September Newsletter

Covid 19 Update

Please note that a separate email outlining GRC’s Covid Proof of Vaccination Protocol was just sent out. If you did not receive it the link to the protocol can be found here.

Bays and Islands Tour

A crew of four GRC members headed east in early September to participate in the dry run of the World Rowing Tour being hosted by Canada in 2022.  The Bay of Quinte and the 1000 Islands were toured by Isobelle Gray, JoAnne Costello, Lydia Thomas, and Nancy Kielar.  A big shout out to Isobelle,  she has been volunteering with the planning committee this past year to bring the week long event to life.  

There were five coxed quads – three touring and two coastal.  The crews started in Belleville and progressed to Gananoque over the week.  We had one glorious day of rowing, and days with challenging rows due to high winds, crashing waves, and swells.  There was one consistent, and that was the high spirits of the Guelph Crew!  Count on Guelph to keep a positive outlook, and pitch in where needed! 

There were lots of lessons learned and many moments of fun and laughter.  The dry run was key to preparing for the international event coming next fall.  They will need volunteers to support the close to 50 rowers that will be coming from all over the world from September 9-17, 2022.  If you would like to volunteer for the 2022 World Rowing Tour email Peter Jepson,

If you haven’t participated in a rowing tour add it to your `to-do list`, if you have, be sure to get out again – it was amazing!

Check out Ontario Adventure Rowing for 1 to multi-day tours throughout Ontario, and World Rowing for week long tours around the world.

If you would like further information please see the newsletter for the 2022 Bays and Islands Tour. 

Guelph Invitational Regatta

The Guelph Invitational Regatta was a huge success! A sincere thank you to all the volunteers that helped out and supported the regatta. The day could not have happened without you! The regatta had volunteers from GRC, Guelph Alumni, the Gryphon Novice Program, and more. In addition, thank you to Pat Weir and her crew for course installation and removal. The effort put in by everyone despite the early hours and wet weather was greatly appreciated.

The regatta hosted a total of 8 schools including, Brock University, Laurentian University, McMaster University, Ontario Tech University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University, and of course University of Guelph. There was a solid effort and great performances from all Gryphon crews on Saturday, many of them racing for the first time. Congratulations to all participants and a special acknowledgment to Kurtis Sobkowich and Colin Rodernburg for bringing in a gold medal in the Men’s Open 2x. It will be exciting to watch the season unfold, Go Gryphons!

Here is a link to the photo gallery of Guelph Invitational.

On Wednesday, September 15th CAN Fund #150Women BE EPIC Class: Redefining Excellence – A Golden Journey was hosted by the 2020 Olympic Gold Medalists Women’s 8 Rowing Team. It was nothing short of an inspirational night for those who attended. With that in mind here is a short and sweet quote from the Coxswain Kristen Kit to emphasize the power of positive thought and the importance of crew.

“I just really believed in our boat”

Kristen Kit, 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist