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.

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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.


Oakland Tech 2013 Summer Camps

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A new series of summer camps have just been announced for youth rowers in the Bay Area. Led by Axel Stelter – former Cal rower, member of the German national team and, more prolifically – EBRC men’s head coach. Held at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland, these sessions are a great introduction to the sport and preparation for the next year of high school rowing. Sessions start June 24th and run all the way until August 19th. Take one, take them all!

In addition to being a great way to gain collegiate scholarships, high school rowing helps shape discipline and commitment to a team and one’s own personal fitness. Oakland Tech’s teams will compete all across the state and country at youth rowing events. Learn a sport that will be with you for the rest of your life, something that you can enjoy forever.

Sign up now for Oakland Tech Rowing Summer Camps, open to everyone!
Session 1: June 24 – 28
Session 2: July 8 – 12
Session 3: July 22 – 26
Session 4: August 5 – 9
Session 5: August 12 – 19

Camps are from 12-3pm from Monday through Friday.
$200/student

For more information, email rowing@oaklandtech.org today! Don’t forget to like them on Facebook as well.


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.


The Great Outdoors

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A recent NYT mag article describes the benefits of exercising in the outdoors versus a sweaty gym. Longer duration, greater euphoria and more calories burned. We at the EBRC are not sure whether or not the recently declining temperature at 5am sees an inverse correlation to the advantages mentioned, but all that shivering done in the boat has to count for something! [ Update  – apparently that shivering really does count for something. ]

In all seriousness, the nirvana we all seek is that period just before sunrise, three-quarters of the way through a hard workout where we look at each other with childlike giddiness. We are so lucky to be able to do this with one another.

Here’s the link: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com


Super-Row Sunday!

Generating enough wattage to light up the Superdome!
Generating enough wattage to light up the Superdome!

The EBRC competed in the Peninsula Indoor Rowing championships a few hours before kickoff of the Superbowl last week, and scored a touchdown (along with the extra point) by coming away with eight medals! The erg chains were white hot by the time we were finished with them! Congratulations to all the rowers on burning off the buffalo wings ahead of time.


xMatters Makes Teamwork Matter!

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Another great team building event with the local folks at xMatters. They were well-versed on all aspects of rowing and moving as a team out on the water. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your co-workers and enjoy a unique experience out on the bay. xMatters showed determination and grit in their rowing, they can really compete out there on the bay!

To book some time for your team out on the estuary, contact EBRC today – we look forward to working with your corporation to have a great event.


EBRC Boathouse Workday : Mission Accomplished!

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Thanks to all who came out for our semi-annual boathhouse workday. Much was accomplished and the equipment is now in good shape for spring racing season. The majority of our fleet had their riggers cleaned, hulls polished and cox wiring checked. The ergs were adjusted and chains lubed (just in time for those upcoming erg tests!). Thank you to all who gave a few hours on your weekend to help contribute to the EBRC.


EBRC’s Inaugrual Team Building Event

EBRC Team Building Event

Thank you so much to WorkFit U for working with EBRC on a wonderful team building event on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. The WorkKit team showed their grit and determination, going from a group of wide-eyed, novice land-lubbers to a in-sync team of salty veterans of the oar – all in the course of an afternoon! Whether it was helping set the balance of the boat or getting the cadence of the stroke seat, their team was eager and willing to become a tight crew, moving the boat together.

To book some time for your team out on the estuary, contact EBRC today – we look forward to working with your corporation to have a great event.


EBRC Gear Now Available through Land’s End

Now through Dec 7th (this coming Friday) you can go to our EBRC Land’s End team website and order team gear for 25% off plus free shipping. Tell those that are looking for that elusive gift to go shop now. Use the code WE25FS at checkout. After the 7th and through January 25,2013 our team has been offered free logo embroidery. For that offer, use code LOGO012 at checkout. Land’s End products are guaranteed. If you have any questions during the ordering process, call Land’s End.


EBRC has Strong Inaugural Showing at Head of the Charles Regatta

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East Bay Rowing Club made a very strong showing its first year at the Head of the Charles Regatta! Demonstrating the power and the potential of the club, two of the three boats entered through HOCR’s lottery system will be automatically entered into next year’s regatta based on their 2012 performance.

The women raced Saturday morning in the Women’s Senior Masters 4+ event, led by Pauline Velez in stroke seat. Passing a boat in the second mile of the course between the Weeks and Anderson bridges, the four finished 10th of 28 in an extremely competitive row. Congratulations to Pauline (4), Annie Mudge (3), Lisa Warhuus (2), Frederika Horton (1), and Elizabeth “Biz” Bernal (c) for such a fine showing!


Next up on the water for EBRC was the Men’s Masters 4+ in the early afternoon. Despite erratic winds, a mostly novice crew, and a broken collar on Luke Olona’s oar in stroke seat (which only became worse as the race wore on), the guys passed three boats through the course, finishing 11th out of 22 entries. Gina Gozinsky, coxing Head of the Charles for the first time, has definitely earned her merit badge. No one was as prepared for this course as she was, and it showed. Luke (4), Chris Groves (3), Devin Kelley (2), Charlie Noyes (1) and Gina (c) are thrilled with their results, and are already missing the balmy Cambridge weather.

EBRC’s final entry, the Men’s Master’s 8, followed after the Men’s 4+ in the afternoon as the sun came out and temperatures rose into the mid-70’s. Although they were passed early on by the 1st and 3rd place boats, the men held off all other boats with a clean row to the finish line in 18 minutes 30 seconds. Led by stellar coxswain Cait Hart from Austin, TX, the stroke pair of Paul Norberg (8) and Gil Gazda (7) set the pace at a 30-31 SPM over the 5K course, with rowers Ken Lutz (6), Luke Hunter (5), Steve Clark (4), Paul White (3), Nick Cawthon (2) and Jim Gotch (1) driving strong across the finish line and leaving it all out on the water.

HOCR, 2013, here we come!