Because of lingering ice on Spring Lake on Wednesday, organizers decided to move this weekend's collegiate rowing competition to a shorter course on Grand River along the Grand Haven boardwalk.
But because the ice cleared by Thursday morning and several collegiate coaches were skeptical about a shorter course, the event will bounce back to its original location on Spring Lake with staging at the Spring Lake Yacht Club.
“There was a lot of concern by a number of the colleges that were coming to participate,” Gaasch said of the proposed change from a 2,000-meter race to a 1,400-meter course on the Grand River. “They were questioning whether or not they wanted to be on the river. Part of the Lubbers Cup is to create a premiere rowing event. We wanted to make sure those teams were going to come.”
Read all about the most recent switch in Friday's Tribune!