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Class Day Weekend 2015
3/27-28: Conibear Shellhouse
Save the date! Our Annual Class Day Weekend is fast approaching, featuring the VBC Banquet, Class Day Cruise and races, and Free BBQ. Click the links for more information - 
See You There!


When writing the men's history of Washington Rowing in 2002 and 2003, I had the honor of sitting down with many of the men who had contributed or participated in some of the more memorable rowing experiences at Washington.  I met with Bob Moch '36 on a number of occasions to talk about his time as both a coxswain and a coach, from 1933 (the year Washington won the first 2,000 meter National Championship), to his tenure as UW frosh and lightweight coach at the end of the 30's.  Our conversations covered multiple topics, including his rowing career, stories of stowing away in baggage cars, Al Ulbrickson and Tom Bolles, and driving coast to coast in a brand new Packard.

I recently re-visited some of the cassette tapes I made of our interviews.  Keep in mind these were intended as reference material for writing (the sound quality is not great), but it seems appropriate to get this first part published to hear one of the men who experienced the 1936 Olympic victory relate the story, a story that has been so well documented in Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat.

Not all of our interviews were taped, but when we sat down in October of 2002, the topic was 1936 and the recorder was on.  This conversation begins with the fall of 1935, how the crew came together, "LGB", the IRA's (coming back from many lengths down), the U.S. Trials, the Olympic final, his post-race travels and the beginning of his coaching career. You will want to be comfortable; this first part is 30+ minutes long:  Washington Rowing: Bob Moch and the 1936 Season. Recorded with Eric Cohen, October 2002. mp3 format, 33:45

Want to learn more about The Boys in the Boat, the '36 crew, and how rowing in the 30's compares to today?  GoHuskies has an interesting summary of the stats and figures showing how the sport has changed (and also stayed the same) - The Boys in the Boat: Then and Now. In addition, Columns Magazine recently published a short piece by Colby White, son of John White '38, recalling his father, here - Finding My Father. And of course, don't miss our history section - The 1930's, or coxswain Bob Moch '36 describing the Olympic race for us in 2002: Bob Moch, the '36 Olympics and the Influence of Husky Crew on His Life. Recorded November 2002, mp3 format, 1:29

Class Day 2015
March 27th and 28th - See You There!

Friday, March 27th: The 2015 Washington Rowing Banquet
And VBC Induction
Featuring 2008 and 2012 Olympian Megan Kalmoe '06
Friday, March 27th, 6:00pm, Conibear Shellhouse
More Information: 2015 VBC Banquet

The VBC Banquet is sold out:  Please contact Al Erickson for overflow seating (
About the Varsity Boat Club: Varsity Boat Club

Friday, March 27th:  Women Alums: Reception With Megan Kalmoe
All women alums are invited to join the University of Washington Women's Crew and two-time Olympian and US Rowing’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year Megan Kalmoe ‘06, for a special reception, Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m. in the Captains Room at Conibear Shellhouse.

This one-hour event will give UW Alumnae Rowers the opportunity to meet and mix with the current women’s team prior to the VBC Banquet, share stories, history and enthusiasm at the start of the racing season. Banquet attendance is not required for this pre-function.

Saturday, March 28th: Class Day Cruise with Croissants
Come join fellow alums, friends and parents on board the "Goodtime II" and get a birds eye view of the races as you follow the crews down the Cut!  The cruise includes breakfast croissants, fresh fruit and coffee, and play x play by the coaches. An annual tradition!
More Information and to Purchase Tickets Click Here:
21st Annual Class Day Cruise and Croissants

Saturday, March 28th: 5th Annual Women's Alum Race
Saturday, March 28th, 8:00 AM at Conibear Shellhouse

Attention women alums!  Meet at the shellhouse Saturday morning, greet some familiar faces and get ready to have some fun! The race is 1000 meters and the race start time is at 8:00 am (meet at the shellhouse at 6:30 am, launch at 7:00 am). Boatings are random - first come, first boated. Please RSVP to Denni Stobin ( or Ellen Ernst ( to reserve your spot! (Important details to include in your email if you plan to row: starboard, port or coxswain and your graduating class). If you don't want to get on the water, but you'd still like to join in on the fun, please come down to watch, say hello and reconnect. Snacks and beverages will be provided at the boathouse after the race. Please spread the word and help to continue the success of this event for our women alums. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the boathouse and kicking off another great year of racing. Go Huskies!

Saturday, March 28th: Class Day Free BBQ
Immediately following the races, join the athletes and coaches for the post-race awards on the docks and our annual free BBQ sponsored by the Stewards!
More Information Here (page down):
2015 Class Day Cruise and Free BBQ

Throwback to the 1949 IRA, a global event reflected by this newsreel coming from Argentina (and in Spanish). Some excellent footage of the off-water life at Poughkeepsie, including the dining hall (and Warren Westlund '50 eating dinner...) and sleeping porches. Washington would win the JV and Frosh events in '49, but lost the varsity race to Cal, setting up the sweep of the river by Washington the following year in 1950. Thank you Bob Koch for sending in the link!

At Washington, our team includes exceptional and dedicated athletes and coaches, a vibrant alumni group, active parents, and friends from across the globe. Our core values include an equal and inclusive environment for all of our athletes - men and women together - and emphasize tradition, community, education, and teamwork. These values do not end at the shellhouse doors, but are a commitment every VBC member has made - since the days of Hiram Conibear - to strive for excellence both on and off the water.  Welcome to our website!


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