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WHATSenior women between the ages of 60 and 80 form a rowing club known as ladies of the lake and enjoy companionship, exercise and tradition.
WHYTo provide a fun way to master a craft, keep fit, exercise and form social bonds with peers.
WHERELake Merritt Rowing Club. Oakland Women's Rowing Club.
Oakland, California, USA.

Program Description

"The Oakland Women's Rowing Club, also known as the 'Ladies of the Lake' is the oldest women's rowing club in the United States. Founded in 1916, the club rows in four whale boats every Wednesday morning on Oakland's Lake Merritt and is comprised of women between 60 and 80 years old."

"The Ladies of the Lake love tradition. They row with big, heavy wooden oars, eight to a boat. The boats are all painted the traditional white, an American flag snapping at the stern. The women are always in uniform - white jackets in summer and fall and orange jackets in winter and spring."


The Oakland Women's Rowing Club was founded in 1916 and senior women of the club range from 60 to 80 years old.

The Women's Rowing Club has four operating boats made up of heavy wooden vessels ranging up to 33 feet long and weighing up to one ton.

The Lake Merritt Rowing Club is a member of the United States Rowing Association.

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