Cleveland's Premier Adult Rowing Club
Established 1989

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COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Please read the message below from the Cleveland Rowing Foundation regarding closure of our boathouse. All events at the boathouse are cancelled through the end of March. We are hopeful that Learn to row dates will remain unchanged, but we will respond to any additional news as we receive it. Thank you for your patience and understanding through these difficult times.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, rowing community and guests is our number one priority, and it is in this spirit that we share this message.

States of emergency have been declared for the State of Ohio, and indeed the nation as a whole, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple confirmed cases have been identified in Ohio, including Northeast Ohio. Multiple venues/facilities have been at least temporarily closed in the interests of public health and mitigating the spread of this virus. Schools and colleges across Ohio are closed, and multiple local, regional and national sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. CRF has been in contact with other rowing organizations, many of whom (including Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh and Community Rowing, Inc. in Boston) have closed their boathouses.

CRF has accordingly decided to close the Boathouse to all individuals and programs until at least Monday, March 30th. During this interval all planned activities (e.g., erging sessions, maintenance days, and meetings) are cancelled, with NO access to the Boathouse permitted.

CRF is taking every precaution possible to protect our staff, volunteers, rowers and guests. Therefore, during this closure, CRF will perform a deep clean of the entire facility, including ergs, locker and shower facility, bays, and high traffic areas throughout the boathouse.

CRF will continue to evaluate this evolving situation and update all member organizations and the rowing community of any future decisions, including rationale and timing of prolonging or ending the Boathouse closure.

VIPERS in Boston

Congratulations and good luck to our VIPER (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) crew, heading to Boston October 20-21 to race in the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta.

Donate directly to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

EHVZBHAZ4FH35HPF45VPZTRQJE.jpgFour years ago, Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) began offering visually impaired athletes the opportunity to enjoy the fun and challenging sport of rowing.

Today, that same program - aka The VIPERs (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) - have gone from their humble beginnings on the Cuyahoga River to qualifying for the largest rowing regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles (HOCR) in Boston, MA. On October 20-21, 11,000 athletes from 26 countries will compete and amongst them will be the VIPERs!

The VIPERs are part of WRRA's Outreach Programs and are funded entirely by members and donations. Volunteers have given over 450 hours of their time helping to coach, row and cox in this program.

We are asking for additional help to get the crew of 7 adults (guides, rowers, coach & coxswain) and 2 guide dogs to Boston to vie for a coveted medal in this prestigious competition. 100% of monies raised will go directly towards the VIPER team's preparation for the regatta, travel, trailering the boat, and lodging.

Directly donate to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

Read & Watch Channel 19 news coverage of our VIPERs

WRRA can provide a Letter of Donation upon request. Additional donations raised will go to WRRA Outreach programs.

(photo credit: Micheal K. Dakota)

Veterans Learn to Row Day

Veterans Learn to Row Day
Sunday, August 26 - 7:30 AM - NOON

FREE to Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, and Gold Star adult family members. Reservations required: 

In appreciation of the men and women who have served our country and who love water sports or want to try a new sport. Thank you for your service!  

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.

Advance registration is necessary for boat assignments. Secure your seat in the boat: 

Program info

Learn to Row (LTR) 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. 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.

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