About the Club

The Ewauna (pronounced ee-wanna) Rowing Club is a non-profit organization consisting of a group of recreational and competetive rowers. We are located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, about halfway between the San Francisco Bay area (or Reno, Nevada) and Portland Oregon. Our elevation is 4000 feet, and our climate is relatively dry. The club was founded in 1970 — you can read more about the history of the club here.

Why Row?

There are a number of appealing aspects to rowing, listed here in no particular order:
  • Exercise: Rowing is an excellent whole-body exercise, working the legs, core, arms and back. It is a lifetime sport, accessible to anyone of about middle school age and older. (Younger children are simply too small to manage the equipment.)

  • Kinesthetics: Rowing in a good boat that is designed for competition just feels good. The boats are very efficient, and can go at speeds that are surprisingly fast to someone who hasn’t rowed in such a boat before.

  • Aesthetics: Once out on the water, it is easy to leave behind any other worries or concerns you might have. Removed from the the encumbrances of being on land, one can enjoy the sound of water lapping on the boat, and the sight of open skies and birds in the air and on the water. Our lake almost never has any motorized traffic, resulting in a quiet experience.

  • Teamwork/Social: Other than rowing a single scull, rowing is a team sport. All members of a crew must work together to propel the boat smoothly through the water. During rests one can enjoy conversation with other rowers in the boat.

  • Competition: For those with the interest, there are opportunities to compete in Ashland, Eugene, Portland, San Francisco and Sacramento,and Seattle. We occasionally have competitions here in Klamath Falls, as well.

About Rowing

There are two forms of rowing, sweep rowing and sculling. In sweep rowing, each rower has one oar, with the oars alternating from one side of the boat to the other. Sweep rowing is done in one of the following boat sizes:
  • Eight: This is an eight person boat, which is sort of the epitome of team rowing. If you saw the movie Boys in the Boat, this is the type of rowing they were doing. An eight includes one additional team member, the coxswain, whose job is to steer the boat and give the rowers some direction in terms of effort and cadence. The coxswain sits in the stern (rear) of the boat, facing the rowers.

  • Four: This is four people sweep rowing in a boat, also with a coxswain. In some fours the coxswain rides, reclining, in the front of the boat.

  • Pair: A pair is a boat with two people sweep rowing, no coxswain. This is probably the most difficult boat to row, requiring two experienced and well-matched rowers.

In sculling, each rower has two oars, making it a bit easier to balance the boat side-to-side. Sculling is done in one of the following configurations:
  • Quad: This is a boat with four people sculling.

  • Double: A boat with two people sculling.

  • Single: A single rower, sculling.

Some quads have a seat for a coxswain, but sculling is generally done without a coxswain.