Head Up the Creek

  • Hosted By: False Creek Rowing Club
  • Sanctioned by RCA and Rowing BC (2019)
  • Cancelled


  • Regatta sanction has been approved and Transport Canada permits are coming. We are moving to Sunday the 15th of March 2020 for our regatta. 
  • Please email the regatta/event host with any related questions.
  • Regardless of your age, please sign up by boat type/gender. Regatta Central provides us the details we need to identify your prize category. There is a flag in the entry form to indicate novice crews. 
  • Able Bodied crews race 5 km, Para crews race 3 km. 
  • We ask that boats please launch in start sequence: big boats first and small boats after so that we can maintain the start time. If everyone gets with the program then there is no need to wet launch. 
  • As before, there will not be onsite security the night before the regatta in the parking lot. If you want to drop your trailers the day before the regatta please contact us at [email protected] so we can arrange for security. 
  • Information on the tide can be found here: https://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/2450.html?y=2020&m=3&d=15
  • Weather information can be found here: https://www.windy.com/49.270/-123.123?49.265,-123.114,14
  • Individuals who want to be on the False Creek Ferry for either flight must tip the driver and help out the volunteers and officials onboard. 

Sermon From The Mount - Cox and Bow Meeting Script

Thank you for attending our regatta - your support makes it possible. And thank you to our volunteers and the many organizations that help us host this event:

  • Vancouver College School
  • Kitsilano Yacht Club
  • Jericho Sailing Centre Association Rescue Team
  • False Creek Ferries
  • The Coffee Bike
  • Vancouver Lower Mainland First Responder program
  • City of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
  1. Please purchase a parking pass from the vending machine, unless you are transporting boats with a trailer and vehicle: please see me for a pass.
  2. Staying warm is more important than wearing the right uniform.
  3. Portopotties are at the top of the ramp, and flush toilets are available by the marina office closer to the Burrard Bridge. Drinking water is available there or at the volunteer food area.
  4. Before approaching control commission, check that your bow balls are securely fastened to your boat and that your heels cannot be lifted more than 7 cm from the footplate. Your shoes also need to be able to release your feet with one hand. Para entries need to comply with RCA strapping requirements.
  5. If launching from the dock, please take your blades down before you bring your boat. If you wet launch, you can do what you want but we are all going to watch you.
  6. First aid is available by Control Commission.
  7. You will receive your bow number as you pass through control. Please know how your boat is registered before you get there.
  8. The dock is small – there is no time to dawdle. There may be prizes and penalties for this.
  9. Boats should launch para entries first, then in bow number order (the first flight starts with bow number 100 and the second flight with bow number 200).
  10. Boats arriving late to the marshalling area may be started out of sequence and behind crews/boat types that are likely slower then they are.
  11. Boats presenting themselves to the start marshal after their start time and more that 1 minute after the start of the last boat of those assembled in advance of race time may be subject to being excluded from racing.
  12. Anybody rescued during the regatta may not continue to row in the event.
  13. Yellow course markers should all be passed on the starboard side of our boat.
  14. Green and red channel markers can be passed on either side, but these markers indicate the legal limits of where transient vessels are typically moored in False Creek.
  15. Ferries, bridges, anxious birds nesting under bridges and their actions, aquatic mammals, weather and water conditions, wake, waves, vessels anchored/moored/under way not competing, paddlers, items floating or submerged, shorelines or other obstacles shall not be a reason to protest or appeal the outcome of a race.
  16. Ferries, commercial vessels, barges under tow all have right of way and you must give way to all vessels in the event of an impending collision. Transport Canada’s Vessel Operating Restriction Regulations outline your responsibilities.
  17. The Cambie Street Bridge is a poor place to pass people. Pass them before or after, but in either case just do it and don’t sit side by side for too long and nowhere should people be three boats across.
  18. The Science World Turn is likely where slow turning larger boats will encounter conflict with each other and smaller, quicker turning boats. If you are going to obstruct someone due to your boat’s turning characteristics, take a wider course and let them pass by inside you.
  19. Boats being overtaken must take the longer route. Typically this is the side of False Creek away from downtown, or the southern side.
  20. Upon completing the race, do not row past the Inukshuk unless you are in the band Take That. Our permits cease to be in effect at the entrance to False Creek and a different authority prevails.
  21. Please assist inbound boats with landing as the tide and wind conditions can make it difficult to maneuver.
  22. Please watch your team mates for signs of hypothermia and assist them in obtaining first aid.
  23. Results and awards will be presented at 1 pm, or earlier if available.