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.
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.
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.)
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
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. . .
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.
Work Party March 2, 9am-noon. Even if you only have an hour, it all helps.
Squad sign up deadlines–women’s sweep Feb. 28, sculling March 3. See emails from women’s sweep captains or Penny for details
Men’s sweep, there’s an email coming from Peter today/tomorrow
STL “rock” run on March 17. Meet at boathouse at 9:30am 5, 8 or 10k.
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.
•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