Fall Update

Gryphons shine at OUA Championships
The Gryphon women made the podium 6 times at last week’s OUA championships, including golds from Carly Zanatta in the lightweight women’s single and Emma de Wit & Claire Benwood in the lightweight women’s pair. Carly also picked up a silver in the lightweight women’s double with partner, Kaitlyn Dennis. According to Dave Leger, “The compression of the regatta (due to weather) to a one-day event provided some adversity for all of the teams, but all of our athletes really stepped up and handled it incredibly well.” Read more on the Gryphons web site.

Carly Zanatta

GRC Juniors excel

Kristina Harris competed in Row Ontario’s Trillium Chase series.  She won the U17 category with 68 points and also placed an impressive 6th in the overall women’s standings.

At the Head of the Charles, Stephen Harris (Kristina’s brother) medalled with an impressive 3rd place finish in a field of 36 boats, just seconds behind first and second. An article on Row2k has a great photo and comments by Stephen on the experience.

Stephen also competed in the Trillium Chase series, winning the U19 Men’s category and finishing a strong second in the overall men’s competition. The Trillium Chase included the inaugural Muskoka Poker Run regatta out of Port Carling. An unbelievable 22 km race, Stephen came 1st in the U19 category and 2nd overall, only 4 seconds out of first in a race that lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes!

Help Send Spencer to Rio
Spencer Kielar, who competed during the spring and summer as a GRC rower, won his U21 category and was 4th in the overall Men’s standings in the Trillium Chase. Spencer is training hard for the Pan Am qualifying regatta in Rio and has set up a Go Fund Me page 
Help him out if you can!

IMG_8020Highschool, university and masters rowers taking to the docks for a morning row. (PC D. Barker)

High School Rowing

There will be a meeting for interested parents and athletes for the Guelph Rowing Club high school winter training program at the Guelph YMCA-YWCA at 7 pm Wednesday, January 11. Parents and students need to bring photo ID. We will discuss the winter training program and the upcoming spring on-the-water program. Please check the program page for further information and requirements.

First Annual (?) GRC Alumni Row


—Julie Horrocks

GRC alumni and current members gathered on Sunday for a celebratory row and social. Thank you to all the former members who came from near and far to rekindle memories and provide updates on their adventures. The group filled two 8s and a quad for a relaxing row on beautiful (if somewhat diminished) water. Thank you to the organizers for putting this great event together and we look forward to the next one.

Fall High School Learn to Row

The Fall Junior learn to row program for high school students begins in September.

Information Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 6:00 PM

Where: Guelph Rowing Club boathouse

Who: Parents and athletes

Lessons: Monday to Friday: September 12–23 (two weeks)

Cost: $170

To find out the details, view the program page.

If you are interested in coaching or coach boat driving, contact Pat Weir.

Congratulations Learn to Row 2016


—Pat Zulinov

Congratulations to all of the graduates of Guelph Rowing Club’s 2016 Learn to Row and to all the competitors of the Learn to Row Regatta on July 9! See you on the water.

(Many more photos in the “GRC Photos” link to the left and down a little, navigate to the “albums” view.)

CORA Guelph 2016


—Robert Rutkay


—Robert Rutkay

Congratulations to all the competitors in this year’s CORA Guelph regatta! And a hearty thanks to all the volunteers, officials, and attending clubs for making this a great event. More photos in the Flickr feed to the left, with more coming.