Red Island Regatta Package 2018 *new

*please note this is a draft – but we want to give clubs a chance to include our regatta in their travel plans for 2018! Please contact us with any questions:

2018 PEI Rowing Championships

Hybrid Regatta

 Sprints and Coastal

Brudenell River, PEI

Saturday August 25th, 2018

Hosted by: 


Sponsored by:

2018 Red Island Regatta: PEI Rowing Championships

Welcome to the Red Island Regatta hosted by Rowing PEI. This unique regatta is a hybrid format that offers sprint races in the morning and coastal rowing race in the afternoon.

The event brings together clubs from Canada and the USA to compete on a 1,000 metre race course located on the Brudenell River. The course is located next to the four-star facilities at the Rodd Brudenell Resort, the Brudenell and Dundarave golf courses and the Brudenell River Campground. 

The coastal competition will be a head race held at the same location, launching from a sand spit, rowing to open coastal water at the mouth of the Brudenell River. Races will be 2 km or 4 km.

This hybrid regatta will provide opportunities for rowers to experience the best of both types of racing.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers at the end of the day. 

A free pancake breakfast (with coffee!) and lunch will be provided. A P.E.I.-themed supper will also be available for $10 at the end of racing, featuring Island mussels, corn and sausages.

Early registration is encouraged as entries to this regatta may be capped. 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.

2018 Red Island coastal tour – sunday august 26, 2018

On Sunday, we will host the Red Island Coastal Tour. It’s a chance to showcase our coastal fleet and the beautiful scenery in the area.  The exact tour route will be determined by wind and weather conditions on the day. It is subject to cancellation, so payment won’t be taken until the morning of the event. However, pre-registration is required because we have a limited number of seats.  We will serve lunch aboard the Tranquility Cove Adventures boat accompanying us on the tour.  The Tour will depart from Brudenell at 8:00 a.m. and return to Georgetown at 12:30 p.m., leaving lots of time for rowers to make the trip home.  The fee is $50 per person, which includes lunch.

2018 Red Island Regatta Sprints & Coastal Events

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

The non-master races are listed as championship so that rowers can race all together.

In Championship categories, we will award ribbons for the different categories of Sr, Jr, lightweight as well as the fastest person in the race.

Event # Event
1 Master Mixed 2x
2 Championship Women 4x
3 Championship Men 1x
4 Master Mixed 4x
5 Championship Men 2x
6 Championship Women 1x
7 Master Men 1x
8 Championship Women 2x
9 Championship Men 4x
10 Master Women 1x
11 Master Mixed 8+
12 Championship Mixed 8+
13 1st Flight Coastal
14 2nd Flight Coastal
15 3rd Flight Coastal
16 4th Flight Coastal

Regatta registration fees will be $30 per seat (includes $3.25 RCA and $1.75 Row PEI fees) raced and all cheques are to be made out to Rowing PEI with the details marked as Red Island Regatta.  

There will be an online registration mechanism. A club may register a number of rowers and provide a single cheque or online payment.



  1. Unless otherwise noted in this package, the 2018 RCA Rules of Racing will be followed.



  1. 2. 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 RegattaCentral.
  3. If you are unable to complete registration or have technical difficulties contact or
  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 May 15th, 2018 and close August 21st, 2018 at midnight.
  6. Scratches without penalty must be received by midnight August 19th, 2018. Scratches received after August 19th, 2018 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 excuse.
  8. No entries after midnight August 21st, 2018. Late entries can be completed at the coaches meeting only if sufficient space exists. A late fee of $15 will be charged in addition to normal entry fees.


  1. 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.


11.All payments must be received online or by cheque by the coaches meeting at 6:30 pm Friday August 26th, 2016 at the Brudenell Campground multi-purpose building.



  1. A race will not be delayed to accommodate a late arriving crew.


  1. To avoid potential schedule conflicts, back to back races will not be permitted.


  1. The number of club entries in each event may be restricted to a maximum of three entries per club in each event. Additional entries may be allowed if space permits.


  1. 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 coach and the athletes.


  1. There will be a coaches and officials meeting the night before the regatta, Friday August 24th, 2018, at 6:30 pm at the Brudenell River Campground multi-purpose building.


All cox and bow seat competitors are encouraged to attend this meeting as well.


At this meeting, the major rules of the regatta for both the Sprints and Coastal events, the race schedule draw, and any other administrative details will be discussed.


  1. Weight categories will only apply to Championship races. Weigh-ins for Championship races will take place from 6-7 AM at the Control Commission. There will be no Coxswain weigh-ins.


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


  1. The course will be open for boats to practice from 4 pm to 7 pm Friday, August 24th, 2018


  1. On site security will be provided from 7 pm to 6 am Friday and Saturday as part of the campground staffing.


  1. There will be a free pancake breakfast from 7:00-8:30 a.m. including coffee.


A free lunch will be offered to all athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials. There will be a BBQ prior to the awards, with Island sausages, corn and mussels, for a nominal fee of $10 per person.


  1. We are in need of volunteers and it is a great way to experience this event. Parents and guests willing to volunteer their time are asked to contact or




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


  1. International crews (US and abroad) must provide suitable documentation that their club is registered and in good standing with their National Governing Body.
  2. 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.




  1. 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).


  1. Any member of a National Team (Sr. A, Sr. B, Junior) is permitted to participate in any event provided.


  1. All competitors, including coxswains, may participate in multiple events. Competitors are responsible for allowing sufficient time to race in one event, land, re-queue, and launch in time for an additional event.


