Station L Rowing Club, in consultation with the other organizations at Portland Boathouse, is restarting member operations effective Thursday May 14. Members have received (many) emails with detailed instructions and safety rules. More to come.
Our operations are substantially changed–as we are rowing only in singles, and in limited numbers. Our club has access to over 30 single scull boats, with 20 more set to arrive in the coming weeks.
Our Learn to Row classes will also be conducted in single person boats, which allows for greater social distance. Updated information on Learn to Row classes will be posted soon. We are still accepting registrations for our July session.
UPDATE: Station L will remain closed while the governor’s executive order 20-12 “Stay at home” is still in force.
All Learn to Row registrants have been issued refunds. A new LTR course schedule is up on our LTR page, for classes scheduled to start in July.
Members and friends: As difficult as it is to write this, we know it’s more difficult to receive. Effective immediately, Station L is suspending all operations.
The Board has been following all of the recent developments and strongly believes that taking this step is in the best interest of our members, their families and most importantly, our community.
All club operations are shut. There will be no independent rowing or erg workouts.
Please take care of yourselves and your families during this time. Take lots of walks outside. Find and follow the best information available. And know that this is only temporary.
We know that many of you enjoy some of your best friendships through your association with the club. This period of isolation will be difficult, but it’s like training–if we hit it hard and do it right, the benefits should be tangible.
If there are new developments regarding a potential new boathouse, we will keep you informed.
We will re-assess our suspension based on guidance from federal, state and local authorities .
Regards, Peter Edwards Program Director Jim Barrett Board Chair
Sunday was crisp and clear, with a striking sunrise greeting rowers as they rigged boats in the chilly pre-dawn. In partnership with Rose City Rowing Club, we hosted 23 clubs with a total of 197 entries (and hundreds of rowers) on Vancouver Lake for a starboard-heavy 5k in gorgeous fall sunshine.
We are out of the former Portland Boathouse and currently in the process of settling into our new clubhouse on SE Caruthers and the new boat site on SE Ivon.
Check your email for details from coaches on dryland practice, plans for rigging, and additional volunteer opportunities in relation to the move. Questions, ask your captain/s or ping the registrars.
Thanks to all the people who the move this weekend possible, hardworking rowers from Station L and Rose City RC, as well as coaches from both clubs and our friends and neighbors from Wasabi Paddling Club and the Willamette Riverkeeper.
Problem: there’s not enough perspective in one person to tell you the tales of the rowers (35) and coaches (2) for a three-or-four-day trip to Canada. Instead of holding forth, I’ll let the numbers speak.
Of five mixed C 2x entries, four made finals (18 boats in heats)
Four mixed 4x entries
Six first-time 1x racers
Many first sculling races for folks, and/or sitting different seats
Medal count: 15 gold, 18 silver, 9 bronze
Boat count: we brought 22 and it wasn’t enough (borrowed an 8+)
…or, to quote the announcer bloody hell… Station L! Well done, y’all.
(Tallies h/t Brad – if you like boats+sunrise shots, get thee to his Instagram.)
We would like to invite friends and family of members to participate in National Learn to Row Day, where they can join us on the Willamette River and receive a free introduction to rowing for fun and fitness. This event is part of US Rowing’s National Learn to Row Day, which takes place annually on the first Saturday in June.
Where: Portland Boathouse – 1515 SE Water Ave, Bay #2 When: 10am-12 noon, Saturday, June 1st Who: Open to the public; minors must have a parent/guardian present to sign a waiver. Registration: None required Cost: Free! Gear: Wear comfortable athletic-type clothing, layers recommended. Questions? Contact the Station L Registrar by replying to this email. Learn more about Station L at stationlrowingclub.com
Station L members work to make our club welcoming to all individuals interested in learning, competing or improving their rowing skills. Station L provides access to rowing, coaching and community engagement regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or age of masters’ rower.