Head Up The Creek Rowing Regatta - False Creek, Vancouver BC March 10, 2013
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The third annual Head Up The Creek rowing regatta, organized by the False Creek Rowing Club (FCRC), returns to the Creek the morning of Sunday March 10th.
The race can be watched from almost anywhere on the waterfront of False Creek as the rowing shells will be launching from Vanier Park and then racing from just East of Granville Island to Science World and back, completing their race by the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The first race is scheduled to start at 9:30 am and the second at 11:30 am.
Completing the course takes between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on the crews’ composition.
This event, called a “Head Race” is run as a time trial where able bodied rowers aged 14 through to 84 start sequentially and compete against the clock on a 5 km course. Para-rowers will row a shorter course of 3 km in boats designed for people without use of their legs. The focus of both these races is endurance as compared to sprint events, such as the Olympics where crews race side by side over a 2,000 course, which require a different balance of strength and conditioning.
Head Up The Creek is one of the early rowing season events held on the water in North America, and follows a winter of indoor training. Head Up The Creek is operated with the support of the officals from Rowing BC as well as the Kitsilano Yacht Club, Vancouver College Rowing Program, and the Jericho Sailing Centre Association, which are providing safety vessels and volunteers.
The False Creek Rowing Club would also like to recognize Ocean Cement and Vancouver Pile Driving for relocating construction barges last year that permitted the event to be held while Ocean Cement’s wharf was being updated. Multiyear support for this event has come from RBC Royal Bank and Clearly Contacts. This year Kryton (a locally based worldwide producer of concrete waterproofing products) joins them this year.
Yolk’s Mobile Breakfasts will be providing food service by the Vanier Park boat launch ramps at Vanier Park to those involved.
The host club, the False Creek Rowing Club, has been working with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to create opportunities to row in False Creek.
Rebecca Berger, a member of FCRC, has entered the Pacific Rowing Race from California to Hawaii in 2016, other club members have represented Canada at Olympic Games and World Championship Regattas while others are focused on Masters level competition, or recreational rowing.