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Registration Now Open For All 2017 Rowing Activities

Western Reserve Rowing Association is pleased to announce that registration for 2017 Rowing Activities is Now Open!

Program descriptions for all WRRA Rowing Programs can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below. Each of these pages will serve as the portal to the Registration site via "Register to Row!" buttons found on each page. Note: Coach, Coxswain, "Friends" and "Stakeholder" go directly to the registration site.

Summer Rowing League
General Sweeps
Intermediate Rowing
Masters Competitive Rowing
General Sculling
Private Sculling
Learn to Scull
Stakeholder Member
Friends of WRRA
Coach & Coxswain


2017 WRRA Rowing Program Calendar

Explanation of WRRA Fees

Learn to Row
Learn to Row registration is open for some April LTR dates. Other dates will open soon. Please encourage family and friends to try rowing! Your word of mouth is our best form of marketing.

New for Summer Rowing League!
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Wednesday Noon-1:30 PM
Contingent on participation
Made possible by new locker rooms and shower facilities.

Explore the WRRA Website!
The WRRA Communications Committee maintains the website with the goal of providing an engaging resource for current WRRA members and the public about all aspects of our rowing programs.

Registration Process:
After arriving at the registration site through the link on the program pages, add the activity to your "cart". At that point you will be prompted to login (or create an account if you do not already have one). The advertised fee will include any pre-requisite components which will be automatically added to your "shopping cart". For example, for Summer Rowing League it will include WRRA Full Voting Membership fee and a WRRA Summer Facilities Assessment. Once you are on the "Shopping Cart" page, if you wish to enroll for another activity, simply click on "activities" on the bar across the top and choose something else. Registration is not complete until you get to the page that contains the option to print your receipt. Please review the email confirmation you receive immediately and contact the membership director if there is any issue.
Private Scullers: If you intend to register for both Private Sculling and another WRRA rowing program, please complete registration for one (checkout) before doing the other so that membership fees can be calculated correctly. Otherwise, you will be over-charged. All Private Scullers must register for Private Sculling.
Can't remember your password? If you cannot remember your password, please use the button "Forget your password?" to reset it. If you still cannot access your account please contact for assistance. DO NOT CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE. We will remove it.

Payment is by credit card. Some programs will have the option of a payment plan. If this option is available it will be automatically presented as the default in a pop-up window. If you wish to pay in full, click the "x" at the top right of the Pop-up and select "pay in full" and proceed. Otherwise, click on "agree to payment plan' at the bottom of the pop-up window and proceed. If you need assistance, look HERE. All payment plans will have a "payment plan surcharge" to cover the fees associated with the automatic payments. Note: the payment plan option is not available on mobile devices. All fees are subject to sales tax (8%) except for Learn to Row. There will be a $1.25 transaction fee added to each transaction. Other service-provider processing fees (3.58%) are included in the price of the program. An explanation of WRRA fees can be found in the following document: Explanation of WRRA Fees

Waivers and Policies:
Registrants will also be prompted to electronically sign waivers which attest to their ability to swim, provide release of liability, and agree to the WRRA membership, payment, and refund terms. We will also require signing of paper version of these documents at your first practice. The text of these waivers can be accessed on the checkout page and can also be read here:

The registration system works on various computer browsers / platforms; however issues can arise from browser to browser and system to system depending on how they are configured, etc. If you have difficulties, please try using a different browser and if problems persist empty cache, restart and try again. If you pause for a while during registration, the system will time out you will need to wait an hour or two before continuing to allow the system to purge any orphaned activities.
Preferred platforms:
  • Windows, with Internet Explorer 11 or Chrome
  • Apple iOS (>9); with Safari

Other combinations will likely work but have not been officially tested by the service provider. For example, Apple computer, OS, Safari; Windows with Firefox.

Contact info:
  • If you have any difficulties registering, please contact
  • If you have questions about Summer Rowing League which are not addressed on the web pages for those programs, please contact .
  • If you have questions about other programs, please see the contact links on the appropriate program description pages on the WRRA website.
USRowing has joined the United States Olympic Committee in its SafeSport campaign aimed at raising awareness, stopping child abuse in sport and creating a safe culture in sports programs across the country. As a member of USRowing, WRRA has adopted a SafeSport policy designed to promote an environment free from bullying, hazing, and all forms of harassment. While WRRA is primarily an adult organization, we have a limited number of youth involved in our programs, and we share our boathouse with several scholastic rowing organizations. We share the commitment to creating a safe environment for the entire boathouse community.

Please take a moment to review the SafeSport policy available on the Safety page of WRRA's website.

See you on the water soon!

Registration for 2017 Learn to Row is NOW OPEN!

Western Reserve Rowing Association is pleased to announce that Registration for 2017 Learn to Row is NOW OPEN!
Learn To Row
Learn To Row is a half day introduction to rowing, including coached on-the-water experience. A direct link to registration for Learn To Row and additional information can be found here: There is a blue "button" in the upper left corner as well as near the bottom of the page that says either "2017 Registration" or "Register Now". Click on this to go to the registration site.
We will have two staggered Learn To Row sessions on each day; the EARLY session begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at Noon. The LATE session begins at 10:30 AM and concludes at 3:00 PM. In both cases plan to arrive early to get oriented and register your attendance with the Club Manager.
At this time we are opening the EARLY and LATE session for April 8, 9 and 15. No other dates are open at this time, but could potentially open depending on demand.
General Registration Information
After arriving at the registration site through the link on the Learn to Row web page, identify the session of Learn to Row for which you would like to register and add it to your "cart". At that point you will be prompted to login (or create an account if you do not already have one). After that is complete, continue through the registration process, digital signing of waivers, and payment.
Payment is by credit card. There is a $1.25 transaction fee that is added to each transaction.
The final fee including the transaction fee will be $49.25.
If you have any difficulties registering, please contact
If you have questions about Learn To Row which are not addressed on the web page for the program, please contact
Registration for Summer Rowing League will open in the next week or so. You will be emailed when that happens.
We are excited to have you join us this summer rowing on the Cuyahoga River!

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.