Hanlan is proud to support a large, diverse Competitive Masters Program. Our rowers have accomplished top results on the Canadian regatta circuit. The program is open to anyone 21+ with at least one year of rowing experience. Single scullers are expected to own or rent personal equipment. The club provides crew boats. Masters athletes come to the program with a range of experience and interests, which results in a diverse array of training needs and understanding. A competitive training plan will be made available to all registered members, and the degree to which each athlete adheres to the program may vary. Experienced coaching will also be made available to all athletes of all experience levels provided they attend the scheduled training times. Athletes who own private equipment or have permission from the club are permitted to row at alternate times but do so without coach supervision.

Boating Orders

For experienced masters who are serious about training and aim to win at sanctioned local, national, and international regattas. Selection and boating orders will be made during the months of April and May and will be based primarily on 1km erg testing. Some adjustments may be made post selection based on the coaches discretion regarding on-water skill level. 

Athletes who own private equipment and/or who do not wish to be considered for competitive crew boats may opt-out of erg testing and continue to practice with the team and receive coaching and training plans regardless of activity level. These athletes may also still compete at all sanctioned regattas but must communicate their intentions to compete and the events in which they intend to race. 


1+ Year(s)


Ability to Swim | Moderate to Excellent Physical Fitness | Commitment to Most Practices and Regattas


21+ | Fee includes RCA Registration


All athletes are required to race in the current Hanlan unisuit: ordering details.


Every athlete must demonstrate a reasonable competence and fitness standard to race for Hanlan at any sanctioned regatta, as determined by the Club Captain, Head Coach, or Masters Coach.


  • Brings proper training attire to each practice and running gear in case of poor weather.
  • Puts forth his/her best effort in practice and contests.
  • Treats coaches, officials, teammates, and opponents with respect.
  • Conducts himself/herself in a manner that brings credit to Hanlan.


  • Understands unacceptable conduct may result in forfeiting privilege to participate.
  • Accepts training rules, team behavioral standard, safety policy, and responsibilities for equipment.
  • Must be in Hanlan uniform while competing.


First Meeting - Saturday April 22, 8am 

spring practice schedule

MONDAY       5:45AM-7AM
SUNDAY        7AM-8:15AM


MONDAY       5:45AM-7AM
SUNDAY        7AM-8:15AM


Saturday June 17: Tony Biernacki

Saturday June 24: CORA Guelph and Near North Classic*

Saturday July 1: Canada Day Regatta

Sunday July 2: CORA Welland*

Saturday July 8: CORA London

Sunday July 16: ROWONTARIO Masters

Saturday July 29: ROWONTARIO Championships

Sunday August 6: Henley Masters

Saturday August 13: Hanlan Coastal Regatta

Saturday September 24: Head of the Welland

Saturday October 1: Head of the Trent

*no Hanlan trailer


Masters Coach: Jacob Giesbrecht

Jacob is one of the newest additions to the revitalized masters program and a current member of the senior competitive program at Hanlan Boat Club. Jacob has been involved in rowing for nearly half of his life, with ~10 years of competitive rowing experience and ~7 years of coaching experience. He has represented Canada twice at international regattas (CanAmMex and the FISU World University Championships) and found success at the club level in both his rowing and coaching careers. 

Email: for any inquiries