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At a time when San Diego was still a sleepy little town, four adventuresome young women who spent hours rowing together on the bay, decided to start a club. These four San Diego women, Zulette Lamb, Lena Polhamus, Agnes Polhamus, and Caroline Polhamus, who used the initials of their first names to form the acronym, ZLAC, founded ZLAC Rowing Club in 1892, a time when a rowing club for women was a completely new idea.
 
The women initially rowed in wooden barges from a boathouse at the foot of what is now Market Street on San Diego Bay. This boathouse was dedicated in 1895 and maintained for 37 years. In 1932 the club moved to its current location on Mission Bay into a beautiful new clubhouse designed by noted architect Lilian Rice (ZLAC president 1915-1916) and landscaped by Kate Sessions of Balboa Park fame. ZLAC is currently the oldest women’s rowing club in continuous operation in the world and is still going strong with 450 members who range in age from teens to nineties. Over the years ZLAC programs have produced U.S. National Team members, top college rowers, Olympians, as well as thousands of recreational rowers. Empowering women and promoting rowing have always been at the heart of our mission.

We hope to SYAZ (See You At ZLAC) soon!

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Attention members: ZLAC needs your help!

 

In February, the Board was forced to pull thousands of dollars out of ZLAC’s Emergency Reserve Fund, to repair many dangerous and severe maintenance issues that were discovered during the Garden renovation. We ask you to help us restore the Fund or contribute towards one of these issues. Please click HERE to learn more and make a secure donation.

The electrical line from the Georgie Hardy lantern was found exposed without proper conduit near the surface, along with others.

The electrical line from the Georgie Hardy lantern was found exposed without proper conduit near the surface, along with others.

 

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