As we all optimistically anticipate getting back on the water at some point in the 2021 rowing season, with the ongoing pandemic, there may well still be continuing uncertainties about when we will safely be allowed to row/tour in quads.   Many rowers have access to 1x open-water boats and we would like to invite them to a proposed group row.


We are looking at July 11, 2021on the Otonabee River.  Details will be confirmed closer to the time, taking any COVID restrictions into account.  This outing would be BYOB (boat), oars, PFD’s, hand sanitizers and likely snacks/lunch as well.


This would be a safely distanced flotilla-style row, in open-water** 1x (including all personal equipment), following all COVID guidelines in place at the time of the row. We are reaching out to ascertain if there are any 1x or possibly 2x crews (as permitted in COVID guidelines) who could transport their own boat, oars etc who might be interested in travelling to a pre-arranged location of reasonably sheltered water for a day row.


To be clear, this is not an official Ontario Adventure Rowing event but depending on the level of interest and feedback, OAR would consider the possibility of organizing adventure rowing in smaller boats even after we are out of the COVID pandemic.


If you would like to join the group but don’t have a suitable boat, please let us know as it may be possible to share boats and bicycles (half a day rowing, the other half biking).


We would be grateful for your help in sharing this information to anyone in your club or any other independent rowers who might be interested in participating in a 1x/2x row.


Please send expressions of interest and any questions to Shelagh Baker ( or Kirsten Ryan (



** suitable open-water boats for ‘adventure’ rowing such as Alden’s, Maas, Echo’s, Durham’s, coastals etc

How to Register

E-mail Shelagh or Kirsten