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2017 Spring Meet & Greet

Wednesday, March 22 is WRRA's annual Meet & Greet.

The Meet & Greet is an informal information session for anybody wanting to learn more about rowing in Cleveland as an adult. Current rowers and members of the WRRA Board and Committees will be present to give you details about rowing, answer your questions and address any possible concerns. Whether you are thinking about rowing for the first time ever, looking to get back into the sport after a long hiatus or anything in between, we'd love to see you there!

We'll be meeting upstairs at Flat Iron Cafe (114 Center Street, Cleveland, OH 44113) beginning at 6:00 p.m. (note: it's fine if you aren't there right at the start -- it's all very casual and fluid). Any questions before the meeting can be addressed at There will be light appetizers and an open bar.

1x Shell Flip Opportunity

"It’s not if you are going to flip your shell, but when."

Be ready for the "when" with coached instruction and an opportunity to practice flipping/re-entry courtesy of the WRRA Sculling Committee.

Please join us at the John Carroll University lap pool on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for this valuable opportunity.

Cost is $15

Register for the event by contacting Note: there are a limited number of spaces available.

Pre-Season Maintenance Days

Saturday, March 25 and Sunday March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to noon

If it’s March, it’s time to get the WRRA fleet READY TO ROW!

We have 33 boats and over 170 oars so we need at least 30 members each day to assist with the remaining repairs and service to get the fleet up and ready for rowing in April and May.

We will be rigging all SRL boats and the remaining 8+s and 4+s – your chance to get hands-on experience on how to assemble the boats.

Bring (2) 7/16" wrenches, screwdrivers, and YOU!

RSVP to if you can help.


CRF 2017 Mandatory Safety Review Sessions

The Cleveland Rowing Foundation safety committee has announced that all CQL and SQL members must attend a Safety Recertification Meeting in order to retain their tested safety status in 2017.

Meetings will be about an hour long and will be held in the CRF boathouse conference room on the below dates:

Sunday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m.
CRF is also offering a CPR certification class directly following the February 19 and March 4 meetings (assume a 11:00 a.m. start). If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to for additional details.
For those who are outside the Cleveland area (e.g. away at college, out of the state/country for business) another review will be offered later in the spring upon proof of your absence for each of the above dates.
If you fail to attend and were not excused for the limited reasons above, you will have to re-test.


WRRA Coached Winter Erging

Keep in shape and learn valuable rowing techniques that will translate to better performance on the water.

This winter, WRRA is offering a once per week erging session with Coach Tony Fistek on Wednesday evenings. Coach Fistek will have a structured erg workout each week to help build endurance and work with participants on technique and form. 

Coached sessions with Coach Fistek will take place on Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm - 7:30pm; January 18 – March 29 (11 sessions). All rowers eligible for winter erging are invited to participate**

In addition, the master’s team welcomes any and all rowers for more informal erg sessions on Tues./Thurs. from 6:00pm-7:30pm. You can join in whatever crazy workout is on tap for the evening or feel free to do your own thing.

Drop in, hop on an erg, and get moving in these cold winter months!

**How do I know if I'm eligible? 

  • If you were a member of a rowing program in the summer or the fall only, you must pay the winter erging fee of $88 to be eligible for winter sessions.  To enroll in winter erging, please click this link.
  • If you were a member of a rowing program in both the summer and fall sessions, you are automatically eligible for winter erging and do not need to register.

Questions? Please contact the WRRA Coaching committee at


Winter Mini-Maintenance Saturdays

Kicking off this Saturday (December 3) and going through much of the winter (December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14; February 4, 11), 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. If interested in one or more of these sessions please sign up here: If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact the Equipment Committee at

Notice Of 2016 WRRA Annual Meeting

The ANNUAL MEETING of members of the Western Reserve Rowing Association will be held:

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016
  • 10:00 am - Noon
  • Flat Iron Café, 1114 Center Street in the Flats, Cleveland, Ohio

Save the date now and join us as we review the year and elect new Directors!

This meeting will bring you:

  • Update on WRRA programs
  • Recognition of WRRA Volunteers
  • Election of Directors
  • A chance to voice your goals and concerns for WRRA
  • Cleveland Rowing Foundation update
  • WRRA club gear for your holiday gift-giving (cash, check, and all major credit cards accepted).

SIX $25 Gift Certificates to the Flat Iron will be given to 6 WRRA members, chosen at random by raffle. You must be present to win.

IN ADDITION, two $25 Gift Certificates to the Flat Iron will be given to the SRL teams represented by the largest number of members wearing their 2016 SRL t-shirt. One will be given to the novice team and one to the experienced team with greatest number of members present in 2016 team t-shirts.

WRRA Election of Directors

Directors whose terms expire November 12, 2016:

  • Victoria Anders
  • Sally Fahrenholz
  • James Hailey (appointed in September to fill vacancy in term ending November 12)
  • Maurice Ruelens (Resignation; 1 year remaining in term)

2016 WRRA Nominees for 3 three-year terms and 1 one-year term as Director:

  • Victoria Anders
  • Janet Clark
  • James Hailey
  • Sam Liberman
  • Mark Silverstein
The election will be administered by the WRRA Secretary (Frank Campbell). Two additional people will independently count ballots at the annual meeting.

Candidate Statements can be seen here. Please read the candidate statements and give thoughtful consideration as to who will best fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the WRRA Board of Directors.

A ballot can be found here for those unable to attend the annual meeting of members. Please cast your vote for 4 candidates, sign and print your name and scan or photograph the ballot and return it to the following address by 6:00 PM Friday, November 11, 2016:
Thank you all. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, November 12.

James Hailey Named Director of Finance and Development

James Hailey.pngThe WRRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that this month James Hailey was appointed as the Director of Finance and Development for WRRA. Although the director position expires in November the Board chose to interview and appoint a director to allow orientation to the WRRA organization and board, the current budgeting and accounting procedures. The Board of Directors plans to nominate James in the election for a 3 year director term starting in November.

James has been with WRRA for 5 years rowing with SRL.  He graduated from John Carroll University with a BSBA followed by an MBA. Unfortunately this was prior to the JCU rowing team. James has extensive experience including (but not limited to) director of operations for a school, Chief Financial Officer for a large church community, service line leader for Human Arc, and a financial advisor. His responsibilities included establishing and following budgeting process, developing systems to improve metrics/revenue and soliciting alternate funding sources for non-profit organizations. He is familiar with the budgeting process and the Quick Books program hat WRRA uses for budgeting and documenting income/expenses.

One of the challenges for WRRA over the next years is to diversify income sources so that we are not fully dependent upon our members and SRL sponsorships. We believe that James is the person to help us develop plans and strategies to move forward in this direction and we are excited to work with him.

SRL/FRL Boat Tuck-in

WRRA Volunteers Needed!

Equipment Maintenance Days & SRL/FRL Boat Tuck-in

Saturday and Sunday October 8 - 9, from 9 to noon.

As the season comes to an end, we need to prepare our fleet for winter storage.

We have 32 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. 

Did you know that the equipment committee dedicates about 40 hours a month just on equipment repair and maintenance? We do this behind the scenes, unannounced and without fanfare, to not only ensure consistent availability of well-maintained equipment but to also provide a pleasant experience for all rowers.  We are asking all SRL/FRLers, independent crews, scullers, intermediate, and masters rowers to lend a hand with maintenance days Oct. 8 and 9. 

RSVP to if you can help with this much-needed maintenance.

2016 SRL Regatta Results

The full SRL Regatta results can be found here (PDF)