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.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


Middle School Camp – Learn To Row – June 10 -20, Monday thru Thursday, 3 – 5 PM at the Grand River Waterfront behind the Spring Lake Middle School. For boys and girls going into grades 6 – 8th. No experience needed. Will be coached by Varsity Coaches as well as HS and Collegiate Rowers. Cost is $100 for 16 hours of instruction.





High School Camp – Learn To Row and Advanced Rowing for returners – August – Details coming soon.

Spring Participation Fees will be $225 and are due April 1 or may be paid in two installments on April 1 and May 1. The season will run through the end of May. We will be on the water as soon as weather is permits. Spring regattas are mainly “sprints” which are shorter races with multiple boats in side by side lanes. When the horn blows, the boats race to the finish, providing a huge adrenaline rush.
The Laddy Cup, Orchard Lake, St. Mary’s Prep Spring 2018

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.

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:

Our middle school future rowers! Spring 2018

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 sponsors. Without your support, we would not be able to teach the competitive sport of rowing to a new generation. Thank you!

Our floating dock on the Grand River.


Commander ($1,000 – $4,999)
Saunders Winter McNeil, PLLC

Coxswain ($500 – $999)
F. Martin & Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund
The Geschiere Family
Kyle Verplank
Midge Verplank
John & Kim Zevalkink

Stroke ($250 – $499)
Fredricks Design
Tony Gage
Bari Johnson
R-House-Sharon Reyers
Kevin Rich
Shoreline Insurance Agency, Inc.
Rob & Linda Torrey
Tad Welch
Tony & Monica Verplank

Sweep ($150 – $249)
Automatic Spring – Steve Moreland
Sharon Bedford
The Betts Family
Nels & Kathy Eisenga
Gretchen Garrison
Steve and Tami Harvey
State Farm – Doug Heins
Brian Humphrey Agency LLC
Rich & Pam Kramer / Muskegon Community Foundation
Frank & Sandy Mercurio
Orchard Market
West Michigan Roofing & Construction

Friend of Rowing (up to $149)
The Addison Family
Jeff & Sydney Alward
The Thomas Garrison Family
Jean Harms
Lake MI Endodontics – Patrick & Alissa Mullally
Terry Nash
Les & Jean Sharp
Ed & Julie Sherman
James N. Smith Revocable Trust
Clifford Taylor

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 – Head Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)

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