Tag: Tom Kicinski

Vashon Island Junior Crew:  21 Years and Still gROWING Strong!

Vashon Island Junior Crew: 21 Years and Still gROWING Strong!

At least two or three times a month each spring and fall, a story is bound to show up in the Beachcomber about Vashon Island Rowing Club’s Junior Crew.  From articles about success at regattas to stories of junior rowers headed off to a college […]

U.S. Rowing Junior Nationals – 2015

U.S. Rowing Junior Nationals – 2015

Most rowing venues on the annual crew calendar are rivers, lakes, estuaries or bays that have been either permanently or temporarily set up as a racing course. Nathan Benderson Park near Sarasota, Florida, is a noteworthy exception, having been designed and constructed solely as a […]

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 conclusion of the NW Regional Championships, the team has qualified eight boats and 14 rowers.  The eight crews are the third highest number of qualified crews in the nation behind Oklahoma (with 16) and Seattle Rowing Center (with 11). Regional silver medalists were the women’s lightweight double, women’s pair and lightweight four and the men’s quad.  Vashon won bronze medals in the women’s lightweight double and men’s single and double.  The rowers who qualified for Nationals are Fletcher Call, Ally Clevenger, Rhea Enzian, Kirsten Girard, Patrick Hanson, Kalie Heffernan, Shannon Lipe, Riley Lynch, Liam McConnell, Maddie McEachern, Emily Milbrath, Forrest Miller, Virginia Miller, and KaiLi Scheer. Mabel Moses has been selected as an alternate to row in the light weight double.

VIJC is a small rowing program with just 39 athletes and qualifying for Nationals has been a tremendous accomplishment. This exciting opportunity will require substantial funding. They need to fund expenses like airfare, equipment rentals, regatta fees, coaching expenses, lodging and meals over a 5 day period (team departs on the 10th). We are asking for support to subsidize this cost so that all can participate in this elite event.

Please take a couple minutes and contribute today.  Just click the donate button.


Checks will also be accepted and can be paid to VIJC, PO Box 79, Vashon, WA 98070 with “2015 Nationals” in the memo.

Other ways Islanders can support:

Enjoy a dinner without cooking at Saucy Sisters for pizza, salad, beverages and team spirit on Tuesday, June 2nd from 4:30 – 8:30 pm.

Join us for a cheerful Guest Bartender Night at The Hardware Store Restaurant  on Thursday June 4th.

Bring that dirty car to our Fish Friendly Car Wash on Sunday, June 7th from 11 am – 3 pm at the Vashon Market shopping plaza.


VIJC 2015 team


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 […]

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 […]

A Blue Ribbon Day at American Lake Regatta

A Blue Ribbon Day at American Lake Regatta

At a venue that featured a waterspout the day before, the American Lake Regatta on Sunday presented good rowing conditions to participants from 30 area clubs in over 50 events.  Vashon’s crew had another strong showing with five first place and four second place finishes […]

Tail of the Lake 2014

Tail of the Lake 2014

The 2014 Tail of the Lake regatta features 44 events over about a 5 hour period starting early Sunday morning in near-mirror conditions and finishing on a rowing venue made choppy by a frenzy of tour boats, float plane takeoffs and landings, squads of kayakers and even an oar powered Viking ship.  The 4-kilometer head race follows a counterclockwise path around the lake with Vashon’s crew entering 16 events, medaling in 13 and placing first in six.

The Women’s eight (Riley Lynch, Virginia Miller, Maddie McEachern, Rhea Enzian, Emily Milbrath, Caprial Turner, Shannon Lipe, Katrina Heffernan and Ally Clevenger –coxswain), Women’s four (Milbrath, Miller, McEachern, Lipe and Callie Andrews – coxswain) and the Men’s Quad (Patrick Hanson, Fletcher Call, Liam McConnell and Forrest Miller) each won their varsity events.  The four and the quad dominated their fields winning by about a minute each.  The Women’s Novice quad (Emma Greenlee, Rhiannon Simmonds, Kate Lande, Mabel Moses and Haley Smith  and the Men’s Novice four (Cole Puckett, Seth Rosen,  Connor van Egmond, Cooper Py and Aidan Teachout – coxswain) also notched their first ever wins in rowing competition. Overall Junior rowers took home 5 first place finishes.

In addition to the first place finishes the Junior boats also took home two second place awards (Men’s Novice 8+ and Women’s quad) and two third place ribbons (Men’s double and Women’s pair).

The Masters team also put in a strong performance with a gold, silver and two bronze finishes.  The Men’s quad (Bob Stewart, John Singer, Fred Sayer and Gary Schoch) took home the first place medal.  The second place finish went to the Men’s double and the Men’s four and the Women’s quad rounded out the medal tally with third place finishes.

Coach Richard Parr said that he was very pleased with the total team effort.  “Everyone from varsity to novice to master rowers demonstrated their fitness for this early fall test.  For Vashon to especially row well in the eight events at this regatta shows how the program is continuing to mature.”

Seattle Row for the Cure

Seattle Row for the Cure

Sunday morning September 21st was the kickoff of the fall crew head race season with the Seattle Row for the Cure regatta following a clockwise path around Lake Union.  A head race features a rowing start with boats following at 30 second intervals over longer […]