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Upcoming Coxswain Clinics

Register for the upcoming coxswain clinics before they are filled! It's FREE, but space is limited.

On May 17 and May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse, come learn basic coxing terminology and commands as well as how to better navigate the Cuyahoga. There will be an on-the-water portion as well as a classroom session!

Registration links:

May 17th -

May 18th -

If you have any further questions please direct them to We hope to see you there!

RiverSweep - Saturday, May 10, 2014

RiverSweep 2014 -- celebrating 25 years of beautifying the Cuyahoga River Valley -- is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.

You are invited to join with your fellow WRRA rowers and friends of WRRA at Sainato's on Columbus Road, where we'll coordinate and then branch out to spend the morning removing trash from the areas bordering the Cuyahoga River on the Columbus Road Peninsula that is home to our boathouse.

This event of the Canalway Partners targets the areas along the Cuyahoga, the Ohio and Erie Canalway and the Towpath Trail. Nearly 1000 volunteers have participated in this effort in years past, collecting 10-12 tons of trash each year.

After the cleanup a celebratory free luncheon will be held from Noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse.

But wait, that's not all! The first 1,000 volunteers also get an awesome T-shirt designed by George Coghill starring the well-known RiverSweep frog.

Let us know you plan to come so we can obtain the proper number of t-shirts and supplies (gloves and garbage bags). E-mail us at

This is a fun, feel-good, make-a-difference charity activity of WRRA. Join us!

New Morning Summer Rowing League Session Offered

In addition to the ten sessions per week currently offered, WRRA is pleased to announce a new time slot for Summer Rowing League. Contingent upon interest, for the first time ever, there will be a weekday morning option for SRL. The new slot will be on Tuesday mornings from 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, May 13 as a "regular time" for the entire SRL program duration.

Any individuals or teams that may wish to consider rowing on Tuesday morning, please email WRRA Club Manager Jaz by the end of the day Friday, April 25 at If there is sufficient interest, we will enable registration.

Want to start the day in a spectacular way? There is absolutely nothing that compares with watching the sun come up from a racing shell on the Cuyahoga River! Hope to see you on Tuesday mornings.

Welcome Our New Club Manager

On behalf of the WRRA Board of Directors, I would like to officially welcome Jasmine Carlsen to WRRA as our new Club Manager. Jaz will be with us full time from March 1 through November 1, and will assist with all facets of WRRA programming and management. She will organize and provide daily on-the-dock management for our Summer and Fall Rowing Leagues, while assisting all WRRA rowing programs. Jaz is a rower, a member of SRL, and both of her sons have rowed through high school and at Miami University.

Please welcome her when you see her at the boathouse.


With the rowing season finally upon us, WRRA is asking for a few good folks to help organize our Summer Rowing League on an SRL Committee. Jaz will take the lead, but we need a few more to help things run smoothly, from things like T-Shirt ordering and delivery, to making sure our two SRL Regattas run smoothly. If you will be on our SRL Committee, or have a question or comment, please be in touch with Jaz, or with me directly.

Best regards,
Jeffrey Zabor
President, 2014

Registration Is Now Open

Western Reserve Rowing Association is pleased to announce that registration for 2014 rowing activities is now open!

Spring is here, the snow is melted (hopefully for good), thoughts of rowing are taking hold, and conveniently, registration for 2014 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 "blue" Registration buttons found on each page:

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 (for example LTR or SRL).

Private Scullers: If you intend to register for both Private Sculling and another WRRA rowing program, please complete registration for one 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.

DO NOT CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE. We will delete it. If you cannot remember your password, please use the button "Forget your password?" to reset it. There is a known issue that a few experience when resetting the password that places them in an endless loop without providing access to the account. If you experience this, please contact for assistance.

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.

2014 WRRA Rowing Program Calendar

Have a Great Spring! See you on the water soon!

Registration for 2014 Learn to Row is Now Open

Western Reserve Rowing Association is pleased to announce that registration for our Learn To Row program is now open. Please read the details and instructions about this opening below.
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:
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
We are excited to have you join us this summer rowing on the Cuyahoga River!

Meet & Greet - March 26, 2014 at 6pm

Interested in learning more about adult rowing programs in Cleveland? Come to WRRA's Meet & Greet, upstairs at The Flat Iron Cafe (1114 Center St., Cleveland, OH 44113) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a short information session outlining WRRA's programs and detailing the upcoming Learn To Row sessions. The event is free and will include beverages and snacks. Potential rowers are welcome to stay as long as they would like, and are encouraged to socialize with our current rowers in attendance.

Whether you can make it or not, if you have questions please contact

Bring a friend or two. We look forward to meeting you!



Coaches Wanted

WRRA is looking for coaches for its Learn-to-Row, Summer Rowing League, Rec and Sculling programs. This year we are also looking for someone who may be able to help out as an assistant coach with the Masters team a couple of days a week. 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 2014 pay schedule can be found in the Members section here:
If interested, please fill out the application and return to Any questions can be directed to that same e-mail address as well.

Volunteers Needed for Learn to Row

What: Learn to Row - 2014
When: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, and 27 (every Saturday and Sunday in April except for Easter, April 20)
Time: varies with position (see below), but generally between 9:15 AM and 2:00 PM
Where: 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.

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 AM - 2:00 PM
Coxswains: 10:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Erg coach: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

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. 

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

2014 WRRA Budget For Review

At Western Reserve Rowing Association’s February Board meeting, held on February 10, the preliminary operational budget for 2014 was approved by the Board per the guidelines in the current Code of Regulations.

Please find the approved budget at the following link: WRRA 2014 Budget – Board approved 02-10-2014

The Code of Regulations calls for the finalized budget to be adopted by the Board by April 1 for the then current fiscal year and rowing season. The Board plans on having this completed by the next Board meeting on Monday, March 10.

We encourage you to review the details of the posted budget before the end of February and if you then have any questions, comments or concerns let them be heard by e-mailing or by speaking with any current WRRA Board member.