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SRL Regatta is Cancelled!!

The SRL Regatta for Tomorrow June 27th is CANCELLED!!!!

After reviewing the updated forecast for tomorrow (100% rain with chance flooding many areas PLUS high winds) we have decided to cancel the SRL regatta tomorrow.

While a few races potentially could be completed the river will likely be in poor condition with wind and debris and high risk shell damage (as well as to persons).

We are currently discussing a variety of options for the future.

June Learn-To-Row!!!

Registration is now open!!!

Learn to Row
We encourage all new rowers to enroll in our Learn to Row program - a one day comprehensive introduction to rowing, including two on-the-water sessions.  A direct link to registration for Learn to Row (upper left, "register to row" blue button) 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 program 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.
Note: activenet (our registration service provider) places some "ads"  on the last two pages of "checkout" for magazine subscriptions and Active Advnantage.  We have no control over these and want to alert our customers to them.   If you are not interested in either of those, do not make any selection.  Scroll to the bottom of the "magazine" page and hit "next", and then scroll to the bottom of the Active Advantage page and hit "No Thanks".  Do not provide any other info on those pages.  
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 .
WRRA does not know if there will be ANY open slots for the July Half-Season of Summer Rowing League.  Availability of these positions is dependent entirely on whether (and how many) current May Half-Season participants renew for the second half.  You should not register for the June Learn to Row with any expectation that you will be able to join the Summer Rowing League for the July-August months.  When we know how many seats are available, we will notify Learn to Row Participants first.    We will NOT know this information prior to the June 13 / 14 LTR dates.
We have not determined with certainty whether we will have August LTR sessions.  If we do, registration will not open until ~ August 1st.

CMSD Rows Program Coordiantor

CMSD Rows is looking for a Program Coordinator.

The Program Coordinator (PC) will be responsible for all of the non-coaching aspects of the program. The PC will work closely with the Executive Director of CRF (who will coach the Learn-to-Row [LTR] program) as well as the Rowing Director of the CYRA, who is responsible for those students who progress to compete at the club level throughout the Midwest.

You can view and download the full job description here: CMSD Rows Program Coordinator.pdf

Coaches Wanted For 2015 Season and Learn to Row Sessions

WRRA is looking for coaches for its Learn-to-Row (LTR), Summer Rowing League (SRL), Rec and Sculling programs. If you've coached in the past, we'd love to have you back. If you know someone that you think would be a good coach (rower, student, coach with another program, etc.), we'd gladly take referrals. We're looking for coaches for both SRL and Rec programs which begin in mid-May, as well as those who can help out with the Learn To Row sessions during the month of April. Come help a team improve, earn a little cash, and have some fun on the river this summer!
Complete details, including job descriptions and 2015 pay schedule can be found in the Members section of the WRRA website:
If interested, please complete this application, or if you have any questions, contact Jennifer Prugh, WRRA Director - Coaching at

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).