Wasatch Rowing Foundation
The "Wasatch Rowing Foundation" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization set-up to raise funds to build a Boathouse and training facility on
or near the Jordan river. This will enable us
to promote the use of the Jordan River or Overflow canal as a place for recreation in
the sports of Rowing and Canoeing. The primary focus will be to encourage and expand the current youth programs and then to broaden the interest in the sport of rowing to everyone.
Is There Rowing in Utah?
For many years there has been rowing on the Great Salt Lake since the early 1900's in fact, but rowing in Utah is currently a sport
with a very low profile. We want to change that! After all why should
a highly prestigious Olympic sport have only a minimal presence in
Utah. The answer is a typical chicken and egg
situation, one doesn't happen without the other.
The countless number of times I have heard people say "I didn't know there was rowing in Utah"
Far From Ideal
The Great Salt Lake is far from
ideal. Because of its size a gentle breeze can produces large waves which can make rowing hazardous
and anything stronger makes it impossible. For our Junior programs we cannot choose which days we practice and thus in the Spring we
generally had to cancel a third of our outings and another third can feel
more like survival than a good practice. The Summer and Fall can often produce great days with mirror flat water, great for recreational rowing. Yet we store our boats outside and all year long the sun
degrades the boats, the salt water corrodes the fittings and gets
in the motors of the safety/coaching launches. Yet a few dedicated individuals and some innovative coaches, row, practice and
travel hundreds of miles to compete and still manage to bring home a
But we could do better......