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Watch the New Boathouse Construction

Learn more about Williams Wharf and watch live construction of the new boathouse at the Mathews Land Conservancy website. The site contains interesting articles about the decades of progress of the Williams Wharf Project. Do you know who owns and funds Williams Wharf? If you are interested in helping to fund construction, old boathouse art pieces can be purchased or you can click a link to donate directly to the Mathews Land Conservancy.

Giving Back

coach_alumGloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal writes, “Three alumni of the Mobjack/Mathews/Gloucester rowing programs have returned to Williams Wharf to help their former coach, Tim Ulsaker, with current young rowers, giving back to the program that got them started in rowing. Pictured from left are Ulsaker, Lt. Tucker Witt, U.S. Navy, Bryan Stewart and Doug Sier, Chief Mate, U.S. Merchant Marine. Witt helps coach and rows when he can. Stewart is working on his U.S. Rowing level 1 Coaching Certification and trying to start crew at Longwood University and Sier also rows and coaches with Mathews and Mobjack crews when he is not at sea. Ulsaker expressed his appreciation saying “it’s very gratifying to have alumni come back and pass on their experience and stories to our young team members, giving them another viewpoint from successful rowers who have already proven themselves not only here, but in collegiate rowing as well.”

Charity Banners

Note our new charity banners. When you use them while online shopping, the crew team can receive 5% back from Giving Assistant.

Mobjack Rowing Wins Gold

Congratulations to the Senior Women’s 52 Kg Coxed four rowed by Logan Howlett, Jamie Robins, Mackenzie Marbain, Maddy Hogge, and Coxed by Kaitlyn Christine Thompson on winning HENLEY GOLD! Mobjack’s fierce U17 Women’s Coxed Four rowed by April Renee Young, Lilly Jean Thompson, Bailey Hamilton, Maddie Lee and Coxed by Brandon Smith also brought home a 3rd place finish. See more…


Photo courtesy Samantha Howlett.

New Boathouse Underway

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new rowing center at Williams Wharf in Mathews, Virginia! groundbreakinggroundbreaking_shovels

Congratulations to Mathews HS Rowing at Stotesbury


Men’s V4 Champions – Courtesy Row2K.com

Congratulations Men’s Varsity 4 on a first place finish at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia! For more pictures, go to Row2K.com.

A Note from Coach Ulsaker – Important Milestones

January 2012 Sunset@Wharf2501)   This is the year that the long awaited boathouse construction will be started! 2)   An anonymous donor thought highly enough of Mobjack Rowing and the legendary accomplishments so many have built, that they started an endowment fund, “The Friends of the Mobjack Rowing Fund” under the umbrella of the Mathews Community Foundation (MCF), an affiliate of “The Community Foundation  Serving Richmond and Central Virginia”(TCF). The donor’s purpose for the fund was “to support the general operating needs of The Mobjack Rowing Association and to serve as a lasting tribute to Tim Ulsaker for the time, effort and expertise he has provided in developing the sport of championship rowing in Mathews County and surrounding communities”. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to also honor what so many have accomplished and to see MRA perpetuated when I am no longer able to sustain it. Since December 26, 2013 the Fund has already doubled! (see section called Giving) 3) We have started a Facebook page titled Alumni and Friends of Mobjack Rowing and Mathews High School Crew Members to provide a site for not only rowing alumnae to post their stories and profiles, but also it is for all those who have ever been involved or interested to become members & join in. Additional links will give highlights and updates on boathouse construction and provide news/photos on MRA activities. I urge all rowing alumnae to send me a word document telling me your story of how you started with rowing, what you thought at first, the obstacles it helped you overcome, what you learned and where you went with it and where you are now. The ones I have received so far have been really great stories and they give an insight that a lot of people never see. Please make your story appropriate for posting. RECOMMENDED (Actually Mandatory) READING: If you really want to see some great parallels to the Mobjack Rowing adventure, read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown.


▪    If you want to send a donation to the Friends of MRA Fund, you can visit The Community Foundation site for giving: https://www.tcfrichmond.org/give/contribute-online/ ▪   Put in your amount, Highlight a fund from the drop-down list to select it for donation, Scroll down to Regional Affiliate Funds, and select Friends of the Mobjack Rowing Association Fund – Follow the remaining directions ▪   You can also send a check made out to “The Mathews Community Foundation”. Make a note on the Memo Line “For The Friends of the Mobjack Rowing Association Fund” Mail to: The Mathews Community Foundation, P. O. Box 1037, Mathews, VA 23109 ▪   Also, be sure to check with your employer to see if they match employee charitable giving. Let’s all join together and make Rowing at Williams Wharf a permanent opportunity for current and future generations to come. Thank you all for making this great rowing and life experience possible!!! It has been a great honor and privilege to have served as your coach and have shared the last 28 years with you. Tim Ulsaker – Founder, Sponsor, Director and Coach – Mobjack Rowing Assn. & Mathews HS Crew


VA States 2012 – Boys 1st 4

BACKGROUND The Mathews High School Rowing Program has been a model of success in the Tidewater Region of Virginia. Since its first season in 1986, the team has gathered championship titles, honorable event invitations, and a long-standing tradition of developing strong and confident young men and women. The program’s success has originated from hard work and excellent leadership. For 27 years, MHS rowing has benefitted from having one of the region’s longest-tenured and most knowledgeable coaches, Tim Ulsaker, who built the program to what it is today. The sport of rowing requires discipline and determination, as well as supreme strength and fitness. Before the actual boat season begins, several team members train during the winter months using erg machines at the Williams Wharf training facility.  Because rowing is a low-impact sport, it is a perfect training regimen. While our returning rowers look to defend titles and improve on an otherwise vastly successful season, we are also looking forward to introducing the next wave of Blue Devil rowers to the sport. Summer programs through the Mobjack Rowing Association allows students to continue training and competing as well as providing access to the sport for those outside of Mathews High School.  We practice at historic Williams Wharf using an onsite indoor training facility as well as the waters of the beautiful East River in scenic Mathews, Virginia.

Head Coach: Mr. Tim Ulsaker, 693-5160, crucoach@3bubbas.com, or tulsaker@vikingautomotive.hrcoxmail.com Varsity Coach: Mr. Vernon Rowe, 725-3678, brodie_rowe@hotmail.com Novice & JV Coach: Mrs. Christina Tomcany, 725-4127, ctomcany@mathews.k12.va.us or ctomcany@yahoo.com Boathouse location: 1070 Williams Wharf Rd. Mathews, Virginia 23109