Venue & Race Course
The Organizing Committee is working with World Rowing to design an interesting and challenging course that takes advantage of local conditions.
WRCC 2018 is taking place at Tulista Park beach in Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula at the southern end of Vancouver Island. The race course will be set on Bazan Bay, facing east onto Sidney Channel (4 km wide). Several islands separate it from Haro Strait and provide some protection from SE wind and waves. There is ample space to put in a 6-8 km course.
Tulista Park features a long, straight, gently sloping pebbly beach, suitable for a beach start. This would be the first ever standing beach start at a World Rowing Coastal Championships. A beach start will be possible under most conditions, but a floating start 250 m off the beach will also be possible. The finish will be on the water, with the finish line perpendicular to the beach with the inshore end about 100m offshore.
Tentative race distances are 4 km for the heats and 6 km for the finals. Course details will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.
Lochside Drive shorefront walkway and the walkway around Sidney waterfront provide excellent viewing for spectators.
Wind, Weather and Water
For 11 – 14 October, typical daily high is 14 oC and typical daily low is 5 oC. The average water temperature is 10 oC. Wind speed is typically 4.7-4.9 m/s from the southeast (135o-150o). Sunrise will occur at 7:30 am with sunset at 6:30 pm.
The venue is not exposed to ocean swells. Tidal currents in the area of the course run towards the south on the ebb and to the north on the flood, are will be between 0.5-2 m/s. During the regatta flood currents in the morning and late afternoon may reach 2 m/sec (4kts) but between mid-morning and mid-afternoon ebb currents will be less than 0.5 m/sec (1kt).
Waves are wind-generated. Wind against tide can create localized steep waves and choppy water conditions.
The boat park, athletes village, (including medical and rest tents), and marketplace will be located at Tulista Park, less than 1km south of the heart of Sidney. Further details will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.