The regatta, sometimes referred to simply as "Henley," was established by RCA (then known as the Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen) shortly after the association's creation in 1880. The regatta was hosted by different clubs in Quebec and Ontario until it settled in St. Catharines in 1903. It is, in effect, the Canadian club championships and has grown to become the largest of its kind in the western world. The Royal Canadian Henley regatta is held each year in early August on the Henley Course on Martindale Pond in the former village of Port Dalhousie in St. Catharines. The course is recognized as a FISA category ‘A' rowing venue.
Throughout Henley week races start every seven minutes from early morning to late evening. The regatta organization is without equal anywhere in the rowing world. It's an experience no one should miss!
The Henley is run by the Canadian Henley Regatta Committee formed through a partnership between the Canadian Henley Rowing Corporation and RCA. See www.henleyregatta.ca for the latest information.
Staged each fall, the NRC is RCA's small boat regatta for singles and pairs and is used to rank nationally carded athletes and provincial team competitors in the Under 19, Under 23 and Senior aged categories at the end of the rowing season and to identify athletes with potential to be named to future national teams.
The Rowing Canada Aviron Canadian Masters Championships (CMC) is held in a different location in August each year hosted by a rowing club selected by RCA. In 2009, the event was held in Victoria, B.C. The regatta is for masters aged competitors (27 to 80+ years) and all races are 1000 metres in length and is open to any club rower in the world.
Every four years the Canada Games Council and a town or city in Canada host the Canada Games and RCA oversees the staging of the Games Regatta. The 2000-metre event, open only to provincial teams, uses the FISA progression system over four days of racing to determine the champions in an age group particular to the Games, Under 21.
The 2009 Games regatta was staged on the Southwest River in P.E.I. The 2013 Games will be in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
For other important dates, see the Calendar page.