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Rowers take on the Willamette River for Regatta at Portland Fall Classic - 10/17/18

October 17, 2018

Rowers take on the Willamette River for Regatta at Portland Fall Classic


Portland, Oregon – Rain or shine, 1,300 rowers from high school-aged, to college and adult, will race on the Willamette River in the Portland Fall Classic, hosted by Station L Rowing Club in Portland. The races begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, from the Eastbank Esplanade.

Teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest will compete in the regatta, including colleges, such as Portland State, Oregon State, Washington State, Gonzaga, Lewis and Clark and University of Portland. The teams will race 5,000 meters in various categories with staggered starts of about 15 seconds apart. The long, skinny boats are completely human-powered and move very fast down the river.

Rowing and paddling are becoming a very popular sports in Portland with a fast rate of growth. Rowers utilize every major muscle group in the body and is a cardiovascular workout second only to cross-country skiing. Most people recognize the sport from Summer Olympics. Teams compete in a variety of configurations, including eights, fours and doubles in sweep rowing and sculling.

Station L Rowing Club competes out of the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Avenue, which also hosts a variety of other competitive paddling and rowing teams. The Boathouse, rebuilt 20 years ago through Portland Development Commission grant, is losing its lease and will soon need to find a new home on Portland’s waterfront.


About Station L Rowing Club
Station L Rowing Club is a member governed not-for-profit club located in Portland, Oregon.  As a community rowing club, we offer a complete adult rowing program, from Learn to Row classes for the general public to high level competitive opportunities for our members.  Member coached programs include sculling and sweep rowing.

Club members compete in local, regional and national regattas, generally in the “Masters” category.  In 2017 we won the Women’s Team Points Trophy at the USRowing NW Regional Masters Championships, In 2016, we won the Efficiency Points Trophy at the USRowing Masters National Championships.


For more information on the Station L Rowing Club, please visit https://stationlrowingclub.com/

For more information on the Portland Fall Classic, please visit https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=5989

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