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.


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


2022-2024Theresa Knakal
2022-2024Hugh Owen
2023-2025Don Kiesling
2023-2025Shane Baker
2024-2026Traci Cole
2024-2026Haliegh Werner


Communications PositionName
Director of MembershipDon Kiesling
PhotographyMichael Lampi
Facebook/InstagramKevin Olney
WebmasterTheresa Knakal