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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.

Notice of Annual Meeting

To All WRRA Members,

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

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

This meeting will bring you:

  • Special Presentation by Vince Frantz, President of our new neighbor, Public Square Group, Inc. (Skatepark)
  • Recognition of WRRA Volunteers
  • Update on WRRA Para-rowing Task Force and other WRRA programs
  • A chance to voice your opinions and concerns

SIX $25 Gift Certificates to the Flat Iron will be given to six 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 2014 SRL T-shirt. One will be given to the NOVICE team and one to the experienced team with greatest number of actual members present in 2014 team T-shirts.

WRRA Election of Directors

Directors whose terms expire November 8, 2014

  • Frank Campbell
  • Bill Rickman
  • Jeffrey Zabor

2014 WRRA Nominees for 3 Year Term as Director

  • Frank Campbell
  • Michelle Lundon-Fox
  • Maurice Ruelens

Candidate Statements can be viewed here and official ballots can be viewed and printed here.

For those unable to attend the Annual Meeting, we need for you to vote in order to validate the continuing work of your Board of Directors. PLEASE COMPLETE THE BALLOT AND RETURN IT RIGHT AWAY TO:

To validate the election of Directors, 10 % of members eligible to vote (53) must cast a ballot, either in person or electronically before the meeting. PLEASE help us to continue to serve you by submitting your ballot. PLEASE DO IT NOW.

Thank you all, and I look forward to seeing you Saturday, November 8.

Best regards,
Jeffrey Zabor
President, 2014

NOTICE: Nominations for Director Due by October 15, 2014

To All Members of WRRA;

In accordance with the WRRA Code of Regulations, all nominations for candidates for election to the WRRA Board of Directors made by WRRA members must be submitted to the President of WRRA in writing on or before October 15, 2014.

Please send all nominations to:

If you should have any questions, please be in touch with me directly.

Jeffrey Zabor
President, 2014


Volunteers Needed for the Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta on Saturday, September 20

What is the HOTC?

The HOTC or "Head of the Cuyahoga" is a major regatta hosted by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (and the associated rowing organizations, including WRRA), on the third Saturday of September. It is open to high school, collegiate and adult rowers from around the country in both sweeps and sculling events. Competitors will race for 4800 meters on one of the most technically challenging head racing courses in the country. Last year over 60 clubs and 1200 rowers participated. In 2014, we are celebrating the 19th annual HOTC.

Greetings WRRA members,

Below is a list of volunteer assignments open to WRRA members for this year's Head of the Cuyahoga regatta. We are about three weeks from the date of the regatta, so it's especially important that everyone make their commitment to volunteer immediately, if possible.

In addition to the jobs listed below, there may be some additional miscellaneous jobs made available to us in the coming days.

WRRA's top priority / responsibility is to fill the jobs below. The Head of the Cuyahoga is a huge undertaking that depends on hundreds of volunteers from across all the rowing organizations at the boathouse. Thank you in advance for volunteering to help with this.

In all cases, please respond to to indicate the job and shift for which you are volunteering.

Volunteer Areas for 2014 Head of the Cuyahoga

Buoy Setting

3-4 Buoy setters -- Friday 6:00 p.m. 
20 Buoy setters -- Saturday 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Launch Drivers for Buoy Setting

10 Launch drivers -- 5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Starting Line
3 Timers -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2 Recorders -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1 Computer Operator -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Finish Line
3 Timers -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
2 Recorders -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
1 Supervisor -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
2 Runners -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  


2 Computer Operators -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2 Support -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Launch Drivers

13 Launch Drivers -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Dock duties

2 Boat handlers at Launch dock -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5 Boat handlers at Recovery dock -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
3 Boat check-in at Launch dock -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2 Bow Marker Recovery at Recovery dock -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1 Runner between docks -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


2 Packet Pickup -- Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
2 Bow Number Collection -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1 Boathouse Info Desk -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Merchandise Sales

3 Merchandise Sales  -- 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Volunteer Support

1 Assistant per shift -- 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Your Boat Name Here -- Name Our New 8+

We have a new SRL boat that needs a name ... you can help! Have you always wanted to be famous? Go down in Cleveland rowing history? Love your team name and want to share it with the world? Now’s your chance! Immortalize your name or favorite rowing phrase on the side of a shell that will be rowed on the Cuyahoga River 5-7 days a week.

Start thinking now about boat naming rights you can win through a silent auction taking place at the SRL regatta on August 23. Pull your team or corporate sponsorship group together to put in a bid that will result on your Board-approved name on the new SRL 8+ shell coming to its forever home in Cleveland. Starting bid is $3,500, with $500 bid increments. Bidding starts at 8:00 a.m. sharp and the winning bid will be determined at the conclusion of the regatta. Usual cost of naming rights for an 8+ is $7,000 so this is a steal!

The remunerations associated with each boat:

  • Exposure on the Cuyahoga River, typically 15 - 20 hours per week.
  • WRRA will make christening ceremonies available.
  • Your name on the equipment above for as long as it stays in our Club, typically 8-10 years.
  • If the boat leaves our fleet, you may apply to the Board to roll over the existing name.
  • Your name or company name will be listed on the WRRA website as a generous contributor.
  • As we retire oars, those who sponsored an oar will have the opportunity to take it home.

