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Public Notice – Canadian Navigable Waters Act 

Canadian Navigable Waters Act 

Rowing Prince Edward Island hereby gives notice that a submission has been added to the Common Project Search (online registry) pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act described herein and its description. 

Pursuant to paragraph 4.1 and 9.1 of the said Act, Rowing Prince Edward Island has deposited with the Minister of Transport, on the on-line Common Project Search Registry (http://cps.canada.ca/) and under registry number 2024-211774, a description of the following work: Nautical sports course (4 buoys) on the Hillsborough River in front of the Brighton Beach Front Range Lighthouse. 

Posted at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, this 12th day of February, 2024

Rowing Prince Edward Island 

 

Nautical Sports Course – Hillsborough River, PEI

Nautical sports utilities structure

This is a very simple project that will not interfere in any way with navigation in the area. We drop the anchors with buoys attached in late May and remove them at the end of the rowing season in late September/early October, depending on the weather.

Request details

Registry number 9939
Application type No interference with navigation notification of work 
Date received 2024-02-12
Province Prince Edward Island
Waterway Hillsborough River
Work types Nautical sports utilities structure
Expected construction start 2024-05-25 
Expected construction end 2024-10-05 
Latitude 46.22807
Longitude -63.14898

 

2023 Red Island Regatta promises beach rowing excitement on the Brudenell River

2023 Red Island Regatta promises beach rowing excitement on the Brudenell River

August 20, 2023 

The beach at Brudenell River Provincial Park will be full of action on Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th as Rowing PEI hosts Atlantic Canada’s only all-coastal rowing regatta. With 65 rowers and more than 100 entries, it is also one of Canada’s largest coastal rowing events.

This is the fifth year for the Red Island Regatta, which will feature beach sprint racing on Sunday, an exciting new racing format that may soon be included as part of the Olympic program.

 

On Saturday, the rowers jump in coastal boats on the beach next to Brudenell marina and compete on a 2.5-kilometre course around large buoys. The coastal boats are a broader variation on traditional rowing shells, and they are self-bailing, made for windy, wavy conditions,

 

The beach sprints on Sunday are head to head racing between two coastal doubles and two coastal singles. The competitors have to run from the beach, row a 250-metre course, slaloming around 3 buoys, then back to shore. The finish line is back on the beach, so the race ends with another sprint to the flag.

Saturday includes a hospitality event for competitors, where participants will enjoy P.E.I. mussels and baked potatoes. There is also an Awards Ceremony, where winners take home a bag of P.E.I. potatoes!! 

     

More than 60 competitors are expected from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, as well as from the host club, Rowing P.E.I.  For the club’s newest junior rowers, called Crew 23, this will be their first taste of competition. 

Organizers are excited to have Olympian and World Rowing Honourary Umpire Guylaine Bernier as chief umpire for the Red Island Regatta in 2023. Bernier competed for Canada at the 1976 Olympics in her home province of Quebec. She was also the first Canadian women certified as FISA Umpire in 1987, and attended four Olympic Games as a member of the Umpiring Commission. She was inducted into the Quebec Sport Hall of Fame in 1996 as an Athlete,  and in 2019 into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder.  

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. 

To read more about Guylaine’s accomplishments: https://www.sportshall.ca/hall-of-famers/hall-of-famers-search.html?proID=685&lang=EN

Spectators are welcome to come out and cheer on the rowers, who will be launching from the beach next to the Brudenell Marina. The races run from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Saturday and 8:00 am to noon on Sunday.

Regatta organizers are thankful for the support they’ve received from their sponsors: East Coast Docks, the governments of P.E.I. and Canada, the Montague Waterfront Development Corporation, P.E.I. Parks, Rodd Brudenell Resort, the PEI Potato Board, Montague Sobeys, DP Murphy and ADL. 

Rowing P.E.I. was formed in 2010 with the loan of a  recreational fleet from Rowing Canada Aviron. The club now has about 75  members, rowing out of the Charlottetown Yacht Club, Brackley and Brudenell.  Rowing P.E.I. offers Intro to Row programs regularly through the summer.

For more information: www.rowingpei.ca

To see the race schedule for Saturday and Sunday: https://www.regattacentral.com/v3/cms/regatta/8443/heat_sheet

Contact: Elysia Atkinson 

Email: eatkinson@sportpei.pe.ca

Cell phone # (902) 213-6951

New program alert! Brackley Bay Summer 2023

Revisit Rowing at Brackley Bay

Hello Rowing Enthusiasts! 

