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The first tour of the season is the Niagara Banana Belt Tour on Sunday, May 14. This is an early season ‘tune-up’ tour of about 13 km on the Welland Recreational Canal. Information: carinapeters@yahoo.com.

The next event is the Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). This 500 km-long relay runs from June 15 to July 1. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation by including the three cities that have been named capitals of the Province in Canada West during the mid-19th century: Toronto (alternating capital from 1849 to 1859), Kingston (from 1841 to 1844) and Ottawa (1866-67).

“We’ve never collaborated in a rowing tour on this scale” said Richard Vincent, OAR’s president. “We delighted to support the FFB, which through sports and other fundraising initiatives has now funded over $28 million in research into the causes, treatments and, ultimately, the cures for retinal eye diseases”.

The Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay is made up of the following four tours:
• Lake Ontario, June 15 to 18 (160 km) organised by the Hanlan Rowing Club (with help from the Durham Rowing Club and Rowing Canada)
• Bay of Quinte, June 19 to 22 (140 km) organised by the Quinte Rowing Club
• Rideau Canal South, June 23 to 27 (100 km), organised by the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC)
• Rideau Canal North, June 28 to July 2 (100 km), organized by ONEC.

The Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay will accommodate participants with different levels of experience in sculling. Intermediate scullers may share a seat and row alternate days. Accommodation and car shuttles will be organised by the club responsible for each section of the relay.

For further information and registration for the Canada 150Row3Capitals Relay, go to the Ontario Adventure Rowing website at www.adventurerowing.ca.