Up to the early 1950’s the only regattas available in the Central area of Ontario were the CSSRA High School Championships in St Catharines, Dominion Day Regatta in Toronto, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St Catharines, the CNE regatta in Toronto and the Labour Day regatta in Buffalo. In 1953 the Argonaut Rowing Club, Don Rowing Club, Leander Boat Club and the St Catharines Rowing Club formed the Central Ontario Rowing Association, to hold rowing regattas to provide racing experience for junior oarsmen. Each year regattas were held in Toronto, Hamilton and St Catharines. London was
added within a couple of years. The early regattas had between sixteen to twenty races for 135, 145, 155 and heavy weight men crews. In the 1970’s women rowing started and events were added to the regatta. In the beginning CORA had four member
clubs, today there are over twenty rowing club from four of the six regions of Ontario. At our 2013 championship regatta held in Welland there were close to one hundred races for U17, U19, U23 & Senior man and woman South Niagara Rowing Club
crews. This is a far cry from the sixteen to twenty races back in 1953. This year at the June 28th regatta being held on the Welland International Flat-water North Regatta Course we expect fifteen to twenty rowing clubs competing in seventy-five
to eighty races. For the CORA Championship Regatta on the Welland International Flatwater South Regatta Course we expect a minimum of twenty rowing clubs competing in ninety to one hundred races.
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