finals Solo (SF and Doubles Finals DF) 

12:00 SF2 (2nd place SSF1 & 2nd place SSF2) 

12:07 DF2 (2nd place DSF1 & 2nd place DSF2) 

Finish 12:14 

12:15 SF1 (1st place SSF1 & 1st place SSF2) 

12:22 DF1 (1st place DSF1 & 1st place DSF2) 

Finish 12:30

Commonwealth Beach Sprints, 2018, Website: https://www.facebook.com/mrive86/videos/10160652207085161/

AWARDS PRESENTATION 

  1. Awards ceremony for the coastal endurance events will be conducted immediately following the last race of the day at the Multi-purpose Center on Saturday August 26, 2023. 

Photography opportunities will be available in the awards area for crews. 

  1. Awards will be given out at the end of racing at 12:30 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at the Multipurpose Centre. 

Competitors and others are asked to stay and help load the Rowing PEI trailer at the end of racing. Many hands make light work!!! 

BOAT RENTAL POOL 

  1. Coastal boats will be provided for all events.
  2. A Red Island Regatta map for the courses and the regatta control is attached.53. More details and diagrams will be posted on the Rowing PEI website. 

 

CAR PARKING

Cars may be parked in one of three parking lots. These parking lots are associated with the Provincial Park and the Rodd Brudenell Resort. 

  • There is parking at the Multipurpose Centre. 
  • There is parking at the resort/golf course next to the launch and competition site. It is about a 10 minute walk from there to the Multipurpose Centre. 
  • Parking on the roads is not permitted to leave room for emergency vehicles whether Fire or EMS. 

BOAT or YACHT DOCKING 

  1. The public boat launch for safety boats and umpire launches assisting in the running of the regatta will be provided by the organizing committee on request: rowingpei@gmail.com
  2. Safety Boats and Umpire Launches will be able to tie up to the outside of the Brudenell Marina co-located with the resort.

 

WASHROOMS and SHOWERS 

  1. There are washrooms and showers in the Multi-Purpose Center. 

There are also washrooms at the resort and at the pro shop. (including a water dispenser for refilling bottles) 

EMERGENCY FACILITIES

First Aid is provided at the launch area by the PEI GSAR (Ground Search and Rescue).

CONCESSIONS and AMENITIES

There are restaurants at the Rodd Brudenell Resort and at the golf club.

SOCIAL EVENT

The social event will be held after racing on Saturday August 26th. This will include Island mussels, baked potatoes, and the awards presentation.

*Anyone with a shellfish allergy, please be advised. 

 

Red Island Regatta Merchandise

Merchandise will be available through our Rowing Prince Edward Island online store. https://allstarcresting.ca/rowingpei/shop/home 

You can purchase T-shirts and other merchandise online for pick-up at the event. 

Deadline to place your order is August 1, 2023.

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS 

  1. Rodd Brudenell Resort is busy in August so you may want to get in touch with the resort ASAP if you are interested in staying on site.

Website: https://roddvacations.com/hotels/rodd-brudenell-river/ 

  1. Camping – Brudenell River Provincial Park: 

https://www.peiprovincialparks.ca/unifSearchResults.do

  1. Lanes Riverhouse Inn & Cottages 

33 Brook St. Montague, PEI, Canada | 800.268.7532 

https://www.lanesriverhouseinn.com/

Here is the link for other accommodations in the area, including the campground that is adjacent to the racecourse. 

http://pointseastcoastaldrive.com/places-to-stay/type/category/three-rivers

Regatta Site Map

Directions to Brudenell via the Confederation Bridge 

1 h 23 min (107 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy/PE-1 W and Georgetown Rd/PE-3 E, Confederation Bridge, Borden-Carleton, PE. Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/PE-1 W to Vernon Bridge 1 h 3 min (78.5 km) Follow Georgetown Rd/PE-3 E to Brudenell Island Blvd in Lot 53 20 min (28.7 km) to Brudenell River Provincial Park Cardigan, PE C0A 1G0 

Directions to Brudenell via the Wood Islands Ferry 

33 min (38.0 km) via Wood Islands Rd Northumberland Ferries Ltd Head north on Service Rd toward Trans-Canada Hwy/PE-1, 39 s (290 m). Take Wood Islands Rd/PE-315 N and PE-4 N to Brudenell Island Blvd in Lot 53 31 min (36.8 km). Turn right onto Brudenell Island Blvd. Destination will be on the right 1 min (950 m) to Brudenell River Provincial Park, Cardigan, PE C0A 1G0