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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!

WRRA Board of Directors

WRRA Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour

Thank you to all of the volunteers who have selflessly given their time to WRRA! Our club is a non-profit organization run primarily by volunteers. Volunteers perform equipment repairs, serve on committees, and assist with regattas and learn to row events. In appreciation, all WRRA members are invited to Brick & Barrel Brewery on Saturday, October 7, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the volunteer work performed this year.

The first round is on us! 

The first 50 members to arrive at Brick & Barrel will receive ONE free drink (beer/wine) ticket. WRRA Board of Directors will be providing light appetizers.

Just in time for Fall -- WRRA Club Apparel

Club apparel in stock! Taking online orders now. Items such as, full zip fleece hoodies, quarter zip performance pull overs, the "skyline" illustration long sleeve t-shirts and much more. (Quantities are limited.)

Pick up orders at the boathouse. Order online today!

SRL/FRL Boat Tuck-in & Maintenance Days

Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

As the season comes to an end, we need to prepare our fleet for winter storage. We are asking all SRL/FRLers, independent crews, scullers, intermediate, and masters rowers to lend a hand with maintenance days Oct. 7 and 8.

We have 33 boats and over 170 oars, so we need at least 30 members each day to assist with small repairs, washing shells and oars, and winterizing the SRL boats.

Please bring (2) 7/16" wrenches, screwdrivers, buckets, and towels.


WRRA Success at the 22nd Annual Head of the Cuyahoga

Congratulations to WRRA rowers on a very successful showing at the 2017 Head of the Cuyahoga.

WRRA had 37 entries, with representation in the Rec, Masters and Open categories. At day's end, WRRA had earned 8 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals and placed 2nd in the Team Points scoring.

Medals for the day included:37125177381_c7e67e64a8_z.jpg
Event 4: Womens Rec 8 - Gold & Silver
Event 5: Womens Masters 2x - Gold
Event 9: Mens Masters 1x (A-B) - Bronze
Event 10: Mens Masters 1x (C) - Gold
Event 14: Womens Masters 4+ - Silver & Bronze
Event 16: Mixed Rec 8+ - Bronze
Event 23: Womens Masters 1x (A-B) - Gold
Event 25: Womens Masters 1x (D-F+) - Gold
Event 28: Mens Rec 4+ - Silver
Event 29: Mens Masters 8+ - Gold
Event 34: Mens Open 2x - Silver
Event 44: Mixed Rec 4+ - Silver
Event 49: Womens Masters 8+ - Gold
Event 51: Mens Open 4+ - Gold
Event 52: Mens Masters 4+ - Silver

Results can be viewed here:

Team points breakdown can be viewed here:

Congratulations to all who participated and thank you to all who contributed to the success of the day through volunteering, organizing or beyond.


Veterans Learn to Row Day

In appreciation of the men and women who have served our country and who love water sports, WRRA is offering a FREE opportunity for Veterans to try rowing.

Veterans Learn to Row Day*
August 27, 2017
7:30 a.m. - Noon

Sign up today!

Rowing is a true team sport that demands the unremitting dedication of body and mind, heart and soul in a way required by no other team sport.

Learn to Row is a half day instructional session which introduces new rowers to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. LTR is an opportunity for adults (18 and older) to experience the sport of rowing and determine interest in joining Cleveland’s rowing community. WRRA instructors will teach the basics of the sport of rowing, special safety considerations on the Cuyahoga, rowing terminology, and boat handling. Participants will receive instruction on basic rowing technique using a stationary rowing machine (erg), and on-the- water practice, rowing as a crew of eight.

Registration: 7:30 am – 8:00 am
Session starts promptly at 8:00 am

  • Classroom presentation
  • Erg session
  • Teams formed and boats to dock
  • Rowing on the Cuyahoga
  • Debrief with instructors and coaches.

