August Newsletter

August has come and gone but, provided us with some beautiful morning rows along the way. Let’s look at what else happened at GRC over the last month! 

Upcoming Events

As the fall racing season approaches it is exciting to see that many regattas are on the horizon. Row Ontario has sent out a list of scheduled regattas for fall 2021.

2021 Regatta Schedule:
Sept. 11 – Muskoka Fall Classic – Gravenhurst, Ont. 
Sept. 18 – Row Ontario Small Boat Trials – Welland, Ont.  
Sept. 19 – Jack Nicholson Head of the Martindale – St. Catharines, Ont. 
Sept. 25 – Guelph Invitational – Guelph, Ont. (universities only)
Sept. 25-26 – Head of the Welland Five Bridges Fall Classic – Welland, Ont.  
Sept. 26 – Head of the Rideau – Ottawa, Ont. 
Oct. 2 – Head of the Trent – Peterborough, Ont. 
Oct. 16 – Brock Invitational – St. Catharines, Ont. (universities only)
Oct. 30 – OUA Rowing Championships – Location TBD (universities only)
Oct. 31 – Martha Coffey Frostbite Sprints – Toronto, Ont. 
Nov. 6-7 – Canadian University Rowing Championships – Welland, Ont. (universities only)
A special note, as can be seen above, on September 25th Guelph will be hosting Guelph Invitational Regatta! To help this event run smoothly volunteers are needed. Please keep an eye on your email for details on volunteer positions and how to sign up. Thank you in advance for your time and support.

Blue-Green Algae

Please be advised the hot August days that have occurred over the last month provide the perfect conditions for algae to grow and bloom in bodies of water such as Guelph Lake. To keep safe it is recommended that the following precautions should be taken:

  • Keep children and pets away from the algae.
  • Avoid contact with the algae.
  • Don’t eat fish from the lake.
  • Don’t use the water for drinking or any other purpose.
  • Boating is allowed, where permitted, but boaters and recreational users should avoid touching the algae.
  • Don’t swim in areas where you see scum or it is accumulating along the shoreline.

For more information please click here to be directed to the GRCA website.

London Invitational Regatta

On August 7th the Guelph Summer Competitive Program attended the London Invitational Regatta. There were solid efforts and great performances from all athletes that attended. The boatings included a women’s quad, two men’s singles, a women’s double, and a women’s single. This event was the first opportunity for crews to race in over a year. The team was all smiles underneath their masks!

Thank you

As the summer season concludes a big thank you goes out to Sydney Drygala, the summer coach for adult and high school learn to scull, novice, and rec programs, for all their time and effort! Good luck at UoOttawa this fall!

Golden Wellie Award

Now in its 2nd year, the Golden Wellie is awarded to a summer competitive crew for the fastest boat speed in a racing format of the coaches’ choice. This year it was decided that Kurtis Sobkowich would be the recipient based on their impressive performances in the monthly 9km Dambuster. Kurtis then passed along the award to Gavyn Duffield and Ethan Steele for their top-notch efforts in the double over the summer. Well done everyone and the race is on for the Golden Wellie next season!

York University Study

Shruti Patelia, a doctoral student at York University, is looking for participants over the age of 50 to take part in a study on the role of sport in psychosocial health and development among older adults. If interested in partaking please follow the link provided here.

Take care,
The GRC Board