Regatta Spotlight: Covered Bridge Regatta
By Jules Zane • April 10, 2018
What once started as a small event for local clubs on picturesque Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore., the Covered Bridge Regatta has grown into a two weekend, early season favorite on the West Coast. Although last weekend’s collegiate races had to be cancelled due to weather, this weekend’s races for youth and masters rowers looks ready to go and is our USRowing Registered Regatta of the Week.
The regatta takes its name from the historic Lowell Covered Bridge, which is located right behind the start line of the six lane, fully-buoyed race course. The bridge has been registered on the National List of Historic Places for almost four decades and is located in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range.
The Covered Bridge Regatta dates back to the early 1990s and now draws 45 clubs and well over 600 entries over the two weekends. Attending teams hail from all over Washington, Oregon and northern California.
“This is the 24th-annual Covered Bridge Regatta and the fourth year of holding the regatta across two weekends,” said Sally Keller with the Oregon Association of Rowers. “We think of it as a very friendly regatta, and our goal is to make sure competitors go home happy. They seem to be because a lot of teams keep coming back.”
Accommodating both junior and masters races on the same day, the race distance varies between 1,000 and 2,000 meters between every few races.
“Most events are raced as flights with medals for first, second and third in every race. In the masters women’s and men’s singles, there is a trophy on the line, so they race heats leading into a final. The event currently already runs from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and all morning on Sunday.”
Dexter Lake is located about 16 miles southeast of the city of Eugene. Spectators interested in seeing both great racing and beautiful scenery are welcome to attend. The viewing area is at Lowell State Park, with a free shuttle running between Lowell High School and the park.
Photos courtesy of Oregon Association of Rowers.
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