My name is Christine Blanchard.  I am the Brackley Bay Flatwater Rowing Program coordinator for 2023.  Yes, that’s right…Brackley Bay, just off Shaw’s hotel.  It is a beautiful place to row!  Quiet! No motor boats! Dunes in the background! Generally flat water conditions.  Easy entry into the water…we have a new dock as of 2022!  

If you have experience in flatwater boats, all you need to do is register with RowingPEI.  Our experienced flatwater times are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 4:30-6:30 pm.  And, if needed,  Saturday from 8-10 am. Come join us!  Space is limited with 6 seats remaining so please register early.  It is first come, first serve!

If you are new to flatwater rowing, we have a three session workshop delivered by our experienced and highly certified rowing coach: Chantelle Hanley.  Chantelle Hanley Linkedin  These sessions will help you get acquainted with the flatwater experience, plus  I have provided practice times dedicated to just new to flatwater rowing (Wednesday and Friday 6:30-8:00 pm)

I rowed for 6 weeks at UNB in 1992 and returned to rowing a couple of years ago.  During my two years of rowing at Brackley, I have embraced the challenge of flatwater rowing, became physically stronger, and had a lot of fun with the small group of dedicated adult rowers. I sincerely hope you consider revisiting our rowing crew!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me personally: 902 940 4418 or christineblanchard222@gmail.com

See you at Brackley!

Christine
Brackley Bay Rowing Program Coordinator

 

2022 Year in Review!

 

2022 was a very busy year for Rowing Prince Edward Island with a team of ten competitors heading to the Canada Summer Games in the Niagara Region in August, and the introduction of new programming around increasing diversity, as part of the Community Sport for All Initiative. 

2022 Year in Review

Indoor Rowing 2022

The year started with Indoor Rowing Day in Canada in February. There were still COVID restrictions in many parts of the country, including here on Prince Edward Island. But we had a good group taking part, including many of our Canada Games rowers and their families! Thanks also to Mary MacLean and Verna Ryan for hosting an event at the TCAP facility in Montague.

 

In April 2022, the Canada Games rowers took part in our first ever Ergathon fundraiser. Teams Red and Green raced for 21 kilometres for PEI bragging rights! They raised $3,500 towards the purchase of 6 pairs of Concept 2 oars to help them prepare for the Canada Games. Thanks to their friends and families for supporting the team. 

 

Celebrating new boats in 2022!

In June, we celebrated two new racing shells for the Canada Games rowers! Their fundraising efforts raised $24,000 towards a new double, Brackley Bullet and a new single, Tippy Tippy. We are grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters in 2022: Arsenault Bros Construction, Cooke Insurance, Brown’s Volkswagen, Cymbria Lions Club, Robbie Shaw and Shaw’s Hotel, PEI government, Legacy Fund and Sport PEI. THANK YOU! #grateful #supporters

   

Another of our favourite memories of 2022 was the debut of the “Betty Smith”, our newest coastal single. She was donated to Rowing PEI by Claude Maurice, in honour of his late wife Betty Smith, who learned to row on the North River in Charlottetown. Claude lives in B.C. but was planning a trip back to P.E.I this summer to visit family. One thing led to another, and we have a wonderful new member and a very special new boat. #rowingmemories2022 #bettysmith #thankful

Crew 22: Summer of 2022 

We had a great new summer rowing program for new juniors called Crew 22. 

They went from Learn to Row to competing at the Red Island Regatta in just 8 weeks!! 

FUN FACT: There were TWO sets of twins!

Diversity and equity are a major focus for Sport Canada and Rowing Canada Aviron. In 2022, we were fortunate enough to receive more than $42,000 in funding, which allowed us to purchase some new equipment, including a new coastal double and two indoor rowing machines, and helped cover the costs of our summer and winter programming. Our Crew 22 received national recognition, including at the recent RCA conference in Victoria, B.C.

 

Whistle Days 2022

One of the best parts of any rowing season is getting to see new members succeed!  Congrats to everyone who got their whistle in 2022 and graduated to become an L2. Proud of all of you! #learntorow2022 #whistles2022

 

 

Another great highlight was a best ever performance by our Canada Games rowing team in August 2022. Hard work paid off with personal bests for everyone. What great memories! 

Thanks to our coaches, parents, support staff, everyone who helped them get to the Games, especially head coach Chantelle Hanley who spent much of the summer here on P.E.I. or traveling with the team. 

