Polar Bear Series

Have a boat and are new to racing? No problem – this series is a great way for beginner skippers to get out on the water and into racing.

Don’t have a boat but still want to race? Perhaps you’re a member of one of the other sections and want to try your hand at sailing? We’ll find a ride for you – Lots of boats are looking for crew and rookies are certainly welcome! Email VRC’s Fleet Captain and they will set you up with a boat.

Looking for crew? Email VRC’s Fleet Captain with how many crew you’re looking for and what sort of libation your crew should bring.

Have more questions or wish to meet skippers and crew in person before the series? Attend VRC’s Rookie Racing Seminar on Tuesday, October 25th @1900 hours at the club in the Trophy Lounge.

Want to chat about the Polar Bear Series? Jump on over to the VRC Racing Facebook page!

Want to contact the Race Committee? Please email raceofficer@vrcracing.ca.

Join us in the Carver Bar at Vancouver Rowing Club after racing for the reading of results and door prizes!

The first race is Sunday November 6th!

Fall 2022 Series:
November 6th & 20th
December 4th & 18th

Winter 2023 Series:
January 15th & 29th
February 12th & 26th
March 12th

Register Now!

$75 payment – Full Series Entry $25 payment – Single Race Day Entry

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

2022 – 2023 Registrants

2022 – 2023 Polar Bear Series Volunteers

Protest Committee: Hearings and Decisions

VRC Rowing Flow Pattern

For reference: Race Signals 1 Race Signals 2


Fall Series Results Winter Series Results Overall Series Results

Notices to Competitors:

Number Date & Time Notice
1 Sept 24 2022, 1830h

All Polar Bear competitors departing from Vancouver Rowing Club moorage must familiarize themselves with the Rowing Flow Pattern illustrated on the linked document: https://vrcracing.ca/wp-content/uploads/Course-Map-Current-2020-10-15.pdf. A reminder that you must have a lookout sighting and communicating the position of rowers when departing the VRC docks.

2 Nov 17 2022, 2200h

Horatio received a new PHRFBC rating of 204 based on measurements of her new sails. Horatio sailed the November 6th race in Division 3 with the new sails using her old rating. However, as Divisions 3 & 4 started together on the November 6th race, we have moved Horatio from Division 3 (@ 189) to Division 4 (@ 204).

Following racing on November 20th, Division 4’s November 6th race results will be rescored to include Horatio and Division 3’s November 6th race results will be rescored without Horatio.

VRC Race Committee

Dec 17 2022, 1230h

Based on this morning’s forecast we have made the difficult decision to cancel the race tomorrow (18th December) given the safety concerns for the race committee volunteers due to the weather conditions.

Current forecast for tomorrow is:

  • Periods of snow. Local amount 5 cm.
  • Temperature falling to minus 4 in the afternoon.
  • Wind chill minus 10 in the afternoon.
  • Flurries overnight Saturday and Sunday.

We wish you all the best for the Holiday Season and are looking forward to seeing you in the new year.

VRC Race Committee

This Notice was broadcast to skippers as an email message via RRS.org.