• 8/1-8/15 Junior
Summer Camp 3
• 8/14 Rowdiculous
• 9/4 Petaluma
River Marathon & Half-Marathon
• 9/6 Junior
Team Season Starts
• 10/9 Head
of the Port, RCRC
• 10/29 Head
of the American, Lake Natomas
• 11/12 - 11/13 Head
of the Lagoon, Foster City
|Middle School & Juniors News
The Middle School rowers have
been handling a windy summer with determination and
teamwork. We've had 68 kids participate so far this year
(other years have been 45 - 55). They've learned that it
takes all members of their boat to fight for and hold their
point across the windy basin - and enjoy cooling their feet
over the gunnels once they reach the protection of the
levee! The last class for Beginning rowers starts August 9,
and has just one spot open.
For more information,
please contact Holly Hopkins.
The Junior Team has done a great job
seizing opportunities to improve their rowing this summer.
Coming off of a strong spring, many athletes have continued
spending their free time in boats and on ergs. We had 3
athletes invited to represent RCRC at USRowing's ODP
(Olympic Development Camp) throughout the months of June and
July, giving them lots of opportunities to bring home
experience. Here in West Sacramento, we have put on two
summer camps for returning Junior athletes- the first in
small boats, and the second developing race skills. Our
third camp emphasizing fitness for the upcoming season
begins August 1. On July 24th, RCRC athletes hit the water
for the River City Rebellion, bringing home the gold in the
Junior Men's Pair, as well as the Junior Women's Single and
The juniors will be heading in force to the Petaluma
Marathon on September 4, and we will begin training for our
fall season that following week. Our first regatta will be
the Head of the Port here in West Sac on October 9.
For more information, please contact Ben
|How can we keep geese
off of our dock?
Says team captain Ann Bullis: The
Daylight team is growing in numbers — it is just a
delight to start at 8:15 am, however this sunrise
view of the locks, taken from the bridge... we miss
Contact Ann Bullis with
Novice Masters team coach
Kathy Naganuma reports: "The Novice team is starting
out strong with 20 members at just over half way
through the LTR season! Dedicated and enthusiastic
are the first words that come to mind as they show a
love for rowing. I'm looking forward to seeing the
team expand and be a part of their growth!"
you have any questions, contact Kathy
The newly formed team from the Master's General
team started in June, with 13 rowers under the
coaching expertise of Greg
They finished in the top 2 of 5 races at Old
School Regatta in San Francisco. Most recently at
Rebellion, they had 2 entries and a strong volunteer
presence. The team is now preparing for head racing
Questions? Contact captains Alexa
Women Masters Team
The Open Women's team
has welcomed several new rowers recently including
an RCRC Intermediate team member and former
collegiate rowers from the broader community. The
summer racing season was effectively cut short by
the cancellation of the NW Regional Championships,
but the team is now switching gears and getting an
early start on technique refinements and building
base fitness in preparation for a busy fall racing
If you have any questions, contact
Bylicki or Holly
Women Masters Team
Members of the
Advanced Women's Team continue to grow new skills
and overcome new challenges. Our eight took gold at
Gold Rush and the Lake Merced Old School Regatta. We
were also well represented in the River City
Rebellion, with Nancy Park winning her final heat in
her single and the doubles crews of Mary Lynne
Vellinga/Ellen Pescosolido and Nadine
Cronkhite/Ramona Swenson crossing the line together
in a thrilling photo finish.
Lynne Vellinga or Diana
Hedum for more information.
Captain Mark says, "The
RCRC Advanced Men's team wrapped up its Sprint
Season with the 2022 Rebellion. We had a successful
trip to San Francisco to participate in the
inaugural Old School Regatta at Lake Merced in San
Francisco. Under the coaching of Estel Boix Noguer,
we are transitioning to training for the upcoming
head racing season. After years of being almost
exclusively a sweep team, the pandemic has allowed
us to expand into more sculling events, giving us
opportunities to train and compete in a broader
range of events."
Reach out to Mark
Dirrim or Estel
with any questions.
River City Juniors received a generous $1,500
donation from the Soroptimist
International of Metropolitan Sacramento to
support girls who row at RCRC. Six $250 financial
scholarships will be awarded this coming season to
families in need, making it possible for their
daughters to keep rowing at RCRC. Member Carol
Voyles, who is a longtime member of both RCRC
Daylight Masters and SIMS, presented the check on
behalf of SIMS to Head Junior Coach Arthur Ericsson.
To apply for a $250 scholarship, varsity
or novice girls should email a 1-2 page letter to Head Junior
Coach Arthur Ericsson. Applications will be
reviewed between Sept. 6 and Oct. 16.
If you would like to contribute to our ongoing youth
financial scholarships, email Arthur.
We received a community grant from Raley's
supermarkets to support our programs, using this
$1,000 donation towards the purchase of 8 bantam
sculling oars — ideal for our middle school rowers
because of the oars' smaller blades and grip sizes.
The oars are on order with Concept2 and should
arrive in early August. Note: When middle school
rowers aren't on the water, these oars are available
to all RCRC members.
A third grant of $947 was
received this month from the West Sacramento
Foundation. We will use this grant to help us
acquire new stairs for retrieving boats off of the
upper racks. These stairs will be lighter weight,
stronger and allow us to more safely reach boats
that are stored higher up. This is not the first
time WSF supported RCRC, and it's great to support
them, as well. WSF runs the annual All Charities
Raffle, so the next time RCRC is participating in
this you'll know you are supporting a great cause.
Expansion Project News
|We have made significant
progress on the expansion project. The trees
continue to grow, working hard to provide shade and
improve the aesthetics of the area. We are very near
to having the power turned on in coming weeks, now
that the underground power and water trenching,
conduit, and plumbing is complete.
Soon we will install foundations for light poles,
and a local lighting contractor will install the
lights in the coming months. We expect this to be
completed in time for the Head of the Port.
Pull-up bars and inverted row stations have been
added to the weights area outside the container, and
we are seeing more and more use of this area.
The space has also been valuable for both the Head
of the Port and Rebellion regattas, facilitating
car-topper parking and rigging. Future plans call
for a boat storage facility, ramp and new dock —
that will really improve our capacity!
There are always opportunities for volunteering on
this project. Please contact Mark
Dirrim if you have any questions about the
project or have some time to volunteer on various
|Get to know RCRC’s
Glenn Miller! Learn
about his journey from rowing father to US Rowing
more here >>
|Special thanks to:
Mitch King, Alex Wang and Anton Chen for their
Tanya Perez for content and editing.
Coaches & Team Captains for all their updates.
Holly Hopkins and Arthur Ericsson for all the things