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For Immediate Release

Date: May 13, 2024

Contact: Holly Hopkins; exec@rivercityrowing.org

Subject: April 20, 2024 Channel Scramble Regatta, West Sacramento


 

On April 20, 2024, at approximately 1:22 p.m., during a Junior Men’s race at the Channel Scramble Regatta, unidentified projectiles were issued in proximity to a boat being rowed by Oakland Strokes. No rowers or spectators were harmed. The Channel Scramble, a regatta arranged by River City Rowing Club (RCRC) in West Sacramento’s Barge Canal Access, hosted the following visiting rowing clubs: Oakland Strokes, Pacific Rowing, and North Bay Rowing.

 

RCRC prioritizes the safety of its rowers and immediately took action to ensure their safety across the breadth of the waterways on which the Club rows. 

 

After the incident occurred, race spectators and residents immediately called 911; the West Sacramento Police Department arrived quickly to investigate the area from where the projectiles appeared to have been issued. The police have continuously interviewed witnesses since the regatta and have patrolled the area numerous times. The results of the investigation to date have not yielded discovery of evidence nor suspectsIf any witnesses have additional information, please contact the West Sacramento Police Department (916-372-3375) and reference Incident #24-01678.

 

RCRC has coordinated with the Port of West Sacramento in order to notify them of the incident and partner around next steps. RCRC has been and will continue to work closely with the West Sacramento Police Department and the Port of West Sacramento to arrange additional security at future regattas, demonstrating its commitment to preventing such incidents in the future. 

 

The wellbeing of our athletes, staff, and spectators is our utmost priority. In response, RCRC has conducted a review of safety protocols and is committed to enhanced security measures. As a club, this continues to be a time to heal and recover from this disturbing incident. 

  

Our club has been a proud part of the West Sacramento community for 41 years, fostering athletic skills, resilience, and camaraderie among our members. This incident will continue to strengthen our resolve to support each other and continue our mission.

 

We thank the first responders and law enforcement officers for their support and response, as well as our partners at Oakland Strokes, Pacific Rowing, and North Bay Rowing. We will keep our members, the rowing community, and the public informed as we learn more. 

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