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Los Gatos Rowing Club was founded in 1979 by Skip Braatz. Skip had rowed on the east coast and wanted to bring his love of rowing to high school athletes in the Santa Clara Valley. The original squad consisted of 14 athletes – just enough for a men’s 8 and a women’s 4. Today, 150 athletes are enrolled in our robust middle school and high school programs. Adult rowing was added to the club in 1982 and today we have 100+ adult members.
From inception, the club has called Lexington Reservoir home, thanks to Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation. Our original Lexington Dam boathouse was shared space provided by the Santa Clara University rowing team. As the club grew, so did our need for a larger boathouse and together SCU and LGRC built a new boathouse at Lexington Dam in 1982. A shocking act of arson on Memorial Day 1994 resulted in complete loss of the building and all boats.
Thanks to the determined fundraising and planning efforts of LGRC and SCU, a new boathouse was built at our current Lexington Reservoir location on Alma Bridge Road. The building was dedicated in October 1996. Rowers, parents, community members and local authorities all rallied together to make this incredible feat happen.
After the fire, a new logo was designed containing a rising sun to illustrate the re-birth of the club and the motto “Per Ardua ad Meta” or “Through Adversity to the Goal.”