2015 Covered Bridge RegattaCollegiate Regatta

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Juniors and Masters Regatta

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sunday (AM) April 19, 2015

co-sponsored by

Oregon Association of Rowers, University of Oregon Crew Club, South Eugene Rowing Club

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Thursday evening, April 16th -

An Evening with Daniel James Brown, author of

Boys in the Boat:

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold

at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Join in an evening of insight and lively discussion with award winning author Daniel James Brown whose New York Times bestselling book The Boys in the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men's Olympic eight-oar rowing team. Brown will speak and sign books on the University of Oregon campus Thursday April 16th at 8:00 pm in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Ballroom. General admission tickets are $12 and available at the EMU Ticket office at Mac Court or on-line: http://tickets.uoregon.edu/

Save the date: Monday evening, April 27th - 12-9 (minors included until 8PM)

Ninkasi Tasting Room

272 Van Buren St, Eugene

Celebrate CBR2015 -- 25% of pint-sales goes to the regatta!

Please sign up to assist at the regatta -

on the job training with a smile!

Collegiate and/or Masters/juniors

2015 Medal Winners

Collegiate Points: Western Washington University

Junior Points Trophy: ???

Ed Offchiss Trophy (Men's M Single): ???

Masters Women's Single: ???



INFO for 2015 regattas

Greetings and welcome to the 2015 Covered Bridge Regattas.

This year’s regatta will take place over two weekends in April:

COLLEGES, April 11th:

Saturday, April 11th we will be hosting Collegiate races as well as open 1x and open 2- events. All races will use our fully buoyed, 7-lane, 2000m Dexter Lake race course. Morning and afternoon sessions will allow most events to run two flights - for example, allowing two races for your varsity eight. A tentative race schedule will soon be available at www.regattacentral.com. Enter atwww.RegattaCentral.com between March 1st and the Deadline!!! of March 29th. Look for a 'final' schedule a few days later. With the exception of single sculls events ($30), all events will cost $15/seat (coxswains free). In addition we must collect a $2.00 per athlete Oregon State Parks Usage Fee.

volunteer to help!


MASTERS and JUNIORS, April 18th, 19th:

Masters (1000m) and Juniors (2000m) racing will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 18,19 on our fully buoyed, 7-lane Dexter Lake race course. A tentative race schedule will soon be available at www.regattacentral.com. Saturday, April 18th - races for juniors, masters. Coaches' and coxswains' meeting at 6:15 under the picnic shelter. Races all day from 7:20 AM until about 6 PM on ten-minute centers. Sunday, April 13th - races for juniors, masters. Races from about 7:30 AM until 1 PM on ten-minute centers. Racing will end no later than 3 PM if there are Inclement weather or other delays. A tentative race schedule will soon be available at www.regattacentral.com. Enter atwww.RegattaCentral.com. between March 1st and the Deadline!!!! April 5th. Look for a 'final' schedule a few days later.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS for juniors and masters: With the exception of single sculls, teams are limited to a maximum of one or two entries per event. In addition, all events also have a cap for total entrants. Entries beyond these limits will be wait-listed (and will likely be accepted after entries close). With the exception of single sculls events ($20), all events will cost $10/seat (coxswains free). In addition we must collect a $2.00 per athlete Oregon State Parks Usage Fee.

Note: there are several new events this year: Junior pairs, mixed masters 2x and 4x, masters novice 4+. All events will be "finals only" except the men's and women's masters singles, which will have "heats and finals".

volunteer to help!

Updates and real-time results will be available at www.RegattaCentral.com.

General regatta questions: Jill Hoyenga at regatta@oarowing.org

Questions on entries: regatta_entry@oarowing.org

We strongly encourage clubs and schools to bring motor launches and drivers. This has been an incredible help in the past and we need you again this year. We do reimburse for fuel!

Parking There will be limited parking at Lowell State Park for trailers, large buses, team vans. Due to increased participation, some trailers, etc. must be parked offsite after unloading. Please reserve a parking spot by emailing Ken Jones (or call Ken at 541-912-3689). All other vehicles (including tow vehicles) of participants and spectators must park in the town of Lowell, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the park. A free shuttle bus will run between the park and town on Saturday April 18th only. There is no parking on Pengra road. Trailers and boats may be left overnight in the park’s parking lot adjacent to the launch area. The gate will be locked at 9:00 PM each night. The lot will be supervised, but equipment is left at your own risk. We encourage all teams to arrive on Friday to unload boats and equipment and maybe take a practice row. Be aware, however, that officials may be working on the course on Friday, late afternoon. Please stay off the course and in the marked practice area.

