2012 Covered Bridge Regatta

Saturday, April 14


Sunday (AM) April 15, 2012

Dexter Dash Friday April 13

2012 Medal Winners



Ed Offchiss Trophy (Men's Masters Single): TIFF WOOD, WILLAMETTE ROWING CLUB

Version 2.0 (April 11th) of the schedule is available on regattacentral. If coaches catch errors or omissions, please email regatta_entry@oarowing.org.


We have made two changes to the listed order of events.

Event #28 (W Mas 2x) will move to the end of the day on Saturday (following event#34).

Event #47 (M Mas 8+) will move to the end of the schedule on Sunday (following event#51).


Greetings and welcome to the 2012 Covered Bridge Regatta.

This year’s regatta will again feature racing for master, junior and collegiate rowers on our fully buoyed, 7-lane Dexter Lake race course. A tentative race schedule is available at www.regattacentral.com.

Saturday, April 14th - races for juniors, colleges, masters. Coaches' and coxswains' meeting at 6:15 under the picnic shelter. Races all day from 7:30 AM until about 5 PM on ten-minute centers.

Sunday, April 15th - races for juniors, masters. Coaches' and coxswains' meeting at 7:00 AM under the picnic shelter. Races from about 8 AM until 1 PM on ten-minute centers. Racing will end no later than 3 PM if there are Inclement weather or other delays.

Enter at www.RegattaCentral.com. Deadline!!!! April 6th. You will also find a preliminary schedule of events there. Look for a 'final' schedule after April 8th.

With the exception of single sculls events ($20), all events will cost $10/seat (coxswains free). There will be no fee cap per team. In addition we must collect a $1.00 per athlete Oregon State Parks Usage Fee.

Updates and real-time results will be available at OAR_CBR on www.Twitter.com.

General regatta questions: Anita Larson 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!

The Dexter Dash … and Dinner

Friday April 13th - late afternoon

Once again, in a prelude to Saturday’s racing, we are offering the Dexter Dash and Dinner (D3) on Friday late afternoon. The Dash is a ‘ham ‘n egger’ style 500 meter relay for masters sweep rowers of all skill categories. You enter, we set the line-ups and everyone wins a catered dinner immediately following the racing.

5:00 PM Friday, brief ALL rowers & coxswains meeting - under the picnic shelter

6:00 PM start of the 500m relay

6:30 PM dinner by South Fork Catering - under the picnic shelter

Dash Relay: The main focus of the Dash is fun and camaraderie. Relay teams will consist of eights-only this year. Boat, seat and relay-team assignments will be made by the regatta directors at the coxswains/rowers meeting. All boatings will be assigned at the meeting. Sweep rowers without enough teammates to field an eight are encouraged to enter and will be incorporated into lineups at the meeting. Clubs are asked to make available a coxswain and eight-oared shell for every four sweep rowers they enter.

Dinner: A scrumptious lasagna dinner (included in your $20 per person entry fee) will be offered immediately following the racing, under the picnic shelter. A vegetarian entrée alternative will be available. Non-rowing spouses and friends are welcome at the dinner for $12 per person and should be noted on the entry.

Questions: DexterDash@oarowing.org (subject: ‘DASH’)

Entries: Send an email to DexterDash@oarowing.org (subject ‘DASH’) with the following information:

Name of club and contact information.

Number of rowers participating in the Dash (x $20 each)

#coxswains, # ports, #starboards, #either-side

Name(s) of coxswains

Names of most experienced stroke-pair

Number of non-rowers/non-coxswains for dinner (x $12 each)

Total dollar-value and date of check (payable to OAR - DexterDash) mailed to :

DexterDash c/o Oregon Association of Rowers; P.O. box 11963; Eugene OR 97440

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 j_juhlin@efn.org (or call Jon at 541-517-6693). 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 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, the boats entered in the Dash will be warming up and racing 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)

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

Host Hotel :

This year’s host hotel is the Quality Inn and Suites, located at 3550 Gateway St., Springfield, OR, two blocks from I-5 at exit 195A. They are offering a double queen room for $89 when you register by referring to the ‘Covered Bridge Regatta.’ Visit their website at www.choicehotels.com/hotel/or164

Camping Options

At Lowell Park: There is very limited camping space in Lowell Park. Camping is allowed only on Friday, April 13th and Saturday April14th. 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 $2.50 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.

Lowell High School

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 refundable deposit). For further information contact:

Sonja Casarez

Administrative Assistant

Lowell School District

65 S. Pioneer St.

Lowell, Oregon 97452


The necessary forms are located here and here.

Bed and Breakfast in the town of Lowell

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 bgeorge818@aol.com).

Featured Merchants at the Covered Bridge Regatta

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available from:

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.

Just the Facts...

  • Deadlines:
    • Fees must be paid by April 6th.
    • 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: