Who We Are

Our Mission

The Portland Vancouver Rowing Association (PVRA) was formed and registered as a non-profit organization on February 27th, 1989 with the purpose of establishing a venue to host regional and local competitions and to help develop the programs, athletes and the sport of rowing in the Northwest Region. Since then, the course has also served as the venue for national events.PVRA’s primary means of accomplishing its mission is by maintaining a fully buoyed, 7-lane, 2000-meter racecourse and race venue at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington, by coordinating and hosting competitive regattas in partnership with US Rowing and by offering use of the racecourse and PVRA’s resources to other organizations for training and competition.

Our History

The Portland Vancouver Rowing Association (PVRA) was formed and registered as a non-profit organization on February 27th, 1989 with the purpose of establishing a venue to host regional and local competitions help develop the programs, athletes and the sport of rowing in the Northwest Region Since then, the course has also served as the venue for national events..

The PVRA racecourse and the Vancouver Lake venue were the site of the 1993 US Rowing Masters National Championship Regatta, the 1998 Nike World Masters Regatta, the 2017 Portland Row for the Cure which raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the annual US Rowing Youth and Masters Northwest Regional Championships held every May and June.

 

PVRA has many years of experience hosting large regattas like the annual US Rowing Regional Championships. We perform all of the behind-the-scenes coordination and complete the essential tasks needed to ensure our regattas run smoothly, from obtaining permits, arranging for tents, PA systems, power and facilities, recruiting volunteers and vendors, creating budgets and volunteer schedules, and working closely with the US Rowing staff and referees, volunteers and Clark County Parks.

The two annual US Rowing events alone bring approximately 10,000 athletes, family members, coaches, referees, volunteers and spectators from all parts of the Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming), California and British Columbia to the city of Vancouver each spring and summer. In recognition of the number of visitors our events bring to the City of Vancouver, PVRA was awarded a grant in 2017 from the City of Vancouver Lodging Tax Grant Fund.

Our Team

PVRA is a coalition of the rowing clubs in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area who are dedicated to building and offering high quality rowing programs and facilities available to a diverse population, from high school youth to adults of all ages and backgrounds. The one thing we have in common is our love of rowing and a belief that it builds stronger bodies, stronger minds and stronger individuals both on and off the water.The rowing organizations represented on our Board of Directors include:

Our Officers & Staff:

President
Sam Gray
Willamette Rowing Club

Vice President
Jana Schweitzer
Willamette Rowing Club

Secretary
Sarah Deal
Portland State University

Treasurer
Sam Taylor
Lewis & Clark College

Operations-Regatta Director
Kyle Crebar

Operations-Regatta Director
Molly Evjen