Friday, July 6, 2012
Lake Merritt Rowing Regatta
This past Sunday, the Lake Merritt Rowing Club hosted the Southwest Masters Regional Championships. Oakland didn't have the picture postcard perfect weather that we had when the LMRC held an open house in June for National Learn to Row Day, but this weather was probably better for competitive rowing. The skies were overcast and it was a bit cooler, and there wasn't much wind, making for fairly calm waters.
I didn't have time to watch very much, but I saw people rowing shells of various sizes (from one rower up to 8 plus a coxswain) up the northwest arm of Lake Merritt, which was used for warm ups. And it being the weekend, there were the usual crowds of walkers, joggers, dogs and bikers going around the lake. The races were held along the eastern side of the lake, starting near 12th Street and heading towards the pergola at the north end of the lake.