Head Up the Creek
- Oct 31, 2021
- False Creek
- Vancouver, BC (CAN)
- Hosted By: False Creek Rowing Club
- Sanctioned by RCA and Rowing BC (2021)
The False Creek Rowing Club was incorporated in 2008 in response to activity by the City of Vancouver's plans to create a home to "human powered non motorized boating" (i.e. paddling and rowing) at the East end of False Creek as part of the Olympic Village.
In early 2014, the False Creek Rowing Club entered into a lease at the Burrard Civic Marina for a 20' x 60' compound to store boats. Early 2015 saw the doubling of that space when an adjacent compound became available for lease. We have several available to our membership at the moment, and a few more in the works, but like all clubs: having equipment (such as safety boats, oars and shells) to meet demand is a difficult balance to find.
The regatta itself was first held by the FCRC in 2011 (previously the Head Of The Creek was organized by Vancouver College until the spring of 2001) and the prizes of cakes have started to become a hallmark of the event. As the oldest on water rowing regatta in the City of Vancouver accessible to recognized clubs, we have welcomed crews from around the province and the Westcoast of the United States and look forward to being an event that builds on the long winter of aerobic training.
In November of 2014, Mayor Gregor Robertson of the City of Vancouver designated March 15, 2015 as City of Vancouver Rowing Champions Day, and permitted the False Creek Rowing Club to annoint the overall winner of the Head Up The Creek regatta in this and future years as the City of Vancouver Rowing Champion.
The 2016 regatta was the first with the new dock provided by the Vancouver Park that allowed us to avoid wet launches for the larger boats at the regatta. There was much rejoicing.
March of 2017 was the year it snowed and March of 2018 we had hail. Having got that out of the way, we had for blue, warm skies in 2019. March of 2020 saw the start of local cases for the Covid-19 pandemic and so the regatta was cancelled.
For 2021, the race has been moved to the Sunday following the last Saturday in October - this will generally be following an event at the Deep Cove Rowing Club.
Full results available here: http://www.falsecreekrowingclub.ca/hucr.php
City of Vancouver Rowing Champion Overall Winners:
- 2015 - Gary & Jon from Nicomekl Rowing Club
- 2016 - Matthias, John, Dimas and Larry from Vancouver Rowing Club
- 2017 - Jim, John, Dimas and Larry from Vancouver Rowing Club
- 2018 - Richard & James from the Delta Deas Rowing Club
- 2019 - Loraine from the Vancouver Rowing Club
- 2020 - Covid-19 won this year. No cake for it though.