Red Island Rowgatta – August 21, 2021 at Brudenell Provincial Park

Rowing PEI

Special thanks to Alan Hilburg and Patricia Caporaso for sponsoring the delicious club meal, organized beautifully by Lori Fitzpatrick.

Also to Lori, Kiera and Jamie for sponsoring the breakfast, on behalf of the Canada Games training team!

Many thanks to our friends from PEI Ground Search and Rescue, the staff at Brudenell Provincial Park, Montague and Brudenell Marinas, Garden Isle Farms for the potato prize bags, trailer drivers Alan, Rob and Chris and the 30+ volunteers who made this event possible!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Red Island Rowgatta as a competitor or volunteer!  It was a fantastic event. 





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Rowing action returns to the Brudenell River on Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22, as Rowing PEI brings its boats back to the beach at Brudenell Island. 

The club is also offering the public a chance to come and get a closer look at rowing on Friday August 20, between 10 and noon, and 1 until 3 at Brudenell Island beach, even the chance to get in a boat. 

The Red Island Rowgatta will feature members of the Island’s rowing club, who train in Charlottetown and at Brackley Beach during the summer. 

The Rowgatta replaces the Red Island Regatta, which was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rowing Canada Aviron only started sanctioning full competitions this month, so Rowing PEI decided to go for an Island-only event for 2021. 

The Rowgatta features two kinds of racing shells: the flat water or fine shells, similar to the ones recently seen at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as coastal shells.  

The coastal shells are made for ocean rowing, more stable in high wind and waves, and with an open stern, so water can come into the boats without sinking them. 

On Saturday morning, the competition will begin with the flat water races, featuring the Island’s Canada Games athletes in training, preparing for the Summer Games in the Niagara Region in 2022.

Next up on Saturday, the coastal competitions will feature endurance events, with rowers racing 3 kilometres around a series of large inflatable buoys, similar to a sailing course. 

Sunday morning will feature coastal beach sprints, which are the latest trend in world rowing.

The races will feature beach starts, competitors jumping into their boats and rowing around a 250-metre slalom course with a sprint back to shore. The race ends with one of the rowers running to the beach and across the finish line. 


The coastal beach sprints are crowd pleasers, and are gaining in popularity around the world. The hope is that they will be part of the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. 

The public can sign up to try rowing on Friday by sending an email to  There will be experienced rowers on site who can explain the sport and help with demonstrations.  

For more information, please contact Nancy at or 902-394-3297. 

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