The Lake Leelanau Rowing Club grew by leaps and bounds this year! Learn-to-Row events throughout the spring and summer generated new members and built awareness of the sport for rowers of all ages. Over 200 middle school & high school and 100 adult participants in various programs learned about the joy, pain, and glory of rowing. For the first time in club history, we needed to split our fall home regatta in to two different events to support the number of participants: The Leelanau Chase for high school rowers and the Fountain Point Masters Classic for adult rowers. At the 6th Annual Leelanau Chase Regatta, our high school women’s Novice, JV1, and Varsity boats each earned gold medals in their 8+ events – making our team the fastest in the state! At the 1st Annual Fountain Point Masters Classic, the club’s nine masters boats had a chance to compete against seven other rowing clubs from around the state! Also on the water this year were two crews unlike any other in the state: Recovery on Lake Leelanau (cancer survivors) and VIPship (visually impaired) both made national news headlines. Overall we could not be more pleased by the positive outcomes of this glorious rowing year. Our only regret is that we put the boats away too soon!
For the 2017 season, we are looking to add a competitive high school boys team and expand our adaptive program to include veterans, paraplegic and victims of trauma & stroke. Your donation will help us to purchase additional rowing shells, oars & safety equipment, hire additional coaches and preform ongoing maintenance to our fleet.