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Women’s March Announcement

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This week starts the beginning of our new season ahead.  I’m happy to welcome Leslie Walker as our new Level 3 rowing coach.  While this is a new role for Leslie, she is a continuing and wonderful member of our coaching staff, and I am looking very forward to work alongside her this season.
The email below, in my typical fashion, is lengthy.  I encourage everyone to read it through, but know that many of the specifics are directed at the Level 4 ladies.  I imagine that Leslie will be communicating her particulars in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned for that.
Many of you have been inquiring about the Level 3/Level 4 assignments for this season.  It is our intention that you start this season with the same designation with which you ended last season.  This should be the level with which you were rowing prior to the combining of the squads toward the end of fall season.  I know there were a few of you who moved to Level 4 prior to that combining, and you should plan to continue with Level 4.  If you have any questions or this is somehow unclear, please feel free to contact me.
My contact information is the same. or cell: 206-459-4070.  Please remember to let me know who you are if you haven’t text before in case I don’t have your info in my phone.
Leslie’s contact info is:  Her cell is: 209-613-5827
Shana Ferguson is the Level 4 Captain.  Her email is:
Donna Howard is the Level 3 Captain.  Her email is:
You may always contact me, but I encourage you to reach out to your respective coach or captain when able.
Practice times this year remain 5:00-6:45.
Level 3 will practice on Monday and Wednesday.
Level 4 will practice on Tuesday and Thursday.
Open rows are on Saturdays -and- Sundays from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Level 4 ladies — It is a goal of mine to have us getting on the water faster so that we can maximize our on-water practice time.  In order to do this, we need to make sure that we’re arriving on time, getting oars down right away, and starting our abs/push-ups promptly.  Shana will take the lead to get this going on the first day/week/etc., and we’ll go forward from there.  I would like you to all make the effort to adopt a “5-til” mentality, but more than anything I just want everyone to be on time.  I will be aiming to arrive by 4:55 so that we can be as efficient as possible in the morning.  Of course things happen, so just make sure you communicate.
We all know how challenging it can be to cox, particularly if you’re still new to rowing.  So, in an effort to give Level 3 rowers the benefit of an experienced cox, and to promote team-wide camaraderie, we are asking that all Level 4 members sign up to attend one Level 3 practice to cox.
As an added bonus, you will earn volunteer hours as well.  Please sign up via the link below.  Availability is on a first-come basis.  Ideally I would love for you to be able to cox for Level 3 and attend both Level 4 practices in that one week you volunteer; however, I realize that’s asking a lot.  So, it’s okay by me if the week you are coxing for Level 3 that you miss a Level 4 practice if need be.
A couple of things to note:
-You are committing to the day for which you sign up.  If you need to find a replacement it is your responsibility to do so (and you’ll then need to re-sign up.)
-As long as you sign up, and show up, you get “credit” for that day, regardless if Level 3 ends up on the water or not.
-Bring rowing gear, if you’d like.  First and foremost you are there to cox.  But, if by some miracle we end up with a surplus of coxswains and your body makes numbers work out perfectly and you’re willing, you can row that day instead.  BUT, in no way should a Level 4 rower be taking a seat away from a Level 3 rower.
As requested, we have adopted a benchmark program for the move from Level 3 to Level 4.  You are of course welcome to remain in Level 3 as long as you’d like.  This is for those who care to make a move.
-There are 3 times available to move from Level 3 to Level 4:  June 1, September 1, March 1
-The 6 benchmarks are as follows:
  1. Body sequencing on drive
  2. Body sequencing on recovery
    1. For both 1 and 2, the idea is that the segments are in the correct order and that you are connecting each of the parts correctly.
  3. Maintaining ratio at low rates
  4. Maintaining ratio at high rates
  5. Matching/Timing (ensuring that you are matching the person in front of you…generally speaking that you don’t overly disrupt the boat, whatever boat you are in).
  6. Perform a 6k erg test for time.  (Times will be age adjusted.  Suggested benchmark times are TBD.)
Leslie, Peter, and myself will be sharing a spreadsheet detailing this progress.  This will not be a public document outside of us 3 coaches.  It is each rower’s responsibility to talk with their coach and find out how they are progressing.  Obviously with this being a new system we will continue to iron out the process, so I encourage you to talk with any of us should there be confusion, questions, etc.
Membership fees were due March 1.  Please submit your payment or arrange your payment plan ASAP.  Dues need to be submitted prior to eligibility for practice.
  • Safety Day
    • We will be having an all-club safety review during a practice session.  The date is TBD, but will cover safety and coxing.  All members are required to attend.  We will host one on an L3 day, an L4 day, and a Saturday, so there will be plenty of opportunity should you miss a session.
  • We will be having an all-women’s team meeting/social sometime in March or early April.
    • Exact date TBD.  Stay tuned.
  • We are sorting out regattas for the season and will be communicating that info to the team for signups shortly.
That’s it for now.  Please feel free to contact me, Leslie or the captains with any questions…I look forward to seeing you all soon!
PS — Please email me and let me know if you’d like to be removed from this list serve.
Info Station L

Rowing has a long history in Portland, and competitive rowing was a popular local spectator sport in the 19th century. For several decades beginning in the 1930's there were no active rowing clubs in Portland, and Willamette River was deemed by many as too dirty for water sports. Station L Rowing Club was founded in 1972 by a group of former college rowers who were surprised to find a great setting for rowing on the newly cleaned up Willamette, but very few active rowers. At the club's 2008 gala and auction, a plaque was unveiled honoring the 28 founding members of Station L Rowing Club. The original boathouse was built on a used wood chip barge donated by Shaver Transportation. In early 1973, it was moored adjacent to Portland General Electric's Station L generating plant, the current home of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry [OMSI]. The moorage site is now occupied by the submarine USS Blueback, which is open for tours. In 1975, the boathouse structure and its contents burned in a fire. The boathouse was rebuilt and additional boats obtained. Into the 1980's, the boathouse operated as a cooperative between Lewis and Clark College, Reed College and Station L Rowing Club. Station L emphasized teaching rowing to the public and hundreds of Portlanders learned to row at the club. OMSI's acquisition of the PGE site in 1986 necessitated a move for Station L. Now estranged from the colleges, Station L moved the barge/boathouse to a moorage site near the Fremont Bridge at the beginning of 1987. New equipment was added and the club grew quickly. Competitive Station L crews became a regular sight at Northwest regattas. Lewis and Clark College Crew returned to the boathouse as a partner of Station L Rowing Club in 1989 in a deal brokered by then LC head coach Charlie Brown. A pump failure led to a temporary sinking of the barge soon after, which was raised using high capacity pumps. Under the leadership of Station L President Ian Townshend, the club began a search for a permanent home, as the Fremont location lacked permits and safe access. A home was found just 300 meters upstream, and Station L moved its barge again in 1994 to the Westar Electric site. Club membership grew to over 100, class offerings proliferated and the boathouse reached capacity with 5 8+'s, 6 4+'s and numerous small boats. In February 1996, a significant flood on the Willamette threatened Station L. The boathouse was saved by members who stayed aboard the barge nearly 24 hours a day for 3 days. However the flood left silt which settled in the moorage area around the barge. Extreme low water in October 1997 caused the barge to tip and fill with water, ending its 24 year history as the base for Station L's operations. Club boats were split between boathouses at Riverplace Marina and Oaks Park starting in 1998. In December 2004, Station L moved to the new Portland Boathouse on the eastbank of the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge. The new boathouse is only about 500 meters north of the original 1973 Station L site.