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August BIR events

Sizzling August BIR Events

You think August on Bainbridge is sleepy and hot? You’ve only got half of that right. This summer Bainbridge Island Rowing is waking up the Island with these sizzling August BIR events.

Saturday, August 4: Greenlake Summer Extravaganza

We start out with the Greenlake Summer Extravaganza. Saturday August 4 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. join BIR at Greenlake to cheer on the BIR summer crew rowers. There’s food, there’s swag, and there are bleachers with perfect views of the finish line.

Saturday, August 4: BIR Barge Rows to Support Arms Around Bainbridge

Too lazy to leave the Island? No problem. That same day the BIR Barge Rows to Support Arms Around Bainbridge. Community members 12+ are invited to join BIR on their steady barge from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BIR will offer 3 barge rows (16 rowers per session) at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, with a donation to Arms Around Bainbridge (any amount welcome—$20+ per person recommended).

To sign up, email with name(s) of participant(s) and preferences for a 9:30, 10:30, or 11:30 barge time. Please reply by August 2. You can also donate to Arms Around Bainbridge using this link: Even if you can’t join us on the barge, please consider a donation to this great Island cause.

August 6-11: Learn to Row

Due to popular demand, BIR has added a new Learn to Row session. Adults ages 19+ who haven’t yet tried out our popular Learn to Row classes, are encouraged to attend. Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday, August 6, 6:30-8 p.m. On-land orientation. Wear comfortable sports clothes.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, August 7 and 9, 6:15-8 p.m. On-water practice. Wear appropriate clothes for rowing and water shoes.
  • Saturday, August 11, 7-9 a.m. On-water practice. Wear appropriate clothes for rowing and water shoes. 

Following the completion of the class, you will be eligible for two additional rows with a novice group.

To enroll, send an email with Aug LTR in the subject line to Our coordinators will send you payment and registration information. There is a minimum class size of four enrollees. The cost is $195.

Saturday, August 11: Rowmageddon

If you’re a masters rower, you don’t want to miss Rowmageddon. This event, also known as BIR Water Safety Practice Day, takes rowing safety to the ultimate level. Join BIR coaches, UW rowers, and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department on the water at 1:30 p.m. to learn how to

  • Treat a seriously injured, coherent rower in a 4+.
  • Treat an incoherent injured rower in a 4+.
  • Identify Eagle Harbor pullout points to connect with emergency medical services.
  • Rescue rowers + cox in a swamped 8+.
  • Use safety ropes from the launch to recover a rower or tow a shell.
  • Complete a flip test (1x) for real. Are you brave enough?
  • Swamp a 2x and getting back aboard safely. Cool.

Please toggle in via iCrew. This event will appear next to the 8/11/18 Saturday morning workout in iCrew. 

August 16-20: Masters Nationals

Masters Nationals happen this year in Oakland, California, so here is your excuse to get out of town one last time before fall. In Oakland, enjoy all the Oakland tourist stuff and then find out if Coach Nicolai and 16 of his crewmates can defend their title against the Nation’s best. Cheer on junior coxswains Sam Bloom and Nikolai Sublett as they wring every last drop of power out of these scrappy contenders. Find out more here.

August 18: Bill Richards Memorial Regatta

If you’re a masters rower and you like to eat, then this is the event for you. The Bill Richards Memorial Regatta happens at Poulsbo’s Oyster Plant Park starting at 7 a.m. The event, hosted by BIR, Kitsap Rowing Association, and Clam Island Masters, is fun and informal. The opening ceremony happens at 8 a.m. and the regatta is followed by a potluck social.

Attendees are encouraged to make a suggested donation of $10-$20 per rower. It’s payable at the registration table on the day of the event. The 4+ and 8+ races will be “ham ‘n’ egg” style, with crews from all clubs and all skill levels mixed together in pre-assigned crews. To register, toggle on via iCrew AND sign up here.

Ongoing: Sweep and Sculling Sessions
You think this weather is going to last? Get your rowing in now. Masters, toggle in on iCrew to our early morning, mid-morning, evening, and Saturday sweep and sculling sessions.