2016 NWIRA Regatta - Winnipeg won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup at Kenora

For the 29th time in its history, the Winnipeg Rowing Club won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup at the 113th Annual North Western International Rowing Association (NWIRA) Championship Regatta held on Rabbit Lake in Kenora on August 19th and 20th. Winnipeg is closing in St. Paul’s 35 times in winning the Lipton. As St. Paul and Winnipeg battling out for first and second, Long Lake Rowing Crew earned enough points to finish a solid third in their first year as a member of the association. Regina and Duluth contended for fourth and fifth place with only a one-tenth of a point between them. Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Minneapolis, and Kenora finished 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th respectively. Two guest clubs, Edmonton and Leander Boat Club from Hamilton, Ontario, rounded out the rest of the competing clubs.

The most impressive development in this year’s championship is Long Lake winning the junior’s division championship over its arch rival, St. Paul. Long Lake Rowing Crew started just a few years ago and has been building up their junior rowing program. The women’s division (Henning Peterson Trophy) went to Winnipeg with St. Paul in second place. For the men’s division championship (Con’ Riley Trophy), St. Paul and Long Lake finished one and two. Master rowers for Winnipeg dominated the master’s division, 130 points more than the runner up, Duluth. Scoring 58%, Long Lake Rowing Club won the efficiency trophy (CAN-AM Shield).

For Darlene Neid, this is her last NWIRA regatta as she will be resigning her USRA official license at the end of this month, concluding her long and distinguish 26 years role as Referee and Clinician. The referees surprised her with a song and a fabulously decorated cake at their Friday night gathering. At the NWIRA award banquet ceremony, Darlene received a well-deserved standing ovation from the assembled athletes, coaches, and parents.

Rowers, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators enjoyed good rowing condition on both days as all 102 scheduled races were conducted under partly cloudy with a light cross wind on the race course. Temperature were in the high 60s Fahrenheit (about 20 Celsius). In their preparation to host the rowing competition for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Kenora showcased their updated rowing infrastructure with new launch docks, stable starting line platform that stretches from lane 1 to lane 7, and a finish line platform equipped for high-speed video camera and wireless timing system. To meet Rowing Canada Aviron specification, Kenora installed new buoy lines with large markers for every 250 meters. The lanes themselves are wider, allowing crews to stay in their lanes. With the NWIRA Championship serving as a test regatta, Kenora Rowing Club and Rowing Canada Games are working together to identify what went well and areas to improve. Overall, everyone was extremely impressed with the updated infrastructure and looking forward to come back in the coming years.

The NWIRA Executive Committee would like to thank the Local Organizing Committee for running a highly-organized championship regatta on Rabbit Lake. Volunteers, officials, athletes, and coaches made positive contributions in ensuring that Kenora Rowing Club can host a high quality national rowing championship.
Race results from the 113th Annual NWIRA Championship Regatta are posted in the Regatta Master Online Reporting Services website. The link is provided below:


Formal race reports are posted below.

2016 NWIRA Regatta Information Packet1005.05 KB
2016 NWIRA Race Results - Details and Summary.pdf942.04 KB
2016 NWIRA Race Results - Details with Crew List.pdf397.04 KB

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