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.

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