The best way is to sign up for a free trial row. Click on Join Us! in the menu bar for more information.
What does it cost?
Your trial rows (up to three) are free. After that you need to join OARS. The basic membership cost is $60 a year. Also, you must purchase a row card. The cards are $50 – good for 20 rows. Members keep their cards at the shelter and mark down each row. Membership fees and row card revenue are what keep our club afloat. Click on Join Us for more information.
Are there any requirements?
Anyone 12 or older who can physically handle a 13-foot oar can row with us.
Anyone rowing in an OARS boat must have a Liability Release form on file with the club. You can review/download the form here. The Membership Committee chair helps new members and trial rowers with the paperwork process.
What should I wear?
Personal Flotation Device first and foremost. We have loaners at the shelter. Soft-soled footwear is required. We have to protect our boats. Clothing should be appropriate to the season and rowing conditions. Remember, it’s often cooler on the water. Dress in layered garments capable of withstanding wind, rain and spray. Your cox will stop the boat if you need to shed - or add - a layer. Sunglasses are handy, and many people always wear hats. Gloves are nice in cold weather.
Will I be safe?
Yes. Safety is a top priority. Any time an OARS boat is taken out, it must be under the command of a Master in good standing. Masters have met skill and safety requirements and participate in ongoing training. We are careful. An OARS boat cannot leave the marina if whitecaps are present or wave height exceeds two feet, or if visibility is less than one nautical mile.
Will I get training?
Yes. Masters and experienced rowers are happy to help new members get started. They’ll show you how to get into the boat safely, where to sit, how to adjust the stretchers so your legs are comfortable, how to get your oar in position and much more. As you build your skill, you’ll enjoy the great satisfaction of your crew rowing well together.
How are crews formed? Who decides who rows when?
Our club has established crews that row at regular times each week. Some have been rowing together for decades, others have just been formed. What’s needed is a Master and four other members who can commit to rowing at a certain time. We have open time slots available.
The best way to get on the water is to be on the substitute list. With vacations, etc. crews often have an empty seat and they like to invite the newer members to row with them. Subbing is a good way to meet a lot of people and get involved quickly.
Request a Trial Row!
Trial rows are a great way to see if our rowing experience suits you — and learn what OARS is all about. Trial rows last about an hour, and you can go on up to three trial rows before making a membership decision. Many trial rows are Friday mornings, but they can be arranged any time. To sign up for a trial row, use our Contact form below.
Welcome to oarss.org, the website for the Old Anacortes Rowing and Sailing Society (OARS), a member organization in Anacortes, Washington.
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Explanation of Roster Export Formats
Clicking on of the roster export buttons will create a roster file in one of the following common formats. Depending on how your browser is configured, that file will either be opened for viewing in a new browser window, or saved as a local file (check for it in your Downloads folder, for example). Here's a guide to the available file formats.
This generates an Excel spreadsheet file.
This generates an Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) file.
This generates a delimited text file of comma-separated values (CSV).
This member is not currently eligible to row. Eligibility requirements include:
Must be an Active member
Must have a membership type that includes rowing privileges
Must have an executed Release of Liability form on file
Join and Copy Email Addresses to Clipboard
Do you want to easily copy and paste all these email addresses into your email app, all in one go? Use one of these buttons to do it.
But first, a small wrinkle: different email apps have different requirements for separating email addresses in the To: field. So it can matter which button you use to join and copy these email addresses.
Most email apps (like Apple Mail or Gmail) accept a comma to separate email addresses, like this:
If you're unsure which button to use, try using commas first.
Some email apps (like Microsoft Outlook) require a semicolon to separate email addresses, like this:
So, just use the button that's appropriate for your email app to join and copy these email addresses to your clipboard, and then paste the result into your email app's To: field.
Stop by the OARS booth during the 2023 Anacortes Waterfront Festival Jun 3-4 at Cap Sante Marina
Stop by the OARS booth during the 2023 Anacortes Waterfront Festival
Once again OARS will be showcase a beautiful wooden boat and connect with the community (and potential new members) at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival June 3-4 at Cap Sante Marina. It’s all part of our mission: Rowing together to enjoy, honor and promote wooden boats and small craft traditions.
This year we’ll have the Erica on display, with a new flier to help answer the most often asked questions. Do you know what wood was used to make the Erica’s oars? Volunteers will take the Erica to the Festival Friday and then put her back beneath the Preston Sunday after the festival ends.
Stop by the booth and see what else OARS is sharing – and thank the members who volunteered to take a two-hour shift. Maybe next year you’ll sign up to help tell our story and recruit new members.