Welcome to the Duluth Rowing Club
About The Club
Located on the western tip of Lake Superior, the Duluth Rowing Club is home to a thriving rowing program composed of both competitive and recreational crews. The club provides its members – youth, men, and women of all ages – with fun and fitness opportunities throughout the spring and summer months.
The DRC is currently 150 active members strong and provides its members with equipment, coaching, and a place to row. DRC also sponsors a number of events during and after the rowing season for further fun and competition.
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Duluth Rowing Club News
Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays to all of our Park Point Neighbors from the Duluth Rowing Club and Duluth Rowing Center! As most Pointers know, it has been quite the year of change in the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue. Phase I, the building of the Joseph M. Krmpotich Boathouse, was finished in 2016. Phase II was the taking down of the “old” boathouse and removal of all the pilings, finished in Spring, 2017.
And finally, Phase III, the building of the new Clubhouse, is almost complete. With the finishing of the Clubhouse’s plumbing, electrical, mens’ & womens’ lockers, showers, and bathrooms just this past week, all that is left of the project is final landscaping. As mandated by the City of Duluth, that includes: trees, pervious surface parking spots, blacktop, and ADA-compliant access along the entire waterfront.
As of November 1st, the fund raising is now at 89% of the one million dollar goal.The DRC has been the most fortunate recipient of 180 total donors: 12 gifts of $10,000 or more; 48 gifts of $1,000 or more; and about $10,000 in outstanding pledges! Many of those gifts are from present, past, and (maybe) future Park Pointers. If anyone is still interested in giving to the project, those whose gifts total $1,000 or more will be recognized on a wall honoring them.
With the cold weather and occasional ice along the shoreline, the rowing season has finally come to a close. The last DRC appearances at regattas was on the East Coast, in both Boston and Philadelphia at the end of October. Greg Peterson and Tom Rauschenfels rowed a double in the 3 mile Head of the Charles Regatta to a seventh place finish. The next weekend found Greg and Tom rowing to a 7th place finish and Tom Griggs and Arvid Brekke finishing 12th at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in doubles. The next day, the three Pointers and Arvid teamed up to a 4th place finish in the quad, just missing a bronze medal by 2 seconds. The wonderful hospitality of the Penn AC Rowing Club was shown to the four oarsmen courtesy of former Duluth Rowing Club member and Olympic silver medalist Dave Krmpotich.
The DRC hopes this column finds everyone able to enjoy the upcoming new months of a new year. If interested in rowing, whether recreational, competitive, or learn-to-row, please check www.duluthrowing.com for updates and schedules for the 2018 year. Also, should you see activity at the DRC Rowing Center, feel free to stop by and see what this great community has allowed to happen.
Submitted by Tom Rauschenfels