Mike Merta shared that video in hopes of stirring up interest in rowing on the Duwamish River – take a look, and listen carefully. After watching the video, we asked him to elaborate:
Rowing has a long history here in Seattle but as far as I know, there has never been any rowing on the Duwamish. This is unfortunate since it is a sport that pretty much began on a river (Thames in England), and the boats are made to be rowed on calm, flat bodies of water. I realize that the Duwamish is not the Thames, but it’s actually a beautiful place in some parts and would be perfectly suited to the sport of rowing. So far, it’s just me out there in my single. I’d like to raise some money in order to buy a double, then a four, then someday an eight. I’m hoping to connect with other oarsman and oarswomen in the area to see what ideas they might have for fundraising and to find out what interest there might be for starting a club.
There are already a lot of positive things happening on the river these days such as Kayak tours, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and Duwamish Alive. I’d like to add to that and to bring a great sport to this part of town. If anyone is interested in helping to get this project going they can contact me through the Duwamish Rowing Club Facebook page.
You can find that page here.