December Member Update

December Announcements!

•Great to see our members logging their meters on the Concept2 site.  In the “on-water ” club division, Rogue Rowing is ahead of us–so members, be sure you are logging your meters AND you are “affiliated” w/ Station L on the Concept2 site.   PSU will be taking time off starting next week, so all of our ergs are available in the mornings for the next few weeks.

•For many, it’s time for end of the year giving.  Station L is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Your donation may be tax deductible.  Donate before December 31!

•Along with our boathouse partners Rose City Rowing Club, Wasabi, Portland State and Willamette Riverkeeper, we have a new website for our future home.  Check out the Portland River Center website and Facebook page.   There’s an animated video of the initial design and information about our vision for the facility.   Find the “join us” button to stay updated on fundraising related issues.

•We have started the search process for our next Head Women’s Sweep Coach.  Members are welcome to spread the word among their rower contacts.  The job posting is on Row2k and on our website.  Contact Sydney or Peter w/ questions.

•Need a last minute gift?  Learn to Row gift certificates are available.  Get a 2018 class for the 2017 price.   Find it here (scroll down)

•The 2018 dues amount will be released later this month.  Look for a special email.

Coach Wanted: Head Women’s Sweep Coach


We are searching for an experienced coach to lead our growing and successful masters women’s competitive sweep program.

Station L is a community rowing club with over 150 members guided by a team of ten coaches. This head coach is supported by two assistant coaches for novice and intermediate rowers, women’s team captains and enthusiastic and committed rowers. Station L strives to have a culture that is welcoming of all ages and abilities of masters rowers while also creating the best possible competitive opportunities.

1.3+ years of coaching experience, preferably with women athletes
2.USRowing Level 2 certification, knowledge of USRowing rules/regulations desired
3.Oregon Boater Card and First Aid certification needed prior to beginning work

Coach Attributes Sought:
1.Prepares rowers mentally, physically, and technically to row and compete well
2.Serves as a mentor to and work collaboratively with assistant coaches
3.Creates and supports a cohesive, inclusive and competitive women’s sweep program culture that values rowers of all ages
4.Has high expectations and an ability to guide rowers in that pursuit
5.Is an excellent communicator with rowers and coaches and collaborates with entire Station L coaching staff
6.Has record of competitive success coaching women
7.Can plan and communicate a year round training regimen

Hours: The position is part time, mornings and weekends, with competitive hourly wages DOE. If desired, this position can be combined with other coaching opportunities at the club in our sculling and/or learn-to-row programs. The position reports to the club’s Program Director.

Position open until filled. Diverse applicants welcome.

For more information and to apply: contact Peter Edwards, Program Director, ([email protected]).

Thanksgiving Week info

Just a reminder about our Turkey Week schedule at Station L–

•Thanksgiving Day row, 7am.  Note that the parking lot is not available to Station L on weekdays, including Thanksgiving.

•Saturday and Sunday rowing continues, 7am

•Significant rain is expected this week–if the river rises and debris flow increases, rowing could be cancelled.   This is difficult to predict the day before, so any cancellations won’t be announced ahead of time.

•The Concept2 Holiday challenge begins Thanksgiving Day.  Groups are meeting both Thursday and Friday to kick it off with a 1/2 marathon.  Be sure you have an online logbook at the Concept2 site, and “affiliate” yourself with Station L.

•Last call for reimbursements from the club treasury for 2017.  If you have expenses (launch gas, etc.), please forward your receipts to Donna ASAP.  If you have questions, please let Peter or Donna know.

Fall roundup

What a party!   If you couldn’t attend the 2017 Buoy Ball, you missed a great event.   Congratulations to all the award winners, including Penny Luong, who was awarded the Wespi Service Award.

Best wishes to (now former) Head Womens’ Sweep Coach Reba Knickerbocker, who is off to her new position on the east coast.

