2014 Covered Bridge Regatta

Saturday, April 12


Sunday (AM) April 13, 2013

co-sponsored by

Oregon Association of Rowers

University of Oregon Crew Club

South Eugene Rowing Club


Greetings and welcome to the 2014 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 will soon be available at www.regattacentral.com

Saturday, April 12th - races for juniors, colleges, 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.

Enter at www.RegattaCentral.com. between March 1st and the Deadline!!!! March 31st. A preliminary schedule of events is also there.

Look for a 'final' schedule after April 7th.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS: 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. A tentative race schedule with entry limitations is available at www.regattacentral.com and here.

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.

Updates and real-time results will be available here.

General regatta questions: Lisa Bee-Wilson 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 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) or check out our volunteer sign-up page to see where you might help - no experience necessary!

2014 Medal Winners

Collegiate Points: Western Washington University

Junior Points Trophy: Bainbridge Island Rowing Club

Ed Offchiss Trophy (Men's M Single):Chuck Otis (WRC)

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

Host Hotels:

This year we have three host hotels. Each is located just East of I5 at exit 195A in Springfield, OR. Refer to the 'Covered Bridge Regatta' for the best rates.

The Quality Inn and Suites is located at 3550 Gateway St. Suites and other accommodations still available at a discounted rate. For reservations call (541)726-9266 or email alainar@inncline.com. Visit their website at www.qualityinn.com/hotel-Springfield-Oregon-OR164

The Holiday Inn Express is located at 3480 Hutton St. They are offering rooms from $109+tax.

For reservations call (541)746-8471 or visit their website at http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/springfield/sfieu/hoteldetail

The Comfort Suites is located at 969 Kruse Way. They are offering rooms from $109+tax.

For reservations call (541)746-5359 or visit their website at http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-springfield-oregon-OR095

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 11th and Saturday April12th. 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 (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.

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 non-refundable deposit). For further information contact either Debi McNamara or Jeannette Crocker 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

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available from:

Hideaway Bakery Regatta Menu

Assorted Wood-oven pastries

(assortment of sweet and savory hand made at Hideaway Bakery)


Roasted Turkey on Country Levain

Applewood smoked ham on Country Levain

Roasted Zucchini, Red Pepper and Chèvre on Country Levain


cup or bowl of homemade minestrone soup and side salad with baguette.

Wood Oven Pizza by the slice


Diavola (sausage mushroom with a kick)

Margherita (mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, basil.)



Greek Salad (romaine, kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted red pepper)

Caesar salad (romaine, caesar dressing, parmesan cheese and house-made croutons)

Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks

Coffee, Gatorade/vitamin water

Hot chocolate, Izze sparkling fruit drinks/bottled water

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 March 31st
    • 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: