As we continue to move forward into the future living with Covid 19 our guidelines for staying safe and continuing to use the boathouse have been updated. Please familiarize and adhere to these most current guidelines when at PBC.
- Due to adherence to guidelines to date, the number of people at the boathouse at any one time has been increased to six.
- Wear a face covering (mask) from the parking lot to and in the boathouse until launching and after landing.
- Adhere to six foot physical (social) distancing at all times even when wearing a face covering.
- Signing-up for time slots to use PBC facilities on SignUpGenius is required prior to arriving.
- Rowing is limited to singles unless all members of a crew are living together in the same household.
- Use sanitizing product(s) when available (product is available where members used to log out/in, in the big boathouse and upstairs in the big boathouse near the ergs) to wipe down any club equipment after use.
- The limit is one person in the bathroom/changing area at a time.
- To avoid touching surfaces do not log out and leave boathouse bay doors open while you are out. Note that SignUpGenius is essentially the new logbook.
- Make sure the goose guard is up when leaving if no other members are on the water. Note this is a distinct change from prior guidelines. If there are no shoes on the dock, assume you are the last one and close up.
Use PBC’s Sign-Up Genius to schedule your time slots inclusive of arriving, launching, rowing, cleaning and storing equipment, changing kit and departure. If you have any questions, contact Hans firstname.lastname@example.org or Maryann email@example.com.
Your cooperation is required for us to keep rowing.
Please be courteous to others and cancel your sign-up if plans change, sign-up for the correct number of rowers, and be in and out of the boathouse on schedule.
Also, the geese have discovered the side dock, so if someone would like to fashion a goose guard for that area, please do so.
Background: Due to Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s March 23, 2020 executive order and public health directives related to COVID-19, until further notice members of the Portland Boat Club must observe social distancing guidelines of 6 feet between individuals when in the Portland Boat Club boathouse, when launching and landing and when maneuvering equipment on the dock. The sign-up process for members ensures there are no more than six members (as of 5/26/20) using the boathouse and docks at any time during daylight (rowing) hours.
How do I schedule my row? Use Sign-Up Genius to reserve consecutive time slots for using PBC facilities and rowing.
Thanks to all who turned out for the 2018 Head of the Dog! We had 74 entries, and countless great costumes — see photos below. Special thanks to those who traveled from California, Eugene, Duwamish, and Port Angeles! Good luck to all in the rest of the head race season.
The fall racing season comes to an end in a whimper thanks to cancellation of the Head of the Lake. Snow, barges, float planes, and winds led the officials to the unfortunate conclusion that racing would not be safe.
However, the Fall Classic did see the PBC Men’s 8+ debut with a win, while Lori Jensen and Anita’s St. L 8+ also won their division. Susan Adams was in a St. L 4x and Shannon Gribbons’ Willamette 4x won that race. Ana and Maryann were #3 in the 2x.
PBC was well represented in Boston this year. PBC men with North Dakota Indoor Rowing, came in 17 out of a gazillion in the Senior Master 50+ 8+, and Anita’s Master’s Coaching Veteran’s 8+ beat out Marin for the win in the Women’s race. Maryann aged up to Senior Veteran in the 1x and took 2nd. The Sullivan’s were well represented with Tiffany in the BU alumni boat and Max in the Club 8+. Tiff Wood was in the Etats Unis 8+, while Susan was in the 50+ 1x.
Other Portlanders that I know of: Lori Jensen and Celia Heron had a good race in the 50+ 2x–Lori’s first steering adventure on the course. In the women’s version of the Etats Unis BC, Evelyn Hamman’s 8+ won their category. Emily Caffee, last year’s Head of the Dog winner now rowing in Chicago, came in an impressive 4th in the Women’s Club 1x. Hope I didn’t miss anyone.
WINTER ROWING: Have fun and be careful. The water will be off when the pipes might freeze, the dock could be slippery, the water cold etc.
The candidates win!
Perfect water, clever costumes, and rowers from near and far were spotted at Portland Boat Club’s 2016 Head of the Dog Regatta today. Photos here. Thanks for all who came out to race, volunteer, and celebrate with us. We’ll see you again in September 2017!
PBC has a new Weather cam!
Anita and new member Marilyn Z. who lives at the moorage arranged for this weather cam to check the water conditions. The camera is located at Marilyn’s house upstream from the bridge and pointed towards the bridge. No more guessing about the water!
PBC Weather CAM
Hosted annually in September by Portland Boat Club on the beautiful Multnomah Channel, the Head of the Dog is a three mile head race, a costume competition, and a fun picnic — all rolled into one. We run two separate start waves, one for singles only, and a second for doubles, quads, and fours to minimize wait time on the water. Boat launch from Portland Boat Club and row to the start. Spectators have premium viewing of the finish line from the boathouse. Costumes are an annual tradition for this event although optional they are highly encouraged! Food and awards round out the festivities after the race.
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Perpetual Silver Trophies are awarded to the fastest men’s and women’s 1x. The Bill Kalenius Memorial Trophy goes to the fastest 2x.
We are happy to report that PBC brought home the hardware at the Head of the Charles in the Women’s Grand Masters 8+ event.
Under the PBC banner in the women’s event, Anita, Lori Jensen and yours truly ganged up with Joan Linse, Stacy Stein, and Cathy Holdorf from Corvallis, Sally Keller from OAR in Eugene, Susan Kinne, and coxswain Rachel Le Mieux, Lake Washington stalwarts to subdue the nearest competition by 45 seconds. This was a race within a race, with the 60+ and the 50+ age group winners getting medals in their divisions. PBC beat over half the field in the overall event, ending up 17th. It was great to hear cheering from the bridges as we raced through.
Despite the sad news that the Head of the Dog 2014 was cancelled due to Blue Green Toxic Algae, we were graced with the enthusiasm of our friends from Alaska. They spent hours preparing for their trip to race with us at the HOD and Row for the Cure. That clearly did not squash their smiles as seen in this great photo – thanks so much!
After deliberation with USRowing officials, referees and the greater Portland Rowing community, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Head of the Dog Regatta and invite rowers to an open house event on the Multnomah channel at the Portland Boat Club on Saturday morning. The State of Oregon Public Health Division Toxic Blue-Green Algae advisory remains in affect through the weekend and with conditions not expected to improve soon. Although the risk to referees, volunteers, participants, and organizers may be somewhat debatable it is also not fully understood or even measured with regard to the HOTD course and so we are taking this extra precaution. This is a highly unusual situation; we have never had to cancel the Head of the Dog under such circumstances before.
Please join us for an open house from 8am to noon to enjoy some recreational fun, please bring costumes, and a picnic. We still want to see your costumes, will award the winner as in previous years to keep this tradition going as well as set up the self serve photo booth to share with your friends.
Refunds are available upon request. Details will be posted shortly. T-shirts orders will still be honored.
Thank you for your understanding,
Head of the Dog Co-Chairs
The race is Saturday, September 27th.
The Head of the Dog is a three mile head race, a costume competition, and a fun picnic — all rolled into one. Hosted by the Portland Boat club, the race course is on the Multnomah Channel. We have planned a few changes to improve the racing and picnic experience this year, including a new race structure to minimize waiting on the water. We’ll run two separate start waves, one for singles only, and a second for doubles, quads, and fours (schedule below). Boats will launch from Portland Boat Club and row to the start. Spectators will have premium viewing of the finish line from the boathouse. Costumes are optional and highly encouraged! Food and awards round out the festivities after the race. Also this year racers and fans will enjoy our self-serve photo booth with backdrop and lights. So bring your camera/phone and capture the fun!
T-shirts are available on a pre-order basis for $18/each at Regatta Central
The deadline for t-shirt orders is Friday, September 12.
We will only have a limited number of t-shirts for sale on race day.
7:30 Bow # Pickup
8:00 Race meeting
8:30 Singles Launch
9:30 Singles Race Begins
10:30am Doubles, Pairs, Quads and Fours Launch Start (Pending notification by Launch Master)
11:45 Doubles, Pairs, Quads and Fours
Perpetual Silver Trophies will be awarded to the fastest men’s and women’s 1x. The Bill Kalenius Memorial Trophy will go to the fastest 2x.
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