NBRC on and off the water
The Petaluma River
The Petaluma River is 29 miles long, a tidal slough fed by multiple tributaries and flowing through the 5,000-acre Petaluma Marsh, the largest remaining salt marsh in San Pablo Bay. The US Army Corps of Engineers dredges the river for navigation by commercial traffic, in this case barges operated by Jerico Products carrying gravel and oyster shells. The Petaluma Marina and Petaluma Yacht Club attract yachts and other motorized pleasure boats. Occasional hunters in aluminum boats join the fishing public casting from the banks. This beautiful natural resource inspires a huge variety of outdoor activities.
On the River
What do we see when we’re rowing on the Petaluma River? On the water, barges, pleasure boaters, kayakers, Hawaiian outrigger canoeists and stand up paddlers; on land, birders, bicyclists and hikers using the paths that ring the Alman Marsh and the 160-acre wetland Shollenberger Park, as well as wildlife: herons, gulls, mallards, swans, and even otters and skates. Every moment spent on the water is worthwhile, and the natural beauty that surrounds the river rewards one and all.
NBRC’s athletes compete in both sprint races (1k for Masters, 2k for Juniors) at spring and summer regattas and 5k “head” races in the fall. Winter training rows are long and steady, and our set of ergometers (rowing machines) assist in fitness training as well.
Out of Trou
NBRC members gather socially (out of trou), or in street clothes, for the annual meeting and party in January, summer barbecues and fundraising events, as well as at the annual Wine Country Rowing Classic on the first Sunday in October, where it’s “all hands on deck” to host this US Rowing event that brings hundreds of athletes to our waterway and our city. Aqus Cafe, just down the road from our boatyard, hosts post-workout rowers year round.