ABOUT THE TEAM:  Our first season was the Spring of 2015.  Rowing is a Co-Ed Club Sport with spring and fall seasons.  All high school age students in the Spring Lake and Grand Haven 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.

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


Participation Cost:  $200 for the season and includes regatta entry fees but, not apparel. A $20 team uniform tank is required for new rowers.  Housing and meals for regattas is extra. Regatta details will come later. Checks can be mailed to: Spring Lake Crew c/o Paul Winter, 250 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI  49417 or click here to pay online: PAY FALL SEASON FEE

Registration:  Click here to register online: FALL REGISTRATION FORM

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

Practice Schedule: We will begin practice Tuesday Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day. We will practice at Spring Lake Yacht Club on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Weekday practices will be 5-7 PM. Saturday mornings will be 8-11 AM.  If you are going to arrive more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early, you probably should skip that day.  All rowers must notify the team by email or text when they will be late or miss practice.

 Fall Regattas:

  • Saturday, September 30th – Grand Rapids Fall Classic, GR, MI
  • Saturday, October 14 – Head of the Grand, Lansing, MI
  • Sunday, October 29 – Leelenau Chase, Lake Leelenau, MI

Regatta information and scores:

Fall Coaches:

Paul Winter (Level 2 Certified USRowing), Jeff Pipp (MSU rowing alumni) and Mandy Boersen (GVSU rowing alumni) will be your coaches this fall!

REMIND.COM We use the 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.  Please email the team using the form below for more information!

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 Assistant Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Mike Gable – Treasurer
  • Blake Phillips – Technical Advisor and Assistant Coach
  • Lesley VanLeeuwan-Vega – Publicity
  • Michelle Tanner – Member at Large
  • Jeff Pipp – Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Mandy Boersen – Assistant Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)


“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: