• Wednesday, May 01, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn to Row Class

    6 Weeks

    June 8 to July 17, 2019 

    Meets twice weekly

    Saturdays 9 - 11 am and Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm

    $150 per person (no refunds)

    For participants 18 and older.

    Men and Women

    Limited to 10 total individuals.

    Early sign-up is strongly encouraged.

    Register Here

    Registration beginning May 1

    Optional information session May13, 6pm @ Wenatchee Library

     Have you ever wanted to join us on the river, skimming the water in streamlined unison?

    This Learn to Row course is designed for beginners and will teach basic rowing technique and safety.  By the end of the course, you should feel comfortable rowing recreationally in a 4 or 8 person rowing shell with others.  You may even decide to take these news skills to the next level and join the competitive WRPC Masters Crew team. 

    Our Learn to Row course is staff by experienced volunteers and will be taught in a coached on-water learning environment.   You will be active in class, and because of this, there are some physical requirements for admission:

    • Participants must be competent swimmers. You must be able to tread water, and put on a life jacket while in the water.
    • Participants must be comfortable lifting and walking with 30 pounds overhead (participants will have to carry the boats to and from the water).
    • Individuals with health conditions should check with a physician before signing up.
    • Participants should have a basic level of fitness and ability to do sustained aerobic activity.   

    Rowing is a team sport and requires consistent attendance.  Each class will build on techniques taught in the last class, and your teammates will be counting on you to fill the boat.  Be prepared to commit!  You will be glad you did. 

    Upon successful completion of the course registration fees can be applied to membership fees.

    Note:  Learning to row a single scull can be arranged by joining WRPC and contacting the single scull rowing instructors.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When:  Saturday, April 13th, 9a.m. - Noon

    Where:  Lindston Barn and Annex  Building

    Work Leader:  Hugh Owen 509-669-0686

    Don't be shy.  Please show up and help if you can.  It is only one Saturday morning but what a difference it makes.

    This year we will concentrate on vacuuming the rugs, sweeping the floors and cleaning up the windows in the barn.

    Equipment needed:

    Sweep brooms, push brooms, dust pans, shop vacuum, rug vacuums and long extension cords.

    Best Regards,
    Larry Tobiska,

    Editor-in-Chief, WRPC Splash
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bridge and Back Racing Returns

    For years members of the WRPC enjoyed challenging themselves against each other or just enjoyed participating in a paddle/row from the club dock up and around the Odebashian Bridge and back.  Timing was not always done but the event was always enjoyed.

    Now there is a re-commitment to this weekly activity, so feel free to join in as a competitor or a participant as you wish.  9:00 a.m. each Saturday from now on.

    Uphold Our Honor

    The combination on our locks will be changed on March 23.  If you are a member in good standing at that time a member of the Board of Directors will contact you personally by telephone to provide the new combination.  Please do not put any member in an awkward position by asking them them combination if you have not renewed your membership.  Of course new members will be given the combination according to our policies.  

    Out with the old and In with the New

    The Club is selling the small safety boat we have stored, and rarely used, in the Youth on Columbia Bay in the Annex Building.  If you or another person you know are interested in buying this boat, please contact Pat Fitzgerald.  We want to move this boat out of the Annex ASAP.

    The Club is buying a new safety boat - an 18 foot Lowe - Jon style boat which will then be stored in the YOC bay.  We expect to have this boat on hand by the end of March.

    Join in the Work Party

    A work party will be arranged at a time to be announced towards the end of the month of March.  This annual Club work is important to the upkeep of our facilities and to the service we provide to each other and to the community.  Please participate if you can do so.  It runs from 10:00 a.m. or so on a Saturday morning until mid-afternoon and is a great time for fellowship as well as getting things done.  

    Be sure to tell a Board member you know what is important to you about the Club - good and bad.  Everyone is a volunteer trying to make the Club as successful as possible.  

    The mission of the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club:

    Provide access to the mid-Columbia River and its tributaries for educational, recreational, and competitive experiences using human powered watercraft.  

    Best Regards,
    Larry Tobiska,
    Editor-in-Chief, WRPC Splash
  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When we move into the annual Cold Season there is no reason to give up paddling - winter is another season in which to enjoy our river's many moods - but it does call for more preparation and forethought. The lowered temperatures of both air and water leave much less room for error.

