Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (Rowers)

1) What are the requirements to row in the Regatta?

In order to row in the Royal St. John’s Regatta, you must have a team of six (6) regular oarspersons, and a certified Coxswain. Most teams have a sponsor to provide financial support as well. Having a spare would be ideal in case someone cannot make a practice or in case anything goes wrong Regatta Day, but is not required. A coach or manager would also be ideal, but is not required.

2) How do I start rowing?

Please see our How to Establish a Team page for more information on how to start a new rowing team. There are many ways to get involved with fixed-seat rowing. The best way would be to contact our Technical Coordinator at the boathouse, who will be organizing our Learn To Row Programs and will be putting together crews throughout the summer. We also have a Facebook page , online bulletin board and bulletin boards at the boathouse which many people use to notify that they are looking for crews, rowers, coxswains, etc.

3) What is the “Learn to Row” programs?

The Chevron Learn to Row (CLTR) program is a free program offered by the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee to teach newcomers the sport of fixed-seat rowing. Please visit the Chevron Learn to Row page for more information.

4) What is Discovery Day Regatta?

The Discovery Day Regatta is a practice regatta held towards the end of June. For new and experienced crews, it is a chance to experience a race scenario before Time Trials and Regatta Day. Please visit the Discovery Day Regatta page for more information.

5) What are Time Trials?

The purpose of the Time Trials is to determine the make-up of each Regatta Day race based upon the times rowed by the crews participating in the Time Trial heats. For each Regatta Day race, the team with the fastest time will be assigned Stake 1, the second fastest assigned Stake 2, and so on until the slowest team is assigned Stake 5. For more information visit the Time Trials page.

6) How do I book spins?

As of 2015 an online booking system is being utilized. Practices run during the week from 5:25am-8:00pm, and on Saturdays run from 7:10am – 11:15am with each spin being 35 minutes long. For more information or to book a spin, visit the online booking page.

7) What if I don’t have a Coxswain?

If you cannot find a coxswain our Technical Coordinator may be available to you out for practice until you can find one – they may also be able to help your crew find a coxswain! You also have the option of putting an ad on our Facebook Page, online bulletin board (link to that page) and our Boathouse bulletin board, as some crews have found coxswains this way.

8) How Do I become a Coxswain?

To become a Coxswain, an individual must be nineteen (19) years of age as of December 31st of any year in which the rowing event is held. They must then participate in the Learn to Coxswain program, offered multiple times each season.

9) Can I row with more than one crew?

Any oarsperson, rower or spare, is only permitted to register and row with one (1) crew

10) When is registration due?

The deadline for registration is June 17, 2016. In order for any crew to participate in Discovery Day, they must have their registration paid before this date. Otherwise, it is due before Time Trials. Visit our registration page (link to reg page) for more information on registration fees.

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Clancey Drive
St. John's, NL,

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