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Ice Breaker Regatta

The Ice Breaker Regatta is an annual regatta hosted by Row Nova Scotia on Lake Banook and Lake Mic Mac in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This regatta is a head race format that has athletes complete a 4.3km loop of the two lakes. This regatta aligns with the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model outlined by Rowing Canada Aviron that has athletes competing at long distances early in the season. The Ice Breaker is open to Novice, Junior, Under 23, Senior, Masters and Para athletes.

Virtual Ice Breaker Regatta

Participation in Row NS’s Ice Breaker Regatta is accepted on the condition that it will not be the basis of any claim, demand or cause for action. The following activities is therefore strictly at your own risk and is your responsibility to perform due diligence before acting upon any of the information provided. Always exercise caution when performing any physical activity without proper safety equipment or direct supervision from a certified coach.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Row NS was forced to cancel our first on-water regatta of the season, the Ice Breaker Regatta, scheduled for Saturday May 30, 2020. While this is very unfortunate news, we are looking to offer a Virtual Ice Breaker Regatta in its place to engage anyone in Nova Scotia, provide an opportunity for competition, but most importantly have fun and stay active. In typical Ice Breaker Regatta fashion, participants will complete 4.3km, similar to the Around the Lake course on Lake Banook! There will be two options to participate for those with access to an erg, and for those who do not have access to an erg:
1. 4.3km Erg
2. 4.3km run/wheel

Submit Results

Virtual Ice Breaker Submissions

Please attach a picture of your Concept2 monitor verifying your erg piece or a picture verifying your time for the run piece(ie – strava, apple watch, garmin, google map, etc).


  1. Erg: All age categories will have 1x and mixed 2x events.
  2. Run/Wheel: All age categories are individual.

For mixed 2x events the cumulative time between the two participants will be used.  If rowers are competing in the 1x and mixed 2x event they are only required to submit a single erg time.

Age Categories

Junior (U19), Senior (19+), Masters 1 (27-50), Masters 2 (51+), Para (Open)

Submission Dates

You must complete and submit your erg/run/wheel piece between Friday May 29, 2020 at 6:00am (ADT) and Sunday May 31, 2020 at 6:00pm (ADT).


Virtual Ice Breaker Results


The winners will be celebrated on our social media accounts on Monday June 1, 2020.

All participants will be entered into a random draw for four gift cards to local businesses in the HRM area and announced and contacted on Monday June 1, 2020.

Rules and Guidelines and Othe Information

  • Free to participate;
  • Anyone can participate;
  • Age categories for rankings are Junior (18 and under), Senior (19+), Masters 1 (36-50) and Masters 2 (51+);
  • In the Erg Mixed 2x event both participants must be eligible to compete in the selected age category.
  • You can only enter your time in one age category per event (1x, 2x, run/wheel).
  • You can compete in one event or all – ie. the run, erg 1x and erg mixed 2x.
  • If you compete in the erg event and the run/wheel event you will need to complete the submission for each piece (run and erg).
  • Please respect government guidelines and restrictions, properly clean equipment and pay attention to your overall safety while participating.

Regatta Package

The 2020 Ice Breaker Regatta package is not available at this time.

Regatta Draw

2020 regatta draw will be available the week before the regatta.

Regatta Results

2020 results will be available.

Regatta Survey

Did you participate in Ice Breaker Regatta? Help improve regattas in Nova Scotia by completing the survey and providing feedback that will help us make decisions about regattas in the future.

Particpant Survey

Past Results

2019 Ice Breaker Results

2018 Ice Breaker Results
2017 Ice Breaker Results
2016 Ice Breaker Results
2015 Ice Breaker Results
2014 Ice Breaker Results
2013 Ice Breaker Results
2012 Ice Breaker Results
2011 Ice Breaker Results
2010 Ice Breaker Results
2009 Ice Breaker Results
2008 Ice Breaker Results
2007 Ice Breaker Results
2006 Ice Breaker Results