UPDATE: With the Governor’s extension of the school closure order, it’s a good time to look at our calendar. The governor’s executive order restricting gatherings of 25 or more currently extends to April 14. So for now, we can expect that the club will remain closed until April 14. The Opening Day regatta has also been cancelled.
Scheduled Learn to Row classes have been rescheduled for May–class members have been emailed details on their options going forward.
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 until Monday March 30. 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. Members who have sculling oars stored in the cage can remove them this weekend. The oar cage lock will be changed on Sunday. As the crisis evolves, we may be able to develop a protocol for limited erg use. But for now, the club is completely shut. In Seattle, Pocock, Sammammish, Green Lake and Mt. Baker are all similarly closed. The Husky Open and Covered Bridge Regattas have been cancelled. 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 on Friday March 27. Regards, Peter Edwards Program Director Jim Barrett Board Chair
The Board discussed our club’s response to the current situation at their Monday meeting, and we have a few announcements for all: 1. Members and class participants are asked to stay home when ill. 2. Station L programs that have attendance requirements will hold harmless those members who stay home when sick. If you are concerned about falling short of an attendance requirement, email your captains/coordinators IF YOU STAY HOME DUE TO ILLNESS and these absences will not count against you. Don’t pepper your captains with emails every time you miss practice for other reasons! 3. Rowers are asked to be aware of their proximity to others, knowing that authorities have recommended one meter of social distance. 4. We have not heard from regatta organizers about any changes in regattas. We will pass along any information we receive. 5. Please clean erg handles and monitors after use 6. The club stands ready to take additional measures as appropriate. Thank you.
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.