Regatta Signups runneth over–note deadlines!


•JL regatta wear ordering deadline, Sunday April 22 at midnight.  Scroll down the front page of our website for detailed information. Link to store

Regionals (6/22-24) sign up deadline April 30.

Cascadia (7/21-22) sign up deadline May 15.

•Row for the Cure (7/28) and Green Lake (8/4) sign ups will be posted June 1.  Deadline for both is June 30.

•Nationals sign up deadline May 15.  Please confirm your desire to attend.  An important note about Nationals–Participation in team boats at Nationals is handled differently than most regattas.  As a community rowing club, there’s a place for every member in almost every regatta we attend. There are only a few regattas where a simple desire to attend is not the only requirement (ex. Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, Opening Day)  Team boat entries at Masters Nationals will be treated similarly.  The coaches will evaluate all the sign ups and announce lineups by June 1.   If you have questions about this, check with Peter.

•Look for an announcement later this week about rowing without a launch.  The river temperature has gone from 48 to 52 in the past five days.  Looking for more warmth this week.  Sunrise is almost back to 6am, which means daylight at 5:30am.

•LTR Class coxing note–thanks to our many LTR member volunteer coxes.  You bring lots of enthusiasm to your job.  One important point–please defer to the LTR coaches regarding stroke correction and feedback to class members while coxing.  Our coaches work to give feedback to class members in digestible chunks.  Many of you know a lot about rowing, but please give the coaches space to do their jobs and refrain from overloading our new rowers  Thanks.

Member Update April 19

A few important announcements-

•NW Regional Championships (June 22-24, Vancouver Lake, WA) sign up now open.  The championship regatta is going back to the heats/finals format of past years, with a 4 event limit.  Deadline APRIL 30.   Sign up here

•Deadline to order STL racing gear from the JL team store is Sunday April 22 at midnight.  Link here

•Junior Regionals (May 18-20) Volunteer sign up here.  Station L earns $$ from your hours!

•Station L spring salmon bake/social planned for Saturday May 19.  Contact Peter if you want to help.


Station L “JL” competition gear

Hello Station L:  (From Brandy Halprin)

There is a lot of info here, please read it thoroughly.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m happy to help, but save us both time by reading everything here first.
It’s time again for our spring clothing/gear order from JL.  Like last year, the store will be open from now through Covered Bridge and the following week – until April 22nd.  This will allow those racing at Covered Bridge the chance to stop by the JL tent to take a look at different items and chat with the rep about fit.

Here are the basics about the online teamstore:

* Access the online store via the following link:  From here you can choose your items to place your individual order and pay online.

* All items will arrive in early JUNE – in time for Regionals – and will be shipped in bulk to me.  I will distribute at the boathouse once everything arrives.

* You can order custom team gear at anytime from JL, but this is your chance to get quantity pricing and access to the simplified online teamstore process.

* CUSTOM ORDERED ITEMS CANNOT BE RETURNED!!!  If you are unsure about sizing: borrow items from a teammate to try on, stop by the JL tent at Covered Bridge, or ask me for help.  PLEASE NOTE that JL sizes are not consistent with other clothing sizes and are not always consistent across different JL items – don’t just guess your size!!!

Some notes about team uniforms:

* Most regattas are not strict about team uniform.  For Covered Bridge it is adequate to wear black bottoms and a Royal Blue top – it doesn’t have to say Station L.  The tee shirts we ordered over the winter will work fine.

* If you plan to race at Regionals or Nationals this year, you will need to have a uniform that generally matches your boatmates.  Consider purchasing a JL tank or unisuit if you do not already own one.  Many of the guys race in the “L” typographic tech shirts, so guys can opt for this instead.  This is also a good choice for novices.

* If you missed out on the winter order of tee shirts and would like to order one of those (with the “L” typographic on the back), let me know.  I can coordinate with Anne to place another order from Oregon Screen Impressions.  This is a good option if your budget is limited and/or if you are new to rowing and unsure whether you are ready to invest in expensive JL gear.


Brandy Halprin

Social, Clinic and Regatta Announcements

•Mark your calendar for our May 19 salmon BBQ, social and dance party.   7-11pm at the boathouse.  More information coming soon!

•For those not attending the Covered Bridge Regatta next weekend, we are offering a regular Friday, Saturday and Sunday practice schedule.

