Notice to Clubs participating in Canada Day Regatta 2018
Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, the DDRA will be unable to present tankards to crews that win races after 10:00 AM on July 1, 2018. The DDRA has enough tankards in stock for the winners of the first 12 races.
Tankards remain enroute from China where the order was placed in January, but now environment regulations in that country, new shipping requirements, and other provisions have intervened to prevent us from receiving them in time.
We anticipate receiving them next week and will be distributing them to winning crews at the CORA Championships in St. Catharines on July 14th, and the ROWONTARIO Championships in London on July 28th and 29th.
Photos will be taken of winning crews at the Canada Day Regatta on the Island to permit matching of winners with award-tankard recipients at the CORA Champs and ROWONTARIO Champs.
On behalf of the DDRA, I apologise for this disappointing outcome.
Dominion Day Regatta Association
UPDATE RE: LIGHTWEIGHT EVENTS (June 14, 2018)
Regatta Rules have been modified to be consistent with the CORA regattas. There will be an exception to Rule2.10: the maximum weights will be: Men: 74 kg, Women: 61.5 kg.
TO ALL CANADIAN & AMERICAN ROWING CLUBS
Your club is cordially invited to participate in the 134th, Annual Canada Day Regatta to be held on Sunday July 1st, 2018 on the Allan A. Lamport Regatta Course, Centre Island, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All events will be conducted according to the current Rules of the Canoe/Kayak Canada & Rowing Canada Aviron.
Clubs with boats on trailers are requested to arrive on June 30th and park their trailer overnight on the Island. Security will be provided. Instructions on getting to the Island are included in Section 03 below—Transport to the Island. The DDRA is offering clubs an offset for the cost of transporting their boats on the ferry to the Island.
The DDRA is offering an accommodation offset for the cost of staying overnight on June 30th (and July 1, if you wish) to drivers from 10 clubs. Bookings must be made at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel by May 30th —see Section 04 below – Hotel Fee Offset.
This regatta is unique--celebrating Canada Day by delivering an inclusive rowing-paddling festival on Toronto Island’s regatta course--as it combines canoe, kayak, dragon-boat and rowing races on the same course. Rowing and paddling races start every 5 minutes, alternating paddling/rowing (see Annex A for Combined Order of Events), and there are 10 minutes between rowing races. Rowing races are 1000M in length and paddling are either 500M or 250M.
No entry will be accepted without a proper entry form completed. Your entry fees are payable online through Regatta Central. Association fees of $50.00 are for member clubs Argonaut, Don & Hanlan. Association Fees must be mailed to Joe Lyttle, 10 Marblehead Crescent, Brampton, ON, L6S 2T9, or by cheque (made out to the Dominion Day Regatta Association) presented to the DDRA Treasurer on July 1st.
Entries closing date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018. The draw will take place on Sunday, June 17th 2018.
Submitting an entry does not necessarily guarantee a race.
One entry per club per event will be eligible; clubs will be notified on the decision on second entries, the decision of the draw committee is final; all clubs will be notified on the draw results, via email to Club contacts.
02: REGATTA RULES:
All clubs must compete in their club colours or they may be excluded from the race.
No composite crews will be allowed.
No rower or coxswain may compete in two consecutive rowing races.
The course is 1000 metres long and is restricted to six lanes. Races are 1000M or 500M.
Due to the tight race schedule no heats will be allowed.
Tankards will be awarded to all members of the winning crews. There are no medals or awards for second or third place.
Lightweight rowers will be weighed in on a calibrated bathroom scale – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. The weigh-in area is TBD, although likely will be close to Control; it is not possible to transport tables and chairs to the Island.
Races will start at the time shown on the schedule; Crews will be called once before the start of the race, it is the crew’s responsibility to be at the starting line five minutes before the start of their race. Crews arriving late and crews rowing up the course to delay the start of a race will be excluded from their race.
There will be three “fun races” 10:30 -R20/K20 A- Mixed 2X vs Mixed K2, 12:18- R41/K41A-Womens 4X vs W K4; 1:00 -R48/K48 A- Men’s 4x vs Men’s K4—who will be the fastest? Check entry form to see if your club can be the rowing crew to beat the kayakers! First three rowing entries will be the rowing “standard bearers”.
National team rowers cannot compete in the events they have been selected for. They can only compete in senior or open events.
All competitors must have paid RCA & ROWONTARIO membership fees (or be a member of their National Rowing Federation if not Canadian) and will be charged a seat fee of $5.50 per event entered.
Photographs taken in the launching area, during races and during winners presentations may be used on DDRA website, posters and programs, and for general publicity of the event.
A point system is applied to identify a Points Champion, according to the following schedule. A plaque will be awarded to the Rowing Club winning the Points Championship.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE 2018 RCA RULES OF RACING, under Rule 1.6
R. 2.5, 2.6 – Coxswains will not be weighed, nor required to carry weight (if underweight)
R. 2.10 - Weight allowance for lightweights: Maximum weights: (Men: 74 kg, Women: 61.5 kg).
R. 2.11 – athletes will be weighed on a calibrated bathroom scale. Weigh-in location is TBD, although likely close to the Control Commission. Weigh-in times will be 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
R 3.5 – the 2013 Rule will apply (as per RCA Direction) – being able to exit the boat with the least possible delay
R. 4.1 – the course will be 1000 M for all rowing competitors, except the mixed rowing/kayak fun races that will be 500 M.
