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Learn to Row

Registration for Learn to Row is now open!!!!

There are limited slots available and they go quickly!!!  So sign up now!!

Check out all of the details on our Learn to Row page here:

**Registration for all of the other programs is not yet open**

Pre-Season Equipment Maintenance Days

20150207_172234 muddy-boatsmall.jpgMarch 21 and 22 --- 9 am to Noon 

Calling all WRRA member volunteers: Be among the first to view and work on our new equipment acquired over the winter!

We will be rigging, washing, painting, and performing other necessary maintenance on the WRRA fleet on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22 from 9 am to noon.

We need as many volunteers as possible to ready the equipment for the start of the 2015 rowing season. 

Please email to let us know you'll be there, and bring tools if you have them. 


Sweeps, Rec, Masters and Sculling Meeting

Be-a-Good-Rower-Step-5.jpg2015 Informational Meeting about WRRA Rowing Programs

Saturday, March 21st - 11AM - Upstairs at the Flat Iron. Right after the Pre-Season Maintenance Session.
Morning munchies will be provided.
Please join us to find out more about the 2015 WRRA Rowing programs. 
Details about General Sweeps will include information about Masters, the revamped Recreational program, and opportunities for Independent Sweeps (aka Buddy Boats).
If you're interested in sculling, there will be explanations of the Learn To Scull programs in the upcoming year and what is required to get out on the river in a sculling shell.
For more information email

Rowing SQL & CQL Recertification Meetings


I know you're dying to attend your safety level re-certifications. Wait no longer! 

Same rules; different year. To maintain your safety status you must attend one of the below Safety Review Meetings. Meetings will be less than an hour and will be held in the boathouse conference room on the below dates. Please note that there will not be a Review Meeting on the day of the Bow Ball. 

The review class is in lieu of having to re-take the test for your safety qualification status, so it's an easy and small time investment. Failure to attend a safety review will result in suspension of your safety status, and you'll have to re-take the test.

For those who are outside the Greater Cleveland area (e.g. at college, out of the state/country for business, trapped somewhere) other reviews will be offered later in the spring upon proof of your absence from Greater Cleveland for each of the below dates.

I realize the first couple class are on rather short notice, but a couple additional sessions have been added this year to ensure everyone has plenty of opportunities to attend.

Saturday, February 21 at 10am.
Sunday, February 22 at 10am.
Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm.
[NOT Saturday, February 28 due to Bow Ball prep]
Sunday, March 1 at 10am.
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm.
Saturday, March 7 at 10am.
Sunday, March 8 at 10am.

Please inform all participants in your organization who hold an SQL or CQL rating (there's a list available here: that they must attend one of these review sessions.

Equipment Care & Maintenance Workshop

victoria 1.jpgFebruary 21st -- 10am - 11:30am 
“Hands on!” ­ A workshop to give rowers hands­on experience with equipment
                ● Learn how to identify and locate problems with the equipment
                ● Practice assembling parts,
                ● Make small repairs with replacement parts.
What tools to bring, if you have them:
                ● 7/16” wrenches
                ● Allen wrenches
                ● Phillips and Flat­head screwdrivers
This is a great opportunity to apply what you learned at the orientation, get your questions answered, and have a hands-on experience with equipment alongside your fellow rowers.
Please RSVP to and let us know you’ll be there!

26th Annual Hammer Ergatta

hammer ergatta250.jpgThe 26th Annual Hammer Indoor Rowing Race will take place on this coming Sunday, February 15th in the Horsburgh Gymnasium on the CWRU campus. Take part in a fun(?) mid-winter competition to fuel the fire of your continuing winter training. Registration is required through Regatta Central. Additional information on the event can be found there. The link to that event page is:

What's new this year:

  • "Home Team" banners for larger quantity teams who sign up - your own cheering section!
  • We cut registration fees in 1/2!
  • Refreshments provided by One-to-One fitness (healthy smoothies!) and Phoenix Coffee (unhealthy pastries and coffee!) (That's right, all you high schools - you can tell your kids' parents that it's not only indoor, but there's gourmet java on tap!)
  • Branded event apparel with participant names listed!
  • Actual, real, honest-to-goodness hammer trophies for first & second place!
  • Sledgehammer trophies for relays!
  • 24 karat gold puke buckets for the ol' post-2K heave-ho! (pending)

And on that note, we hope to see you there!

To be clear, the Hammer is a participation event (not a volunteer event).

Out With the Old.....


Do the winter blues having you thinking about rowing season? Well there may be snow on the ground but there are exciting things brewing at the boat house... Say goodbye to these old friends and look forward to upcoming announcements about new friends!


Equipment Care & Maintenance Orientation

WRRA's Equipment Committee is holding an equipment orientation and an equipment workshop this winter -- so we can start the coming 2015 rowing season well informed and with equipment in top shape.

Volunteer credit will be granted to participants for the orientation session in January and the equipment workshop in February.

Reconnect with rowing friends and get ready for the season by attending these informative sessions!

Let us know if you're attending by sending an RSVP to

Equipment Care & Maintenance Orientation
January 24th -- 10am - 11:30am

"The more you know.." A tutorial for rowers regarding equipment

 Why is rowing so expensive?

○ Brief explanation of equipment costs and fees

● The next crew will report the problem...

○ Equipment reporting best practices

 You know, that thingy the oar goes into...

○ A walkthrough of the boat and oar parts

 Why does the cox box never seem to work?

○ Cox box care and understanding

● I can't hear anything but static...

○ Audio and cox box myths unraveled.

Equipment Care & Maintenance Workshop
February 21st -- 10am - 11:30am (Backup date, February 28th)

"Hands on!" A workshop to give rowers hands-on experience with equipment.

Questions? Email

WRRA Winter Erging

The winter erging schedule for CRF teams has been ironed out. Erg sessions will be two hours on Tuesday/Thursday and then one and a half to two hours on Saturday. Currently the WRRA schedule is as follows:
Tuesday/Thursday: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: This schedule applies to November 2014. Slight adjustments in time may occur in December and beyond.
For more details on winter erging please read here: 
If you have any questions as to your eligibility or issues with registration, please contact:

WRRA Final Equipment Maintenance of 2014

To prepare our equipment for winter storage, we will be having one last, very crucial WRRA equipment maintenance day:

  Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

We'll be tackling tasks large and small -- there's something for everyone to help with:

  • Derigging an 8+ for hull repair
  • Pressure washing shells and the wakeless launch
  • Moving wakeless launch to land location for winter storage
  • Oar handle scrubbing
  • Shell wiring
  • Organization of equipment in outside locker

We need as much help as we can muster for this crucial maintenance.

Please reply to if you have an hour or two to spare.