DRC continues to grow! We started off 2013 with another movie night fundraiser at the Georgetown Stables. We showed Oxford Blues starring Rob Lowe, we had some great food and English Beer, and everyone pitched in to make it a great success. We made over $8,000 dollars which helped us pay our US Rowing membership and our site and boat insurance. Thanks to everyone that helped out with the event and thank you to all of the folks who supported us.
We also grew by one boat this year. Conibear Rowing Club donated a four person shell; the “Kulshan.” She’s a tough old workhorse of a boat and after a little repair work and a lot of cleaning, sanding, painting, rubbing compound and waxing she’s looking great and ready for another 25 years of service. The Kulshan was really built to be a training boat, she has a fairly flat hull and so she’s perfect for getting new people out on the water. Thank you again Conibear!
In June we hired John Anderson to help us with coaching. John has rowed and coached at Commencement Bay Rowing Club and is currently a math major and rower at Fordham University. John did a great job, especially with coaching our Youth Rowers. The kids loved him and we hope that he will be able to come back next summer after school lets out. Thank you John, you did a great job.
We continued to bring in new masters rowers and this year we had youth rowing for the entire summer, from June until the end of August. We were on the water with both groups 3 days a week.
In August we had our first Annual Open House down at the boathouse. It was the same day as the Duwamish River Festival. We had food and of course beer, we had lots of visitors and the event brought in a few new rowers.
In October DRC was featured in ROWING magazine! We had a couple of photos in there and a whole bunch of quotes. The article was entitled “How To Start A Rowing Club From The Ground Up.” It was very gratifying to see some recognition for all of our hard work and very cool to see the words Duwamish Rowing Club in print in a national magazine.
Most recently we have restarted our Indoor Rowing Fitness Classes at the South Park Community Center. We have 2 classes running 2 days per week. We’ve also brought on a new coach; Madison Bannon. Madison has taken over the Indoor Rowing classes and in the spring she will be helping with on the water coaching with both our Youth Rowing and Adult Rowing.
One of the best things that has happened recently is that we’ve begun to have some very productive discussions with people in local governement and the community about improving our launching situation. We’ve of course struggled with getting out on the water in low tide situations since we don’t have a dock. We think we may have a very workable solution to the problem in the works.
So DRC keeps on truckin’ Our goals for 2014 include:
Getting our youth and masters rowers out to some regattas
Getting some new oars and hopefully a 3rd four person shell
Getting a few more rowing machines for the Community Center
Working with local government, community members and members of the Muckelshoot Tribe on a solution to our launching situation
Beginning to plan for a more permanent boathouse
And possibly most importantly: Further developing our relationship with the communities in the Duwamish Valley and exploring our goal of contributing to “A Sense of Place” Going forward we want to be one of the things that people think of when they think of South Park and Georgetown and the Duwamish River.
There are rowing clubs all over this area, Seattle is a rowing town. There are clubs on Lake Washington, Lake Union, Sammamish, up in Everett, Lake Stevens, down in Renton, Tacoma, Vancouver….on and on. Everybody else is having fun, why not more of our kids? We have this great river right here in our back yard and a lot of people hardly even know its there. Lets continue to build DRC. We want to see all of those kids over at the South Park Community Center out on their river doing something positive and healthy. We want more masters rowers, keeping your body healthy and participating in a fun sport is not only for kids, it should be a life-long pursuit.
We are at the beginning of the beginning and the best is yet to come. Stay tuned!