Member Update

Just a few important announcements:

•T/TH Swing Shift rowing begins this Tuesday.  Meet to stretch at 6:30am.  The coach will meet the group at 6:45am.  Remember to use street parking.

•We are adding a 5th coach to Saturday mornings.  We’ve already added a 3rd to Sundays.  The staff is working with the captains to make sure everyone has a good experience when the boathouse is full.

•Monday Memorial Day will be an open club row at 7am.  All members welcome, sweep or scull.  Use street parking.

•Thanks to everyone who volunteered this weekend at Junior Regionals.

Swing Shift Rowing Delayed One Week, and misc.

The long awaited dock repairs are happening this week.  The dock will close each day at 6:50am, opening up again at 3pm.    This is great news, but as a result, our new swing shift rowing sessions won’t start until Tuesday May 22.

May 15 is the deadline to confirm participation in Nationals, and to sign up for Cascadia.  All from our event page.  Other summer regatta sign ups will open soon.

The river is running high and slow due to the height of the Columbia.  It’s at 14 feet now and climbing.  There’s no impact to rowing except that debris flow is much heavier than normal.  Be extra careful to avoid boat damage.

May means…..the end of rowing in the dark!

Welcome to spring–the spring with daylight in the morning!

•Thank You to Life Member Bob Walters–his contribution put our new oar fundraising drive over the top.  The oars are being used daily–and just in time for the high season.

•Breaking News!–Swing Shift Rowing
We are excited to announce a new coached member program–the “swing shift”.  This program will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45am starting May 15 (until October 31).  The swing shift will be an “open row”, open to any member, sweep or scull.  Use it to get some extra water time, or make it your primary weekday rowing shift and get two extra hours of sleep!    Coach Sarah will run most of the practices, and we plan to be back to the dock around 8:15am. (Note: rowers attending this session will need to find street parking–our lot is off limits after 7:30am)

If this program is popular (and we think it will be), we may eventually make it a permanent exclusive session, for members that choose it instead of our 5:00am weekday offerings.  But for now, anyone can give the swing shift a shot!

•National Learn to Row Day–June 2
Our annual FREE Introduction to Rowing Class–June 2, 10am-noon.  Tell a friend, bring a family member.  No registration needed.

•Regatta Signups
The coaches are working hard on Regionals lineups.  Note that the May 15 deadline to sign up for Cascadia and Nationals is fast approaching.  After May 15, we’ll open sign ups for the July 28 Row for the Cure and August 4 Green Lake regattas.

•Welcome to our first set of 2018 Level 2 LTR class graduates–you have seen, or will soon see, our first batch of 10 graduates as they learn to love morning rowing.  Say hi!

•Opening Day Results
Guided by coxes Brandy and Shana, the Station L men made a strong showing at a festive Opening Day regatta in Seattle last Saturday.  The 55+ 8+, fighting back from a length down, missed winning back to back titles by about a deck.

•May 19 Spring BBQ Social Cancelled
We’ve got a lot going on–so no time to organize another party right now.   We trust you can make your own party. 🙂

•Junior Regionals Volunteering May 17-20
Still a few spots left.  Help out, and make STL some $$.  Sign up here

Member Update April 29

A few announcements and reminders–

•Monday April 30 is the deadline to sign up for the NW Masters Regional Championships.  Sign up at link.

•Other regattas have May 15 deadlines, be sure to check.   There’s also a sign up for our sculling picnic on June 3.   Rowers who are attending Nationals, please confirm your sign up at the link

•Members may row without a launch escort until further notice.  The river temperature has moved up from 47 to 57F. in the past 10 days.   Rowers must have passed the appropriate Captains Test for sculling, or have an experienced coxswain. Single scullers should row with a buddy.  All operating rules must be followed (including rowing during daylight hours only).  If you have questions, ask your captain or coach.


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
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