Volunteers There are less than 100 members in O.A.R. and the regatta takes about 1000 volunteer-hours to put on. If you can volunteer as beach-master, launch driver or in another capacity, please contact Kit Staples (kitstaples@yahoo.com) or check out our volunteer sign-up page to see where you might help - no experience necessary!

Funded in part by a Lane County Tourism Special Projects Grant.


We will have several food options on-site during the regatta.

Sammitch! -

voted the best food cart in Eugene for 2014 by the Eugene Weekly (on site: Saturdays)

The Grilling Place (on site: Sunday April 19)

Cafe Moka (on site each day - coffee by 6:30 AM)

Host Hotels:

Refer to the 'Covered Bridge Regatta' for the best rates.

The Quality Inn and Suites is located at 3550 Gateway St, Springfield OR (just off I-5). Suites and other accommodations available at a discounted rate. For reservations call (541)726-9266 or email alainar@inncline.com. Visit their website

The Comfort Suites is located at 969 Kruse Way (just off I-5). They offer rooms at $109+tax. Contact them at 541-746-5359. Visit their website

The Residence Inn is located at 25 Club Road in Eugene (off Coburg Rd.). They are offering rooms starting at $119. Contact Jeri McPherson 541-284-0641. Visit their website.

The Best Western Cottage Grove Inn is located at 1601 North Gateway Boulevard, Cottage Grove, OR. This is a great option if you are driving up from the South. They are offering a rate of $99, plus tax. Reservations may be made at (541)942-1000.

You can find information on additional hotels in the area at www.visitlanecounty.org

Camping Options

At Lowell Park: There is very limited camping space in Lowell Park. RV-camping is not allowed in the park. Tent camping is allowed only on Friday, April 10th, Friday, April 17th and Saturday April18th. Tent camping is limited to the oak grove area. No camping on the beach. No open fires. All campers must secure a camping permit by payment of a $5.00 per-camper per-night Oregon State Park's Camping Fee, payable at www.RegattaCentral.com on the CBR registration page. Permits will be distributed in your team's packet.

Across the Lake: Dexter Shores RVPark / Camping, 39140 Dexter Rd., (541) 937-3711. Visit their website here.

Near I-5:

Deerwood RV Park (mention the regatta for a 15% discount) - click the image for an enlarged view.

Guest Bedrooms available in Lowell on either weekend (not Bed & Breakfast)

Several families in the town of Lowell have offered low-cost housing near the race course. Accommodations include a private bedroom and breakfast for $50 per person per night. Contact Ruth George for details (541-937-2078 or RMGeorge513@aol.com). A flyer is located here. One room available for Apr 18-19th weekend.

Lowell High School for Junior Crews

Inexpensive lodging for junior crews and their chaperones is available at Lowell High School, located just minutes from the park. $6 per rower(person)/night plus $50 non-refundable deposit). For further information contact Cindi Neet at the Lowell School District.

Lowell School District

65 S. Pioneer St.

Lowell, Oregon 97452


The necessary forms are located here and here.

Featured Merchants at the Covered Bridge Regatta

Purchase T-shirts at the regatta, or order online by clicking the logo below.


JIM THE SHOE DOCTOR for fun and funky socks

458 E 11TH Ave

Eugene, OR 97401

Ed Offchiss Trophy - Masters Men's Single Rowing Trophy

Ed and his wife Cindi moved to Eugene with their two boys, Jesse and Cody, in the summer of 2002. Moving from New Haven, Connecticut, where they had both rowed for years, they chose Eugene in part for the rowing environment and the community. They both joined OAR shortly after arriving. Ed was known by many in the rowing community as he had rowed on both coasts and overseas. He touched many of our lives in the short time we knew him—filling a vacant seat, offering rowing tips and witty comments, or just plain helping out when needed. Ed passed away while racing in Portland’s Row For The Cure in 2003. We all miss Ed and remember him as a good friend and caring team member.

The perpetual trophy, presented to the winner of the master men’s single event, is designed by Ed’s son Jesse in collaboration with Eugene artist and OAR member Debbe Cornitius.

Masters Women's Single Rowing Trophy

We are offering a new trophy this year for the winner of the women's masters single.

Just the Facts...

  • Deadlines:
    • Fees must be paid by 3/29 (colleges) or 4/05 (masters, juniors)
    • Late entries or late fees will be accepted only on a space-available basis and at 1.5x the original entry fee.
    • For proper seeding and handicapping, all masters entries must include athlete's names and birthdates.
  • Contacts: