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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

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Coached Sculling‏

WRRA will be offering two coached sculling programs during the summer this year: one for independently certified scullers (Tier 1) and one for those who have gone through a Learn-to-Scull program and are working towards independent certification (Tier 2).

Details are listed below:

Tier 1 Coached Sculling program

  • once a week, Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.; Aaron Marcovy, coach
  • Current year WRRA members registered in general sculling and/or private sculling only
  • Participants must have already obtained independent sculling status.
  • Participants are on regatta track for 2014
  • Coaching focus will be on race pieces, technical work. Steady state workouts are expected to be conducted outside of coached time.
  • Maximum of 5 participants, minimum of 4 per session.
  • If minimum is not met, session will be cancelled
  • Single sculls participants only

Tier 1 Fridays
Session 1 - June 20 & July 27
Session 2 - July 4 & July 11 (alt. date for 7/4 TBD between coach & participants
Session 3 - July 18 & July 25
Session 4 - August 1 & August 8

Click on the following link to register for Tier 1 coached Sculling:

Tier 2 Coached Sculling program

  • once a week, Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. rotating coaching
  • Current year WRRA members registered in general sculling or private sculling only
  • Participants must have already completed Learn to Scull or other beginning sculling instruction and be able to safely handle and maneuver a Peinert 1x shell.
  • Participants may enroll in single or double sculls
  • If registering for doubles both participants must register at the same time to avoid being locked out.
  • Maximum of 4 boats (any combination of singles/doubles), minimum or 4 participants per session.
  • If minimum is not met, session will be cancelled

Tier 2 Sundays
Session 1 - June 22 & June 29
Session 2 - July 6 & July 13
Session 3 - July 20 & July 27
Session 4 - August 3 & August 10

Click on the following link to register for Tier 2 coached Sculling:

Other Notes:

  • Program to be implemented in two-week sessions, in order to accommodate the maximum amount of scullers over the course of the season.
  • Register and pay in advance for each two-week session, either Tier 1 or Tier 2. No refunds unless session cancelled by WRRA. Registration closes 3 days in advance of session, or earlier if full.
  • 2-week session cost: $26.00 per rower (minimum of 4 enrolled in each session, whether in tier 1 or tier 2).
  • ALL enrollees are responsible for reserving use of WRRA shells in advance for each 2 week session

Registration is through ActiveNet, and if you are interested in signing up for the first weekend's session, please do so before Thursday at noon June 19th. Registration links are listed above for each Tier.

This is a pilot program, so please bear with us as we forge this new direction!

Safety Alert: Bridge Work Over The Cuyahoga

Please read and take note of the latest dates/activities along the Cuyahoga that have been relayed to us via the United States Coast Guard. Please pay special attention to the the restrictions under the I-90 Bridge, and, in particular, that July 28 - August 1, they will be installing the Columbus Road Bridge.

LAKE ERIE – OH – Cleveland Harbor – Chart 14839 – Bridge Maintenance

From February 3 through October 31, 2014, scaffolding will be installed under the Detroit-Superior Viaduct Bridge at Mile 1.42 over the Cuyahoga River that hangs approximately 1 foot below low steel. Steady burning amber lights will denote the bottom and four corners of the scaffolding. A 40 foot by 20 foot barge will be working under the bridge. The Barge will monitor VHF-FM Marine Channel 16 and will move to accommodate vessels. [43/13]

LAKE ERIE – OH – Cleveland Harbor, Chart 1414839 – Bridge Maintenance

From July 17 through October 10, 2014 scaffolding will be installed under the new I-90 Inner Belt Freeway Bridge at Mile 3.38 that extends approximately 5 feet below low steel. Steady burning amber lights will be displayed on the bottom and four corners of the scaffolding. The bridge navigation lighting will not be affected. [05/14] 

LAKE ERIE – OH – Cleveland Harbor - Chart 14839 – Bridge Demolition

On the following dates and times a safety zone will be in place around the I-90 Inner Belt Freeway Bridge at Mile 3.42 over the Cuyahoga River to protect mariners during the bridge demolition activities:

0600 on June 2 thru 0600 on June 6, 2014

0600 on June 11 thru 0600 on June 13, 2014

0600 on June 18 thru 0600 on June 20, 2014

0600 on June 25 thru 0600 on June 27, 2014 (if needed)

Vessels will not be able to navigate under the bridge due to structural steel removal work over the river and other hazards associated with this activity.   [19/14]

LAKE ERIE – OH – Cleveland Harbor - Chart 14839 – Bridge Construction

From 0600 on July 28 to 0600 on August 1, 2014 contractors will install the new drawspan for the Columbus Road Bridge at Mile 1.93 over the Cuyahoga River.  The new drawspan will be supported by barges that will occupy the width of the river at this location preventing vessels from passing through the draw. Until the drawspan can be raised on August 1 the barges under the bridge will not be able to move to accommodate any vessels. [21/14]

Registration For June Learn To Row Sessions Now Open

Western Reserve Rowing Association is pleased to announce that Registration for June 14 and 15 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 website Learn to Row page:  
Registration for the Half-session of Summer Rowing League that begins the week of June 30 has not yet opened. The number of available slots for that program will be contingent on available resources and will be restricted to certain days. The days listed on the website at the present time refer to the half session that began in May and do not necessarily reflect options for the second half.
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. I would encourage you to register as soon as possible to ensure you have a slot in these sessions.
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!

Compete as a WRRA Rower in the 2014 Gay Games

The Gay Games will be in Cleveland+Akron this August 9-16, 2014. Rowing will be one of the first events on Sunday, August 10th! Rowing is one of two Gay Games sports for which you can pay the event fee only. So if you do not want to participate in the opening and closing ceremonies but want to sign up to JUST ROW - you can! The event fee is $70 + tax. Rowers can race as many times as they want for the $70 fee.

Please visit the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) website: for more information.

To Register to only participate in the Rowing event (no opening / closing ceremony or other events):

  • **If you want to just row in GG9, use the link on the CRF website**
  • The fee is $70 + Tax
  • The Deadline is July 15th

To register to participate in Rowing, opening / closing ceremonies and perhaps other athletic events:

  • If you want to row and participate in all of the GG9 events register through the Gay Games website: Go directly to the online registration site here. Want more information on registration or other Gay Games-related information? Visit GG9's website.

  • Complete your general registration by THIS SATURDAY (31 May) and avoid the June late-fee penalty ($30) AND the July really-late-fee penalty ($80). NO REGISTRATIONS accepted after 15 July.

Frequently asked questions:

What is the race format?

Races will be 1500 meter sprints, two-by-two on the Cuyahoga River.(Collision Bend to CRF Docks)

Do we pay fees per race?

No. the $70 + tax event fee allows rower to race as many times as they want!

Can I rent boats?

Yes. We will have 8 and 4 shells to rent. (WRRA SRL rowers will be able to row in WRRA 8's in gender and mixed events)

Can I sign up if I do not have a full boat?

Yes, we will help people fill boats.

Is there a schedule of events posted yet?

Not yet, the schedule will depend on demand. Sign up for the races in which you would like to participate. The schedule will be available closer to regatta day.

What time is the regatta?

We will race from 8 a.m. - noon. Then have an awards ceremony and beer garden.

How does the age handicap system work? Does the handicap give a head start?

Boats compete in each age division based on the average age of all crew members (minus the coxswain). The boats will compete against each other - starting together, however time will be taken away from their overall final time based on their boats handicap. Therefore, if several boats race each other, technically the fastest boat on the water, or in that category, may not win since handicap was not yet applied. All boats will know their handicap prior to racing. Therefore, the youngest boat will know the amount of time they need to win by in order to take the gold. This is typical of USRowing Regattas.

Any additional questions, contact Kirk Lang at or Michelle Gallagher at

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!