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  • 18 Dec 2018 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    'Tis the season for only two kinds of weather: flat, quiet, see forever kind of water or "who are you kidding, I'm not getting out of bed in this storm" kind of weather. Since you know what to do on stormy days, lets move on to making the best of the winter perfect water days. Here are some useful tips on the weather, and winter gear that will help you enjoy your Salish Sea winter. 

    Weather Tips

    We are in 'king tide" season. Really big tides and strong currents can change your row, making it impossibly long or really fast. Check the tides and current changes before you launch.

    File a float plan with the office. You will want someone to keep an eye out for you, especially in this cold weather.  

    Ice in the boats?- melt it out with warm water from the hangar. Do NOT bang it or chip it out, the boats can't take the abuse. You do not want to find out that your boat is leaking once you are out on the water. 


    No launching within one hour of sunset. No exception, no rescue.

    Gear Tips

    One word: waterproofsocks. Their "sole" purpose is to keep your feet dry and warm on days like today. Not neoprene, not plastic. Cozy knitted wool with a gortex type mid-layer. MEC or Dex. Your feet will thank you. 

    Pogies - keep your hands warm and dry, which keeps you more coordinated, and more likely to have better blade work

    Keep a change of clothes or warm layer in the Row Hut, for a quick apres row add on. Leave a thermos of hot anything there as well. 

    Wear a foot leash. It will keep you with your boat, if you have a surprise exit from the boat. 


    Winter is the perfect season to get your mileage in and improve your fitness for the summer. So get prepared, crew up with some pals and get out and enjoy. 


  • 22 Oct 2018 8:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club was formed a little over 3 years ago by a group of rowers who wanted to share their love of rowing our beautiful coastline. We knew that we were the first FISA recognized Coastal Rowing Club in BC, and in fact the only one west of PEI. Our goals at the time were simple:

    • introduce coastal rowing to Vancouver
    • focus on crew boats to build a coastal rowing community of friends
    • create a club that was flexible enough to encourage competitive racers,  invite adventure rowing, yet also have room for those who just wanted to row in beauty. 

    We never imagined that 3 years later, our members would be integral to the production and participation in the World Rowing Coastal Championships (and we even designed sassy new club uniforms).


    Our members joined the organizing committee (O.A.R.C.A.) to produce the championships, volunteered at the event and crewed up to compete against the very best in the world. 


    That this little club could do so much in such a short time is testament to the spirit of coastal rowing-no challenge is too big, no sea is too big, no waves are too big. We are the little club that did. 

    What's next for Salish Sea? well that chapter is still to be written. 


  • 24 Sep 2018 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salish Sea rowers can now report cetacean sighting in real time, and help large vessels navigate better to avoid whale collisions and save the lives of our Salish Sea friends. Download the free app and start reporting in real time.

    In the next few weeks, a collision avoidance system, called the WhaleReport Alert System (WRAS) will be launched and used by commercial vessels (tugs, BC Ferries, cruise ships, tankers, freighters, etc).  WRAS will take real-time sightings, reported via the Whale Report App and transmit the location of these cetaceans to these large vessels so that they can take mitigation measures to avoid collision and disturbance.  WRAS is currently in the beta-testing stages with an expected launch date of late-September.

    Report your sightings in real time using the WhaleReport App!  It’s free for download for apple and android smartphones.  The more real-time sightings reported, the better chance we have of protecting these vulnerable animals from the effects of vessel traffic.

     For Apple phones:

    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/whalereport/id982066469?mt=8

     For Android phones:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.org.vanaqua.vawhalereport&hl=en_CA

     

  • 10 Sep 2018 5:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come join in the excitement of a North American first; the World Rowing Coastal Championships Oct 11th-14th 2018The event will be held at Tulista Park in the town of Sidney, just a few kilometers outside of Victoria, B.C. 

    The course is extremely challenging with a 4km qualifier and 6km final race filled with multiple buoy turns, no lanes and up to 16 boats per race. Members from the Salish Sea will be competing against the very best from across Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. Come out to cheer us on, or help us out or even sign up as a volunteer. Find out more here World Rowing Coastal Championships


  • 4 Sep 2018 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salish Sea will partner with Rowing BC to host a Masters Camp for Coastal Rowing. This is the very first coastal rowing camp ever to be held in Vancouver and we are excited to show off our beautiful waters!

    All of the Salish Sea fleet will be used for this camp, so our regular Saturday night training is cancelled for this weekend. 

    You must register to participate in the camp. Register here Coastal Rowing Camp http://rowingbc.ca/event/masters-camp-vancouver


  • 29 Jul 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salish Sea members will be travelling north to compete in the Alert Bay 360 Race, with our pals from all over the pacific northwest. Thinking about joining in the fun? more details on our event posting here Alert Bay plans

  • 13 Jul 2018 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Lets all enjoy the fireworks on shore with dryland pals during the Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival evenings. No boats out on the water after 5pm please, as the waters around English Bay, Jericho and False Creek will be choked with power boats, seadoos, and all manner of questionable watercraft. 

  • 4 Jul 2018 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Training for the WRCC 2018? Get some on-water experience racing around turns, avoiding collisions and having some fun in the Salish Sea! register to race with Wavechaser http://wavechaser.jsca.bc.ca/?page_id=404 

  • 24 May 2018 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    World Rowing Coastal Championships are not like any other Championship, or like any other regatta for that matter. The mid-length races are tough to pace and the turns can murder your lead. 


    The no-lanes format means no-holds-barred racing, churning up the water and bashing your way through the other boats to earn your place in the race. The boats are heavy and the water can be unpredictable, especially in October in Victoria.  To help you prepare for the first ever World Championships in North America, we thought that you might enjoy some insight from someone who has been there, and survived! Our appreciation to rower Ben Booth from Rebel Rower.


  • 7 May 2018 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club is pleased to announce a new program for members this summer. For those members who want to train up for the World Rowing Coastal Championship (Oct 11-14, 2018), we are getting busy. 

    Beginning in late May/early June, we will have sunset training sessions on Saturdays, targeting a 5pm start (this may change depending upon what our members determine). We will crew up beforehand, launch and do pre-set training pieces and practices. If warranted, we will also put together dry-land training classes. 

    The sessions are available at no extra cost to members but...(there's always a "but");

    • sessions available to members only. No guest rows during this time slot
    • all of our boats are dedicated to this time slot, and may not be taken by non-racing members. 
    • all practice sessions will require members to pre-sign up, so that we can set crews and equipment. 
    • if warranted, additional time slots can be added, based on member needs.
    • a sign-up schedule will be circulated to all members later this month. 
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