In June 1994 the George Pocock Memorial Rowing Center on Lake Union and in Eastlake opened its doors. The Center, at 3320 Fuhrman Ave. E, was built in honor of George Pocock and is a state-of-the-art rowing facility. George Pocock was a world-renowned boat builder, professional rower, and coach.
The Pocock Rowing Center turns 20 this year, but any celebration will have to wait until the traditional, annual Pocock Day in mid-July. “June is just too busy for rowers with events and competitions,” says Tara Morgan, Chief Relationship Officer for the George Pocock Foundation, whose motto is “We change lives through rowing.” The Foundation that funded the facility also celebrates an anniversary, its thirtieth, says Ms. Morgan.
Pocock Day this year will be a big celebration for both anniversaries and as always open to the public. It includes a pancake breakfast and barbeque as well as the popular Ham and Egger rowing race. For the Ham and Egger, everyone who wants to participate puts their name in a hat, says Ms. Morgan. “You can get Olympians and beginners rowing in the same boat together. It’s a lot of fun.”
And fun is what rowing is all about as any of the center’s over 400 members will tell you.
PRC offers rowing classes for all skill levels. It has a large exercise room with work out equipment, office space, banquet room with view of the lake, and a conference room, which they generously open for ECC neighborhood meetings.
For more information on rowing and the up-coming Pocock Day, check out the Pocock Foundation website. While on line you might also want to check out videographer Vaun Raymond’ s Lake Union Virtual Museum (which was featured in the last Eastlake News). The virtual museum has a great video on the history of rowing on Lake Union that highlights the story and work of George Pocock.
This article first appeared in The Eastlake News, spring 2014.