President's Report

The 2015 rowing season has begun and the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee (RSJRC) is very busy preparing for the 197th anniversary running of the Royal St. John’s Regatta on August 5th. On Friday May 4th the shells returned to the pond and are available for booking. Please mark your calendars to reflect the dates of these events as follows:

  • Discovery Day Regatta, June 20st 
  • Time Trials, July 11th 
  • Regatta Day, August 5th

These event dates are weather permitting

Committed to better equipped boats:

Over the past number of years the Regatta Committee has been working, in consultation with rowers and coxswains, to upgrade all of our boats with new seats, footboards and straps. We are pleased to notify the rowers and coxswains that we have completed the process of replacing all of the seats on our boats in 2014 and we look forward to your continued enjoyment of these seats and for your feedback for improvement. We are also working on a replacements footboard and after consulting rowers and coxswains and testing this year we hope to have all of our boats equipped with footboards for the 2016 season

Committed to modernizing our sport:

Over the past number of years the Committee has been working to modernize the way we time our races. In 2012 Nalcor made a significant contribution that enabled the Committee to purchase a state of the art timing system. The next step is to build a new starting tower to house this system and the judges and timers that are required to operate it. With the generous contribution of our partners The City of St. John’s, the Province and ACOA we are well under way in the construction of this tower and it is anticipated that we will be up and running for our Discovery Day races.

Committed to our stakeholders:

The Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee’s motto is “let us be governed by tradition”. We take this very seriously but we also have a culture for entrepreneurship, competition, culture and community involvement. With that in mind we are committed to enhancing the Regatta experience for all of our stakeholders as we develop further our plans for the 200th anniversary in 2018 and the development of our strategic plan this year. We will engage and consult with our stakeholders so that your ideas and suggestions are reflected in our plans.

I want to wish everyone a great 2015 season of rowing and participation in the Royal St. John’s Regatta and I look forward to seeing you around the pond.

Bob Clarke

President of the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee


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