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 Middle School Grand River access, south of the soccer fields and west of the football field. On the river, we have a large floating dock for dry launching. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to email the team for more information.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  Coaches are: Jeff Pipp, and Paul Winter.

If you haven’t already – please sign up to our team REMIND for communication during the season. This is the fastest way we are able to communicate if/when practices are changing or cancelled due to weather or other reasons. Scroll below for REMIND info…

SUMMER CAMP

August 15 – 18 (M-TH) 8 am – 12 pm located at the Spring Lake/Grand Haven Rowing Site at Spring Lake Middle School. Consisting of one or two sessions each morning with a snack break. Snacks included.

Head Instructor: Dan Martin, GVSU Head Rowing Coach Assistant: Troy Harding, Assistant Coach and/or members of the GVSU rowing team.

Focus: Sweep rowing technique (4s and 8s). There could be some sculling depending on interest and camp size.

Open to high school rowers regardless of ability or experience, but boats will be broken into groups of similarly skilled rowers.

Cost: $140 to Spring Lake/Grand Haven current team members and those who sign up for the for the Fall 2022 season. $180 for non-team members.

Also open to middle school students with prior experience.

Please follow the links to register online and the other link to pay online. You may use the contact form at the bottom of this page to contact the team with any questions.

SPRING SEASON

We will have on water practices 4/01/22 – 6/05/22 (tentative depending on weather conditions). Practices are at the Grand River waterfront at the Spring Lake Intermediate School.

Regatta Schedule:

• Hungry Eagle Sprints March 5 (Ann Arbor)
• Forest Hills Central Ergatta March 26 (Forest Hills Central High School)
• Grand Rapids Invitational: April 30 (Riverside Park)
• Laddie Cup – May 6-7th (Orchard Lake)
• SRAM – May 21-22 (Kensington Metro Park, Milford Michigan)

We have access to a scholarship fund for anyone in need of financial assistance for Winter training and the Spring season. Contact Coach Paul individually regarding that.

Click the button below to make a donation, pay fees or make other online payments and click the other button to complete online registration.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROWING – SPRING 2022

Spring Lake and Grand Haven Crew teams will be offering a Middle School Rowing program for all middle school students in either district. Students from Spring Lake Middle School, Lakeshore Middle School, West Michigan Academy, Walden Green, Grand Haven Christian, St. Johns, and St. Mary’s are all invited to attend.

Practices will begin Monday, April 25th for 6 weeks and will meet each Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 – 5:30 on the Grand River behind the South Field at the Spring Lake Middle School (next to the football field).

The program is open to both boys and girls in 7th and 8th grades. No experience is necessary or expected.

Cost is $75. Please click on the payment button to pay your fees online and click on the registration button to register. Thank you.

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.

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 SLGH Crew group:

Fall 2019

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.

LEADERSHIP: Spring Lake Crew Club, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to support the SLHS Rowing Team and the GHHS Rowing Team.

  • Paul Winter – President and Coach
  • Amanda Rantanen – Secretary and Substitute Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Lesley Reed – Treasurer
  • Ken Workinger – Boatman
  • Alan Betts – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Vacancy – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Jeff Pipp – Varsity / JV Head Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)

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