Regatta Results Posted

Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers and courageous athletes who made this year’s regatta a huge success. Results are posted on the Regatta tab. We tested a new course set up for the BC Games this year and, by all accounts, it’s a keeper.

We look forward to hosting the BC Games in July and welcoming you back to our regatta next April.

Regatta Registration is Open

Clubs wanting to race at the annual Maple Bay Regatta can visit Regatta Central to enter competitors.  We apologize for the late availability and encourage you to visit the site now to enter.  Regatta time is just over a week away!

Adult Learn-to-Row Spring 2018

Dates have been set for the spring Learn-to-Row program!

Start date: April 26

11 lessons – Two rows a week – see the Club Calendar.

Cost:  $275

Information about how to register can be found at:

Schedule:  All attend on Saturday morning 9-11, and you choose one of three weeknights 5:45-8:30 for your second row.

April 26 all attend
April 28 all attend
April 30, May 1, May 2  choose one weekday session
May 4 all attend
May 7, 8, 10  choose one
May 12 all attend
May 14, 15, 17 choose one
May 19 all attend
May 21, 22, 24  choose one
May 26 all attend
May 28, 29, 31 choose one

Masters’ Registration Now Due

We have set up the Rowing Canada membership page and masters can now go in and register for the 2018 – 2019 season.  Payment is made by credit card online – a new feature!

Get registered and paid up before April 1 in order to maintain your membership in good standing.


The clubhouse water system is not working and requires major repair.  The clubhouse is off limits until repairs are complete.

No rowing, rentals or access to clubhouse until further notice.

MBRC Community Welcomes 2018!

MBRC community swim 2018

Maple Bay Rowing Club enjoys a wonderful place in its community.  Our clubhouse is used for many community events, including today’s POLAR BEAR SWIM.  The sun shone on the day as swimmers plunged into the ocean. Mostly folks gathered for the warmth that only community can bring.  A great beginning to 2018!

MBRC opens its doors to the community every January 1 to host the polar bear swim.

The yacht club ( MBYC) loans its cannon every year.  Volunteers load the heavy gun and transport it to the rowing club .It is fired at noon and then the swimmers run into the water

MBYC had at least 2 dozen boats – sail and motor- in the water to view the scene
Several boats had big blocks of ice which they dumped into the water –  ice bergs for the polar bears

Rowing club volunteers make hot chocolate and cover the club floors with cardboard so the swimmers can use the club before and after the swim to change and get warm.

58 participation certificates were handed out. There were probably more swimmers than that – but not everyone bothered to collect their certificate –  made and name put on each individual one by volunteer Aude Volstad  (Yes, she’s connected to our single scull “Volstad”.)

Pipers piped
St. John’s Ambulance was on hand

Much fun was had by all!

Polar Bear Swim is on!

From the Cowichan Valley Citizen:

Maple Bay’s yearly polar bear swim has probably been going on the longest, and attracts a big crowd to the beach by the Maple Bay Rowing Club, where everyone makes the dash into the ocean at noon. If you’ve a yen to wear a wild costume to take your dip, you’ll find plenty of company at Maple Bay.