OARCA Coastal Rowing

Catch the Wave

OARCA Coastal Rowing Society

Switzerland’s women’s quadruple sculls competes in their heat at the 2013 World Rowing Coastal Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden.

The World Rowing Federation (FISA) has awarded the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships to Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The event is coming to Victoria thanks to a groundswell of support from coastal rowers across Canada. A newly-formed rowing society – OARCA Coastal Rowing – will host the event.

OARCA stands for Open Aviron Rowing Coastal Association. The name OARCA pays homage to the orca whales that make BC’s coastal waters their home. This is reflected in the logo created for WRCC 2018 by World Rowing.  The graphics combine the orca, waves, a native-to-BC arbutus tree and the World Rowing Federation symbol, along with OARCA’s own stylized ocean wave.

OARCA was incorporated as a society in British Columbia on January 30, 2018. It is a member of Rowing BC and of Rowing Canada Aviron.

One of the objectives for OARCA and a motivation for hosting WRCC 2018 is to grow coastal rowing in Canada. OARCA welcomes all rowers to experience coastal rowing and to participate in WRCC 2018 in Victoria on 11- 14 October 2018.


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