Greetings and welcome to the 2009 Covered Bridge Regatta.

We are excited to have you attend and have the following preliminary information for you.

The date for this years’ regatta is Saturday, April 11, 2009 . We encourage you to arrive on Friday, April 10th to unload boats and equipment and maybe take a practice row. Overnight security at the park will be provided.  

You may also wish to join us for our first annual "The Dexter Dash ... and Dinner" on Friday, April 10th in the late afternoon (details below).  

Registration information will be posted both at our website  www.oarowing.org  and at  www.RegattaCentral.com  by March 1st.

As in years past, we will have events for juniors, masters and collegiate rowers. A preliminary schedule of events is available at RegattaCentral. The final schedule will be completed following the closure of entries on April 1st.

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!

One highlight of the Regatta will be the awarding of the Ed Offchiss Memorial Trophy in the Men’s Masters Single event. Ed was an OAR member who passed away during the 2003 “Row for the Cure” in Portland. Another will be the presentation of Team Points Trophies—to the junior and collegiate teams that accumulate the most points earned in regatta competition that day.

Download the welcome letter. (PDF)


New Event This Year:   D3 -- "The Dexter Dash ... and Dinner" 

Friday Evening Sprints & BBQ

Want to have some relaxing fun and casual competition before getting serious for "the real deal" on Saturday?  Join us on Friday, April 10th for some late-afternoon casual sprints, socializing ... .and dinner, too!  

500 meter sprints for masters 1x and 8+, novice and experienced.   BBQ dinner to follow.   (We won't keep you up too late, though.)   

For more details, see the info packet or register for D3 at www.RegattaCentral.com.


Parking

There will be parking at the park for trailers and their tow-vehicles, large buses, team vans and cars carrying singles or doubles. All other vehicles of participants and spectators must be parked in the town of Lowell, a 10-15 minute walk from the park. There will be a drop-off area at the park and a free shuttle bus will run between the park and town. 

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 Friday night. The lot will be supervised, but equipment is left at your own risk. 


Where to stay?

The Hilton Eugene & Conference Center, located in downtown Eugene, is the official lodging for the 2009 Covered Bridge Regatta!   Parking for trailers is available.  
Use booking code "Covered Bridge Regatta" to get the special discounted rate of $94 (+tax) Single/Double Occupancy.  Suites are also available.

Camping Options

At Lowell Park:   There is very limited camping space in Lowell Park.  Camping is allowed only on Friday, April 10th.   Camping is limited to the oak grove area.   No camping on the beach.  No open fires.
 
Across the Lake:   Dexter Shores RVPark / Camping, 39140 Dexter Rd.,  (541) 937-3711.


Featured Merchants at the Covered Bridge Regatta

CBR Photos by Steve Prosser.

High resolution archival quality prints from 4"x6" to 13"x19" are available to order. Prices based on size range from $8 to $35 per print. A portion of all sales will be donated to OAR. For ordering information: steveprosser@comcast.net


Ed Offchiss Trophy  - Senior 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.


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