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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. 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. 

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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.

August 25: Sidney
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

August 26: Sidney
Rowing BC will be hosting a Coastal Come-and-Try session in at Tulista Park in Sidney 10am-4pm on August 26 that is open to both current rowers and non-rowers who are interested in trying out the coastal equipment. Rowing BC will be partnering with OARCA Coastal Rowing and participants will have the opportunity to try out the equipment being used for the World Rowing Coastal Championships! Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

Sign Up Here.

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.

July 29: Inlet Rowing Club, Port Moody
Rowing BC will be at Inlet Rowing Club in Port Moody on July 29 running a Coastal Come-and-Try session for Inlet Rowing Club members.

August 2: Fort Langley
Rowing BC will be hosting a Coastal Come-and-Try session at Fort Langley with University of the Fraser Valley Rowing on the evening of August 2 aimed at current rowers. This session is available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend! There is no cost associated with the event.

Sign Up Here.

August 7: Fort Langley
Rowing BC will be back at Fort Langley on August 7 to host a Coastal Come-and-Try session open to both current rowers and members of the public. This session is available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend! Beginner-friendly boats will be provided – this is the perfect event if you’ve never rowed before! Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

Sign Up Here.

September 7-9: Salish Sea Rowing Club at Jericho Beach
This coastal rowing weekend at the Jericho Sailing Centre in Vancouver, BC will offer the ideal training opportunity for rowers getting used to coastal boats and water conditions. This camp will provide the opportunity to experience reacting to a sea swell and other open-water features as well as practice turning and beach launching before shifting focus onto the World Championships race course structure and practising on a mock-course set up at Jericho. The weekend will conclude with a race following the real World Championships course set-up.

More Information and Sign Up Here

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