Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Canada Games rowing venue gets rave reviews

Prince Edward Island's new rowing venue, set up only last week for the Canada Games, is a big hit with competitors and spectators.

The excitement over the course is, however, tinged with disappointment. It's built on private land and with a temporary permit from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and will have to come down when the Games, which began Aug. 15, end Aug. 29.

"It's too bad, but at the same time I guess there are regulations with DFO," said P.E.I. rower Scott Murray.

The course is on the Southwest River, on the province's North Shore. Setting it up took hundreds of hours of work, including surveying the course, and putting in lane markers and floating docks. As they come off the course, competitors have good things to say.

"I was amazed, to be honest," said one rower from Newfoundland and Labrador.

"I didn't know what to expect. The water is awesome."

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