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. 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. Scroll down for info about how to sign up for team communications. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
SPRing SEASON 2023
Spring rowing season officially begins March 27th at the SL Middle School Location. Weather permitting, we will go out on the water. If it is too cold, then we will practice at the Winter Training site at the former Bell’s 104 building. All athletes are welcome to join the team for indoor conditioning as soon as March 20th at no additional cost. We encourage all rowers to cheer on fellow teammates at the Ergatta. Even if you haven’t rowed previously, you can come and see what it’s like. The team does not cut athletes even if you have no prior experience. All are welcome. The goal is to get every rower to at least one race at each of the regattas (except the first regatta). This spring the team will have opportunity to compete in the Michigan State Rowing Championship (i.e. High School Finals).
Beginning 3/27/23, practices will be at the SL Middle School site on the Grand River Monday thru Thursday from 5 to 7 pm. Saturday practices are still TBD.
Spring Rowing Events:
• April 22 – Mitten Series: Huron River (experienced rowers only)
• April 29 – GR Invitational
• May 6 – Laddie Cup – Orchard Lake / St. Mary’s
• May 20 – State Championship
• Other events TBD
Player Fees are $250 for the season and include regatta registration fees. Travel expenses are not covered.
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:
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!
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)
- Vacancy – Treasurer
- Jeff Pipp – Member at Large and Substitute Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)
- Rachel Twa – Member at Large
- Nancy Kucks – Member at Large
- Emma Boersen – Grand Haven Varsity / JV Coach (EMU Rowing Alumni)
- Daniel Winter – Spring Lake Varsity / JV Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
If you would like more information, please email the team: