Hanlan Boat Club
Founded in 1975 by Sam Craig to establish the Upper Canada College Rowing Program, Hanlan Boat Club is home to Havergal College, Upper Canada College, the University of Toronto Varsity Rowing Team (the oldest rowing program in Canada), a thriving Competitive Club Membership, and a growing stable of Community Programs.
Hanlan’s vision is to be the rowing club of choice in Toronto, by providing the best overall member experience of any club and working together to become a true center of excellence through the following initiatives:
- Improve our fleet, equipment, and facilities.
- Hire qualified coaches and nurture new coaches to lead and develop programs.
- Partner with PSO’s and NSO’s such as Row Ontario, Outdoor Adventure Rowing Association, and Rowing Canada.
- Become the standard of high performance rowing in the GTA.
- Develop our community programs and introducing the sport of rowing to as many people as possible.
- Build unique events and regattas.
- Bring together organizations and communities and promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor, team-oriented activity.
- Raise environmental awareness for water conservation through sport.
- Create a sustainable future on the Toronto Waterfront.
In 1975, UCC parent, Sam Craig, formerly of Cadillac Fairview Corporation, acquired a lease for the current Regatta Road site in the Toronto Outer Harbour. Within a year, Sam purchased and had built on the property the first (east) Quonset hut. Since 1976, Hanlan youth men and women, representing either Hanlan or their high schools, competed at the CSSRA Championships, Royal Canadian Henley, Canadian Championships, World Championships, and the Olympics.
During the late 1980s the club began to grow with the increasing popularity of Masters rowing, for athletes over 27 years old, following the August 1985 12th FISA Veterans International Regatta and the inaugural World Masters Games. By 1989, Havergal College moved from the Argonaut Rowing Club to Hanlan. Sam Craig donated a second Quonset hut to accommodate the expanded fleet. A second dock was also constructed to accommodate the growth. From 1987, a formal executive committee was established and the running of Hanlan was led by Michael List and in the early 1990s by Debbie Beatty. Hanlan had over 200 members, including two high schools, Masters rowing enthusiasts, and a Learn-to-Row program.
In the mid-1990s, electricity was brought in and the road leading to the club was paved. A full summer program was in place with well over 100 athletes competing in various regattas. In 2000, the University of Toronto Rowing Club moved to Hanlan Boat Club, adding to the membership and combined fleet.
HBC currently offers a variety of programs; Learn-to-Row, Junior Summer and Fall Competitive, Senior Summer and Fall Competitive, Masters Competitive, Long Distance Adventure, Recreational and Summer Youth Watersports. The Strategic Plan includes the development of a Corporate League and the possibility of other programs, e.g. Adaptive.
Hanlan Boat Club, named after the world-famous sculler Edward “Ned” Hanlan has a rich and colourful history on Lake Ontario. Read about Ned's life here: The Life of Ned Hanlan by Richard MacFarlane
HBC is run by a Board of Directors, which is elected for two-year terms. The Board also includes representatives of other HBC stakeholders; namely Havergal College, University of Toronto, and Upper Canada College.
The elected Board members are all volunteers. The Board meets formally at least once per year to approve the fees for the upcoming season. The Board will meet more frequently, as determined necessary by the President, to discuss other business as it arises.
Member at Large
Member at Large
Havergal College Rep
U of T Rep
A sub-group of Board members constitutes the Executive Committee. This is the management committee of the Club and meets throughout the year. The Head Coach is invited to attend most Executive Committee meetings.