Head of the Red Regatta

The Winnipeg Rowing Club and Manitoba Rowing Association are  joining together to host an annual racing tradition in downtown Winnipeg. “Head of the Red” welcomes local athletes and visiting teams to compete on the Red River.

Head of the Red Regatta
Saturday, September 26
Racing begins @ 9:00am

Winnipeg Rowing Club @ 20 Lyndale Drive
**Come out and watch the races – no charge!**


After a summer of sprint racing in the rowing world, with courses varying from 500-2000 meters, ‘head races’ start up in the fall. These competitions consist of longer, slower distances, ranging from 4000-6000 meters. The Head of the Red – named after the Red River – offers a 6000 meter course.

In order to make the regatta more spectator-friendly… for the first time, the Head of the Red will be raced over three loops – each loop 2km long. Races will start and finish at the same point – beside the Winnipeg Rowing Club docks – and competitors will depart at 30-second intervals.

“On a normal 6000 meter course that races from end to end, you only see the boats for a short time when they pass you. So we decided to make this year’s regatta more fun to watch by designing the course in loops,” says Steven Taylor, head coach of the Winnipeg Rowing Club. “Each stretch is essentially 1000 meters long, so in one race, you’ll see each boat pass by six times. It should make for an exciting day of races.”

Awards will be presented to the fastest crews in each category, and prize money awarded to the overall fastest male and female scullers in single boats.


Members of the public are invited to come out and watch the races – no charge! The best vantage point for viewing will be from the deck overlooking the river at the Winnipeg Rowing Club. You will also get a great view from the Lyndale Drive park just south of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, from anywhere on the Norwood Bridge, or from either shore near the bridge. Racing begins at 9:00am, and will finish by 3:00pm.

WRC Alumni Row Sunday, September 13

Alumni Row 2015

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.