About Us


weblogoWho are the Sound Rowers?

Sound Rowers Open Water Rowing and Paddling Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose sole function is to sponsor human-powered boat racing for weekend and world class athletes. Membership fees are low and provide a significant discount on race entry fees. Entry fees are detailed with each race description.

We sponsor a number of races throughout the Puget Sound area. These races are generally low-key, but highly competitive, usually with 30-50 boats involved. Distances range from 6 to 26 miles, with most falling into the 6-10 mile range. Ribbons are awarded for the first three places in a wide range of classifications, by gender but not by age.

Race participants include Olympians and octogenarians, men and women, and are roughly equal in numbers of kayakers and rowers, with a few canoeists and occasional exotic craft making regular appearances. Non-members are encouraged to participate, but are advised to be in suitable condition and of sufficient skill to complete the course at a steady, non-competitive pace. PFD’s and a whistle are required for each participant.

The club functions relatively loosely, with a general membership meeting held once a year in December, and other business taken care of as necessary by communication among the officers of the club. This is not primarily a social club, though there are often post-race functions at which awards are presented, refreshments served and participants socialize.

Officers for 2017

Board PositionName
PresidentPeter Turcan
Vice-President - Race Director LiasonShane Baker
Vice-President - Insurance and Legal IssuesGreg Gilda
Vice-President - TechnologyAmber Zipperer
TreasurerJeff Knakal

Trustees

TermName
2017-2019Peter Hirtle
2017-2019Kevin Olney
2018-2020Theresa Knakal
2018-2020Steve Wells
2019-2021Michelle Knowlen
2019-2021Rainer Storb

Communication

Communications PositionName
Director of MembershipDon Kiesling
PhotographyMichael Lampi
FacebookPaul Guillien
InstagramLauren Brandkamp &
Michelle Knowlen
Print PublicityTerrie Ragins
WebmasterAmber Zipperer

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