Please share this opportunity with the Veteran in your life. This Learn To Row is free for Veterans, but advance registration is necessary for boat assignments. Learn More

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us:

*Please note: Due to limitations with our rowing equipment we are unable to accommodate wounded/disabled veterans at this time. (we're working on it!)

To volunteer for this event:

WRRA Coxing 101 Clinic

Special Note for Fall Rowing - Now is your chance to help out your team (or others) and earn a little extra cash. We are often short on coxswains in the fall when all our fantastic high school and college students from SRL return to school. FRL teams go out Mon-Thurs 6PM-7:30PM. Please let us know if you're interested in taking on a team and learning to cox.

Saturday, August 26th - 11AM-Noon

This clinic will help you learn the basics and give helpful tidbits to increase your confidence in the 9th seat. This hour-long, off-water clinic will cover topics such as:
-Responsibilities of a coxswain
-Basic commands and steering
-Moving the boat to/from the rack
-Overview of the cox box and how to use it

If you are a rower who is interested in coxing, a buddy boat who rotates coxswains, or just want to know what that little person is doing up there, this clinic is for you!

Please RSVP to

Last Learn to Row of the season!

Learn to Row is a half day comprehensive instructional session which introduces new rowers to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. LTR is an opportunity for adults (18 and older) to experience the sport of rowing and determine interest in joining Cleveland's rowing community through WRRA's Summer Rowing League.

Saturday August 26, 2017

EARLY Session: 7:30AM - Noon
(If the early session fills, we'll open a second session)

Price: $48.00

Sign up now!

WRRA instructors will teach the basics of the sport of rowing, special safety considerations on the Cuyahoga, rowing terminology, and boat handling. Participants will receive instruction on basic rowing technique using a stationary rowing machine (erg) and on-the-water practice, rowing as a crew of eight.

NOTE: New Novice rowers will not have the opportunity to participate in Fall Rowing due to space limitations and safety precautions (the river has increased boater activity and the sun sets earlier). All are encouraged to join us for Summer Rowing League next summer.

To volunteer for this event:

Upcoming Safety Test Review Sessions

Passing a CRF safety test demonstrates that you have the proficiency and leadership to be responsible for the safety of others, which in turn can qualify you for additional activities at the boathouse and on the river [e.g. being able to help (row) with Adaptive rowing, row as independent "buddy" boats, coach others, earn a key to the boathouse, etc...] !

Safety tests aren't a walk in the park, but with a little studying anybody can become safety certified.

We are ready to help you along the right path with two study sessions to properly prepare you for taking the test(s).

Sessions will be approximately 1.5 hours and take place in the Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse conference room on:

Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Please take some time to read over the Safety Manual before coming to the sessions. We strongly encourage you to come to both sessions but it's not mandatory.

If you plan on attending, please print a copy of the SaM (…/uploads/2015/01/SaM-FINAL.pdf) and bring it with you AND register in advance by sending an email to

Note: Space is limited to 12 people per session.


Dominic Santora Selected As United States U23 National Team Coxswain

DomToss.jpgCongratulations to Dominic Santora on his selection as the coxswain for the United States U23 national team. After almost a month of grueling practices and competition, Dominic emerged as the team's top choice for the 9th seat. Next week, Dominic and his eight teammates will represent the United States in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 19-22.

Dom coxed for many WRRA programs -- Learn to Row, Summer Rowing League, Intermediate, and Masters -- as a student at Saint Ignatius High School (’14) and during the summers while at Syracuse University (’18). In 2016, he saw the Masters Men’s 8+ to gold at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Ontario, Canada. In June, he was at the helm for Syracuse's 8th place finish at the 2017 IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Association) Championship Regatta.

A truly great coxswain inspires our best rowing, and WRRA invites you to acknowledge this tremendous accomplishment by one of our own. The U23 team must raise $50,000 to compete on the international stage. Please consider supporting Dominic by clicking HERE to make a tax-deductible donation on the U23 team's RallyMe page.

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