World Rowing Coastal Championships

Tulista Park, Sidney, BC

Thursday October 11th – Sunday October 14th, 2018

Tentative racing schedule below.

Honestly, people, this is quite exciting, so hope you can come down and take some of the racing in!  If you can’t make it down watch it live on TV!  Check out the CBC Live Streaming covering the A Finals and starting on Saturday at 11:50am PST.

Heats for the CM1x (Healey) are Friday evening and will determine if he is in the A or B Final on Saturday.  Continue to check in at this site for more information and updated race schedules.

All start lists and race results as well as more information on the regatta can be found here.


Thursday October 11, 2018

Updated Results!

3:00pm Qualification Race: CM1x  (N. Healey, UVic Vikes Alumni) – RESULTS: race cancelled due to scratches, all rowers progress to heats. Yay Norm!

4:00pm Heat 2 CMix 2x (AM de Zwager & N. Healey) – RESULTS: 4th place finish. Progress to A Final on Saturday.

6:00pm Opening Ceremony

Friday October 12, 2018

8:00 am Heat 1: CW2x  (AM deZwager and THE Zoe Hoskins Light, teammates from Beijing Olympic Games 2008) Lane 2 (Northern end… closer to the Anacortes ferry terminal) RESULTS: 5th place finish after a very exciting race including some clashing of blades and sharp words in Spanish to and from another crew!

11:20am Heat 2: CW1x  (Rika Geyser) – South African Single Sculler from Beijing Olympic Games 2008) Lane 6.  RESULTS: Finished in 5th place holding her own at 24 strokes per minute (most others racing at 26 or 28spm!).

5:30pm Heat 3 CM1x (Healey)  Lane 17 (furthest south lane… furthest from the Anacortes ferry terminal). RESULTS: Top 5 from each heat went through to the A Final.  Next fastest time also went through to the A Final for a total of 16 boats in the A final.  Next 5 from each heat went through to the B Final. Unfortunately, after a fast start and a strong race, Norm wasn’t able to get into the top 10, so will not be racing in either final on Saturday.  Awesome gutsy performance in choppy conditions this evening!  Look out for a Times Colonist article by Cleeve Dheensaw featuring Norm Healey’s Coastal Rowing story in the paper this weekend!!

Saturday October 13, 2018

A Finals

12:00pm CW2x (AM de Zwager & Z. Light) Lane 4   RESULTS: A wicked (and fairly lucky, but we’ll take it) turn at the first buoy helped us barge ahead of a mad group of scullers including a Canadian crew from Winnipeg, coached by a Beijing teammate.  We fought of Spain, who had given us some grief in the heats and crushed it racing to a 5th place finish. Turns out that’s a top finish for a Canadian Crew at this regatta!  There has been some talk about the two of us coming out of retirement… ha ha…

1:20pm CW1x (R. Geyser) Lane 13  RESULTS: A strong race in challenging conditions with wake from official and spectator boats.  But Rika ended up finishing in strong form in 10th place.  The only member of the South African Team, Rika was a favourite around the venue over the weekend, making a lot of new friends and enjoying the beautiful weather and surroundings in Sidney.  She’s headed back home now, but said she was really glad to have made the trip!

4:40pm CMix 2x (AM de Zwager & N. Healey) Lane 12  RESULTS:  Bit of a lively start (which wasn’t necessarily planned, but the excitement of the moment revved up AM in stroke seat a little more than we had planned).  We had a clean turn around the first buoy and unfortunately found the second buoy on our port side blades, instead of the starboard side blades.  Neither of us having read the rules, we quickly made the decision that it would be better to accept a time penalty rather than spending probably more than 2 minutes trying to get around the right side of the buoy.  We were well past it and the current and waves were fairly strong… so we put our heads down and booted it toward the finish line.  We moved well in the second half of the race, trying to make up for the time we thought we’d have lost from that buoy jumping onto our port side.  Unfortunately, we ended up being given a DNF (did not finish) result as we didn’t complete the course. Lesson learned: always read the rules of racing before proceeding!  Disappointing with the result, but we were pleased with the race itself and really, what more can you ask for?


Sunday October 14, 2018



Sunday may also be used to do any make up races if weather or other delays occur in previous days.


Our team of four (Rika, Zoë, Norm and AM) were such a great support to each other and really fed off all the cheering and support from the shore. So thank you for making this such an exciting experience for all of us!