Red Island Regatta 2022

We celebrated the return of the Red Island Regatta on the beautiful Brudenell River, with competitors from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario joining us for the first time since 2019. Thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors, spectators, officials and rowers. We can’t wait to do it again August 26 and 27, 2023!! 

And then there was Fiona….

 

In September, everyone rallied to help us move the boats to safety as post-tropical storm Fiona approached. We lost some small pieces of equipment at the barn at Brackley, which sustained extensive damage. Fortunately, our new dock stayed more or less in place and was brought to shore after the storm. 

It wasn’t the end to the season that we were hoping for, but everyone was safe and that is what matters. 

After a short break, we hit the indoor rowing machines at Kinetic Fitness, with a group of juniors and another of adults, as part of our 2022-2023 I-Crew program.  

Looking ahead to 2023

 

We continue to grow our pool of coaches and umpires! 

Would you like to become an umpire? Please contact our umpire coordinator, Mary-Lynne Bruvels to find out more.   

Want to become a coach? Reach out to Nancy at rowingpei@gmail.com

We are excited for what 2023 will bring as our Hillsborough Boathouse project takes shape, thanks to an exciting new committee including David Arsenault and Stephen Murray. 

There are a few other new initiatives we hope to launch very soon! Stay tuned.

We are looking forward to another great year of growing our sport in 2022.

We hope you will join us…and tell your friends and family about us!!

The board of Rowing Prince Edward Island

Rowing PEI launches I-Crew indoor rowing program for 2022-2023!

Rowing PEI is excited to launch a new indoor rowing program called I-Crew or Indoor Crew, for youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

Crew members will learn technique, stay fit and take part in fun challenges during the weekly sessions.

A highlight will be Indoor Rowing Day in Canada 2023 when everyone across the country teams up to see how many kilometres we can log on the same day.

I-Crew kicks into gear in November, with a break for the holidays, then continues until the end of March.

Part 1: Sunday November 6 – Sunday December 11, 2022

Part 2: Sunday January 8 – Sunday February 18, 2023 *Canada Games break

Part 3: Sunday March 5 – Sunday April 2, 2023

The program will be offered by trained coaches from Rowing PEI at Kinetic Fitness, 133 Queen Street in downtown Charlottetown.

Participants should wear workout clothes including narrow sneakers. No baggy shorts that can get caught in the sliding seat.

Please bring a water bottle!

The program will be offered in English.

*There is also an adult version of I-Crew. Contact organizers for more information on that group. 

Thanks to Rowing Canada Aviron and Sport Canada for financial support for this new, exciting program.

And to our partners at IRSA, for their support of Rowing PEI.

To find out more, please send an email to rowingpei@gmail.com

 

Rowing PEI est est excité de lancer un nouveau programme d’aviron en salle qui s’appelé “I-Crew ou Indoor Crew”, pour les jeunes âgés de 12 à 17 ans.

Les membres de l’équipage apprendront la technique, resteront en forme et participeront à des défis amusants lors des sessions hebdomadaires.

Un point culminant sera la Journée de l’aviron en salle au Canada 2023 lorsque tout le monde à travers le pays fera équipe pour voir combien de kilomètres nous pouvons parcourir le même jour.

I-Crew démarre en novembre, avec une pause pour les vacances, puis se poursuit jusqu’à la fin de mars.

Partie 1 : dimanche 6 novembre – dimanche 11 décembre 2022

Partie 2 : dimanche 8 janvier – dimanche 18 février 2023 *pause des Jeux du Canada

Partie 3 : dimanche 5 mars – dimanche 2 avril 2023

Le programme sera offert par des entraîneurs qualifiés de Rowing PEI à Kinetic Fitness, 133, rue Queen, au centre-ville de Charlottetown.

Les participants doivent porter des vêtements d’entraînement, y compris des souliers étroites. Pas de short baggy qui peut se coincer dans le siège coulissant. Veuillez apporter une bouteille d’eau! Le programme sera offert en anglais.

*Il existe également une version adulte d’I-Crew. Contactez les organisateurs pour plus d’informations sur ce groupe.

Merci à Rowing Canada Aviron et à Sport Canada pour leur soutien financier à ce nouveau programme passionnant. Et à nos partenaires de l’IRSA, pour leur soutien à Rowing PEI. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez envoyer un e-mail à rowingpei@gmail.com

                 

Thank you to these organizations for their support:

A summer job….with a great view! APPLY NOW!

