Cleveland's Premier Adult Rowing Club
Established 1989

Masters Competitive

For Experienced Rowers

Program Description

The Masters Competitive Program provides structure and encouragement for WRRA members with a minimum one-year of prior rowing experience (or Head Coach exemption) who desire to participate in competitive rowing and compete in regattas. The Masters Competitive team represents WRRA in local, regional, and national rowing regattas.

This intensive 29-week sweep rowing program incorporates three (3) coached on-the-water practices per week led by WRRA Masters Head Coach Kirk Lang, working in conjunction with assistant coaches. Masters Competitive rowers are expected to devote themselves to 2-3 additional training sessions per week through erging, sculling, strength training or other forms of cross training. Throughout the season participants will see an improvement in their technical skills and physical condition.  

The Masters Competitive Program will include team benchmarks. Team members are expected to meet the standards of a 20-minute and 1K erg test. Erg tests (1K) will be conducted in April/May; additional erg tests will be conducted throughout the season. Week 1 will consist of an erg workout and individual goal setting; on the water practices begin Week 2.  

Racing lineups will be designed by the WRRA Masters Head Coach to make the most competitive boats possible. Participation in races is determined by several factors including seat race performance, erg benchmarks, attendance, technique, and attitude.

Please refer to 2019 WRRA Masters Team Benchmarks document for more details (document to be sent out by the Masters Head Coach to individuals interested in joining). 

Due to the competitive nature of the program, safety on the water, and increased emphasis on individual technique, the Masters team will be capped at 23-25 rowers per men/women team.  * Masters Head Coach has discretion to accept additional rowers, if available and meet team benchmarks, later in the season in order to maintain team cohesiveness and optimum practice size.

For specific questions regarding joining the team, contact:  

For general program information, contact:

Program Dates

  • Coached practices are scheduled between April 15 - November 3
    • Women: Season begins Monday April 15
      Monday and Wednesday: 6:15 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. Saturday morning practices start at either 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. on alternate weeks
    • Men: Season begins Tuesday April 16
      Tuesday and Thursday: 6:15 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. Saturday morning practices start at either 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. on alternate weeks 


Each year, WRRA sends competitive men's and women's crews to as many as a dozen away regattas during the spring, summer and fall. Competing against other club crews can be a rewarding experience and a great way to test your skills as a rower. Away regatta participation is open to any WRRA member with more than one year of rowing experience and/or Head Coach recommendation.

2019 Regatta Schedule

Summer 1k Sprints 
Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - St. Catharines, ON
Masters Nationals - Grand Rapids, MI
Fall 5k Head Races
Head of the Cuyahoga - Cleveland, OH
Head of the Ohio - Pittsburgh, PA
Head of the Charles - Cambridge, MA
Head of the Hooch - Chattanooga, TN

Program Cost

  • Masters Competitive program package $933
    (includes WRRA Masters Competitive, General Sweeps membership, general membership & annual facility assessment)
  • Masters Competitive Program fee ONLY $385
  • General Sweeps fee is $122 (required)(applicable only to rowers in other programs who have paid WRRA general membership & annual facility assessment)
  • Sales tax (8%) along with a convenience fee of $1.25 will be added to each transaction.  Other registration service provider fees are included in the program cost.
  • Payment plan and refund information

The Masters Competitive program fees include equipment, coaching paid coxing for practices. The registration cost is based on 19 weeks of 12-coxed practices (for the team) per week. The program fee does not cover additional expenses associated with regattas such as race registration, lodging, away-regatta coxswain payment, or truck rental/gas for the trailer. Regatta fees will be assessed separately on a race-by-race basis.

For registration and fee information, contact: