President's Report

The 2014 Report will be available soon. 

The 2013 Rowing Season has begun and the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee (RSJRC) is very busy preparing for the 195th running of the Royal St. John’s Regatta. On Friday, May 3rd, the shells returned to the pond and are available for booking. Please mark your rowing calendar to reflect the dates of these events as follows:

Please mark your rowing calendar to reflect the dates of these events as follows:

Discovery Day Regatta, June 22, 2013*

Time Trials  July 6, 2013*

Regatta Day  August 7, 2013*

* These event dates are weather dependent

The RSJRC has been very busy throughout the off-season, working with many stakeholders to obtain views on how to improve the overall experience of the Regatta. Several committees are reviewing the rowing equipment - seats, straps and footboards, with a view to improve performance and safety.

The Nalcor Electronic Timing System (ETS)

This season, the RSJRC will continue to enhance the use of the Nalcor Electronic Timing System (ETS). The RSJRC, in partnership with the City of St. John's, will construct a permanent judging platform at the top of the pond. It will house the Nalcor ETS, as well
as provide a very comfortable facility for judges and timers. Construction of the project has been approved, with a start date of early August. This date reflects the sensitivity of the project to the ecosystem of Quidi Vidi Lake, and ensures the continuity of the 2013
Rowing Season.

The Chevron Learn to Row Program (LTR)

The Chevron Learn to Row Program for entry level rowers continues to grow and was very successful in 2012. The RSJRC have once again partnered with Chevron Canada Limited to offer the program this season. Registration has begun and and a large turn
out is expected. A special thank you to Sponsor Partner, Chevron Canada Limited for their assistance with this important program to build the sport of rowing.

Squirt Program

This is the second year for the official running of the Squirt Races. The Squirt Category, were exhibited in the 2011 Regatta, and became an official category in 2012. It proved to be very exciting and had a large fan base. The RSJRC looks forward to seeing these great young rowers on Quidi Vidi Lake again this summer.

The RSJRC is dedicated to ensure a successful 2013 Rowing Season. On behalf of the RSJRC, I wish you a great rowing experience and I hope to see you “at the races.”

Enjoy the 2013 Rowing Season,

Don Kelly
Royal St. John's Regatta Committee


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