Ocean River Paddling Club – Bridges Race weekend – Oct. 4 & 5, 2014.
Spectators are welcome to drop by the Ocean River Paddling Club to watch the annual Bridges races.

Bridges Mixed Crew

Location: Behind Ocean River Sports at 1824 Store Street in Victoria, BC. Parking is not available in the lower parking lot. Please park up top and walk down behind Capital Iron, Ocean River Sports or Value Village.

Saturday, Oct. 4th we will host the six person outrigger canoe races. Spectators will have a great vantage point of the start and finish line from the parking lot overlooking the dock. The race will run from the Ocean River dock, under the Bay Street Bridge and then under the Selkirk Trestle (another great picture-taking location) and up the Gorge Waterway where teams will jostle for position rounding the buoy in front of the Tillicum Bridge. Teams will then race back the same route they came to finish at the Ocean River Paddling Club dock.

Please drop by to cheer on the 66 teams entered in this year’s race including women, men and mixed heats. Teams get 1 race per division with final results based on their finish time for that division. Food is available to purchase from our Victoria Youth Paddling Group and music and announcements by Rockin’ Robin!

Sunday, Oct. 5th is small boat race day! There will be 2 “inny” heats along the sheltered Gorge waterway for those paddlers wishing to race flat water boats or who prefer the calmer waters of the beautiful Gorge waterway. These heats are at 0830 and 0930 am. The “outy” course is a 9-10 km course heading under the Johnson Street Bridge, out of the inner harbor toward Esquimalt, turning around the rocks at Fleming Beach and back to the Ocean River dock. This race becomes even more challenging with wind and current. Awards and door prizes will take place after the last heat.

For more information about the Ocean River Paddling Club or to inquire about paddling opportunities, whether novice, recreational, experienced, or club crew, please e mail:

Bridges Weekend: Update October 2

Only three days and counting to the Bridges Regatta weekend. We will have a full house once again. The final grid is posted Final Bridges 2013 Race Grid

Reminders that each heat has its own sterns meeting and you are expected to be at the meeting for your heat as we will be taking role call. Start times listed on the grid are for guidance only. Heat times can run earlier than posted.

The small boat event is now set. Please see the attached registration form (Inny-OuttyReg Form) for information. Remember, this too is a fully sanctioned CORA event.

Learn To Outrigger

We are pleased to announce our Fall Learn to Outrigger course, starting September 7th and running for 5 weeks until October 8th. The on-water sessions will take place Saturdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The course will cover the basics of stroke technique, creFall L20 small singlew dynamics, safety and an introduction to steering an OC6 and paddling solo and tandem outriggers. All equipment is provided. Even if you have some OC6 paddling under your belt, this is a great way to get top notch coaching to improve your technique, meet new people and have a great time out on the water. Cost of the program is $170.00.

To register:

1) Go to our online system (Online Registration). You will be prompted with an online registration form. Choose Learn to Outrigger, fill out the form and press the submit button.
2) Within 24 hour you  will then be prompted, via email, to set up a TeamPages account and join the Learn to Outrigger Team. TeamPages is the software we use for this, so you don’t need to worry about the invitation being spam. Please accept the invitation.
3) You can then proceed to pay online using PayPal or credit card.

You will be asked to fill out a waiver the first class.

If you are uncomfortable with the online process, have difficulties with it, or wish to pay with cash/cheque, that is no problem. Simply contact us at orpc(at)

Welcome to ORPC

Welcome to the new ORPC website and the new ORPC. Starting in June, the members formed a Not-For-Profit Society and are now working towards being a solo entity. We first off, want to thank Brian and Rosemary Henry for their original vision when starting the club and for their patience, perseverance and support over the years. As we move forward, that legacy will help keep us strong.

Over the months, this front page will be the posting for upcoming events and notices. The rest of the site is a one-stop-shop for all you need to know about becoming a member, learning to paddle, and becoming involved in this wonderful sport.

The website will be undergoing some minor content revision but everything is current. If you have questions and need to reach us, don’t hesitate to use our Contact us page.