Tag: rowing

Help Send Junior Rowers to Youth Nationals

Help Send Junior Rowers to Youth Nationals

Junior crew is asking for your financial support to help represent Vashon Island at the 2015 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, June 12 – 14th.   Out of a possible 13 boats and 20 team members eligible to compete at Nationals at the […]

2015 Youth Regional Championships

2015 Youth Regional Championships

Two and a half seconds.  In this weekend’s NASCAR race that distance equated to about 700 feet.  In the Preakness Stakes horse race about 130 feet.  And in Sunday’s junior men’s four crew final, twelve feet.  Rowing is a sport of perfection and repetition.  Over […]

Windermere Cup 2015

Windermere Cup 2015

Prior to all of this pageantry of the annual Opening Day boat parade through the Mountlake Cut were the invitation-only rowing races for masters, juniors and collegiate categories in the 29th Annual Windermere Cup regatta.  For the second year in a row a strong international team, this year New Zealand’s Under 23 team being groomed for the Rio Olympics, took home the cup racing against the University of Washington’s top varsity eight and the top crew from Columbia University.  This year Vashon’s crew secured three invites to this prestigious event and each acquitted itself well.

The junior men’s quad with Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell, Forrest Miller and coxswain KaiLi Scheer took home the George Corkery Jr. Cup with a wire-to-wire victory.  The junior women’s quad with Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard, Rhea Enzian, Riley Lynch and coxswain Ally Clevenger placed second place as did the mixed masters eight (over 50 age category).  That crew consisted of Bruce Morser, Bob Horsley, Ed Zapel, Colby Atwood, Kim Goforth, Holly Zapel, Su Dewalt, Marilyn Kleyn with coxswain Lisa Huggenvik.

Two recent Vashon high school graduates also raced on Saturday.  Charlotte Kehoe rowed in the University of Washington women’s four race taking second to another UW boat. Freshman Baxter Call stroked the Oregon State University eight in the Erickson Cup race.  The OSU JV eight was edged out over the last 500 meters by Columbia University and finished in third place.

Patrick Hanson, who stroked the junior men’s quad, had this to say about the day’s racing: “This regatta is the absolute best one on our calendar.  Rowing down the canyon of yachts into the cut with people cheering and screaming for the entire race is a unique experience.  And then there is the “swag bag”, you don’t get that at any other regatta.”

WC boat tunnel (photo credit: Windermere Real Estate/Windermere Cup)

Coach Richard Parr was pleased with the club’s performance.  “We worked on some technique issues this past week and it was great to see the crews put some of that learning into practice.  Now we have two weeks to prepare for the Junior Northwest Regional Championships and we need to find several seconds for each of our varsity boats during this period.”


By Pat Call

Brentwood Regatta at Mill Bay

Brentwood Regatta at Mill Bay

Brentwood College School located on Mill Bay north of Victoria, British Columbia put on its 45th annual juniors regatta this past weekend with over 1700 rowers participating from 34 clubs in western Canada and the Northwest US.  The competition was spirited and the growing camaraderie […]

Covered Bridge Regatta 2015

Covered Bridge Regatta 2015

It has been a year since Vashon’s rowers journeyed to Dexter Lake in the Cascade foothills southeast of Eugene, Oregon. In that time the regatta has expanded to become one of the premier rowing events on the west coast spring schedule. Mother Nature provided fantastic […]

Husky Open

Husky Open

The Husky Open is the first full scale regatta of the spring season in the northwest and combines a curious mixture of thrilling races to come with a certain amount of intrigue.  Many of the big local area programs are there but they may not be racing their top teams.  It is still “experiment time” in putting together lineups.

The course is University of Washington’s Montlake Cut home “court” – starting in Lake Washington and rowing 2000 meters to finish slightly west of the Montlake Bridge.  The final 800 meters is a concrete lined canal wide enough for only about 4 shells across and decorated with spray painted slogans.

Vashon’s junior crew rowed well on Saturday.  The junior men’s quad (Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell and Forrest Miller coxed by Olivia Mackie) won handily as they have done so far this spring.  Stiffer competition lies just ahead for this quartet as they will likely row against topflight crews in two weeks at the Covered Bridge Regatta near Eugene, Oregon.

The junior women’s quad of Kalie Heffernan, Rhea Enzian, Riley Lynch and Kirsten Girard coxed by Ally Clevenger had the most exciting race of the day as they made their move against a strong boat at about 1200 meters and just missed overtaking them at the finish missing first place by less than a half second.

