During the early 90’s some local teens were interested in trying the sport of rowing. There were no clubs, facilities or opportunities for the activity on the Island - north of Maple Bay. Initially Darryl Innes (charter President) encouraged and supported by Madge Taylor spent several months identifying local and BC resources, individuals and a potential venue. Three public meetings were held in Spring/Fall 1992 to interest students, parents and former rowers in the idea of a rowing club for Nanaimo.
Canada’s success at the 1992 Summer Olympics (Barcelona) provided extra inspiration for the formation of the Nanaimo club. Brenda Taylor (raised in Nanaimo) was a 1992 double gold medal Olympic winner on Canada’s National Rowing Team. Her encouragement and support when home for visits were a key component to the successful launch of the club (Chartered Dec. 17, 1992).