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Try Coastal Rowing

Whether you are looking for an opportunity to race among the world’s best coastal rowers, or are a weekend warrior looking for another opportunity for adventure on the water, now is the perfect time to get involved in coastal rowing.

A series of Come and Try Coastal Rowing Events are being planned for Summer 2018 across BC. 

For current flatwater rowers
Come-and-Try sessions will offer an opportunity to get a feel for coastal boats and rowing in rough-water, utilizing the large size of the coastal equipment to go for a longer rowing experience. Trying the coastal shells will give current rowers an opportunity to add some adventure and excitement to the sport they love and to see all the places coastal rowing can take them – whether its an afternoon adventure, a weekend trip or to the World Rowing Coastal Championships in October. These sessions will also serve as an opportunity to bring the rowing community together through a post-row social event, such as a BBQ.

For non-rowers
These sessions will give participants an opportunity to learn basic rowing technique in more beginner-friendly equipment. These drop-in style sessions will hopefully inspire participants to get involved in their local rowing club.

Click below for more info on Come and Try sessions coming to your community!

OARCA Coastal Rowing has set up Come and Try Events in Sidney, BC on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all Summer. This is a chance to try out the coastal equipment, and test the actual race course before race day. To get involved in these sessions, interested participants can contact clubadmin@vcrc.bc.ca.

Rowing BC is hosting a one-day Coastal Rowing Masters Camp on Sunday, August 25 in Sidney, BC. This camp will give participants a chance to experience the real World Rowing Coastal Championships race course for themselves and participate in a mock-race. This camp is open to those signed up to race at the World Rowing Coastal Championships, but also for those who have been enjoying coastal rowing and want to meet more coastal rowers in a fun, but competitive environment. Find out more and sign up here

Additional Coastal Come-and-Try sessions are currently being planned with the Victoria City Rowing Club in Sidney, with the University of Victoria in Saanich and with Brentwood College School in Mill Bay. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. These sessions will be available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend!

Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club is BC’s main dedicated coastal rowing organization. This Summer, flatwater rowers are invited to sign up as members of Salish Sea Coastal Rowing to add some experiences in the coastal boats into their regular training program. Other than your own fatigue, there is very little restriction on how far you can travel in the coastal boats, so this is a great way to add additional kms into weekly training even if your goal is flatwater racing instead of the World Rowing Coastal Championships.

For those interested in preparing to race at the World Rowing Coastal Championships, some Salish Sea Coastal Rowers are planning to attend, and are available to train with in specific preparation for this event. Rowing at sunset by Jericho is a view that can’t be beat – those looking for a new recreational rowing opportunity will also find their fit here.

Salish Sea Coastal Rowing has planned group sessions on Saturday evenings, but also allows members who have completed an orientation session to row on their own at other times during the week.  Find out more and get involved here.

Additional Coastal Come-and-Try sessions are currently being planned with the Inlet Rowing Club in Port Moody, with the Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club in Vancouver, with the University of the Fraser Valley in Fort Langley and with the Squamish Paddling Club in Squamish. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. These sessions will be available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend!

Coastal Come-and-Try events are being planned with the Kelowna Rowing Club and Lillooet Rowing Club. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. These sessions will be available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend!

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