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Upcoming Events

Apr
26
Fri
all-day Brentwood
Brentwood
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day
A three day (overnight) event for all our crews (passport required). Brentwood College School hosts this event on its campus in Mill Bay, British Columbia. The 1500 meter race is in the salt water of Sanich Inlet directly in front of the school. All race day activity is centered here, though Green Lake Crew uses the gym floor of a nearby high school for lodging. Accommodations for visiting parents are limited. Check the Brentwood School website at www.brentwood.bc.ca. Look under
May
4
Sat
all-day Opening Day/Windermere Cup
Opening Day/Windermere Cup
May 4 all-day
An event for our experienced crews (by invite) which happens on the Montlake Cut near UW. This race has events for juniors, collegiate, masters, and sometimes international Olympic team rowers. The course is 2000 meters starting in Lake Washington and finishing just at the west end of the cut. The best viewing is from the Montlake Cut or Bridge. Launching is at the University of Washington’s Conibear shellhouse located just east of the U.W. Intramural Activities Building and tennis courts.
May
16
Thu
all-day NW Junior Regional Championships
NW Junior Regional Championships
May 16 – May 19 all-day
A three day (overnight) event for all our crews which happens onVancouver Lake, WA. The 2000 meter race course at Vancouver Lake is centered on Vancouver Lake Park. Launching, parking and best viewing are all in the park.

Green Lake Small Craft Center
5900 W Green Lake Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Tel. 206-684-4074
jason.frisk@seattle.gov

Is rowing right for you? Yes!

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You’re new?

WELCOME.

You may already know that your goal is to get buff and win races (the competitive-sport focus). Or your interest may be more about basic lifelong fitness — especially with the added pleasure of the lake environment (the recreational focus). Either way, you will want to start with our learn to row class. The class is a bit biased toward competitive rowing, but all of what you learn will be useful to you later, whether you’re racing or finding your place with the experienced recreational rowers.

Are you uncertain about whether rowing is right for you?

See if any of the information below helps you to gain confidence.

Are you worried about whether you have enough upper-body strength? Surprise! The primary source of rowing power is a push with your legs (that’s what the sliding seat enables). So…do you regularly walk up and down stairs? That should be good enough for starters. And everything will get stronger as you row.

Are you worried about the awkwardness of getting into and out of the boats at the dock? Frankly, very few of us look elegant at that task, and we work out own own methods. Can you sit down in a moderately-low chair, and then stand up, without using your hands? That should be enough flex for you to work out your own method. And other rowers on the dock will be ready to help steady you and the boat while you work that out.

Are you worried about the rowing task of lifting and carrying the boats (which look large and heavy)? In the first place, they aren’t as heavy as they look. And in the second place, the carry is always a group effort. Can you carry two gallon jugs of water to the checkout, and then to your car? That sounds good. If you have a temporary lift-and-carry issue (as many of us do sometime or other), other rowers will generally be available to take your place. And you can do your part by carrying more of the oars.

Rowing truly can be a lifelong sport. Just ask rowers in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. We invite you to give it a go.