STANFORD, Calif. – Let’s go rowing now. Everybody’s learning how. Come on and safari with me.
The Stanford men’s rowing team will be trekking their way from Geyserville, Calif. to San Francisco this weekend, rowing through several bodies of water over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
“The inaugural rowing safari allows the men’s crew to apply their craft and abilities of moving boats and racing shells through the waterways of California,” said head coach Craig Amerkhanian. “This is unprecedented in west coast rowing and we are looking forward to establishing great workouts on each of these bodies of water.”
The team will begin its two-day adventure at Lake Sonoma, which is just over two hours north of Palo Alto. From there they will begin working their way south along the Russian River, moving to the Vineyard and to Healdsburg. Next they will go down the Petaluma River, Corte Madera Creek and finish off the trip at McCovey Cove in San Francisco.
Amerkhanian and the team will not only use the trip as a great two-day workout but also as a team-building trip. Developing the camaraderie is something the team has focused on early this Fall as they also took a hiking trip to Yosemite National Park.
“The Yosemite trip is the first road trip for the freshmen,” said Amerkhanian. “We have done it since I got here in 2000. It has been an incredible bonding experience. Yosemite is clearly one of the jewels of our planet and for our team to go and climb 5,000 vertical feet with smiles on their faces is quite impressive. There is a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at the end of that trip.”The Cardinal will wrap up the fall with the Alcatraz Challenge on Sunday, Nov. 10.