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Established 1989

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Veterans / Military Rowing League registration is open!

This 15-week program teaches the basics of sweep rowing in a coed team setting for those interested in a fun and challenging training program with the goal of competing at appropriate levels as skills progress. Participants start by learning the basics of the rowing stroke and join experienced military and veteran rowers as confidence and capabilities improve. The program is inclusive to Service-disabled Veterans including BK (below-the-knee) amputees.

Military Program Eligible: Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Gold Star adult family members.

Learn More & Register

Watch video from Veterans Learn to Row Day

New for Summer Rowing League - morning sessions!

Sunrises > Sunsets

Why you should consider an early morning routine even if you have never been an early riser:

  1. The best water happens at sunrise - calm winds, cooler temps (a blessing in the summer), and glass-like water.
  2. You're more likely to get to practice - the commute to the boathouse is a breeze. 
  3. Early morning adrenaline high - they say the most successful people are early risers.

Locker rooms and shower facilities are available so you can get in that row and then head off to whatever your day requires.

SRL morning practice times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00am - 7:30am.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY!

Coxing Opportunities & Clinics

Are you a rower who wants to learn to cox? Need a little extra pocket money for post-row drinks?

WRRA is looking for coxswains (new or experienced) for Masters, Recreational, Performance and Summer/Fall Rowing Leagues. Pay per session is $18-25 depending on the program. With Masters and Performance, there is an option to travel to away regattas for pay.

APPLY HERE

Possible practices are in the following timeframes depending on the program: Tues-Thurs mornings 6:00-7:30AM; Mon-Fri evenings 5:45-8:45PM; Sat mornings 6:00AM-Noon. Please note your availability on the application and we will try to place you with the appropriate program.

Coxing 101 clinic (off water) will be offered April 28th 10:30-11:30AM with a follow-up coxing 201 clinic (on water) on May 5th 10:30AM-12:30PM. Space in the 201 clinic is limited to 4 participants.

Please RSVP to coaching@westernreserverowing.com to participate in the Coxing Clinics.

Registration for 2018 Rowing Activities is Now Open!

2018 Rowing Activities 

Summer Rowing League - If you are brand-new to the sport of rowing, or just looking for a way to have some fun in the sun once a week, our Summer Rowing League might be exactly what you're looking for. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

General Sweeps

Looking to get back into rowing after a short (or not-so-short) hiatus?  Have you enjoyed learning the basics in Summer Rowing League (SRL) but hunger for a little more coaching and on-water time?  One of our more advanced General Sweeps programs might be just the ticket.

Recreational - The Recreational team is a transitional program for those looking to garner a little more on-water time.  program will offer coached rowing with an emphasis on technique and time to enjoy being outdoors on the river.  It is for those rowers that want to get out on the river and row with some coaching, lower stroke ratings, and no emphasis on racing. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Performance - The Performance team is a transitional program for those looking to garner a little more direction and on-water time. The program will offer coached rowing with an emphasis on fitness and performance. This is for the rower that likes to get a good workout, row at higher stroke ratings, and is looking to refine their rowing technique. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Masters Competitive - The WRRA Masters team is our most competitive and rowing-intensive program yet. Get high-level coaching three times a week, travel to regattas to show WRRA pride against local, regional, and national  competitors, and get into great physical shape! LEARN MORE & REGISTER

General Sculling

Get certified as an independent sculler or independent pair to take advantage of sculling on one of the most challenging and exciting rivers around. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Private Sculling - For rowers with personal sculling equipment LEARN MORE & REGISTER


Learn to Row Registration is open. Space remains on April 14, 15 and 21.
Please encourage family and friends to try rowing!


Learn To Row registration is OPEN!

Register now! April sessions are filling up fast.

Learn to Row is a half day instructional session which introduces new adult rowers to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. WRRA instructors will teach the basics of the sport of rowing, river safety, rowing terminology, and boat handling. Participants will receive instruction on basic rowing technique using a stationary rowing machine (erg), and a 90 minute on-the-water practice, rowing as a crew of eight.

LTR sessions are prerequisites for first time rowers interested in joining Summer Rowing League or Veterans/Military Rowing League.

2018 Meet & Greet

Are you curious about rowing? Have you been rowing and want to advance to another level? Do you think you "can't" row? Western Reserve Rowing Association invites you to join us at our annual Meet and Greet session to learn about this year's rowing opportunities, have your questions answered and meet current rowers and coaches. This year's Meet and Greet will be held on February 28, 2018 at Sainato's at Rivergate (1852 Columbus Rd., Cleveland) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The rowing season is just around the corner. Join us at the Meet and Greet so you can be prepared to experience Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River from a rower's perspective.

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Western Reserve Rowing Engages Veterans, Military and Disabled Communities Through Expanded Outreach Programs

CLEVELAND, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA), Cleveland’s premier adult rowing club, continues its legacy as a trailblazer for community inclusion by announcing the latest additions to its outreach rowing programs: Veterans Rowing Leagues and Pararowing. The new programs offer teamwork, camaraderie, and exercise to new and experienced adult rowers across all abilities, ages, and skill levels. “We have offered a variety of rowing options for Clevelanders for 29 years. We embrace the diversity of our community and all it brings to the sport of rowing. Because the best way our club works is everybody in. Nobody out,” says WRRA president Victoria Anders.

The new WRRA offerings are:

Veterans Rowing League, a 15-week program that teaches the basics of sweep rowing in a coed team setting for those interested in a fun and challenging training program with the goal of competing at appropriate levels as skills progress in an eight-person boat. Participants start by learning the basics of the rowing stroke and join experienced military and veteran rowers as confidence and capabilities improve. The program is open to BK (below-the-knee) amputees given the nature of the program.

Pararowing is a rowing, or sculling, program developed for military and non-military participants with disabilities and includes indoor and on-water rowing for fitness, competing, and recreation in sculling boats meant for one or two rowers. Experienced staff and volunteers adjust the equipment for each boat so the capabilities of each participant are maximized. Coaching is provided both on and off the water, and each participant is monitored on the water by a coach in a motorized boat. Adaptations to equipment are made for disabilities, such as: BK (below-the-knee), AK (above-the-knee) amputees.

  • A military discount would apply to eligible Military/Veterans who register for Veterans/Military programs.
  • Military Program Eligible: Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Gold Star adult family members.

“We are very excited for this new initiative and we are confident it will be a success with our knowledgeable membership. Donations and community support are an important aspect of any new action like this. Information about how to get involved can be found at, www.westernreserverowing.com/outreach,” says Megan O’Donnell Patton, Director of Community Engagement and Development, Western Reserve Rowing Association.

About WRRA

The Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with over 500 members that offers a variety of membership and rowing program options aimed at developing and maintaining a diverse membership of adults of all ages. WRRA is affiliated with the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) and a member of USRowing, the governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S.

 

Winter Mini-Maintenance Saturdays

Kicking off this Saturday (December 2) and going through much of the winter (December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24), the WRRA Equipment Committee will be presenting Mini-Maintenance Saturdays at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation​ boathouse.
 
Open to all members, these hour and a half long repair sessions will be in-depth and focus on one boat at a time. The Equipment Committee members will work along side you, show you how to make the repairs, and answer your questions.   
 
All sessions run 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Let us know you're coming so we can plan accordingly, sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0_96ESt0BHkMRxsIiNMBbxzKa5jpitcyEN_VN-P-uaQv6OQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
 
Volunteer time will be accredited to participants. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail: equipment@westernreserverowing.com

Winter / Indoor Erging Available!

There are both open and coached erg sessions and starting in December we will have some early morning sessions. This is an excellent way to stay in shape over the winter and to improve your rowing technique for next summer!

You can follow the masters team workouts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays or do your own workout. Afterwards there is a short ab workout including planks and wall sits that you are welcome to join.

On Mondays and Wednesdays starting November 27th, there will be coached erg sessions to help with technique. They will incorporate stretching, drills and some strength training. Again, if you prefer you can do your own thing and erg on your own.

OPEN ERG SESSIONS
November 20, 2017 - February 28, 2018:

Tues. & Thurs. mornings, 5:30-7 AM (Dec. only)
Mon. - Thurs. evenings, 6-8 PM
Saturday mornings, 8-10 AM

COACHED ERG SESSIONS
November 27, 2017 - April 11, 2018:

Mon. & Weds. evenings 6:00-7:30 PM
(Christmas/New Years Day excepted)

There is no fee to members who rowed both summer AND fall. There is a fee for members who only rowed one season.

See the website for all the details, start dates and a link to register if need be.

2017 Annual Meeting - Saturday, November 11

Dear members,

You are cordially invited to WRRA's Annual Members Meeting on Saturday, November 11th at 10:00 am at that Flat Iron Café (upstairs room).

The annual meeting is a great way for members to celebrate the 2017 rowing season. The meeting gives you the opportunity to cast your vote to elect new directors, get updated on new and existing WRRA programs, recognize our volunteers, and join in member discussions.

To sweeten the deal, the Board will be offering (8) $25 gift certificates to the Fat Iron, (6) of which will be raffled off by each director and (2) gift certificates will be awarded to one novice and one experienced SRL team with the largest number of rowers from their crew in attendance, wearing their 2017 SRL team shirt.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR - The merchandise committee will be hosting the Holiday Bazaar from 9:30 - 10:30am. Check out the new drinkware gift packs and Club apparel in time for the holidays. Items include, full zip fleece hoodies, quarter zip performance pull overs, and the "Cleveland skyline" illustration long sleeve t-shirts. Cash/check and credit cards are accepted.

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
WRRA Board of Directors

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