The Mystery of The Watermelon

Summer on the Estuary means more daylight rowing and long, steady pieces as far as we can go. Continue reading…


Learn To Row – January 11, 2015

DSC_0067Looking for a little adventure to kick off 2015?  How about learning to row? Come on down to the boathouse on Sunday, January 11, for our first Learn to Row (LTR) of the year. Continue reading…


Learn to Row Day(s) 2013

The East Bay Rowing Club has hosted two Learn to Row days in as many weeks. The first was with our local community, taking one and all for a guided tour around the boathouse, on the ERGs and onto the water! A glorious weekend day was welcomed by dozens of landlubbers wanting a taste of the pleasure and pain involved with our great sport. Attendees came from Alameda, San Francisco, and Contra Costa Counties to get a glimpse of what the EBRC is lucky enough to experience every day, a side of Oakland that is stunning and beautiful on the waters of the estuary.

Next up was a private event with our friends in the Coast Guard. Many cadets hopped off their cutter Stratton and it’s home base in Alameda, right down the road from us. We give them quite a bit of barking each morning at 6am, as the tip of their cutters mark our starting line for the 2k training sprints. I’m sure they get quite a kick watching the occasional boat dump or locking oars from some of our novice boats! A few dozen attendees from the USCG were quick to learn the seaward ways of port and starboard, and they even taught us a few things about knot tying and the tides. We’re looking forward to getting the invite to come and see their boathouse (hint hint).

Come one, come all down to the boat house on Saturday, the 20th of July for our second Learn to Row (LTR) of the Summer. We’re going to be going over standard rowing terminology, proper use of a land rower aka ergometer, take some strokes on the Oakland Estuary and learn all about the sport.

The EBRC Learn To Row Class will be held on Saturday, July 20th, from 10am to 1pm.

Jack London Aquatic Center
115 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94607

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact info@eastbayrowingclub.org

Our two-week LTR program will begin that following Monday the 22nd for all
novice men, and the 23rd for all novice women. The two week learn to row class extends until August 3rd.


National Learn To Row Day – June 1, 2013

East Bay Rowing Club Celebrates National Learn to Row Day

In honor of the national campaign, East Bay Rowing Club is offering a free introductory class on sweep rowing.

Oakland, CA – May 06, 2013 – East Bay Rowing Club (EBRC), a competitive and recreational rowing club, announced today that it will offer a free Learn to Row class on National Learn to Row Day- Saturday, June 01, 2013.

USRowing, the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States, and Concept2, the oar and ergometer manufacturer, have encouraged rowing clubs around the country to introduce newcomers to the sport of rowing. More than 100 clubs throughout the United States are expected to participate. EBRC will open its doors for a free introduction to rowing in a fun and inspiring environment.

Participants can expect to:
– Tour the boathouse and get acquainted with rowing terms
– Learn the basics of the rowing stroke on an erg (indoor rowing machine)
– Understand basic boat handling
– Apply new skills with a short row in our barge and get a taste of rowing on the water
– Learn about opportunities to join our men’s and women’s teams

The session will take place from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Class size is limited, so participants are encouraged to register by sending an email with contact information to info@eastbayrowingclub.org. Drop-ins and all fitness levels are welcome. This event is designed for adults; however, if youth are interested in this program, please contact us for special arrangements.

Location:
Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero Ave, Oakland (South of Jack London Square – please note some GPS units do not route to the correct address)

What to wear and bring:
Comfortable but tight-fitting clothing, hat, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses and a bottle of water.

NLTR-2013-Flyer-EBRC

About East Bay Rowing Club

Founded in 2007, EBRC is a non-profit organization with a Master’s rowing program consisting of approximately 90 rowers, and a Youth rowing program that runs the Oakland Technical High School rowing program. Additionally, EBRC engages with military veterans and adaptive rowers. Through participation in the sport of rowing, EBRC emphasizes fitness, sportsmanship, safety, etiquette and environmental awareness of the Oakland Estuary, its wildlife and surrounding waterways. EBRC also trains athletes to compete in regional and national rowing competitions. Members of the Master’s team range in age from 22 to 74.

EBRC is always looking for new members to join the team. Oakland and San Francisco Bay
Area residents interested in the sport of rowing, experienced or not, should send an email to info@eastbayrowingclub.org to learn more.


Proposed Oakland Boathouse-to-Boathouse Race

Connecting the Lake to the Bay
Connecting the Lake to the Bay

Great publicity this week about the opening of the channel by Lake Merritt (thanks, Measure DD!). As a former LMRC member, I can attest firsthand about what grand tradition they have, seeped in 100 years of history. One of the oldest clubs on the West Coast, the LMRC has been cordoned off in their landmass-surrounded lake for their entire existence, the dam having been implemented 150 years ago (thanks, Sam Merritt!).

LMRC has been a great sister club to the EBRC. We relied on them physically and mentally to get through the times when our location and club status was still uncertain. With Lake Merritt, still home of the SW Regionals, there was only the possibility for about 100-125 strokes before you had to spin your boat and go back the other way. Now, with the gradual opening of the channel over the next few years, the possibility for a unique sprint course presents itself.

A boathouse-to-boathouse journey back into the history of Oakland, the community and the bay. What will start at the boathouse of Lake Merritt will end at the boathouse of the boathouse of the EBRC. I present to you now, rowing community, the first draft of the Lake-to-Estuary Race.

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  1. Starting at the Southeast end of the lake, the timed heats begin. Southwest finger will be for warm-ups and staging.
  2. Dodging the flock of ever-present Canadian Geese that hang out by the fountain, the boats first wind their way to the around the Fairyland area.
  3. Once in the center of the lake, the boats begin to position for a wide right turn to go under the 12th Street bridge, to the sound of hundreds of screaming, cheering fans.
  4. The boats continue down the channel, past Merritt college, the track stadium, baseball field and Knickerbocker’s Bend.
  5. Rowers will be able to see the bay as they hit Stelter’s Strait, continuing on under 880 until the furious reach the Jack London Aquatic Center (EBRC boathouse) where they will weave their way out to the estuary.
  6. A final right turn awaits them, setting themselves up for the sprint the flagpole in Jack London square, where more legions of screaming fans await to grant them their deserved glory. Google Earth tells me this is just over about 3500 meters, a perfect ‘short head’ or ‘long sprint’.




As the changes from Measure DD continue to take effect, bridges will be raised and the waters of the lake will creep closer to those of the estuary. We’re looking forward to many more celebration days together as these barriers between are brought down.