What do a group of Victoria area coastal rowers have in common with pirates? Both are experts on local waters, share a love of the sea and are masters of plotting a course for success. A group of (pirate) coastal rowers have plotted a course to host the World Rowing Coastal Championships in 2018. All they need is a little treasure, a good crew and some luck.
The Bid Committee has recruited support from; RCA, RowBC, rowing umpires and officials, other coastal rowing clubs, the Mayor of Sidney and many other groups, organizations and friends, as crewmates in the bid.
Salish Sea Board members Jenn Weterings, Rebecca Berger and Annette O'Shea travelled to Victoria January 2, 2018 to add our support to their bid to host the Championships. Visit the FISA web site to learn more about past championships http://www.worldrowing.com/coastal/
We joined the meeting with rowing umpires and officials, who were getting their first look at how the rules for coastal racing differ from flat water racing. Essentially, there are very few rules for coastal races, as the ocean, tides and water conditions dictate how a race is going to unfold out on the water. Boat-to-boat contact is allowed, and in fact very likely as the boats whiplash around the turn buoys vying to gain length on their competitors. "crashes are common, and in fact part of the fun of racing, explained Guin Batten, FISA rep. As long as its not intentional and no one gets injured, we say Go For It ! and let the bashing begin!"
One official leaned over and whispered to me "with so few rules, the rowers won't have anything to complain about to us, this is going to fun for the officials!".
After touring FISA around the proposed regatta sites, it was time to review the bid in detail, and the expectations of FISA. It looks like the site plan, regatta plan and support crew are in place.
The meetings helped to strengthen the crew and surface possible sources of funding (treasure) for the final bid submission. So the Bid Committee group of pirates has their crew and their treasure in place. Now all they need is a little luck.
Watch this site for updates, and get training!