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Coxing Clinic!!

Coxing 101 Clinic

Getting Comfortable in the 9th Seat!

In case you missed it - another chance to dip your toe in the coxswain seat! 

It can be daunting to get in the 9th seat for the first time. However, if you want to hit the water and your coxswain called in sick, you may have no choice. This one hour session will give you an overview of coxing basics and increase your confidence if you find yourself in the coxswain seat. It's a valuable skill we all should know.

Saturday, Septemver 10th, 11:00am
Boathouse Conference Room
Pre-lunch snacks will be provided

Please RSVP to:

Volunteers Needed!

Critical need for volunteers

August Learn to Rows, Bow Ball, and SRL Regatta Support

Dear fellow rowers,

Thanks to all of you that have volunteered for upcoming events in August! It's a busy month, and we still have critical need for volunteers for these events listed below.

Please email if you can help!

August 13 and 14 WRRA Learn to Row at CRF Boathouse

10 am to 1 pm: volunteer rowers and 4 coxes needed each day

Rowers need 3 years experience.

We have a critical need for coxes for these sessions.

August 13 Bow Ball support at Merwyn's Wharf

4 pm to ??: raffle ticket sales and support

August 20 SRL Regatta Support

Various times: setup and buoy setting (6 – 8 am); timing and results running (8 -2); lunch support (noon to 2); tear down (2 - 3 pm)

Masters rowers needed for dock support and timing.

For more information :

Bow Ball 2016


Bow Ball 2016

CRF fundraiser event
Saturday, August 13th

Join us for some fun in the sun!
There will be music, games, raffle, a wine pull, and silent auction.
Dinner and two drink tickets are included.

The party kicks off
Saturday, August 13
5:30pm – 9:30pm at Merwin's Wharf

Ticket Prices before August 5th

Adult: $50

Crew of 8 or more: $45/person

Student (Under 21): $30
Children under 5: FREE

Merwin's Wharf Restaurant
1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Get Tickets

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Boathouse Closed

Due to recent RNC security concerns near and around the boathouse, the CRF Safety Committee has decided, out of an abundance of caution, to close the docks and facility Wednesday and Thursday, July 20-21, 2016. 

CRF has received reports of several groups, including an active anarchist group, congregating at and intending to cause problems around the Settler's Landing/Irish Town Bend/Franklin Hill area. Therefore, the boathouse gate will remain closed until Friday morning. 

Please note, to our knowledge no incidents have occurred at CRF or on the peninsula. This decision is based on information recently obtained from local and federal law enforcement and from our local stakeholders. Merwin's Wharf, the Crooked River Skate Park, and other local establishments are also closed. 

All WRRA Rowing Programs are cancelled while the boathouse is closed.  

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding over the next two days. 

RNC Update


WRRA is pleased to announce that all regularly scheduled programs operating during the RNC are able to proceed during their normally scheduled practice times.

**There are a few restrictions:
What this means: No shells or launches will be permitted above Carter Road Bridge daily between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, 2016. In addition, No shells or launches will be permitted to exit NS1 to the Lake. All rowing activity must remain between the Old River Bed and Carter Road Bridge.

This notice will be posted throughout the boathouse as well as communicated out through all CRF Social media accounts.

The transportation map below contains information about road restrictions and closures in downtown cleveland durning the RNC. The map at the bottom of the page contains the lake and river restriction zones during the RNC.

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Every Rower Should Know....

Basic things all rowers should know:
  • Moving the boat safely off/on the rack and out to the dock
  • Moving quickly to get on/off the dock
  • Port vs Starboard – seat numbers
  • Stern vs Bow
  • Making adjustments on the water – spacers/foot stretchers
  • Basic coxswain commands when rowing (ready all _____; in 2_____; weigh enough; check it down...)
  • Backing for turning and maneuvering the boat in passing zone – no matter which seat!
  • Checking it down – hard vs light
  • How to transition between pairs
  • Setting the boat when not rowing
  • Rowing lightly when approaching the dock
For novice teams – All rowers should know these steps after the first 4 weeks.
For experienced teams – Coaches should assess all rowers in the first 2 weeks to ensure they know how to perform these steps.

Download the List Here.

Club Merch Week!

store-graphic646.jpgCLUB MERCH WEEK: JUNE 13-18

The WRRA Merchandise Committee will have a table set up during your practice times to purchase the latest Club gear and swag.

We have something for everyone!

• Short sleeve t-shirts - Our vintage Club T.
• Long sleeve t-shirts- Part street art, all real life, creative scenes of what rowing the Cuyahoga is really like.
• Car magnets and window decals - Let everyone know you row in the best city!
• 'Post-row' beer and wine glasses - Sand-etched WRRA logo or customize with the Club logo, your name and team number. 
• Performance hats - UltraLite features wicking Eventure Woven fabric topshell and COOLMAX® fabric terry inner sweatband. Adjustable snap buckle with ponytail opening. Embroidered WRRA logo.

View all the options here: You may also order online and pick up before practice.

We accept Cash, Check, and all major Credit Cards.


Coached Sculling

We have a great way to improve your sculling skills.  Coached Sculling! We are offering 2 Tiers of coached sculling based on your sculling ability.

These sessions are  a great value and an excellent opportunity for all WRRA scullers to get some coaching to help you get to that next level in your sculling progression.

Check it out: Coached Sculling

June Learn to Row is now Open!!

Western Reserve Rowing Association

 is pleased to announce that Registration for 

June 11 and 12, 2016 

Learn to Row 


Learn to Row We encourage all new rowers to enroll in our Learn to Row program - a half day comprehensive introduction to rowing, including coached on-the-water experience.  A direct link to registration for Learn to Row and additional information can be found on our website Learn to Row page:

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.

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 .

NOTE:  We may have some spaces for the 8 week half session of SRL that begins the week of June 27 and runs through the week of August 15th, culminating with the August 20th Regatta, but that is not known at this time.  The number of positions will be limited and will depend on the availability of coaches.  When this is finalized, all those receiving this email will be notified.

We are excited to have you join us this summer rowing on the Cuyahoga River!

Cold Water Rules Lifted

Several requests have been made to the CRF Safety Committee to consider a temporary exception to the Safety Manual’s Cold Water Rules. The Committee has been monitoring the air and water temperature at the dock closely and is granting the request. The Cold Water Rules are in abeyance until Thursday, March 31, 2016
The CRF Safety Committee will reevaluate the water and air temperatures, along with the extended forecast later this week to determine if a further extension is possible.