What better way to immortalize a SRL regatta win than with your name or team name on this boat!

For more information, please read the attached boat Naming Rights and Policy document here.

August Learn to Row Registration Now Open

Western Reserve Rowing Association is pleased to announce that Registration for the scheduled August 16 and 17 Learn to Row sessions 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 and additional information can be found on our Learn to Row page:  
We want to be clear to all Learn to Row participants that the next available opportunity to row in a regular rowing program will likely be May 2015 Summer Rowing League. We are currently working to create an opportunity for new novice rowers to participate in the 7 week Fall Rowing League, but currently rowing in the Fall for brand new rowers is not available. Please don't register for Learn to Row with the expectation of being able to row in the Fall.
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.  We have capacity for 24 people each day. Registration is first come, first serve.
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
If you have questions about Learn to Row  which are not addressed on the web page for the program, please contact: .
We are excited to have you join us this summer rowing on the Cuyahoga River!

August 2014 WRRA Volunteer Opportunities

August 2014 WRRA Volunteer Opportunities

August is a busy month in our boathouse and on the Cuyahoga River! We need help with a number of great initiatives -- Equipment and Boathouse Maintenance, Gay Games Regatta, WRRA Learn to Row Sessions and Final SRL Regatta! Opportunities are listed in detail below. Your help is critical for us to maintain equipment and programs and hold regattas. We would love for you to volunteer for one or more of these volunteer events.

Please RSVP to and let us know which events you would like to help with.

Mid-Season Equipment and Boathouse Maintenance

What: WRRA Fleet / Equipment Maintenance & CRF Boathouse Maintenance
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014; Sunday, August 3, 2014 (Oar Painting follow up)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Place: CRF Boathouse

Saturday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. - Noon,
rowers in all WRRA programs are needed to assist with the following equipment maintenance:

  • Washing all SRL, Sweeps, and Sculling shells.
  • Sand and/or paint the NEW set of eight oars.
  • Inspect shells and oars - identifying any needed maintenance / repairs, and/or parts that may need to be ordered.
  • When possible at the time, make repairs.

Boathouse Maintenance is also needed -- cleanup and moving equipment.

Sunday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - Noon,
there will be a work event to complete any boat washing, maintenance, and painting of the oars.

The Equipment Committee will be managing these events.

Boat maintenance will be primarily on Saturday. Oar painting will be completed on Sunday.

Gay Games Regatta Support

What: Gay Games Regatta Support
When: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Time: Various shifts, 6:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Place: CRF Boathouse

Sunday August 10, 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,
WRRA members are needed to help with the following aspects of the Gay Games regatta:

  • 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Buoy setting - 6 to 8 experienced volunteers
  • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration, setup, boat rental, information, runners, parking, etc.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Information, boat rental, runners, tear down, medals

Skilled and experienced volunteers are needed in shifts for the following

  • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dock duty, timing, alignment, spotters, referees.

Please email with information on shift time and experience. We will get back to you with a schedule of assignments by August 4.

Thanks in advance for helping showcase our river and boathouse for this international regatta!

WRRA Learn to Row August 16 and 17

Two final sessions of Learn to Row are scheduled for Saturday, August 16 and Sunday August 17, and WRRA needs volunteers are needed to ensure an outstanding LTR experience for our novice rowers.

What: Learn to Row
When: Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17
Time: varies with position (see below), but generally between 9:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Where: CRF Boathouse
Who: Experienced rowers and experienced coxswains

Experienced rower: at least 1 full year (summer and fall) or any two seasons
Experienced coxswain: must have experience and be comfortable in that role

Since there are only a small number of seats available for rower volunteers (stroke and bow), rowers who are experienced on both port and starboard are preferred. If you can only row on one side, please let us know when you respond. These volunteer spots fill up quickly - we encourage you to send an early response.

Volunteers are needed to assist as rowers, coxswains and erg trainers. Rowers and Coxswains can also serve as the erg trainers but will need to arrive one hour earlier (see below).

Rowers: 10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Coxswains: 10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Erg coach: 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Note: There are 2 on-the-water sessions separated by a lunch break.

To volunteer for this, please respond to:

Please indicate the activity(s) and dates for which you wish to volunteer. If you are a rower and only row one side, please indicate the side. Flexibility is encouraged as it will facilitate filling available slots.

Since more people may volunteer for a given slot than there are positions available, we will confirm your assignment as the volunteer positions for each date are filled.
We will send out a confirmation with schedule and assignments by August 11.

Thank you for making our Learn to Row program a success!

Final SRL Regatta Support

The 2014 Final SRL Regatta will be held at the CRF Boathouse on August 23. These regattas have become true festivals of fun for all rowers and friends. To make this event a success, we need volunteers to help with certain tasks.

The following "jobs" and "shifts" are needed:

  • Buoy Setters - 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. (experience preferred)
  • Results Runners -
    • Two shifts: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Set-Up: 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
  • Tear Down: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Videographers
    • 2 shifts: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

SRL rowers as well as all other WRRA rowers are encouraged to volunteer to help. We understand that you will be on the water racing at certain times, but don't let that prevent you from offering your assistance.

Confirmation and a final volunteer schedule will be sent out at least 5 days prior to the regatta. If you want to volunteer, please let us know early - these jobs fill up quickly.

To volunteer for this or any of the other August events, please email