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THE ROBERT L. RYDEN BOATHOUSE
In the Fall of 1991 the Rowing Committee members contributed funds to build a new boathouse in Grand River Park. In the Spring of 1992 the boathouse was named in memory of Bob Ryden, a founding member of the Club, following his death in January of that year.
By 1994 the 32 feet by 52 feet boathouse proved too small and a 44 feet by 54 feet addition was added. This was paid for by funds left to the Rowing Committee by Bob Ryden.
Sculling Shells. Our current collection of boats includes about nine single recreational shells typically used by beginning and intermediate rowers. There are two racing shells for light-weight rowers (<150 lbs) and one for mid-weight rowers. We have some racing training shells for mid- and heavy-weight rowers. The club has three double sculling shells all of which can be rigged as sweeping pairs. Our club owns a quadruple sculling shell that can also be rigged as a sweeping four.
Sweeping Shells. In addition to our pairs and four shells mentioned above, we have one more four shell for sweeping only. The MSU crew loans our club sweeping eights for use in coached training rows and racing.