Local Rower Competes in 33rd Annual Round Shaw Row, And Wins!
Saturday, August 14th was the 33rd Annual Round Shaw Row. The Shaw Island Race made its informal debut in 1978 when Don Cameron & Nick Fahey challenged sailors in a circumnavigation of the island and won. The following year, 1979, a dozen kayaks and rowing shells raced the loop, marking the official beginning of what is now the longest running people-powered boat race in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, participation has ranged from a handful to a hundred.
This year 29 boats, entered the world-class 14 mile race course around Shaw Island which presents a challenge for even the most accomplished open water racer. There is nearly always some rough water and strong tidal currents during the race. The starting time of 11am is "loose" in order to accommodate the Island Ferry Schedule. Direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise) is the racer's choice. The course record is held by Rob O’Brien/Jeff Knakal, 1:39:45 in the 2003 race in a Double Rowing Shell. This year's winners were a two man High Performance Kayak, Morris and Debbie Arthur, in the time of 1:48:46.
There are a variety of human powered craft in this race including the following classes: Open Water Rowing, or "R" I <19',  R II 19-21', or R III 21'>, Outrigger Canoes, OC 1, OC 2, OC 6 (number of paddlers), Sea Kayaks SK, Fast Sea Kayaks FSK, and High Performance Kayaks (surf Skiis) HPK. Of the 29 entries, twelve were either double or single rowing shells.
Local rower, George LeBoutillier, rowing his 18' Echo Rowing Shell, rowed to a win in his class, R I, and he was the only entry in that class!, in 2:21:03. He was 17th overall, and 6th in the single rowing shells. Winning time for rowing was a Double Rowing Shell in 1:49:25, and the single rowing shell winning time in class R III was 1:59:45.
LeBoutillier has rowed since 1986 and represents various rowing shell manufacturers through his company Valley Scullers, Inc, www.valleyscullers.com. He  and his wife Stepper, are part time residents of Lopez, having acquired property here in 2008.

Team Echo Rowing had a wonderful showing at the Great Cross Sound Race in Seattle, Washington on August 26, 2006 in the Recreational Rowing class, placing 1st and 3rd in Men's & 1st in Women's.  Congratulations Team!
Also, the Great Cross Sound Race was a big day for Echo Rowing when we debuted our new additional, the ACE. 

You can log on to www.soundrowers.org to see the entire results, names, classes, and home towns.

The ECHO results are as follows:
George LeBoutillier of Perrysburg Ohio came in FIRST IN MEN  in the  Recreational Rowing Shell  under 19' Category with a 1:09:49 time, in his Echo.


Eliot, Maine – March 8, 2004: Saturday at the 24th Annual SNOW ROW held in Hull, MA, rowing a shiny red ECHO designed by Doug Martin of ECHO Rowing, fifty-nine year old George LeBoutillier from Perrysburg, Ohio, placed 1st amongst all the sliding-seat rowing singles. With close to 200 oars and 64 different boats in Hull Gut, George finished 8th overall. “While there was no snow to row in or around, rowers were still challenged with the short chop aggravated by a tide rip and breaking waves in and around the Gut,” commented Doug.

Read complete press release here.


Valley Scullers, Inc.
Lopez Island, WA
Toledo, OH
Cell (419) 467-8140
e-mail george@valleyscullers.com