WATCH: $200K worth of Austin Rowing Club boats go up in flames FridayJune 22, 2018
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Mary Huber

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The Austin Rowing Club has lost five of its best boats after the trailer hauling them to an Oklahoma competition caught fire on Friday afternoon, the nonprofit’s president said.The boats were bound for the Stars & Stripes Regatta race in Oklahoma City.


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The Austin Rowing Club has lost five of its best boats after the trailer hauling them to an Oklahoma competition caught fire on Friday afternoon, the nonprofit’s president said.

The boats were bound for the Stars & Stripes Regatta race in Oklahoma City.

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Burke Fort, one of the competitors, said at around 5:00 p.m. while they were traveling north on Interstate 35 through Alvarado, Texas, the trailer hauling the boats caught fire.

Fort said the driver was able to unhook the trailer and that no one was hurt.

The flames spread through the grass, threatening nearby structures but firefighters responded quickly to put out the blaze, he said.

“The driver reportedly said it was caused by the safety chains dragging on the pavement lit the wooden floor of the trailer,” Fort said. “Good news is the several competing clubs are lending us boats, so we are racing in (Oklahoma City) this weekend after all.”


Nicole Goad, president of the Austin Rowing Club, said each boat is worth about $40,000, bringing total losses to $200,000.

“These boats were the best grade, the best we could send,” she said. “So to lose these is just an awful loss.”

The nonprofit club has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to replace the boats.

Stunning Admission...Normally they do not tell the truth....now the insurance company can deny the claim.


“The driver reportedly said it was caused by the safety chains dragging on the pavement lit the wooden floor of the trailer,” Fort said. “Good news is the several competing clubs are lending us boats, so we are racing in (Oklahoma City) this weekend after all.”

Don't you find it odd that not a single insurance company has made any attempt to educate what a dragging safety chain can do? Why is it only us....a unfunded organization trying to stop the "FIRES"

And Yes....After all the funds I have spent trying to prevent this I do have the right to be critical

 In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers  Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone! 

Under Insurance Policy Holders.... A Moral Hazard Verses A Morale Hazard

Anybody who tows a trailer and they drag their safety chains is a "Pyromaniac"

When you see your safety chains when you hook them up....with scrapes on them....you started a fire somewhere...

Who We Are:
Austin Rowing Club is the only nonprofit rowing club in central Texas, located on Lady Bird Lake in the heart of Austin, Texas. Our mission is to advance the sport of rowing throughout our community. We provide rowing programs to anyone who wants to learn to row regardless of age, gender, ability or race. Each year we host outreach programs throughout Austin and central Texas to deliver rowing to anyone interested in the sport. 

What's the Situation?
On June 22nd, the Austin Rowing Club Competitive Men's Team was in transit to the Oklahoma City Stars and Stripes Regatta when we had an unfortunate accident. The trailer transporting our boats (five in total) caught on fire and destroyed every single boat on board. We lost our top five racing boats in the process. 

The impact is serious for Austin Rowing Club. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations and volunteerism to keep our Club's fleet at the ready. Losing our best boats will likely impact our ability to provide programming to the community serve. We're grateful no one was hurt but we're heart broken that our fleet is now short five boats -- especially when those boats provide joy and sportsmanship to so many rowers. 

What Can You Do? 
Please consider donating to Austin Rowing Club. We are a 501-c3 nonprofit whose sole mission is delivering rowing to our community. Every dollar you donate will go right back into building our fleet. The rowing community in the US is wonderful and we could definitely use your support. 

Thanks,
Nicole Goad
President
Austin Rowing Club

While I am critical of this organization causing wild fires on the highway....and as we already know their actions destroyed their own boats....we are not without heart....and will post their Go-Fund me page here....while we can't get funding....we will continue to be the only organization unfunded trying to prevent dragging safety chains from causing massive destruction in 2018