Duelling Over a Grand

April 5-7, 2019
Regatta package for 2019 is now posted here. Regatta information is also posted on RegattaCentral.
    • Duelling Over Grand is a double elimination knockout format. Two crews race head to head with the winner advancing to the next round via the "undefeated" tree".  Once a crew loses a race, they go into the "second chance tree" and progress through until they either lose a second race (and are knocked out of the tournament) or win all their races and advance to the Sunday Championship Final. 

      The winner of the "undefeated tree" and the winner of the "second chance tree" meet in the  Championship Final, held on Sunday.

      The "undefeated tree" races (labelled "A") are held on Saturday; the "second chance tree" races (labelled "B") are held on Sunday. 

      Each crew is guaranteed 2 races and may race as many as 6 times (depending on the number of entries).

      BYES: Because of the nature of the dual format tree, some crews may get a "bye" in an early round. Crews that have a bye do not row down the course for that round of racing. 

      NO SHOWS: if your competitor does not show up at the start line, you are awarded a win but you are required to row down the course and across the finish line at a pace that does not impede the following racers.

      SCRATCHES: if your competitor scratches before you launch, you do not need to launch.

      For the DOG regatta 2017 we switched to Regatta Master (RM) to better manage the regatta and races. This allows us to address the following deficiencies of the old system:
      1) In the old system it was common that a crew had to race the same opponent in the 2nd chance tree that they lost to in the undefeated tree. With the new system, you will be less likely to race the same people.
      2) The old system assigned the initial spots based on a "sort by club name" therefore same clubs regularly raced each other in different events. The new system uses a computer-based random algorithm to allocate crews to the initial spots in the progression tree. The new system is capable of seeding for championship events.
      3) The old system did not support new boat classes.
      4) The old system did not have scheduling flexibility. The new system provides this flexibility. More rest is scheduled in between progression levels of events with the greatest number of entries and before the championship finals.
    • Results and schedules are available on RegattaMaster and RegattaCentral.

      ***NEW for 2019*** Progression trees will be updated with results throughout the regatta and posted onsite.  

      "A" indicates a race in the undefeated tree; "B" indicates a race in the second chance tree.

  • Regatta Information

    All the really important stuff! List of events, regatta package, handicap tables (Masters events) etc. The Registration Form is posted below.
    • Regatta Package [PDF] - 908KB

      Now posted!
    • ****NEW for 2019****

      1. At the discretion of the LOC, some races for events with large entries may be run on Friday. In scheduling Friday races, we will try to minimize the impact on out-of-town competitors.

      2. Entries will be capped at 16 for all events except the Open M and Open W 1x.   Junior entries will be capped at 4 entries/club/event, with the rest going on waitlist.

      3. The RBC seat fee of $3.50/seat will be in effect (it will be automatically added to your invoice in RegattaCentral).

      4.  We are offering separate U17 and U19 2x events. If there are not enough entries, the events will be combined.

      5. Dash for Cash 8+ (M and W): 4 boat straight final, held as the last events on Saturday.  Composite crews encouraged. Winner takes half the base entry fee, with the other half going to support the VCRC Junior program (see regatta package for more details.)

      6. Bow marker deposits: will not be collected as part of the entry fee. If do not turn in your bow marker by the end of the regatta, you will be charged $20 (per lost bow marker).

      Changes from 2017 and 2018, still in effect for 2019.

      1. Early Bird deadline March 20. After this date, entry fee increases by $10/seat.

      2. RCA seat fee of $3.25/seat will be added to your RegattaCentral invoice.

      3. DOG is now using RegattaCentral (for registration) and RegattaMaster (for results). No more spreadsheets!

      4. Results will be posted on RegattaMaster and to Twitter. They will also be posted using a "graphical tree" format on site (hard copy).

      5.  For the premiere events (Open M and W 1x, Mixed Masters 2x) there will now be more time between the final race of the Second Chance tree and the Championship Final.

      6. Draw and progression have been refined to reduce the chances of the same crews meeting again (in the second chance tree).

      7. Masters Handicap (Garrett-Zezza system) has been updated. It should be ``more fair` for those U50.

    • Boat Christening: Please join us Saturday during the lunch break for the christening of 2 new VCRC boats, named in honour of long time community members Clive Wright and Neil Duckworth.

      Scratches on site: for scratches during the regatta, please go to the Registration/Volunteer tent and complete a scratch form (must include crew name and bow marker). This is critical

      Any no shows or scratches  will be assessed a $50 scratch fee that will be added to your invoice in RegattaCentral. The LOC may waive the scratch fee at their  discretion  (e.g., if the scratch is made for medical or compassionate reasons).

      Dash 8+: 1000m. Entry fee and cash prize have been eliminated.

