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Celebrating 60 Years of Western Rowing
Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017

London, ON

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Marnie McBean and David Pathcehll-Evans will be guest speakers at this eventThe Mustangs Old Oars Club would like to invite you to join us in celebrating 60 years of rowing excellence at Western University!

Join teammates from across six decades at a number of events during the weekend of September 15-17, 2017 in London, Ontario. There will be events for all generations and their families, including the chance to cheer on the current Western Mustangs team at the Western Invitational Regatta, a formal alumni dinner, and the annual Old Oars Regatta and boat christening.

Weekend Schedule At-A-Glance

Friday September 15th, 2017

  • An opportunity to play an afternoon round of golf at the Forest City National Golf Club.
  • A Toast to Volker Nolte: A casual meet up to celebrate Volker Nolte's retirement and contributions to rowing. A cash bar and light appetizers will be available. Joe Kool's, London 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 -- The Alumni dinner is SOLD OUT

  • Cheer on the current Western Mustangs rowing team as they compete in the Western Invitational Regatta at the Doug Wells Rowing Centre and Doc Fitz-James Boathouse at Fanshawe Lake. A refreshment tent will be available for alumni.
  • Time trials will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 10:00 a.m. Finals are scheduled to begin at 10:20 a.m., with a one-hour lunch between 10:30 and 11:30.  The last race is set to go for 3:10 p.m.
  • Western Rowing 60th Anniversary Alumni Dinner at the Forest City National Golf Course, overlooking Fanshawe Lake. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
  • Dress is cocktail for dinner. Spandex optional for rowing!
  • Buses will be leaving Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre at 4:45 p.m. to FCNGC. If you are staying at Ivey Spencer, please let Kim Cournoyer know if you are interested in taking the bus to FCNGC. 
  • Following dinner, buses have been arranged to take those interested to the Barking Frog (209 John Street.) Buses will leave FCNGC promptly at 9 p.m.
  • Please note, should you wish to join us at the Barking Frog, you must arrive prior to 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

  • The annual Old Oars Regatta will be hosted at the Doug Wells Rowing Centre, Fanshawe Lake at 9:00 a.m. Feel the water move under you again as you race alongside generations of Western rowers.
  • Immediately following the Old Oars Regatta, join us for the christening of several new boats, including two women's eights, and a catered brunch by a perennial favourite, James' Place, at the Doug Wells Rowing Centre.
  • The Old Oars schedule is as follows:

                                  9:00 a.m:         Alumni meet at boathouse, crew assignments, and row
                                  11:00 a.m.:      Alumni crews off the water
                                  11:30 a.m.:      Boat Christenings
                                  12:00 p.m.:      Buffet Brunch, provided by James’ Place
                                  1:00 p.m.:        60th Anniversary Weekend Concludes - See you at the 2018 Gala!


A block of rooms for out-of-town alumni has been reserved at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre for the nights of Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.

Ivey Spencer is a historic London hotel, situated on 30 acres off Windermere Road and located approximately halfway between Lake Fanshawe and downtown London.

Please use “Rowing 60th” when reserving your room.*

*Guests of Ivey Spencer are responsible for their own reservations, including booking, room rates, and incidentals. 

We are sorry, the deadline for registering for this event online has passed. Please email alumnirsvp@uwo.ca or call 1-800-258-6896 and press 2 if you are still interested in attending. Please leave your name, email, phone number, the name of your guest and specify which event you will be attending.














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