The junior women’s lightweight four was once again entered in an open division and thus were racing mostly much larger crews.  Emily Milbrath, Virginia Miller, Shannon Lipe and KaiLi Scheer with coxswain Callie Andrews finished second in their heat and fourth overall in their two-heat race.

Coach Richard Parr told the team that he was proud of their effort.  “There is much work to be done but we can build on the positives from today’s regatta.”, he said.

The junior crew will be hosting its spring car wash next Sunday on April 12th.  A new program is underway with the Vashon’s Groundwater Task Force and IGA Market to channel water into the ground and not into the headwaters of Shinglemill Creek.  You can come check out this “fish friendly” approach starting at 11 am.


By Pat Call

American Lake Scrimmage

American Lake Scrimmage

The spring crew season has proven a challenging one so far with regatta weather conditions so the junior crew picked up the pieces with a visit to American Lake on Sunday to scrimmage against Olympia Area Rowing and Commencement Bay Rowing Club. The conditions were […]

Spring Scrimmage Weekend

Spring Scrimmage Weekend

The opening event in the calendar for each spring crew season is the Masters-Juniors scrimmage and Saturday’s beautiful conditions were ideal for some spirited rowing.  After four flights of races over a 1500 meter course it all came down to the finale: a head to […]

A Brew with the Crew 2 – March 5th

A Brew with the Crew 2 – March 5th

The Hardware Store Restaurant and Vashon Island Rowing Club are teaming up again for a “repechage” Guest Bartender Night on Thursday March 5th from 6 pm – 9pm.  VIRC is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary with this FUNdraiser, that will  include a signature cocktail and mocktail, silent auction in the gallery space and a raffle for a private rowing lesson with Coach Richard Parr and a magnum of Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard red wine.  Donations will be matched 2:1!  All proceeds will go toward boathouse preservation.  Come join your rower friends and toast our quarter century mark in Quartermaster Harbor and of representing Vashon Island at NW regional and national regattas.

Silent Auction Items

Guido's plane

Scenic one hour flight for 2-3 people in a DeHavilland Beaver from Vashon Municipal Airport to Port Townsend or equivalent  and back.  Weather dependent.  Expires September 1, 2015.

Landscape Arch Consult-Bob Horsley

  2 Hour Landscape Architect Consult with Bob Horsley


Pig Roasting Service for Your Party

  Andy Johnson, King of swine fare, will marinate and smoke a pig on location in his self-built smoker using fragrant apple wood and charcoal.  Party size can be as few as a dozen or up to  90 guests.

Winning bidder is responsible for the separate purchase of the pig (currently running $3.89/lb).


1 Hour Flycasting Lesson for 2 People with Fred Sayer

Rainy Day Soaps-Sherri Mask

Basket of Rainy Day Garden Soaps made by  Sherri Mask

Nauset Light-Mary Rothermel

 Oil on Panel “Nauset Light” Cape Cod by Mary Rothermel


Baking Class for 4-6 people with Macrina Bakery Owner Leslie Mackie

macrina bread

Bread and Olive Oil Gift Basket from Macrina Bakery

View from Portage-Bob Horsley

Watercolor “View from Portage” by Bob Horsley


Body wrap with Hand & Foot Reflexology into a 2 hour Revitalization Experience

A 90 minute Full-body Massage

1 Hour Massage Punchcard for chair/mat massage at the Vashon Athletic Club from Erin Mawhirter

confetti scarf

Doda Designs  Silk Scarf made from strips of hand-dyed Silk Charmeuse from Mary Shemeta

lillie pads painting

“Lily pads on Fisher Pond”, Oil on canvas by Kathy Larsdotter 


Nike Fuel Band – Activity and Fitness Monitor

choc chip cookies

4 Dozen Homemade Famous Friday Cookies by Joanne Kicinski

(Ask any junior crew rower and they’ll tell you how good they are!)

Burton Coffee Stand Burton Coffee Stand Gift Certificate


SewSporty donation

From our friends at SewSporty.com – rowing attire


A certificate for a haircut from Jannetty  Hair Cutting

Portland Fall Classic

Portland Fall Classic

In the 1950’s the Portland, OR waterfront was the scene of massive decommissioning of World War II era naval vessels.  Had someone launched a rowing shell into the toxic brew that was then the Willamette River it would likely have dissolved.  In the intervening decades […]