      Coaches/Bow person meeting: Saturday 6:30 am Spracklen room

      Regatta Packages  may be picked up from the Registration Table Friday 4-6 pm and  one hour before the posted time for the first race. Please have only one person per club come to pick up the registration package. The package will include  bow markers for all your club's entries. Bow markers must be on your boat when you come through Control Commission.


      Byes: crews that have a "bye" do not row down the course for that round.

      Row-overs: if you competitor does now show up on the start line you are required to row down the course and across the finish line at a pace that does not impede the following race.

    • Competitors may enter in ONE event only, due to the tournament style format.

      Women and Men

      Jr (U19)1x      Championship event -  custom Rowwest jacket awarded to winner

      Jr (U19) 2x   We encourage Jr Bs (U17) to enter this event as well!

      Jr A (U19) 4x

      Jr B (U17) 4x  

      Jr C (U15) 4x+

      Open 1x   Championship event - $1000 cash prize awarded to winner,  $250 for 2nd place

      Open 4+


      Open 2x

      Masters 2x    Championship event - custom Rowwest jacket awarded to winners

      Masters 4x

      A minimum of 4 boats is required to run an event. Crews entered in events that do not meet the 4 boat minimum will be given the opportunity to move into a different event. The regatta may replace one event with another boat class in the same age group (e.g., replace Jr C 4x+ with Jr C 2x, or Open 4+ with Open 2-) to provide more meaningful competition. Coaches will be consulted before any changes are made.

      Please check out the regatta package for more information.

    • Masters Racing [XLSX] - 36KB

      The Garrett-Zezza handicap system will be applied in all Masters events, with prizes awarded based on adjusted times. For each race, calculate the difference between your handicap and your competitor's handicap. NEWSFLASH! The tables have been updated for 2017.
    • The course will be open for training for one hour after the last scheduled race on Saturday or until posted sunset, whichever is earlier. The course is not open for training before racing on Saturday or Sunday.

      The course is not officially open for training on Friday. Visiting crews who wish to train on Friday are asked to contact the VCRC Club Manager (clubadmin@vcrc.bc.ca).

    • Regatta Food!

      Plan to enjoy the delicious, nutritious food served at the regatta. Great food at reasonable prices - and you support VCRC. Check out the menu (below).
      Saturday :    
      Hash brown, egg and sausage casserole
      Breakfast wraps (non meat version)
      Fruit and yogurt parfaits
      Mac and Cheese 
      Adult Mac and Cheese 
      Warm Farro Salad (with veggies and feta)
      Veggie Wraps
      Chicken Wraps
      Hearty Soup and Bun 
      French Toast Blueberry Bake with Maple Syrup
      Breakfast Wraps
      Fruit and yogurt Parfaits
      Butter chicken with veggies and rice
      Hearty Soup and Bun
      Veggie Wraps
      Chicken Wraps
      Snacks: Oat Bars, Muffins, Fruit, Crepes
      Drinks: hot chocolate, coffee, a variety of teas, bottled water and gatorade.  
    • April 5-7, 2019

      Tentative races times:  Friday- as needed,  Saturday 7 am - 6:30 pm  Sunday 7 am - 4:30 pm    

      Entry deadlines 

      Registration Opens          March 4, 2019 Register here

      Early Bird                         midnight, March 20

      Normal                             midnight, March 27

      Fee payment                    midnight, March 30

      Late entries accepted until    midnight, March 30

      Scratches (no fee)            midnight March 27

      Scratches made after midnight, March 27 will forfeit their entry fee and be charged a $50 penalty.

      Preliminary Draw              April 1

      Bow/coxswains meeting  one hour before first scheduled race on Saturday


      8+ Dash Event

       4X / 4+



      Early Bird Boat Fee (includes GST)





       Rowing BC Seat Fee ($3.50/athlete)





       Rowing Canada Seat Fee ($3.25/athlete)





      Total Seat Fees





      Total per boat (Early Bird)





      Total per boat (Standard Fee)





      Total per boat (Late Entry)





      Please pay fees online at RegattaCentral

      Please contact if you are not able to pay online. We accept etransfers.
    • Please direct all questions about registration, late entries, payment, scratches etc to the Registration co-ordinator:

    • Race course: 1000m long.

      Start line: Hamsterly Beach, using stationary floating platforms (held start).

      Finish line:  west side of the docks.

      Two lanes are divided by a centre line of buoys, spaced 20m apart. Each lane also has an outside line of buoys.

      Distance markers every 250m (outside lanes 1 and 2). Orange buoys at start and finish.

      Launch: highway side dock.  

      Land: on  highway side of the lake side dock. To avoid interfering with the finish line and results officials, please do not dock on the lake side (west side) of the lake side dock. 

      Please keep clear of the finish line platform on the west side of the lakeside dock.

      On land  ONE WAY traffic pattern:

      Launching: please carry boats to Control Commission and the launching dock via the fire lane on the east (highway) side of the boathouse.

      Landing: please walk boats through the compound on the west (lake) side of the boathouse..


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