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Vancouver Rowing Club

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Vancouver Rowing Club

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The Vancouver Rowing Club, oldest athletic club in the city, was founded in 1899, as an amalgamation of the Vancouver Boating Club (founded 1886) and the Burrard Inlet Rowing Club (founded 1890). Their clubhouse, familiar landmark on Coal Harbour, was built in 1911. The club began as a rowing and boating club, but other sports have played a part in the Vancouver Rowing Club's history, including rugby, cricket, field hockey, jogging and tennis. Over the years, club members have successfully participated in Olympic Games, the British Empire Games, Pan Am Games, and other major competitions and regattas. Members of the Vancouver Rowing Club were actively involved in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Rowing and Sculling Committee. The club had strong affiliations with other rowing organizations including the North Pacific Association of Amateur Oarsmen and the joint sponsorship of the University of British Columbia (VRC/UBC) rowing team. The yachting section of the Vancouver Rowing Club was called the Burrard Yacht Club from 1932 to 1975 when it was renamed the Vancouver Rowing Club Yachting Section.

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