SL-GH CREW

ABOUT THE TEAM:  Our first season was the Spring of 2015.  Rowing is a Co-Ed Club Sport with spring, fall and winter seasons.  We are a CO-OP team for Spring Lake High School and Grand Haven High School. All academically eligible high school age students in the SL and GH areas are welcome including home school students. Rowers can join whichever season works best around their other activities. Rowing is easy to learn. It mainly requires a strong work-ethic, determination and team-spirit. With the right attitude, anyone can learn to row; with perseverance, he/she can build the physical strength and ability to compete. Unlike many other sports which require elite training from a young age, rowing is something many high school athletes could easily continue to do at a collegiate level. The team rows out of Spring Lake Yacht Club.  Please use the form at the bottom of the page to email the team for more information.

WINTER 2018 INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: Indoor practices will be at Fruitport Country Club Banquet Center on Mon/Wed/Thu from 5-7 PM and Sat from 8-10 AM starting Thu, Feb 1st. Coaches are Jeff Pipp, Mandy Boersen and Paul Winter. These sessions will prepare athletes for indoor ERG competitions and for the Spring on-water season. Click here for online registration: WINTER 2018 REGISTRATION.  Fees are $50 per month. You may pay for one month or both Feb and Mar now. Click here to pay fees:  PAY ONLINE

SPRING 2018: Practice days and times are yet TBD. Please email the team using contact form below to be added to the email list for Spring 2018 team.

SPRING 2018 REGATTAS (TENTATIVE):

Sat – 2/24/18 – Ann Arbor, Skyline Crew hosts “Hungry Eagle Indoor Sprints” (ERG)

Sat – 3/24/18 – Forest Hills hosts indoor “Ergatta” (ERG)

Sat – 4/28/18 – Grand Rapids High School Invitational at Riverside Park (On Water)

Sat – 5/05/2018 – St. Mary’s Prep Laddie Cup at Orchard Lake (On Water)

Others to be announced. Stay tuned!

TEAM WORKOUT REPORTS: If you miss practice or complete extra work-outs, please log them here and a copy will be emailed to Coach Jeff and Coach Paul. WORKOUT REPORT

LOGO APPAREL: We have set up a Lands End Company Store for embroidered logo apparel to be shipped directly to you. LANDS END SL CREW COMPANY STORE

Hats / Sweatshirts / Logo Stickers:  We sell apparel and accessories through our online store.  Click here to order and pay: SL-GH CREW ONLINE STORE

REMIND.COM We use the remind.com group text messaging app for broadcasting important quick messages to the team and parents during the season (especially helpful for location changes due to weather and for updates at regattas).  Below are the instructions on how to join the Fall 2017 group:

FUNDRAISING:  Our program exists only because of generous private and corporate donations. We rely on continued support to keep the team afloat. Funds raised go towards purchasing equipment such as rowing shells, oars, rigging, shoes, speakers, life-jackets, tools, trailers, tents, motor boats, indoor rowing machines, etc. Each high school rower pays a participation fee per season to help with operating costs such as rent, insurance, fuel, mileage and coaching expenses. If you would like to make a tax deductible financial contribution to our team,you may do so using our online payment system or buy mailing a check.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

THANK YOU:  A big thank you to our generous donors! Without your support, we would not be able to do what we do!

LEADERSHIP: Spring Lake Crew Club, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to support the rowing team.

  • Paul Winter – President and Coach
  • Amanda Rantanen – Secretary and Substitute Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Leslie Reed – Treasurer
  • Blake Phillips – Technical Advisor
  • Lesley VanLeeuwan-Vega – Publicity
  • Ken Workinger – Boatmaster
  • Alan Betts – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Jeff Pipp – Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Mandy Boersen – Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The Oarsman’s Song”

The willowy sway of the hands away and the water boiling aft,

The elastic spring and the steely fling that drives the flying craft.

The steely spring and the musical ring of the blade with the biting grip,

And the stretching draw of the bending oar that rounds the turn with a whip.

And the lazy float that runs the boat, and makes the swing quite true,

And gives that rest that the oarsman blest as he drives the blade right through.

All through the swing he hears the boat sing as she glides on her flying track,

And he gathers aft to strike the craft with a ringing bell-note crack.

From stretcher to oar with drive and draw, he speeds the boat along.

All whalebone and steel and a willowy feel…that is the oarsman’s song.

~ Steve Fairbairn

Steve Fairbairn On Rowing – The Complete Series by Rowperfect – Peter Mallory and Steve Fairbairn

If you would like more information, please email the team:

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