Our record breaking weather is creating unusual river conditions. We are not canceling any practices this week, but coaches are prepared with fun erg workouts for any morning that we can’t get on the water. With only 6 weeks until our first race, working out together on the erg is pretty important-so get yourself down to the boathouse!
This Sunday, the 19th, we will offer a full sweep and full sculling practice at 7am, to make up for any canceled weekday rows. All are welcome.
•Sign up deadline for the Covered Bridge Regatta is Friday March 10 at midnight. Sign up on our Event sign up page
•Reba Knickerbocker will be taking the helm as Head Women’s Coach after all. She starts this Friday. Look for her at weekday morning practices and Saturdays–she’ll be coaching alongside our other coaches while learning tips for river navigation in the dark. Be sure to introduce yourself!
•A big thank you to coaches Leslie and Kelsey for managing the interim period so nicely.
The river has calmed down and we’ve had two days of morning practice! Woohoo. (also, check out the pic of the ~600lb. sea lion from this morning, posted to our Facebook) A few reminders and announcements follow:
•Work Party this Saturday, 9am-noon. Stay for all of it, or part of it. There’s plenty to do.
•Dues and USRowing waivers are now expected from all members. Please take care of this ASAP.
•Our sign up for the Covered Bridge Regatta is here. Sign up closes March 10. Tip: Motels in the Springfield/Eugene area are filling up.
•Molly Evjen of RCRC(formerly of PWR, and STL coxswain) will be helping coach our women’s sweep team on some Fridays this spring!
•New this year, on Sundays, is an “open row”. Like Saturdays, any regular member (sweep or scull) can row on Sundays. Sculling will be the priority, but if there are enough sweep rowers, we will put out sweep boats. Beginning this Sunday, there’s an extra (3rd) coach on duty. Closer to regattas, we may run special race lineups on Sundays. But for now, it’s an extra opportunity for our members.
There’s plenty going on behind the scenes as we get ready for the start of the spring season.
•I’m happy to announce that Leslie Walker will serve as interim head women’s sweep coach. We are in the midst of another head coach search, and we’re happy that Leslie has agreed to work in this capacity in the meantime. The previously announced women’s sweep schedule will stay in place for the first few weeks of March. Any other staff changes will be announced as soon as they are complete.
•River Conditions. The coaches will only cancel practice the night before if we think that there is LESS than a 50/50 chance of rowing. Otherwise, the coaches will check water conditions in the mornings. They are trained to be conservative in their judgement. Don’t pressure them, please.
•Safety. All rowing in March must be as part of an organized, coached practice, due to river temperature.
•Schedule (Sweep) after March 1. Men Sweep TTH, plus Sat. 6:45am Women Sweep MWF, plus Sat. 7am
•Schedule (Sculling) after March 1. L3 Scull T, F, Sun. L4 Scull M, TH, Sun.
•Open Rows. Saturday and Sunday at 7am. Sweep or Scull. Just talk to a coach when you get there. Extra coaches will be on duty.
•Pay dues and sign waiver, ASAP.
•Covered Bridge Regatta (April 22-23) sign up, now open. Closes March 10.
•Club Work Party, March 4, 9am-noon. Attendees to planned women’s sweep meeting can work after their meeting.
Via our “Should I Row Today” page on the website, flow is 139k CFS, speed still at 3.0 FPS and near 12 feet on the gauge. Thus no rowing on Saturday. Coaches Reba, Peter, Sarah and Travis will all be at the boathouse from 7-9am anyway, so come down and impress them with your erging ability. Or help them with boat fixes. Or just stop by and say hi.
On Sunday we will be welcoming a new 8+ to the boathouse. We need a few folks to meet the trailer in the late afternoon, so let Peter know if you can help–especially if you live close by. You’ll get a 90 minute warning before the trailer arrives!
Just a reminder that our rescheduled XC ski outing is set for this Sunday, Feb. 12. The weather forecast is for a dry day, with sun! Please sign up on our event sign up page, and/or update your previous sign up.
The river is running high and fast, scheduled to peak at close to 12 feet on Saturday. It’s currently at a flow of 137,000 cfs and 3 feet per second. If it stays near this level, we won’t row this weekend. An update will be sent Friday night for Saturday rowing, and Saturday night for Sunday rowing.
The Station L Board would like to express our thanks to the members who stepped forward to be considered for the two open board positions. It was encouraging to see such a well qualified cast of candidates, but in the end there were two who came out on top.
The voting is now complete and we are pleased to announce that Jim Barrett and Terry New are our two new board members. Please take the time to thank them as well as the others who stepped forward for consideration. It is only though the dedicated efforts of volunteers like these that we succeed as an organization.