•For those who ARE attending the regatta, boat loading is at 5:15am Friday.  Unloading Sunday after the regatta, likely 5:30pm or so.

Regatta Fees are listed on the regatta sign up page.   Pay your unique fee on our website. The fee includes your event entry fees, a park user fee and the club base fee (which covers coach wages, truck, trailer, coach motel).  Questions, ask Peter.

• Local PT provider Physio PDX (Sarah H. Stuhr, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT) is offering Station L rowers a free workshop plus personal injury screening on April 28.  There’s no obligation.  Questions, contact Station L member Jo Swartz.

Free Injury Prevention and Recovery Workshop 
Workshop covers mobility, self care/ recovery, management of DOMS, stretching tips, and more.
Where: Station L Boathouse 
When: Sat April 28th 9:30 – 10:15
Who: first 20 rowers to sign up
Free Personal Injury Screening
Please use this screen as a way to help you learn about your body, and inform you of best next steps regarding anything that might be limiting your ability to move freely throughout your day.
Where: Station L Boathouse 
When: Sat April 28th 10:40 – 12:20
Who: first 6 rowers to sign up

Spring Weather Alert!–re: Saturday practice

For those dialed into the weather, you’ve seen the reports–look down for the current Saturday forecast–

We will most likely not row Saturday.  There will be a couple of coaches at the boathouse to guide those who wish to erg, or help fix a few boats.   We only have our 15-18 ergs on Saturday, so we can better serve everyone if we erg in two groups, 7am and 8am.  So pick one.   Or sleep in and go out to coffee.  Stay tuned to the forecast and secure your garbage cans!

Rain before 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. High near 58. Windy, with a south southwest wind 22 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Member Update: Spring Break Edition!

Hello Members:

A few important announcements are piling up, so here goes:

*Fundraising–we’ve raised about $1700 from 21 members toward our new oars.   Add your contribution–large or small–so we can get the new oars into circulation. . . .  We need $2300 more.

*USRowing is gradually moving to align their calendar year waiver signing with your membership expiration date.  However, members with expiration dates in the first 1/2 of the year still need to sign the 2018 online waiver.  Instructions are at this link.  We will send a list of non-compliant members to captains for distribution next week.

*Daylight Savings time induced darkness continues.   By April 11 we will be back to the amount of morning light we had on March 10.  By April 30 we will have light at the beginning of morning practice.

*Our 2018 Learn to Row classes begin Monday April 2.  If you see new rowers around the boathouse, welcome them!

*As regatta season approaches, a reminder that all member programs will continue on their regular schedule UNLESS a specific announcement is made.

Reminders and Updates


•Work Party this Saturday, 930am-noon.  See the list of jobs and sign up to lead a team (link now accessible)

•Covered Bridge Regatta April 14-15, sign up deadline Monday March 5 at midnight,  Sign up at link

•The Portland Boathouse/Portland River Center has discontinued their pursuit of a boathouse on the OMSI property. See their announcement on Facebook.

Here’s a quick note from Sydney Ey, Station L board chair.

Dear Station L community,

On behalf of the Station L Board, we wanted to give you an update on the future location of our boathouse. This past week, our board representative to the PBH group, Terry New, learned that the plan is now tabled at this time due to OMSI’s recent decision to not proceed with our proposal.  Terry and the other PBH members will be meeting this month to proceed with other options that fit the needs of our timeline.

We continue to work closely with the PBH planning group, to represent our needs and find a viable solution. Please feel free to contact any of our board members or Peter if you have any questions or suggestions.


Sydney Ey

March is here this week!

Brace yourself–the return of winter weather means that March is almost here.  Plenty of activity at the club.

•Morning practice begins this Thursday.  Remember that the coaches will prioritize safety  while it’s still dark.  So be patient with your “dream lineup” or small boat desires.

•Spring Work Party, Saturday 9:30am-noon.  Our biggest of the year.   See the list of planned activities here.   If you have interest or skills that translate to a particular job, sign up to be a “team leader” at the link.

•The Covered Bridge Regatta at Dexter Lake signup is now open.  Deadline to sign up is March 5.

•We’ve got some updates regarding future boathouse issues–Peter and Board members will brief members at rowing sessions over the next week.

•Our final winter Learn to Erg class begins this Tuesday at 7pm.  We’ve still got a few spots left.  Register on our website.

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