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With Help of Community Orgs., BIR Has Racked up Oars and Racks

Rowing requires expensive equipment, and one of the struggles faced by rowing organizations is getting that equipment, but two community organizations have given Bainbridge Island Rowing a much-needed boost on the gear front with support for the purchase of oars and racks. In 2017 the Bainbridge Community Foundation and the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation provided BIR with a total of $7,300 in grant money.


The Bainbridge Community Foundation awarded BIR with $4,300 for the oar racks to help protect and store BIR’s oars. Over the years, BCF has granted BIR more than $13,000. The racks were manufactured by Focus Tool and Engineering Inc, which specializes in serving the rowing community and whose clients include the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the University of Washington. BIR requested that Focus create one sweep oar rack with eight slots for eight oars a slot, one sweep oar rack with five slots for eight oars a slot, and two sculling oar racks to hold 36 sculling oars each.

The racks are made of anti-corrosive stainless steel with a powder coating.


The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation awarded BIR with $3,000 for sculling oars. Sculling—in which each rower wields a left and right oar (as opposed to sweeping in which rowers row only port or starboard)—is growing in popularity among Bainbridge rowers. Previously, BIR was unable to put everyone who wanted to scull on the water at the same time because of a lack of oars.

The grant covered four sets of Concept 2’s Fat2 blades and four sets of Concept 2’s Bantam Sculls. Concept 2 is a leading manufacturer of rowing equipment. Fat2 is Concept 2’s latest blade design, created to increase boat speed. It does this by slipping less oar in the first half of the drive and more in the later drive “to reduce back-watering losses.” The oar is designed with extra width and shorter length.

The Bantam Sculls are comprised of an ulltralight shaft and the company’s new Compact Blade. The combination makes the oars more durable. The blades are 10 centimeters shorter than the Fat2s but have the same width, which, according to Concept 2, maintains stability and efficiency.

We previously published an article on the sculling oars. Read it here.

Oars and Racks

BIR is grateful to BCF and BIPF for the oars and racks, which will help keep us on the water.

oars and racks