Hosting our annual fall race takes many hands. Please sign up for shifts ASAP so we know that we will be covered on race weekend. Most rowers will be racing from 745-945am on race day, October 28. (novices race from 10-noon) If you would like to help in a more substantial role, please contact Penny or Peter.
•The City is holding several meetings about their “River Plan”. On Tuesday Sept. 25 from 6-8pm, there is a session for river users like us. We urge club members to attend and give feedback about the needs of the rowing and human powered watercraft community. Link with more details.
•The Station L Board is working with the Portland Boathouse Board on relocation issues. We’ll have an update to share with members in a couple of weeks.
•“What is the picnic row?” It’s Saturday September 22. We will meet at 7am in the 4th bay of the boathouse. Once organized, we row to Lake Oswego at a variable pace. (could take 1.5+ hours). We will take the boats out of the water at George Rogers Park for a break, some food and perhaps a silly land based game. (A vehicle will meet us with slings/food). The row back will be at full pressure (JK). Expect to arrive back at the boathouse around noon. Anyone with greater ambitions can row farther upstream and shorten their break.
Long time club supporter Karen Wespi passed away last week. Karen’s husband George has been a member of Station L for 14 years.
Many of you followed the course of Karen’s illness closely and helped the family with work parties, visits, thoughts and prayers. George asked us to thank everyone for all they have done over the past two years.
For Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday programs will run as scheduled. On Monday, there will be one row at 7am, open to all members, sweep and scull.
Reminders about regatta sign ups. September 7 is the deadline for Head of the Dog and Head of the Lake. If you want to attend Row for the Cure (head race on Oct 7), you need to sign up again. The sign up sheet has been reset from the original July date.
Other Key Dates Fall Work Party Sept 8 Picnic/Marathon Row Sept.22 Portland Fall Classic Oct. 28 4th Annual Buoy Ball November 17.
Also note, the Picnic/Marathon row has been rescheduled for September 22 from 7am-noon. It’s a fun row–a round trip to either George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego or to West Linn/Oregon City. More info soon.
The 2018 Nationals just wrapped up in Oakland. There are plenty of story lines–more than enough to get us through another winter of training. Today we had: •4/5 crews advance from heats •2nd places for the Men’s D 4x, Women’s A 4x. •3rd place for the Women’s F 8+ and the Mixed B 4x •4th for the Women’s D 4x •5th for our other Mixed B 4x (yes, we qualified two of ’em for finals!) •6th for the women’s G 2x.
We finished 8th in total club points, out of 101 clubs, with 17 medals. Perhaps more important than the numbers is the experience gained–the first Nationals for most of our rowers. And don’t overlook the camaraderie that Station L members are known for. Like the live stream announcer said, “Station L wins the party.”
As everyone loads the trailer tonight and begins their journey home, we would love to make boat unloading a club-wide event. Lake Merritt is salty, so we are having a boat wash and rigging party tomorrow, Monday, at 6pm at the boathouse. The BBQ will be hot and the beverages cold. Plus there’s a hose 🙂
This was the most successful national regatta in our club’s history, and I thank everyone who filled a practice seat or changed their rowing schedule to accommodate this event. I must mention the supersize contributions that coaches Jim and Brad made to ensure everyone had an opportunity for excellence (not to forget the rest of the coaching staff back in Portland–you guys rock!). We were in good hands. Our coxes–Brandy, Shana, Gabrielle, Sydney and Rod all deserve special recognition as well.
I look forward to a “return to normal” this week, and some long fall pieces.