Here’s a grab bag of announcements–

  1. Thanksgiving morning row, 7am.  Be there!    (and pencil in the New Years Row, 7am)
  2. All Saturday/Sunday rowing begins at 7am, weather permitting.
  3. Please pay all outstanding fees from regattas, events, etc.  We need our fiscal house in order before the end of the month.  Even the cancelled Head of the Lake requires a fee  🙁
  4. Erg schedule-    MWF 5:30-7am, RCRC bay, STL women have priority.   T/TH am STL Bay, STL men have priority.  PSU ergs on MWF mornings in STL bay.  There is often room for people to erg on non-priority days, but you need to defer to the scheduled group.
  5. Afternoon ergs–RCRC uses our ergs M-F from 4:15-6:15pm.  They will leave ONE or TWO ergs for STL use, but those are first come, first served.   And you have to be near stinky teen-agers.
  6. Get ready for the 2017 Concept2 Holiday Challenge, November 24-December 24.  For the past three years, we’ve recorded more meters in this event than any other rowing club on Earth. (yes, that’s correct).   Set a goal, whether it be 100k, 200k, or crazy Arthur-Sarah-Scott (there have been others) 300k.  And log those meters on the C2 site!   More information coming soon.
  7. Annual membership meeting–guaranteed to be less fun than the Buoy Ball.   Sunday January 28, 3pm.  Location TBA
  8. 2018 Calendar is up on the Regatta sign up page.  Not all dates are determined, but take this opportunity to reserve those race weekends on the family calendar.

Important: Modified Schedule this week + Winter schedule


Rowing in the dark is taking a toll on our equipment.  In the past 8 days, we’ve lost 4 skeg/rudder combinations–and we’ve had other collisions with hidden logs that caused boat damage.  The replacement cost of the broken equipment is $500 and counting.

We are cancelling the remaining days of morning rowing this week, with the following exceptions:

Thursday–HOTL 2 women’s 4x’s and HOTL men’s 8+ lineup will practice

Friday–HOTL 2 women’s 8+’s lineups will practice

We apologize for ending weekday rowing 3 days early, but this step should reduce the possibility of additional equipment damage.

Saturday Rowing Schedule–normal open row (sweep priority), meeting at 7am for ALL members.

Sunday Rowing Schedule–No rowing Sunday Nov 5.  Regular Sunday (scull priority) will resume on Sunday Nov 12 at 7am.

Winter Season Erg Workouts–full details will be sent to groups by their coaches, but the general schedule will be as follows–

MWF am–STL Women have priority, in RCRC bay.   PSU priority in STL bay

TTH am–STL Men have priority in STL bay.  No RCRC bay.

M-F Evenings–RCRC has our ergs from 4-6:15pm.  This year, we will reserve TWO ergs for STL members in the afternoons, first come, first served.   STL men erg on Wed evenings, following by pub outing.

PFC final reminders, requests

A couple of quick reminders–

•follow results, find heat sheets, schedule, at RegattaMasterOnline.  If you are on your phone, use their mobile site

•Do you have a wifi hot spot you can loan us?  We ended up one down for tomorrow.  We can reimburse for data/etc.  Please let Peter know.

•The parking lot will be closed.  Allow plenty of time to park and walk in the morning.

PFC Entry Fees, Fall Awards Party, Pics wanted!

  1. Members racing at the Portland Fall Classic need to pay a $30 entry fee.  Pay online at the link  OR via cash in a labeled envelope to the treasurer box in the boathouse, or to your captain in a labeled envelope.  Cash fees at this regatta actually help!
  2. Fall Buoy Ball Awards party Friday November 10.  Buy tix online.
  3. Got rowing pics from 2017?  Upload them so we can show them at the party.  Upload to this link

2017 Season Celebration!

Mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes, and plan on coming to join your Station L friends and teammates for an evening of celebration to close out the 2017 rowing season.

Date: Friday November 10th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: At the boathouse of course! (Where else?)

Who: You and your guest!

Cost: 25.00

Payment: In advance please! Click Here or use the link under Payments -> Social

We’ll provide the hors d’oeuvres, the music,  and a great time for everyone. You can help by bringing your own beverage of choice and perhaps a bit to share with your rowing family.

This year the theme is aimed at more mingling and less sitting, so we’re doing away with the long tables and moving to tall tables and fabulous nibbles. If you feel the need to sit then you might want to grab a chair or two from your house, but why sit when you can dance?

We’ll see you all at the boathouse!

Moving Part 2

Two hours of work by 20 dedicated members allowed us to move most of our boats over to the boathouse this evening.  The dock will be moved tomorrow.  Wednesday morning rowers will erg and rig (not necessarily in that order).

We need to take one more load (a smaller load).  The good news is that you have ANOTHER chance to help out.  Meet Wednesday at 5:30pm to derig, with loading the trailer to follow by 6pm.   It’s a smaller load, so we should be done by 6:30-6:45pm.

If you haven’t been able to help yet, please see if you can arrange your schedule to help out tomorrow.  Thanks.

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