With 50 years behind the oar, Charlie’s years of competitive rowing and sculling has included multiple collegiate, national and international championships including the 1968 Olympics, 1969 and ‘70 World Rowing Championship and the 19 World Masters’ Games. Charlie is an experienced and successful rowing and sculling coach. He coached the Groton School boys for three years winning the 2015 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships in 2015 and placing second overall in 2013 and 2014. Upon arriving in Bellingham, Charlie coached the WWU men’s team for two years. Charlie is married to Ellen Kennelly, a national rowing champion in her own right.
Bob started his long rowing career at the University of Washington in 1958. There, he rowed collegiately until 1961. His first coach was Al Ulbrickson who coached “the Boys in the Boat” and defeated the Germans in the 1936 Olympics. Bob was undefeated in his college rowing at UW.
Returning in 1965 after serving in the US Army, Bob had a strong desire to begin a rowing program in Bellingham. he stated Western Washington University rowing in 1969 and remained the head coach for six years.
In the mean time, Bob pursued an active schedule of rowing competition, rowing against people from all over the world. He won gold, silver and bronzed at the 1994 World Master Games in Brisbane Australia and multiple medals and in the 1998 Niki World Master Games in Portland. Winning several Regional Championships, Canadian And American National Championships, he rowed the single, double and quad. he continues to be an active sculler to this day.
Dave has been associated with WRA since shortly after its inception 7 years ago and have been a Board Member for 6 years.
Dave started rowing at Exeter University some 50 years ago and coached there. He also coached boys at The King’s School in Chester and at the Columbus Rowing Club. I rowed for The King’s School OB, first as Bow and then as Stroke, being elected by the other crew members. Dave rowed in several events in Britain including two London ‘Head of the River’ regattas, held the week before the Oxford / Cambridge boat race on the same course (but in reverse!).
Dave loves being out on Lake Whatcom and enjoy seeing the club grow. The club has introduced a lot of people to the sport and it is nice to see them, and the club, grow in experience and skill.