Important Rowing Schedule UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who pitched in over the past 4 days.

This afternoon, PGE announced a “delay” of uncertain length in the dock relocation project.  Probably a couple of days.

Thus, we CAN row from the boathouse on Thursday and Friday this week.  At this point, we think it’s better to try and row for the next two days, because now the dock move will likely disrupt rowing NEXT week for a couple of days.  (and yes, we know that we could have been rowing for the past two days. . . . . )

Here is the plan–

Thursday–tomorrow–5am.  Those who normally row on Thursdays (men’s sweep, L4 scullers) are welcome to attend.  We have most of our 4+’s, 3 8+’s, a couple of quads and a couple of 2x’s.   Not enough sculling seats for all, but there will be enough sweep seats to accommodate any scullers who just want to get out on the water.

Friday 5am–the women’s sweep team will practice.  We have 3 8+’s, 4 4+’s available.  Plus a few sculling boats for overflow.  Note that this is only about 50 seats total.  Women’s sweep team will de rig as much as possible after practice.

Row for the Cure Boat loading–Friday, 6PM.  Should not take long if boats are mostly de rigged.

Saturday rowing–likely cancelled, since we won’t have boats or a dock in the same location.

We don’t want to think yet about moving boats BACK to the boathouse, and we will wait for the next update from PGE before doing anything else.

Grin and bear it.


Upcoming events, Willamette River Marathon update

All the news about our temporary move has moved the focus from our summer events:

•Row for the Cure, this coming Saturday at Vancouver Lake.  If you aren’t racing, donate, or come out to volunteer.

•Green Lake Summer Extravaganza, August 5 in Seattle.

•Willamette River Marathon–August 12-13.  NOTE: Marathon participants–logistics details and fee information will be sent out in about a week.  We are ordering mens and women’s cut T shirts, so if you prefer one or the other, be sure to indicate so on the sign up, ASAP.  The order goes in on Monday morning.

Monday rowing, yes!!

The dock will not be closed until AFTER scheduled Monday rowing.  So the women’s novice sweep group, L3/L4 sculling and our LTR classes will all row as scheduled!  Hurray for one less day of dock disruption!

Also, I could use a couple of helpers during the day Monday to pick up our new racks and deliver them to the temporary site.  Meeting at 10am at boathouse, should take 2-3 hours.  Let me know.

Dock Move and Temporary Location Info., Part 1 of 3

We have more information to share about the upcoming (and long awaited/dreaded) temporary dock relocation due to PGE’s remediation of the river bed.    Our dock will be moved next Monday to a location just north of the Ross Island sand and gravel sorting yard near the Ross Island Bridge.  It’s about 900 meters upstream of our current dock, a bit further by foot.    The dock will be in this location through August and a bit into September.

This note explains the process for moving and setting up in our temporary location.  A 2nd note will discuss new site logistics and how member programs will be adjusted during the coming weeks.  A 3rd note will be aimed at participants in our Learn to Row classes, with information specifically for them.  This will include the rescheduling of cancelled classes for next week.  Notes 2 and 3 will be posted on Wed and TH this week.

•No Rowing M-W next week.    The dock will be moved beginning early Monday, so there will be no rowing beginning Monday July 24.   We don’t know what day rowing will resume–TH and F are the most likely possibilities.

•Preparations for the Move.  Station L has three scheduled work party events in the next week to support this temporary move.  Each member is asked to take part in one of the events.  Please sign up on the event sign up page

#1 Sunday July 23, 10am-noon.   Brush clearing and site preparation at the new site.   We need a crew of 20 to clean up and prepare the new site for rack installation.   Sign up on the Event sign up page.  Note the needed tools and dress code.

#2 Tuesday July 25, 5am-7am.  Derigging and packing party at boathouse.  We will de rig each boat that is being moved, and prep other materials.

#3 Wed July 26, 5am-7am.  Trailer loading and transport.  We will load the prepared boats onto the trailer and unload them in the temporary facility (assuming racks are ready). (it is possible that boats being used at row for the cure will remain in the boathouse until Friday, when they will be loaded on the trailer for that regatta)

Again, please sign up for one of these events.  Our boathouse will remain open throughout this period.

Information about parking, rowing practice logistics and all things related to using the new site will be in Note #2.   Note #3 will cover Learn to Row class issues.

All questions about this project should be directed at Program Director Peter Edwards.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


July update–regatta sign up deadlines extended, dock move info

Now summer really starts!

•The deadline to sign up for the 7/29 Row for the Cure and the 8/5 Green Lake Regatta has been extended to July 7 at midnight.  Sign up at the link now!

•Our dock will be temporarily moved at the end of July due to PGE remediation of contaminated soils on the river bed beneath the dock.   We don’t anticipate an extended down time, and the dock will be relocated to the south side of the Tilikum Bridge for our use.  There may be some days of “no-rowing” during the transition, but the number of days cannot be guessed at this time.  If any Learn to Row class days are missed, participants will receive pro-rated refunds or credits.

We have the ability to compensate members for any extended down time.

We will make specific announcements once we know the details.  Work at the dock site is planned to begin the week of July 24, but the specific days of dock access are not yet known.

•The club will communicate with all members and class participants regarding changes in location, parking, dock use and other logistics once these things are fully settled.   Please talk to Peter or Glen if you have questions.

Holiday weekend schedule

July 4th weekend schedule–no changes except for July 4

Saturday–open row, sweep focus.  men 6:45am, women 7:00am

Sunday–open row, scull focus, all meet at 7:00am

Monday–L3/4 sculling, 5am.  Women’s novice sweep, 5am. Learn to Row as scheduled.

Tuesday July 4–Open row for all, 7am–sweep/scull/swimming??? JK.  No Learn to Row on Tuesday.

Truck needed to move boat loading stairs


Clark needs help moving boat loading stairs he built for the club from his house to the boathouse. He needs a pickup truck to move the stairs to the club.  It would take about 45 minutes to drive to Clark’s place, pick it up, and then drop it off at the boathouse.  Give Clark a call if you can help him out.  Clark’s number is 503-539-0043.



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