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Established 1989

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Learn To Row registration is OPEN!

Register now for April 7 & 8; and April 14 & 15 early sessions. Once these dates are filled, we'll open the other sessions

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, 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.

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,,” 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:
Volunteer time will be accredited to participants. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail:

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.

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

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!

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.


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