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.
Sunny and warm in Oakland today, and Lake Merritt is a bustling pile of rowers and boats on day 1 of Nationals. Racing kicked off this morning, shortly after 8am, and will continue until just after 6pm.
With “five-minute centers” (five minutes between start times), the schedule is packed with folks from all over the country as well as some of our northerly neighbors.
This morning, Station L had nine entries in eight events; seven of those boats made finals. This afternoon brings nine events — those final seven plus two straight finals.
We’ll do our best to post recaps @ the end of each day, but you can watch results live on HereNow. Filter by “Station L” to see just our crews, or take a moment and drink in all the times and boats you please.