President's Report

The 2014 rowing season has begun and the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee (RSJRC) is very busy preparing for the 196th anniversary running of the Royal St. John’s Regatta on August 6th. On Friday May 2nd the shells returned to the pond and are available for booking. Please mark your calendars to reflect the dates of these events as follows:

-Discovery Day Regatta, June 21st 

-Time Trials, July 12th 

-Regatta Day, August 6th

These event dates are weather permitting

Committed to better equipped boats:

Over the past number of years the Regatta Committee has been working, in consultation with rowers and coxswains, to upgrade all of our boats with new seats, footboards and straps. We are pleased to notify the rowers and coxswains that we have started the process of replacing all of the seats on our boats and will have the project completed before Discovery Day. We are also working on a replacements footboard and after consulting rowers and coxswains and testing this year we hope to have all of our boats equipped with footboards for the 2015 season. After testing several straps over the past couple of seasons it is the consensus of the Committee, rowers and coxswains that the existing leather straps are the best option and will remain the official and only strap used during our competitions.

Committed to modernizing our sport:

Over the past number of years the Committee has been working to modernize the way we time our races. In 2012 Nalcor made a significant contribution that enabled the Committee to purchase a state of the art timing system. The next step is to build a new starting tower to house this system and the judges and timers that are required to operate it. With the generous contribution of our partners The City of St. John’s and the Province we anticipate that we will have our tower constructed by the 2015 season. Stay tuned for further updates.

Committed to our stakeholders:

The Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee’s motto is “let us be governed by tradition”. We take this very seriously but we also have a culture for entrepreneurship, competition, culture and community involvement. With that in mind we are committed to enhancing the Regatta experience for all of our stakeholders as we develop further our plans for the 200th anniversary in 2018 and the development of our strategic plan this year. We will engage and consult with our stakeholders so that your ideas and suggestions are reflected in our plans.

I want to wish everyone a great 2014 season of rowing and participation in the Royal St. John’s Regatta and I look forward to seeing you around the pond.

Bob Clarke

President of the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee


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