Sculling at Station L – Overview
The sculling program at Station L rowing is highly competitive. In the spring & summer we compete in multiple regional competitions including NW Master Regionals regatta, Cascadia Masters (in Vancouver, BC) where many of our boats medal and often are competing against each other for the medals. In the fall the scullers attend the costume race, Head of the Dog, where we not only win many of the races, but also the coveted costume award. For the last few years multiple boats have left the Head of the Lake in Seattle with medals. Many scullers also attend Head of the Charles to compete against some of the best.
All this while we continue to teach new people the joy of the sport, starting in singles and working up to racing in 1x’s, 2x’s and quads. Some Sundays our sculling boats fill the back channel with all levels of skill.
Sculling at Station L is divided into three groups: Nationally Competitive (NC), Regionally Competitive (RC), and Development Squad sculling — in addition to our Learn to Row classes in single sculling boats. Rowers work with our coaching staff to identify which squad best fits their current level of rowing and their interest in competition.
Our sculling fleet includes five 4x’s, eight 2x’s, and access to fifty 1x’s.
Nationally Competitive Sculling
- Our NC women’s and men’s sculling squads train for major regattas on an annual schedule, some of which are limited entry events. Weekday practices will generally focus on team boats, while Sunday practices will feature more mixed boats and all boat classes (1x, 2x and 4x). Squad members are encouraged to row singles/doubles during open row times beyond the 3 coached practices per week. Placement in this squad subject to coaching staff review and approval.
- Practice for the Women’s NC squad is offered in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.
- Practice for the Men’s NC squad is offered in the mornings on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
- Regular attendance at practices and regattas. Some seasonal attendance requirements may be set as part of selection for limited entry regattas.
- Singles time trials as announced
- Erg testing as announced
Regionally Competitive (RC) Sculling
- Our RC women’s and men’s sculling squads train for regattas on an annual schedule. Weekday practices will generally focus on team boats. Sunday practices will feature more mixed boats and all boat classes (1x, 2x and 4x). Squad members are encouraged to row singles during open row times beyond the 3 coached practices per week. RC squad members are Invited to participate in singles time trials and erg testing, but are not required to do so.
- Practice for the Women’s RC squad is offered in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
- Practice for the Men’s RC squad is offered in the mornings on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
- Regular attendance at practices.
- Participation at some regattas
Development Squad Sculling
- Our sculling development program is designed for rowers who have advanced into skinny singles. The purpose of the program is to develop skills and fitness by rowing in singles and introducing team boat sculling. There are three scheduled practices per week. The development sculling program does not train for specific regattas, but members may elect to compete.
- Practice is offered in the mornings on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
- Previous sculling experience, in a skinny single.
- Any member can choose this squad if they meet the experience requirement.
- Our beginner sculling program is designed for rowers who have completed a Learn to Row program in singles. The purpose of the program is to develop skills and fitness in a single. There are at least three scheduled practices per week. Rowing will be in Aeros, with an introduction into skinny singles. Once a rower demonstrates basic competence in a skinny single they can move to the development squad.
- Practice is offered in the mornings on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Requirements: Completion of a Learn to Row program in a single (Edon, Wherry or Maas Aero type), or be a current Station L member with sweep rowing experience.
- Our recreational sculling program offers guided practices with a focus on technique, fitness and enjoyment of your time on the river. Recreational sculling is offered in singles and team boats several times per week, including morning, noon and evening sessions. This program does not organize training around the regatta calendar.
- Practice is offered: Monday evening, Tuesday at noon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Friday at noon, and Saturday morning.
- Requirements: One year of sculling experience.
Learn to Scull Class
- Our public learn to row classes are organized around single sculling. See the class page for details.