Portland Fall Classic – 2019

Sunrise over Vancouver Lake

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.

Thanks to all who made this event possible, including many volunteers, officials, the Portland Vancouver Rowing Association, and the many crews who joined us.

Full results are available on Regatta Central.

update: You can find event photos at row2k : flight1 | flight2 | flight3

New day, new town…

Looking upstream from the new site (photo credit: Brad Crawford)

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.

Cascadia 2019 recap

Who’s [in] first?

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.)

Canada-bound! (Cascadia 2019)

so this is from the 2017 Canada Summer Games; who knows what the buoys will looks like this year… [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

A passel of Station L rowers (along with a trailer of boats, an awkward of oars, and a pair of coaches) will head to BC on Friday for two days of racing for this year’s Cascadia Masters Championships.

You can track regatta results at HereNow; racers, pack your passports and pay your regatta fees (see Peter’s email for total).

Since we will be minus equipment and staff, we have an adjusted schedule for the weekend:


  • Trailer loading; no men’s sculling


  • 6:30am womens club+competitive sweep
  • 7:00 am mens sweep (all) + novice sweep


  • all scullers 7am; equipment may be limited


  • no novice sweep practice
  • no sculling practice

National Learn to Row Day

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

Learn to Scull – Registration Open

Attention Station L members: if learning how to scull is still on your to-do list, now is the time to cross it off!

Registration is now open for two sessions running May 15 – June 12 and June 26 – July 24. Each session consists of five Wednesday morning classes.

Open to current Station L members with at least one year of sweep experience.

If you have questions, give us a holler at classes@stationlrowingclub.com.

Pre-season announcements

Hello Members–
There’s plenty going on this week behind the scenes as we get ready for March 1.  The coaching staff met Monday night to finalize plans for the new season. Many of you have already heard from your program coaches, but read on for some important reminders. . .

  1. Weekday rowing starts March 1.  All in attendance must have paid dues for 2019.  Those members joining via the 12 payment dues contract must make an additional payment for January.
  2. Work Party March 2, 9am-noon. Even if you only have an hour, it all helps.
  3. Squad sign up deadlines–women’s sweep Feb. 28, sculling March 3. See emails from women’s sweep captains or Penny for details
  4. Men’s sweep, there’s an email coming from Peter today/tomorrow
  5. Dexter Lake regatta sign up deadline March 4.
  6. LTR class registration is open!  Suggest a class to a friend.
  7. Safety Orientation–one mandatory safety session per year per member.  More information coming soon. Monthly opportunities to attend.
  8. Thanks to Ednah and Lois for the recent cox training.  More coming soon.
  9. Waldo Lake camp/row.   Read note from Peter. Sign up now so we can coordinate campsites.
  10. STL “rock” run on March 17.  Meet at boathouse at 9:30am 5, 8 or 10k.
  11. We are looking for storage for Portland Boathouse during our relocation process.  We are searching for outdoor or indoor storage that is large enough for one or two shell trailers (or larger).  (minimum 10 x 70). If you have information about such a site, let Peter know.

Station L Updates

Some quick reminders

  • Annual Meeting @ 3PM on Sunday Jan 27
    • Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97209
  • Please join your teammates for CybERG on February 3rd @ U of Portland
    • Our goal is to have 6 to 8 mixed relay teams (2 men, 2 women)
    • Last year it was a lot of fun, so let Anne Reid or Scott Urbatsch know if you want to participate
    • If you want to do the 1k or 2k race please sign-up via the Regatta Central page
  • If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so now
  • See you all tomorrow …

Year end member information!

Happy New Year to all–

Our annual first day row is January 1 at 7am. Note that our parking lot will not be available to members as January 1 is a Tuesday.

•2019 membership dues will increase by 2%. Instructions for those members who choose to spread their annual dues over 12 payments (payment plan) will go out soon.

•Dock debris–before our weekend rows there is often debris pushed up against the dock. All members clearing debris MUST wear a life jacket AND use only damaged oars or tools designed for debris clearing.

2019 events. We know the dates for several 2019 events, with more coming soon.
•Annual meeting January 27 3pm
•Learn to Row class registration opens Feb. 1
•Weekday rowing begins, March 1
•Spring work party, March 2, 9am
•Covered Bridge Regatta, April 13-14
•Opening Day Regatta, May 4
•Regionals, June 21-23