PALATINE HILL -- Lewis & Clark crew will again host the Charlie Brown Regatta on Saturday at the Oaks Park Boathouse. Fellow Northwest Conference teams Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran and Pacific will be present, as well as club teams from Oregon and Portland State.
The regatta is named in honor of Charles Stelle Brown III, a Lewis & Clark alumnus and long-time coach of the program in the 1980s and 1990s. Charlie, as he was known to all on the river, was a passionate coach, teacher and friend who helped transform Lewis & Clark rowing from a casual recreational club into a competitive intercollegiate team. Charlie lost his battle with cancer in April 2004 and the regatta was started in his memory.
Those wishing to view the race should come to Oaks Amusement Park and enter the park at the second gate, which leads to a large dirt lot above the boathouse. Please park in the dirt lot and then consult with crews present to determine the best viewing location. Due to river conditions, the course may need to be adjusted. The finish line will be within easy walking distance of the boathouse.