Important news about the upcoming water season

A word from the club president

Whether you’ve been training indoors with us at the club, or you’ve been off somewhere enjoying other pursuits, I know the one thing we’ve all been doing for the past six months is looking forward to getting back on the water. Well, I’m happy to say the wait is finally over!

As we begin another season, I’m struck by how lucky we are at MRC—not only for our incomparable Olympic Basin, unique in North America, but also for our dedicated coaches and staff, our passionate volunteers, and our tireless board of directors. Know that our club’s success is no accident. Like any great racer knows, many see the final results but relatively few witness the endless hours of preparation. Thanks to every single one of you who have contributed to making our club such a thriving community.

The work continues to maintain and build on what we have accomplished, and as we move forward we’re always looking for opportunities to get better. If you are interested in becoming more involved (doesn’t matter if you row with us year-round or just in the summer), let us know how you’d like to help out. All it takes is an idea, a special skill, or just a pair of hands and a little time to invest. Let’s all pull together and keep MRC going strong!

Scott Tresham, president

Montreal Rowing Club

Membership Renewal

It’s time to sign up for the new season. Start by registering via for your 2019–2020 RCA and AQA Memberships. These are obligatory for all participants in MRC rowing and rowing-related activities and must be renewed annually. Once completed, you’ll be directed to where you can choose one of the competitive or recreational programmes. You’ll also be asked to read and agree to our club’s Code of Conduct. Please note the annual memberships include both the full water and indoor seasons; seasonal memberships are for the water season only.

Show Your Colours

Profess your passion for rowing on social media! May is officially ‘I love Montreal Rowing’ month, so I invite you to proudly display this image as your profile picture on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Together let’s generate as much visibility and interest for our sport as we can!

Parc Jean-Drapeau Open House

Now that everyone you know is asking you about rowing (because of your cool new profile pic), invite them to come visit the club on Saturday, May 4, 1–6 p.m. Presented as part of PJD’s Olympic Basin Open House, we’ll have staff and members on hand to give them a tour and answer their questions—they can even hop in an 8+ and get a free lesson!

New! Learn To Row Level 2

For recent LTR graduates, we are now offering optional classes to build on the skills acquired in level 1, and develop more confidence in the smaller sculling boats (skiffs and doubles). These lessons will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.—you register for a block of 6 classes that can be scheduled at your convenience during the on-water season.

New! Rec Crew Nights

We will be organising weekly sign-ups for recreational rowers interested in rowing in an 8+ on Friday nights. More details to follow, but we’re hoping to make this a regular activity starting in June.

Weekend Rowing

Last season, in addition to Saturdays, we tried opening for rowing at the basin on Sundays. We’ll keep doing this whenever possible. As you know, weekend events at the park sometimes limit our access, so we’ll keep you informed as to the schedule so you can plan to enjoy as much time on the water as possible.

Club Manager

We are very pleased to welcome Marcel de Hêtre to the team as our new club manager. Marcel brings with him a wealth of administrative experience and exceptional skills, and we look forward to working with him. Our sincere thanks to Samuel Turp-Yonezawa who has done excellent work in this role over the past year. He is stepping down to focus on his graduate studies. We wish him well and hope to still see him around the basin from time to time.