By Sam Taylor, Lewis & Clark Rowing Head Coach
PALATINE HILL -- Lewis & Clark's rowing teams will again host the Charlie Brown Regatta on Saturday out of the Oaks Park Boathouse. Fellow Northwest Conference teams Puget Sound and Pacific will be present, as well as club teams from the University of Oregon and Portland State.
The regatta is named in honor of Charles Stelle Brown III, a Lewis & Clark alumnus and long-time coach of the program in the 1980s and 1990s. Charlie, as he was known to all on the river, was a passionate coach, teacher and friend and helped transform Lewis & Clark rowing from a casual recreational club into a competitive collegiate team. Charlie lost his battle with cancer in April 2004 and the regatta was started in his memory.
Those wishing to view the race should come to Oaks Amusement Park, park in at the south end of the park near the boathouse and then consult with crews present to determine the best viewing location.
Due to river conditions, the course may be adjusted. The finish line will be within easy walking distance of the boathouse.