How would you like to spend your summer looking at this view?

Do you enjoy boats? And being on the water?  CHECK IT OUT!!

Deadline to apply: Wednesday June 1, 2022

Position:  Sports Instructor
Canada Summer Jobs #3841285

Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs 2022 program, Rowing PEI is looking to hire a Sports Instructor for the summer.

 

Conditions of employment:

35 hours per week for 8 weeks = 280 hours    (varied hours/weeks)

Salary: $14.00/hour
Start date   July 4,2022  *could start sooner/part-time work in June

Must be available the weekend of August 26-28 to assist with the Red Island Regatta at Brudenell 

Work days may include Saturday and Sunday 

Location of employment: Charlottetown Yacht Club (CYC) on the Charlottetown waterfront and Brudenell Resort

Job summary

Rowing PEI is the non-profit provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in Prince Edward Island.

The successful applicant will be assisting in:

-the organization and delivery of our national sanctioned rowing regatta to be held August 27 and 28, 2022

-the promotion of the sport of rowing 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 safety boat.

Other duties would include the installation and removal of marker buoys to establish training and racing courses on the water.

Job requirements
The position will require:
-a valid pleasure craft operator’s license;
-First Aid training;
-LTR coach training *will be provided
-valid driver’s license *or transportation to Brudenell on occasion 

The Government of Canada funded this job through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Contact the employer to learn more about the job and apply. You must be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada

Other Skills:  Experience in client services and/or coaching a team
Bilingual an asset
Applicants must be able to swim

Application: Please send a letter and a resume to rowingpei@gmail.com


Deadline to apply: Wednesday June, 1, 2022 

Going electric on the water

Almost all rowing clubs use some form of safety boat or coach boat, almost always propelled by a gas-powered motor.

Rowing BC is now working on a pilot project looking at the potential of rechargeable electric motors for safety boats. They have applied to Clean BC for funding and hope to set up six clubs with three different kinds of eoutboards. 

Rechargeable outboards, versus gas models, are a way for clubs and regattas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Brenda Taylor, who is organizing the pilot project, says the eoutboard technology is changing quickly, and becoming more affordable and more user-friendly, because of the demand from customers, including rowing and sailing clubs. 

Rowing BC has applied for a grant through the Clean BC Commercial Vehicle Pilots project to pilot the use of electric outboards. The CVP program  is designed to accelerate the adoption of commercial ZEVs (eg medium and heavy duty, on road, offroad, rail, marine etc)

This all started because Brenda was enquiring about rebates/subsidies for eoutboards (as there are for ZEVs). Clean BC said they aren’t currrently offering rebates for eoutboards, recognize that is a gap, but need more data to support the case for rebates, so encouraged her to apply for the CVP grant.
Goals:
To accelerate the adoption of electric outboards by:
1) demonstrating the business case,
2) providing clubs with objective, relevant and easily-accessible information on cost, performance, user-experience and other benefits with which to make informed purchasing decisions, and
3) to increase awareness of the benefits and feasibility of  eoutboards and to provide the “electric curious” with first-hand experience with them, in a real-world setting .
One of the goals is to provide the “electric curious” with first hand experience with electric outboards, in a real-world setting .
Project details:
Pilot the use of 6 eoutboards in 4-6 pilot clubs in BC for a full year. We will test 3 types (Elco EP20, Torqeedo Cruise 10 and Pure Watercraft)- all roughly equivalent to 15-25hp gas outboards and each will have 2 batteries. They will be tested on 3-4 different types of launches (Carolina Skiff, inflatable, tin, catamaran).. Pilot clubs were selected to provide a range of use scenarios (crew speeds,launch type,  type of program -eg Learn to row, competitive etc), water body (lake, river, sea), and to maximize the number of people who would be exposed to the outboard or get a chance to use it.  Pilot clubs have been selected but not yet confirmed.
Data to be collected on eoutboard and gas outboard with similar use (at each club): performance, user experience, fuel consumption, GHG and air pollution emissions (calculated from fuel consumption), operating costs, downtime (due to maintenance etc), noise.
Brenda says they will also be running demo days to give others a chance to try them out and they will be used in both training and for regattas.
As part of preparing the grant application, she says it became clear that few clubs keep accurate records of fuel consumption, hours of engine use, maintenance costs. This project will fill this gap as well as providing information on eoutboards.
The plan is to create a resource/toolkit to help clubs decide whether to “go eletcric”, what factors to consider when choosing an eoutboard, including the number of batteries, charging infrastructure and other practical tips..
Brenda Taylor says the industry is exploding and there are now LOTS of eoutboard options out there, though many are not yet readily available. Torqeedo and Elco have both been around for awhile and are available. PWC is new, but were designed with rowing in mind (at least in part). They have a number of rowers working for them and have tested prototypes at different rowing clubs (they are based  out of Seattle).
Brenda says static umpiring is another way that regatta organizers could consider as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at their events.

