NEWS RELEASE: Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee introduces new race categories for 2022
April 11, 2022 (St. John’s, NL): During the April 6th General meeting, the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee approved new race categories for the 2022 rowing season – notably the Senior Men’s Short Course, and the Senior Women’s Long Course, marking the first time in Regatta history that crews will have the opportunity to register for either course length.
“We are ecstatic to be in a position to offer this in our first year back from what has been a difficult two years. We have been building towards this for multiple seasons and are looking forward to putting this in motion and growing participation in the sport of fixed seat rowing” said President Noelle Thomas-Kennell. ”With the introduction of these new race categories, this will give Senior-level crews the opportunity to register for the race length of their choice”.
With every effort in ensuring that the additional race categories are a success, the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee will trial the new races during the June Holiday Race Day, scheduled for Saturday June 25th.
“We have heard from crews that there is definite interest in these new race categories, and we know that this is a great step towards the progression of our sport” said Ashley Peach, Vice President and Captain of the Course. “Providing their successful implementation in June, these new race categories would also then be included in the 2022 Time Trials and Regatta Day”.
As the Captain of the Course, Peach is responsible for all race day logistics.
The Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee’s mandate is to promote and grow the sport of fixed-seat rowing and it is intended for these changes to assist in the facilitation of this strategy. With the 2022 season set to get under way on May 2nd, rowers and Committee members alike are looking forward to showcasing the strengths of our rowing community.
Details regarding the changes will soon be added to the Royal St. John’s Regatta web page below.
More information about the Royal St. John’s Regatta, including details regarding operations, learn to row programs, learn to coxswain programs, and resources on how to establish a rowing team can be found at www.stjohnsregatta.com.
Director of Communications
Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee