Ottawa Rowing Club Crews Win Hardware at Provincial Rowing Championships

Crews from the Ottawa Rowing Club are returning from London, ON with 8 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals after a successful performance at the provincial rowing championships (RowOntario Championships) this past weekend.  The provincial championship regatta is the second largest and significant regatta of the summer season for ORC crews.  Results from the weekend included these medal performances:
Senior Lightweight Men’s 4x
Senior Women’s 4x
U17 Women’s 4x+
U23 Women’s 2x
Senior Men’s 4-
U19 Women’s 4+
U17 Single
Senior Women’s Lightweight 4-
Senior Lightweight Men’s 8+
Senior Lightweight Men’s 2-
Senior Lightweight Women’s 2-
U17 Men’s 4x+
U17 Women’s 2x
Senior Women’s 4x
Senior Lightweight Men’s 2-
U17 Women’s 8+
U17 Men’s 2x
Photos from the regatta can be found here.  Photo credit: Steve Mihorean.
Next on the summer regatta schedule is the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, held in S. Catharines, ON.  The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is the largest and most prestigious regatta of the summer season and features racing by Canadian and international crews.  ORC masters crews will race on Sunday, August 5 and all other ORC crews will race during the week long regatta from August 6-12.
This past week also included racing by ORC alumni, Louise Munro and Alex Bernst, at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.  Louise Munro placed 5th in the A Final with her Team Canada teammates in the women’s quad, while Alex Bernst placed 1st in the C Final and 13th overall in the lightweight men’s double.  A full list of results can be found here:
The ORC looks forward to more medal winning performances by it’s crews at the Henley Regatta and by ORC alumni representing Team Canada at upcoming international regattas.

Check Us Out On CTV Morning Live!

Want to learn more about rowing and the ORC? Sarah Freemark and her team at CTV Morning Live visited us earlier this week and spent some time with our crews.  You can watch the broadcast by clicking here.

To get on the water for the first time in a rowing shell, check out our Discover Rowing Summer Camp or Adult Learn to Row program.  Spaces remain and it’s not too late to join!  If you’re a uOttawa or Carleton U student looking for a new sport, check out the uOttawa and Carleton rowing programs.  The fall university season is around the corner and novice university rowers are encouraged to join!

Online program registration can be found here.

ORC at U23 World Championships

ORC at U23 World Championships

Earlier this month RCA announced the crews and coaches selected to represent Canada at the World Rowing Championships and international competition. A complete list is available here.

This week ORC members and alumni Alex Bernst and Louise Munro will be racing in Poznan, Poland at the Under 23 World Championships!  Alex will race the lightweight men’s double and Louise will race the women’s quad.

With the maple leafs on their blades, Alex will race this Wednesday and Louise on Thursday. They shared this amazing message along with the photo of them with their Canada blades: ‘Wanted to share this shot and try to thank you guys and everyone at the ORC for developing us as people and athletes. We’re proud to represent the club here in Poznan!’  Now that’s a great message to receive!!  We’re here cheering you on, Louise and Alex, and all of Canada’s crews this summer!

Also named to international crews are ORC member, Alanna Fogerty and ORC alumni, Myma Okuda-Rayfuse (FISU lightweight women’s double), and ORC and Carleton U alumni, Mikayla Arends (FISU women’s eight) and Carleton U alumni, Hunter Amesbury (FISU men’s four).


ORC at U23 World Championships

Remembering Our Unforgettable Brian Adams

It was one year ago today that our hearts broke…remembering our unforgettable Brian Adams who left us far too soon.

Thank you to ORC member, Lilianne Page, for this collection of joyful memories of Brian with his ORC family:

The ORC’s Club Manager and Boatman, Brian Adams, made the ORC his home away from home and our members his extended family. Below a sometimes tough and gruff exterior, he was a gentle soul who lived many lives before coming to the ORC some 15 years ago and staying until he left us far too soon and heartbroken on July 23, 2017. It is our intention to remember the one of a kind, funny, proud individual that he was and to emulate the goodness and dedication he brought to the ORC family and the rowing community.

The Brian Adams’ Memorial Fund
Brian Adams was not only the ORC’s Club Manager and Boatman for many years; he was also a cherished friend, coach, rower and volunteer. Brian left us far too soon on July 23, 2017 after a battle with cancer but he will always be part of the ORC family and legacy. Brian gave a whole lot of his life to the ORC touching every boat, oar, dock, and every other imaginable piece of equipment to keep our crews doing what they love to do. He also grew a garden at the ORC that everyone admired, especially our lightweights who loved his tomato plants that he grew for them each season.

The ORC created the Brian Adams’ Memorial Fund in memory of our dear Brian. Contributions are used to buy equipment that keep our rowers and coaches on the water where Brian would love them to be and to keep our garden – his happy place – growing and flourishing just as he’d love and wish for us all to do in life.

Anyone can contribute to the Fund by clicking here.

All of us at the ORC, as well as Brian’s family and many friends, thank you and pass along a hug and a smile. Brian thanks you too with a smile, handshake and a cheer with a fine glass of wine.

Rest easy, Brian. We think of you often.