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Fun Row in Memory of Zita Varnelis


On December 29, 2018, WRRA lost one of its longtime rowers, Zita Varnelis. Zita and her husband Maris Kampe, began rowing in the Summer Rowing League in the mid-1990’s. Over the years Zita joined the Masters team and represented WRRA in countless sweep and sculling races and also coached for WRRA. Zita also donated her creative talents to design the Head of the Cuyahoga medals, T-shirts and programs for the HOTC and Bow Ball.

WRRA would like to celebrate the memory of Zita by holding a Fun Row on Saturday, July 20, 2019 starting at 12:00pm.

The event will start with a fun row and end with a cookout with beer. The event is open to ALL rowers; novice and experienced rowers and scullers are welcome. Sign up as an individual, a small or large group — participants will be randomly assigned to shells so it will be a great way to meet others!

There will be a $25 fee for the event and the proceeds will benefit the METAvivor Research and Support Inc. in memory of Zita.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information contact Anna at

Registration For 2019 Is Open!

General registration is now open for all 2019 WRRA activites (except for Summer Rowing League which is still in the pre-registration phase of enrollment for returning teams).

Full program descriptions along with links to register can be found right here on the WRRA web site:

Get registered and let's get ready to row!!

Note: Returning members, check your email for links to specific programs (reminder to use your old login rather than a new one).

2019 Learn To Row Registration Is Open

Registration for spring 2019 Learn To Row (LTR) sessions is now OPEN!

Learn to Row is a half day instructional session which introduces new rowers (18 and older) to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. 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 in an eight-person boat.

Planned LTR dates for 2019 are: April 13, 14, 20, 27, 28. NOTE: We will initially open registration for April 13, 14 and 20. As they fill up other dates will open. All listed dates MAY NOT be offered.

Follow the link to our WRRA web page for additional details and to open our registration portal:  Please share this link with any friends/family that may be interested in rowing. Hope to see you on the water soon in April!!

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