Winnipeg Wins Lipton Cup

Sir Thomas Lipton Cup awarded each year to the rowing club scoring the greatest number of points at the NWIRA championship regatta

Sir Thomas Lipton Cup awarded each year to the rowing club scoring the greatest number of points at the NWIRA championship regatta

The Winnipeg Rowing Club sent 43 athletes to Regina this past weekend to compete at the 112th NWIRA Championship Regatta – and came out on top!

A long and proud tradition that began in 1886, the North West International Rowing Association (NWIRA) Championship Regatta is an annual competition between Canadian and American mid-western rowers. This year there were 486 entries from nine rowing clubs: Winnipeg MB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Edmonton AB, Kenora ON, Long Lake MN, Duluth MN, Minneapolis MN, and St. Paul MN.

The coveted Lipton Cup is presented to the club that wins the most points. This year, the Winnipeg Rowing Club captured the beautiful sterling silver trophy, and the title of Grand Aggregate Champion. Winnipeg also won the Henning Peterson Trophy (known as “The Rock”) for the most women’s points, and the trophy for most points by Master rowers. Also notable is that Winnipeg placed second for aggregate points in the Junior category, despite only having 11 Junior athletes competing.

Congratulations to the following WRC athletes who won gold medals:
Master Women’s Quad – Sheila Wilson-Kowal, Friederike von Aweyden, Vanessa Brown, Andrea Lefort
Master Men’s Quad – Andrew Lamont, Jeff Reitberger, Satoru Nakagawa, Elliott Garfinkle
Mixed Master Quad – Andrew Lamont, Jeff Reitberger, Vanessa Brown, Andrea Lefort
Master Women’s Single – Sheila Wilson-Kowal
Master Men’s Single – Andrew Lamont
Open Women’s Four – Casie Gauthier, Janine Stephens, Amy Kroeker, Christina Blouw
Open Men’s Single – Riley MacCharles
Open Men’s Single Dash – Riley MacCharles
Junior Women’s Single – Emma Gray
Junior Men’s Single – Josh Ilse

In addition to these first place wins, there were numerous second and third place finishes. Overall, a victorious effort was put forth by the entire WRC team, led by Head Coach Steve Taylor. WRC member Allan Horne was in Regina, working as the regatta’s Head Official, and WRC member Sandra Kirby was also on hand to officiate.

Racing took place over two days of competition on Regina’s Wascana Lake, in cold, rainy, and horribly windy conditions. In fact, the weather was so terrible that a number of events had to be cancelled on Saturday (with winners chosen from previous heat times).

Winnipeg Rowers Race at Royal Canadian Henley

WRCHenley 2015

The 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta wrapped yesterday in St. Catharines, Ontario.  A small but feisty group of Winnipeg rowers competed in the historic regatta earning some very promising results.

Riley MacCharles showed speed and confidence racing the Single.  He finished 2nd place overall in the U23 Men’s 1x event 6.45 seconds behind the event winner, and 5th place in the final of the Senior Men’s 1x.

The Gauthier sisters, Casie and Kaelyn, won their heat in the Senior W2- and raced through a very tough head wind to a 5th place overall finish in the event final.  They also raced in the Senior W2x event and finished 4th in the heat.

The Guathier’s teamed up with Amy Kroeker and Christina Blouw in the Senior W4- and finished 5th in their heat.  Kroeker and Blouw also raced the Senior W2- to a 3rd place finish in their heat.


CGRuKFVU8AEMTiNDue to increased demand, the Winnipeg Rowing Club will be running two more Learn-to-Row weekends over the summer. We will have one session in July (17th to 19th) and one in August (14th to 16th). We will have 6 spots available in each, so reserve your spot quickly! See our Lean-to-Row page for registration information.


Lwt Quad Regina Sprints

It was an extremely windy day but rowers boldly challenged the unfavourable conditions on Wascana lake at the 38th Western Canada Sprints Regatta, hosted by Regina.

Winnipeg Rowing Club sent a team of athletes to compete in junior, open and master categories, winning first place in two events:

  • Master Men’s Single – Andrew Lamont
  • Lightweight Women’s Quad – Tracy Taylor, Brandi Smith, Hanika Nakagawa, Emily Lennox

Notable second place finishes in Regina included:

  • Lightweight Women’s Double – Tracy Taylor, Brandi Smith
  • Open Women’s Double – Tracy Taylor, Brandi Smith
  • Master Men’s Double – Andrew Lamont, Satoru Nakagawa
  • Master Men’s Quad – Eric Johnstone, Ryan Desilets, Tracy Kowal, Rob Dansereau
  • Open Men’s Single – Riley MacCharles
  • Junior Men’s Single – Josh Ilse

“Our athletes did a tremendous job,” says WRC Head Coach Steven Taylor, who oversaw the Winnipeg team in Regina. “It was a great kick-off to the 2015 rowing season.”