    Plug the article's underlined text into your favorite search engine for further information.

    Columbia River water temperatures near Wenatchee during the winter months are typically 45 degrees F or below. The period of time that a person has available for rescue when immersed in water this cold is 30 minutes or less before hypothermia causes immobility. This calls for increased precautions on the River during the winter months.

    Wear a PFD!
    While some object to wearing a Personal Flotation Device, particularly when rowing, it can make the difference between survival and drowning in a cold water capsize. A PFD keeps your head above water, allowing you to concentrate on getting back into your boat or making it to shore on your own.

    Do NOT wear cotton clothing!
    Try this experiment: collect three socks, one each made from cotton, wool, and synthetic fiber. Weigh each when dry. Dunk them in water and allow them to drain. Now weigh them. Which gained the most weight by percentage? Touch them. Which feels coolest? Warmest? Which do you think would provide you with the best protection in a cold, wet environment?

    Strength in numbers
    For wintertime paddling, three is the minimum safe number of boats. If one boat were to capsize, two would be available to assist the victim(s). If the victim was unable to get back in his or her boat, one of the remaining two could guide the victim to shore while the other would collect the capsized boat and gear and pull or carry them to shore. The group should stick together at all times so that emergencies can be quickly recognized and acted upon.

    Safety Gear
    Equipment that should be standard year-round becomes imperative in the winter environment. In addition the PFD mentioned above, they are:

    1. Whistle - used by someone in distress to alert other paddlers, and should be attached to your PFD and easily accessible. While the old standard "referee's whistle" is inexpensive, is has limited sound projection capability. Survival whistles are designed for higher performance and are not that much more expensive.
    2. Water rescue throw line - used to assist a capsized paddler or to tow an abandoned boat to shore.
    3. Space blanket - inexpensive and compact, it uses a reflective liner to redirect infrared energy back to the body. It is also wind- and waterproof, and could be a life-saving permanent addition to your boat kit.
    4. Cell phone - enclosed in a waterproof container, used to contact rescuers in an emergency. Even better is one having a GPS capability so that you can give accurate location coordinates to rescuers.

    Have a plan
    Frequently ask yourself, "What would I do if I or one of my companions capsized here?" Think of your distance from shore, wind and water conditions, and location of the nearest assistance. How long would it take to get out of the water? To get to a place where treatment for hypothermia could take place?

    What if???
    Get the victim out of the water as quickly as possible. Water has higher thermal conductivity than air, so submersion is water chills a victim much faster than does air of a comparable temperature.

    Once safe on land, assess the victim's condition. Is he conscious? Is she able to walk? Are you within walking distance of the Lindston Barn? Walking helps the body to generate heat. Paddling back to the dock is discouraged; since the chilled victim will now more susceptible to a repeat capsize.

    There is a hypothermia kit in the curtained-off changing room on the second floor of the Barn. It contains towels, warm clothing, a space blanket, heat packs, and a chart describing hypothermia symptoms and treatments. All wet clothing should be removed and replaced with dry clothing before transport to a warmer environment. Shivering is a good sign - it’s the body's natural response to cold, and uses involuntary muscle activity to generate heat. If shivering stops, the patient requires medical attention ASAP.

    If out of walking range of the Barn, or the victim is not ambulatory, you need assistance. If the victim is ambulatory and can reach a road, call a dependable friend who lives close by to come and get you. If you can't reach a friend quickly, or if the victim is not ambulatory, use your cellphone to call 911. Be prepared to give the dispatcher a brief description of what happened, the victim's physical condition as best you can determine, and your location (here's where the GPS function comes in - exact latitude and longitude greatly speeds up the search process).

    Keep the now-patient insulated from the ground and air with whatever is available - clothing, grass, leaves, cardboard - anything to slow additional heat loss. Do not remove the patient's clothing in the field. Even wet, if it's not cotton, it will provide some protection.

    A body loses heat through three mechanisms - Conduction, Convection, and Radiation.

