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 Middle School Grand River access, south of the soccer fields and west of the football field. On the river, we have a 60 x 10 foot floating dock so that we do not have to wade into the water to launch our boats. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to email the team for more information.

SUMMER 2018 ROWING CAMP:  Camp dates are August 13-16, from 8-noon, Mon-Thurs. The cost is $75 (the same as last year) and includes a t-shirt, snacks and a cookout on the last day. It will be led by GVSU coach John Bancheri, the American College of Rowing 2018 Coach of the Year for both Men and Women, and GVSU assistant coach Dan Martin. Our rowing location is on the Grand River behind the Spring Lake Middle School, south of the soccer field and west of the football field. Camp is not mandatory for rowers but, is highly encouraged. We have even had new kids just come to camp to learn to row but, who are in other sports and can’t participate during the school year.  It is open to all 8-12th graders.



FALL 2018: Practices will be Monday- Thursday from 5-7 pm and Fridays 3:30 – 5:30 at our Grand River location. The cost for the fall will be $225. That includes all regatta entry fees. Tentatively, we will plan on attending 3 regattas this fall. Our schedule is subject to change.

  • Frogtown Regatta: 9/22, Toledo, Ohio
  • Grand Rapids Fall Classic: 10/13, Grand Rapids Rowing Association Boathouse
  • Lake Leelenau Chase: 10/28, Lake Leelenau, Michigan
  • Others TBD



If you are new to rowing, please see our website FAQs section under the MENU tab for general information on what to wear and bring to practice.

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 / Apparel / 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 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 SLGH Crew 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)
  • Lesley Reed – Treasurer
  • Blake Phillips – Technical Advisor
  • Lesley VanLeeuwan-Vega – Publicity
  • Ken Workinger – Boatman
  • Alan Betts – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Jeff Pipp – Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)


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