R. 4.2 – the depth of the course is not the same throughout.
R. 5.3 – Finish Judges will time races using a Seiko Timer. Race Umpires will do back up timing .
R. 8.8 – There may be boats other than racing shells, canoes, kayaks and dragon-boats on the course. Regatta umpires and officials will do their best to request that these other boats (fishing, tour boats, cruisers) exit the course as soon as possible. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be in attendance. If necessary, the Marine Police will be called.
R. 9.1, 9.3 – there are no heats, all races are finals. If there are more than 7 entries, two races will be held with tankards awarded to the winners in each race.
R 10.3, 10.5, 10.6 - all Starts will be Quick Starts with a horn, not a flag. All Starts will be floating starts with approximate alignment.
R. 11.22 – there will be no photo finish
TORONTO ISLAND FERRY & PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE
To get to the regatta on Toronto Island, all boats, trailers, and participants must take the ferry boat to the Island. See Directions below. APPROX. FEES FOR THE USE OF THE TRUCK & TRAILER FERRY BOAT TO THE ISLAND.
FERRY RATES INFORMATION: 416-392-8194
Vehicles Under 18 Feet: $153.14
Trucks & Trailers Under 30 Feet: $306.36.
Trucks & Trailers Over 30 Feet: $459.54
PLEASE TRANSPORT YOUR BOATS & TRAILERS OVER TO THE ISLAND ON SATURDAY JUNE 30TH
PLEASE ADVISE APROXIMATE TIME OF ARRIVAL @ DOCKS – text Charlie Stevens cell #:416-435-2631
PARTICIPATING CLUBS WILL BE OFFERED A $100.00 SUBSIDY to offset the cost of the ferry for trailers
FEES FOR PASSENGER FERRY BOAT TO THE ISLAND - PASSENGER INFORMATION: 416-392-8193
Adults: $7.87, Seniors & Students (15 To 19): $5.16, Juniors (Under 15) $3.80,
Group Rates of Ten or More - 10% Discount – call in advance - 416-392-8193 or book online
On July 1st, trailers may return to the Mainland starting at 7:00 PM from Hanlan’s Point Ferry Terminal. PARTICIPATING CLUBS WILL BE OFFERED A $50.00 SUBSIDY to provide for a dinner for the driver.
04: HOTEL FEE OFFSET
For the first 10 Clubs travelling from distance to the regatta, the DDRA will offer a subsidy of $100 off the cost of your room at the Westin Harbour Castle. This 4-star hotel offers well-appointed, luxurious accommodation with select rooms boasting views of Lake Ontario and Toronto's spectacular city skyline. Of most interest to drivers of trailers, this hotel is located directly on top of the Mainland Ferry Terminal. To take advantage of this offer, you must book your room by Wednesday, May 30th, 2018.The room rate is $249.00 plus13% HST and 4% MAT + 13% HST.
To book your room, please directly call Marriott Reservations at 1-888-627-8559 on or before Wednesday, May 30, 2018, (the “Cutoff Date”) to make your room reservations. Please identify yourself as part of the “Argonaut Rowing Club Canada Day” group staying at the hotel.
05: COURSE DESCRIPTION
The regatta course is approximately 1000M in length and runs in six lanes from the Rowing Start to the Grandstand, where the Finish line is located. See map for traffic pattern.
There will be buoys every 250 M along the course, in six lanes, and there will be five buoy lines
Crews will launch, head south then west around Forrester’s Island and west along the south part of the course outside lane 6, to the Start. Keep an eye out for paddling races when exiting from the channel from Forrester’s Island onto the course. Follow the directions of the Marshal in the Safety Boat at this position.
Crews may warm up in Backhouse Bay (travelling north-south) but be careful of cruiser traffic and do not get too far from the Start, as you may not hear the call to the start, which will only come once.
Follow the starter’s directions to be aligned in your lanes—all starts will be Quick Starts. Lanes number from north (1) to south (6).
The Chief Umpire (rowing) and the Chief Official (paddling) are in constant communication and in radio communication to their respective Start lines. The Rowing Start will be advised to start their race, only when the previous paddling race has crossed the finish line, and vice versa.
06: EMERGENCY PROVISIONS
In the event of a weather event (high winds or heavy rain/thunder, lightning), a decision may be made to shorten the course, or the regatta may be suspended or cancelled, depending on the time of day.
Crews on the course will be instructed on actions to be taken in accordance with the Emergency Action Plan (see Annex B)
07: FIRST AID AND SAFETY
MedixEMS (paramedic trained) will be onsite with a tent, oxygen, and other necessary first aid equipment. The two staff will be located on the athletes’ side, close to the Finish Line, near the Pirate Ship
There also will be a First Aid kit at the Control Commission.
Finding Toronto is easy. Getting to the Island Ferry docks (both for passengers and boat trailers) requires some more detail that will be provided for drivers with wonderful new maps.
The Toronto Island Ferry service leaves the City and docks on the Island at Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island and Ward’s Island. The regatta is being held on Centre Island. The Mainland Ferry Terminal, located at the Bay Street & Queen’s Quay West intersection, is a ten minute-walk from Union Station.
Public transit to the Ferry Terminal includes the Bay 6 bus and the Harbourfront L.R.T., exit at the Queen’s Quay Island Ferry Dock stop.
Abundant user-pay parking can be found nearby. Bicycles may be taken on the ferry. Although some restrictions apply during peak periods.
Passengers should take the Centre Island Ferry. It is advised that passengers get the earliest ferry on July 1st. The DDRA will request a 7:30 AM ferry, and it is possible that such a ferry will be scheduled. If not, the first ferry will be 8:00 AM on July 1st. Later ferries become very crowded and the wait times can vary. Ferries returning to the City leave at 15-minute intervals from the Centre Island terminal. See Ferry Schedule.