    1. Conduction is the transfer of heat through direct contact of a warmer surface with a cooler surface. Put insulation between the patient and the ground.
    2. Convection is the transfer of heat from a warm surface to cooler surrounding air - the basis of Wind Chill ratings. Get the patient out of the wind and/or into a windproof cover.
    3. Radiation is heat loss through infrared radiation from a body into space. A space blanket addresses both the Convection and Radiation problems

     After the patient has been treated and is safe, the Club requests that a member of the party complete an Incident Report, found in, while participants' memories are still fresh. Submit the completed report to the WRPC Board. The purpose of an incident report is not to assign blame, but for the Club to use as an informational tool for improving policies and procedures related to safety on the water.

    Your comments, corrections and suggestions are welcome. Please address them to

    Happy Rowing and Paddling!

    For further reading

    Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

     Tom Cushing
    Winter 2017-18

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re fortunate to have our Columbia River flowing past Wenatchee, and even more fortunate to have our Club’s facilities located right on its riverbank. But have you ever wanted to paddle other sections of the Columbia, or other bodies of water entirely? There’s the Greater Columbia Water Trail System, for example, as well as other rivers, such as the White and the Yakima, and lakes like Lake Wenatchee and Banks Lake.

     One boat per car works for locations where the put‐in and take‐out is the same, but is a major logistical problem when the take‐out is miles from the put‐in. The solution is a canoe/kayak trailer that can drop off boats in one location and pick them up in another, together with a cadre of rotating volunteer non‐paddling drivers.

    We’re trying to gauge interest within the Club for doing trips away from our home base, with the potential for some overnights, before investing in another boat trailer (no, our existing trailers, for various reasons, won’t work). If you would like to participate in such activities, please email Tom Cushing at, and give him your take on the idea. If you have experience towing, also let us know if you’d be willing to be an occasional trailer jockey.

    Tom Cushing

    March 2018

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As some of you probably know, there is a program through Amazon called Amazonsmile by which the Amazonsmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased through Amazon to whatever eligible non-profit organization you choose.

    The Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club (EIN: 91-1661493) is such an eligible organization and we are now registered with Amazonsmile Foundation to receive those donations. Designation of WRPC as a recipient will not increase the price of whatever you are buying and it is a painless way to help the Club achieve its mission.

    Please make WRPC your designated recipient when buying from Amazon.

    Larry T., Club President.

    September 2017

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The oars are set up to work best with certain boats. Most of them are labelled as being "24" or "21" meaning they go best with the MAAS 24s or the MAAS 21s (also known as "Aeros"). The difference is the amount of overlap with the handles you will experience. You are free, of course, to use whichever oars you prefer with the type of boat you row but it may be helpful to know that they have been set up with respect to the "button" to provide a reasonable amount of overlap depending on whether you are using a 21 or a 24. The distance between the pins is different with each type of boat.

    The Coffey shell takes oars set up for the 24s.

    All the oars are labelled WRPC with the exception of two sets. One of those are the colorful red and white hatchets that are upstairs and go with the 21 up there. The very ugly white on black hatchets downstairs were really some of our best oars and were set up to go with the 24s. Unfortunately someone has treated them roughly and hit rocks or whatever with them so they are now kind of beat up.

    The new hatchets downstairs are labelled WRPC but do not show a 21 or 24. See what you think about the set up on these and let me know. They probably should be set up for the 21s since we have three of those boats.

    Finally, the new hatchets upstairs that have some initials on them that are not WRPC are not club oars and you should not use them.

    The Board just approved purchase of the new oars. They cost about $500.00 so let's take good care of them.


    - Larry Tobiska, Sept. 28, 2012
      WRPC Treasurer

  • Tuesday, November 06, 2018 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual Meeting of Members

    Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
    Wenatchee World Conference Room
    14 N Mission St, Wenatchee

    Our annual membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in the downstairs meeting room at the Wenatchee World building, 14 N Mission Street, at 6:00 p.m.

    One important purpose of this meeting is to elect three members of the Board of Directors. The terms of yours truly, Larry Tobiska, Allison Brodine and Susan Collaer are expiring at the time of the meeting, but Larry and Susan plan to stand for re-election. At this time I am uncertain about Allison’s plans. Nominations may be made from the floor at the time of meeting.

    Another important purpose of the meeting is to provide a report to the membership about the state of the Club and plans for the near future..

    This meeting is also an opportunity for you, as a member, to provide input about policies and plans.

    So, an election, report and input, as well as soft drinks and cookies will be happening.

    Please join us if you can do so.

    -  Larry Tobiska
       WRPC President

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