RCA has opened the application process for all central and eastern (Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) Provincial Rowing Associations and member rowing clubs for the opportunity to host the recreational fleet for up to two years. The Recreational Fleet Program was first made available to provincial and local rowing organizations in 2008 and since then, the fleets have made their way to almost every province in Canada.
RCA’s Recreational Fleet Program continues to develop recreational rowing programs and increase rowing participation throughout Canada. Clubs that have taken advantage of the program have experienced increased membership numbers and a heightened awareness of recreational rowing in their region.
To apply for the Recreational Fleet Program, member organizations need to complete an application by April 13, 2017.
"The Thunder Bay Rowing Club found immense benefit in having a portion of the RCA Fleet – one Hudson touring coxed quad and two Edon singles,” said Francie Sweitzer, Thunder Bay Rowing Club. “The stability of these boats allowed novices to be more relaxed and secure while progressing through the basic rowing skills. The singles allowed more experienced rowers to transition to a single earlier than they would have otherwise. These boats increased the enjoyment of rowing for all involved.”
This year, the central recreation fleet – made available to Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec – consists of: one Hudson Touring 4X+, four Edons TS515’s 1x’s with pontoons, eight sets of Wintech oars and one custom made trailer.
The eastern recreation fleet – made available to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador- consists of: one Hudson Touring 4X+, two Hudson Tourings 2x’s, one Alden 1x, eight sets of Wintech oars, and one Wintech trailer.
The chosen club or PRA will be announced by April 30, 2017. Both Provincial Rowing Associations and Rowing Clubs are eligible to apply. Applications will be evaluated on their planned programming with the fleet, with consideration also given to the potential of an increase in rowing participation in that local or regional area.
For more information:
Finance and Program Administration, RCA