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.

Maple Bay Community Curry Cook Off

Saturday, October 14, 6pm

at the Maple Bay Rowing Club.  $10 per person.  Cash bar.  Tickets available at The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub and Private Liquor Store.

No ticket sales at the door.

Bring your best recipe and enjoy a fun evening with your community.  All proceeds support Maple Bay Rowing Club.

The Rules!

1. Each couple or solo person must bring a curry so everyone can have a little taste. It is a pot luck so we need enough food for everyone.
2. Curry appetizers, mains, and deserts all accepted.
3. Doors (and bar) open at 5:30 for judging. Judging cut-off time is 6:10 sharp!!
4. Name your curry so everyone knows it at prize time. When you arrive you and your curry will also be given a number: be sure to check in!
5. Bring a crockpot or hot plate if possible to keep your curry warm. There is a stove and microwave available for reheating but space is limited.
6. Please bring a serving utensil. Plates and cutlery are provided for the meal.
7. Basmati rice, papadums, plain naan, raita, and extra hot sauces will be provided.
8. We are grouping curries according to spice level. Place yours on appropriate table: mild, medium, hot, or Indian hot.
9. Everyone will also be given one ballot to vote for your favourite curry

Regatta Replay: Head of the Nicomekl

nicomekl regatta crew

It was a beautiful, sunny day as 15 Maple Bay Masters headed to the Nicomekl River Regatta to race.  Two waves of racing shells would be making their way down the course.  Our three women’s quads were in wave one while our double and single would race in wave two.

The regatta race meeting was held at 9:30am.  We heard about the conditions:  ebb tide and SE wind.  A recipe for lurking currents and a swift race.  We also heard the only rule:  give way to the faster boat. And, finally, the MANY hazards on this course, not the least of which was the train bridge in the no passing zone.

The trip up the course was uneventful – downright pleasant.  The crews noted the hazards and plotted their courses.  The trip down was, well, much more than exciting!

Our #20 quad marked the first crash of the race, pushed by the mad current into the anchored sailboats. A quick recovery, and they were quickly gaining on our #19 quad.  On the way to the deadly bridge, two opposing boats hit navigation buoys with one boat breaking all four riggers right off the boat.  Then we were in the no passing zone and found our #16 boat up against the pilings. #19 and #20 passed by and out the other side of the bridge along with some other boats that were behind.  #16 was able to release itself from the pilings at that point and row out on the other side.  Just before the turn at the sand bar, #20 rowed VERY close to pilings to make room for #19 who were being overtaken by Vic City on their other side.  Being ahead, #20 rowed their course with a clash of oars with #19 bow oars.  Another recovery and a dash for the finish.

Wave two wasn’t without excitement.  As the double approached the bridge, the train rumbled overhead and the officials yelled “You’re not on course!  You’re not on course!” and our bowman assured his stroke that all was okay. The trailing boat overtook our double under the bridge and came out ahead on the other side.  Neck and neck under the bridge. Brilliant move.

Our single enjoyed a consistent race, start to finish.

All in all some great racing all around and a fun regatta.  Six brand new rowers were initiated to racing.  “It was pinball wizard!”  “I had no idea this was a contact sport….” “The most fun you can have in less than 30 minutes!”

Looking forward to Head of the Gorge Regatta!

Off to Nicomekl!

A hardy group of Masters rowers is headed to Surrey to race on the Nicomekl River.  The Head of the Nicomekl is a long, technical course with lots of curves and a bridge to navigate under.  Three quads, one double and a single are headed