Course change announced for rowing regatta

Becky Vargo • Apr 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM

SPRING LAKE — Officials have announced a change in the Lubbers Cup rowing regatta race course due to anticipated high winds on Saturday.

The races will start in Smith’s Bayou, go under the West Spring Lake Road bridge and end at the Spring Lake Yacht Club.

This is also a slightly shorter course.

There will be no change in the schedule, pending any safety concerns due to the weather.

Grand Valley State University Coach John Bancheri said 12 rowing ergometers will be available in the athlete warming tent for rowers to prepare for their races. The on-water warm-up area will be shortened.

Several Division I and II universities, as well as high-ranking club teams are signed up to participate in the regatta, which is scheduled to run all day and into the evening Saturday, as well as Sunday morning.

Viewing areas will be at Smith’s Bridge and at the Spring Lake Yacht Club. There is no public parking at either location. Parking is located at Johnston Boiler and Keenan Marina, close to the M-104 and U.S. 31 intersection.

Shuttle buses will run from the parking areas to the yacht club. If you plan to walk, the bridge is about a half to three-quarters of a mile from the parking areas. The yacht club driveway a half-mile down the road. The yacht club driveway is another quarter-mile long.

A Grub & Brew Fest will take place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Old Boy’s Brewhouse, 971 W. Savidge St., in Spring Lake.

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