Due to 40+ club scullers at the Head of the Dog and 23 boats out of the boathouse, there’s no sculling practice tomorrow.
With increasing darkness, those scullers practicing without a launch must do so during daylight hours only. And, for the month of October, weekday morning coached scullers need to have passed the requisite 4x/2x or 1x captains test, as the darkness makes rowing more dangerous. Questions, contact Peter or Penny.
We’ve gained some additional insight into the City’s River Plan meeting on Tuesday September 25. It will NOT include time for public comment, and the workshop environment is more suited to a limited number of Station L attendees. STL Board members will attend, along with some Portland Boathouse officials. We’ll report back to the membership any and all information gleaned from the session.
Bottom line, we don’t need the Blue Army this time after all. Any member who really wants to attend should coordinate with Terry New.
Hosting our annual fall race takes many hands. Please sign up for shifts ASAP so we know that we will be covered on race weekend. Most rowers will be racing from 745-945am on race day, October 28. (novices race from 10-noon) If you would like to help in a more substantial role, please contact Penny or Peter.
•The City is holding several meetings about their “River Plan”. On Tuesday Sept. 25 from 6-8pm, there is a session for river users like us. We urge club members to attend and give feedback about the needs of the rowing and human powered watercraft community. Link with more details.
•The Station L Board is working with the Portland Boathouse Board on relocation issues. We’ll have an update to share with members in a couple of weeks.
•“What is the picnic row?” It’s Saturday September 22. We will meet at 7am in the 4th bay of the boathouse. Once organized, we row to Lake Oswego at a variable pace. (could take 1.5+ hours). We will take the boats out of the water at George Rogers Park for a break, some food and perhaps a silly land based game. (A vehicle will meet us with slings/food). The row back will be at full pressure (JK). Expect to arrive back at the boathouse around noon. Anyone with greater ambitions can row farther upstream and shorten their break.
The picnic row sign up is open through Monday evening. The event is free for members. Tara will send a note to participants with additional information, including a potluck food sign up.
7am swing shift rowing on T/TH mornings has ended for the year. We will pick it back up in 2019, with a schedule TBD. Thanks to coach Sarah and everyone who participated.
Friday Sept. 14 is the sign up deadline for Row for the Cure and the American Lake Fall Classic. Sign up if you would like to participate. And remember the picnic row on Sept. 22.
Several regatta sign up deadlines are approaching fast. Sign up on our event page
Sept 7 midnight deadline–Head of the Dog, Head of the Lake
Sept 14. midnight deadline–Row for the Cure, American Lake fall Classic.
October 1–Portland Fall Classic
Work party, tomorrow, Saturday, 930-1130. It’s a modest work party, cleaning, boat and oar work. Even an hour will help us out.
Picnic Row, September 22. Sign up now open. Row to Lake Oswego, or all the way to Oregon City. It’s free event for members.
Race Round Ross is Saturday October 13–a fun event for members and all 2018 class grads. More info to come.
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.
A memorial service announcement is coming soon.
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.
Sign ups for all of our fall head races are now open. Sign up deadlines for Head of the Dog and Head of the Lake are Sept. 7. The other regattas will have later deadlines TBA.
Sign up via our Event page
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.
Due to another decrease in air quality, we will be canceling all
practices and Learn to Row classes tomorrow, Tuesday August 20th.
For your future planning purposes, our criteria for cancellation will be
an AQI of 150 or higher for Portland as projected by Oregon DEQ. You
can view the air quality map here.
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped the Nationals group clean and
unload tonight — enjoy a quiet morning and take care of yourselves in
that haze out there.