Taking action in the fight against climate change – how your rowing club can get involved

Taking action in the fight against climate change – how your rowing club can get involved

Brenda Taylor from Victoria recently hosted a webinar for RCA called Rowing and the Climate Crisis: Acting Now to Fight Climate Change.

You can watch the webinar:

https://youtu.be/K760rK4w-iU

*the slide in this post are from Brenda’s presentation

Here are some of the ideas that Brenda shared during her presentation:

  • Electric outboards
  • Energy efficiency upgrades- LED lights, heat pumps, thermopane windows, drying room for gear
  • Solar 
  • Wind
  • Recycling/reuse/REPAIR- buy good quality, keep it in good repair
  • Encourage/support cycling, public transit, carpooling
  • Refuse packaging/waste
  • Nature based solutions – wetlands 
  • Travel to regattas 
  • Trailer/truck – share, aluminum….
  • Share coach boats
  • No single use plastics
  • Procurement policies
  • Boat pools
  • Static umpiring at regattas
  • No medals, tshirts, swag – https://treesnottees.com/event-organisers/
  • Go paperless
  • Climate Action working group
  • GHG pilot
  • Technical standards for boats- recycled content, lifespan, repairability
  • HUB to share ideas
  • Educate re boat repair and maintenance
  • Lobby politicians
  • Climate change education sessions for rowing boards and members
  • Subsidies for eoutboards
  • Carbon offsets
  • Sport Canada- new Canadian Sport Policy
  • Access to funding and expertise
If your club is interested in finding out more, or joining the discussion, you can contact Brenda: brendastaylor@telus.net 

Monitoring the changing climate – Rowing PEI 

By Nancy Russell

Coaches and rowers with Rowing PEI have seen the changing weather conditions firsthand in recent years, with more wind and storms, including tropical storms such as Arthur (July 2014), Dorian (September 2019), Teddy (September 2020)  and Elsa (July 2021).  Because we don’t have a clubhouse, we have to either move our boats off the dock, or secure them and hope they can ride out the storm. It’s a lot of work and hard on the nerves!!!

The windier weather, even early in the morning, is also starting to limit our rowing time on the Charlottetown Harbour.  Even in coastal boats, the wind speeds are sometimes too high, especially for new rowers.  In 2021, we decided to move our flat water boats to a sheltered bay on P.E.I.’s north shore, in search of some calmer waters.  The rowers had to beach launch all summer, but at least they got some flatter water. 

We can definitely feel it getting windier, but now with help from the UPEI Climate Lab, we will be able to monitor what’s happening.

In July 2021, they installed a weather station, part of a network across the Island. It will collect historical data to track how conditions are changing, and also gives real-time wind speed, which is a game changer on a windy body of water!

We do encourage carpooling to our flat water training centre, which is about 20 minutes from Charlottetown.

The Charlottetown Yacht Club, which is our home base in Charlottetown, is also a member of Sailors for the Sea, which focuses on clean and environmentally friendly sailing. 

 

Canada’s solar-powered rowing club

 

Lakeland Rowing Club in Vermilion, Alberta was well ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing renewable energy. 

They had to embrace solar energy ten years ago, because there was no power line access to the provincial park where they are located. And even if the park would allow it, it would have been cost-prohibitive.

When the club first started in 1996, they had no electricity. They used strategically-positioned car headlights for dark fall morning practices. How’s that for Canadian innovation?!?

The club bought their 100-watt solar panel more than 10 years ago. Originally, it was just for their shed, and flood lights for the compound. Now the solar light lights up their boathouse as well, thanks to help from some electrical instructors and apprentices at Lakeland College. 

The club has upgraded from fluorescent to LED lighting, again making the green choice.

Interesting fact: if you go to Google satellite, Vermilion AB you can see the facility on the reservoir!

Thanks to Lakeland Rowing Club’s Peter Walsh for sharing his solar story.