Rideau Ferry Yacht Club and Regatta

Rideau Ferry Yacht Club

On the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site!

Bev Hall Racing the Inside Corner

About the Rideau Ferry Yacht Club & Regatta

Miss Rideau Ferry

This year marks the 120th Anniversary of the Rideau Ferry Regatta. It's hard to imagine that the organizers of the first regatta in 1897 would have ever thought this event would still be as popular as it is 120 years later. We've come a long way and seen many changes and challenges over the years. But this year the committee members promise that 2017 will be the most memorable regatta that people will have seen in many years.

If you have an interest vintage race boats, boat racing, high powers engines, canoe building, cardboard boat racing, toy boats, or just enjoy hanging around the beach, then this year’s Rideau Ferry Regatta is where you want to be on the weekend of August 19th & 20th 2017.

The Rideau Ferry Yacht Club welcomes boating enthusiasts of all ages to attend this award winning regatta. There will be dozens of vintage race boats gathered on the Big Rideau Lake from both Canada and the United States. Some of the sport’s most famous Grand Prix race boats and drivers will be there reaching speeds of well over 100mph, as well as many other vintage inboard and outboard classes.

Vintage race boat regattas are the fastest growing boating events within the American Power Boat Association, and now the Canadian Boating Federation has joined in. After the tremendous return of Vintage Race Boats at Rideau Ferry over the past 10 years, the interest of this sport north of the boarder has taken off as fast as the race boats themselves. The Canadian Boating Federation created a Vintage Race Boat Division, ensuring the future of these beautiful Vintage Race Boats within Canada stays strong and alive for future generations to enjoy. This year will see the introduction of the Ontario Power Boat Racing Assoc. (OPBRA) Outboard Drag Boats. This style of racing is new to Rideau Ferry and promises to be highly entertaining as the 800' strait away heats will be set up in the middle of the 1 mile circular racetrack. Please visit opbra.ca for more detail on outboard drag boat racing.

The crowd pleasing "Municipal Cardboard Boat Races" will return again this year. The surrounding municipalities will have decorated their hopefully seaworthy craft and the local politicians will skipper their cardboard boats to the finish line… or the bottom… whichever comes first! Municipalities from both sides of the Rideau have been invited to the challenge in hopes of bringing home the 120th Anniversary trophy.

The 2017 Regatta will also see the return of the "Six Hour Canoe" boat building competition, where teams of four construct a beautiful 14' canoe on Saturday and race it on Sunday. There will also be free "Toy Boat" shelter for children to build and paint their own little boats. So come on out, bring your lawn chair, and enjoy a beautiful day at the beach at the RVCA Conservation Area in Rideau Ferry.

Also, when attending the event this year, be sure to pick up a copy of "THE REGATTA BOOK", a beautiful story and picture book written by Val Hudson about the history of the RFYC Regattas and surrounding area. This book is a must have for your coffee table at your home or cottage. It can also be purchased by contacting gladfrogproductions@gmail.com

Hope to see you there.

Members of the Rideau Ferry Yacht Club