  1. A competitor may compete for his/her Club or Province or self.


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


  1. Coxswains must be registered as competitive rowers with RCA in order to cox in any event. This will be verified with RCA prior to the event.
  2. The Rowing PEI Sprints recognizes the following event categories:


JR M/W Junior Men/Women Under 17 – A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 17 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 16.

2. Under 19 – A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 19 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 18.

3. Under 23 – A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 23 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 22.

SR M/W Senior Men/Women A rower or coxswain of any age may compete as a Senior.
MM/W Masters Men/Women A rower may compete as a Master from the beginning of the year during which

s/he attains the age of 21.

Championship Race Everyone races against each other, awarding the fastest time and then the fastest time by category of rower.
MIX Mixed 50/50 Female/Male Mixed Events: Is an event in which half of the crew, excluding the coxswain, shall be women and half shall be men. The coxswain may be either sex.
Lightweight Men

Lightweight Women

Maximum individual weight 72.5 kg

Maximum individual weight 59.0 kg



  1. Age Categories:
Category Age Category Age
AA 21-26 F 60-64
A 27-35 G 65-69
B 36-42 H 70-74
C 43-49 I 75-79
D 50-54 J 80 and over
E 55-59


The age categories do not apply to the coxswains. The average age of the Masters crew shall be determined by the average age of the rowers rounding down to the nearest whole number.

A Masters’ crew or sculler may compete in a lower (younger) age category but not in a higher one.

  1. Meaningful Competition: Rowing PEI seeks to create a rewarding and fun level competitive experience. There will need to be 2 boats in order for it to be a race. If there are two As and two Bs they can race in the same race and will be awarded as 1A and 1 B winner. If there are two As and one B in the same race handicap time will be applied to all rowers.
  2. Handicapping: If insufficient entries are received or a combined event is planned, the organizing committee will combine age categories and apply the Garret-Zezza system of handicapping will be used.

The Garret-Zezza system of handicapping will be applied. Expanded tables for this system can be found on page 90, Appendix 7 – Garrett-Zezza Handicap Table of the RCA Rules of Racing Online.

  1. Coxswains: Coxswains may be of either gender. Age classifications and minimum weights for coxswains will not apply at this regatta.




  1. Events with 6 or less entries; races will be straight finals.
  2. Events with entries greater than 6; time trials may be held to determine seeding for A and B finals.




  1. Coastal races will have a beach launch start but a first past the buoy finish due to sharp shells on the beach.


  1. The coastal course will not be strictly triangular shaped. See map for layout.


  1. Rules for the Coastal course will follow the rules of coastal racing in the RCA Rules of Racing. (2018)


  1. Right of Way – For the coastal flights the boat being passed must give right of way to the boat passing. The boat being passed must give right of way by moving to the starboard side, if safe to do so.


  1. Passing at the Buoy – The first boat to a turn buoy has right of way to take the inside closest to the buoy.


  1. Penalties – Not giving right of way – 60 sec.

Missing a turn buoy – disqualification.


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




  1. Awards ceremony will be conducted immediately following the last race of the day at the multi-purpose building on the water side deck adjacent to the trailer parking.


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


  1. There will be prizes for the first, second and third place finishers.




  1.  Coastal boats will be provided free of charge for the coastal events.If boats are needed for the sprint events, best efforts will be made to make them available. However, it is recommended that clubs bring their own boats for the sprint events.


  1. Please advise the organizing committee of your trailer size (overall length), number and types of boats and approximate time of arrival at the regatta site by August 15th, 2018.  Email this information to the regatta chair: or


  1. Vehicles with boat trailers arriving at the regatta site are to check into the regatta control in the multi-purpose building and then unload their boats at their designated site. Sites will be clearly marked on a site map depicting the trailer parking and the boat area to the south west of the multipurpose building and the parking lot.
  2. It is anticipated that the trailers once parked will not need to be moved and will be covered by overnight security provided by the Provincial Parks.
  3. A Red Island Regatta map for the courses and the regatta control is attached.
  4. More details and diagrams will be posted on the Rowing PEI website.


  1. Cars may be parked in one of three parking lots. These parking lots are associated with the Provincial Park and the Rodd’s Brudenell Resort.  
  • The first is located at the resort for rowers staying as a resort guest and is located close to the main building and is a 5-minute walk to the regatta control and boat storage.  
  • The second parking lot is associated with the Dundarave Golf Course and is part of the resort parking.
  • The third parking area is associated with the Provincial Campground and will be reserved for officials and rowers who are not staying at the resort. These parking spots are limited and are located north of the multi-purpose building where Regatta Control is located.
  • Parking on the roads is not permitted to leave room for emergency vehicles whether Fire or EMS.


  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 ( Rowers and regatta officials arriving by water will need to notify the regatta organizing committee by August 15th, 2018 to obtain approval from the use of the Montague marina on the day of the regatta.
  2. Safety Boats and Umpire Launches will be able to tie up to the outside of the Brudenell Marina co-located with the resort.  


  1. There are washrooms and showers in the multi-purpose building at Regatta Control.


  1. First Aid is provided in the multi-purpose building.


  1. As this is Provincial Park facility, there is also a canteen on site which can be open during regular hours of park operations.


Friday August 24th –  Sponsor’s Reception  (exact details TBA)


Participants of the Rowing PEI Regatta – August 24 – 26, 2018




Rodd Brudenell Resort

For Reservations Call

1-800-565-RODD (7633)

Rooms at the Rodd Brudenell Resort are limited so you may want to get in touch with the resort ASAP if you are interested in staying on site.

Camping – Brudenell River Provincial Park

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

Brudenell River Race Course 

*maps are from 2016 and will have a few adjustments for 2018 but give you an idea of the layout


Coastal Course

Regatta Site Map