Men’s Crew Opens Fall Season in Portland
The Oregon State men’s rowing team opens the 2014 fall season when it races at the eighth annual Portland Fall Classic Sunday on the Willamette River in downtown Portland.
The PFC is a 5,000-meter head race for juniors, college and masters rowers. The course is particularly challenging for coxswains, as it features a narrow river section with turns and six bridges. The race is hosted by Rose City Rowing Club and Station L Rowing Club.
ADMISSION: Admission is free.
COURSE: The 5,000-meter course begins on the east side of Ross Island before emerging into the city’s center traveling along the spectator friendly Springwater Corridor, Eastbank Esplanade, and under several downtown bridges. The finish line is viewable at water level from the city’s floating dock system as well as above on the Steel Bridge walking path.
RACE TIMES: Racing begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Men’s Collegiate Varsity 8 crews – in which the Beavers have entered three boats with even lineups. OSU will also have a Varsity 4+ crew on the water with a start time of 10:50 a.m.
RESULTS: Results for the Portland Fall Classic can be found at regattacentral.com.
QUOTING INTERIM HEAD COACH GABE WINKLER: “The Portland Fall Classic is an important race for us. It acts as a good tune-up for the Head of the Lake (next weekend) where we’ll see a lot of tough competition. I’m excited to see our freshmen perform in a collegiate setting, this is a really talented group and getting experience and experiencing success this week will be vital as we move forward.”
LAST TIME AT THE PORTLAND FALL CLASSIC: Oregon State set an unofficial course record of 15-minutes, 40.2-seconds en route to the gold medal finish at the 2013 Portland Fall Classic. OSU’s B and C boats earned second and third place finishes sweeping the medals in its season-opening race.
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