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. Outcomes include an improvement of the technical skills and physical condition of rowers in the program; and increased recognition of WRRA as effective competitors at local, regional, and national rowing competitions.

This intensive 29 week sweep rowing program incorporates three organized practices on the water per week led by WRRA Masters Head Coach Kirk Lang, with the understanding that participants will devote themselves to 2-3 additional training sessions per week through erging, sculling, strength training or other forms of cross-training.   Assistant Coaches will be working with the Masters team throughout the season.

The 2018 Masters Competitive Program will include team benchmarks. Team members are expected to meet the standards of a 20 minute and/or 1K erg test.  Erg scores will be submitted to the WRRA Masters Head Coach along with weight and age by April 29th.  Please refer to 2018 WRRA Masters Team Benchmarks document. (Document to be sent out by the Masters Head Coach to any interested in joining)

NEW for 2018: Due to the competitive nature of the Masters program, safety on the water, and increased emphasis on individual technique, the Masters team will be capped at 23-26 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.  

All rowers in the program are given the opportunity to participate in tryouts. 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, benchmarks, attendance, technique, and attitude.

The Masters Competitive program fees include 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 races such as registration, lodging, away-regatta coxswain payment, or truck rental/gas for the trailer.

2018 Masters Rowing Program Guidelines (PDF)

Program Dates

Coaching will be available from April 09 - November 4, with practice times currently set as:

(1st week is pre-season erg workout and individual goal setting, 2nd week on the water practice begins, 1st on the water practice is Monday, April 16th for the women and Tuesday, April 17th for the men) 

Women: Mondays/Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:10 p.m., and Saturdays at variable 6/8 a.m. morning times

Men: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:10 p.m., and Saturdays at variable 6/8 a.m. morning times


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.

2018 Regatta Schedule

Spring "Sprints" 

Independence Day Regatta - Philadelphia, PA June 30-July 1, 2018
Chicago Sprints - Chicago, IL July 7-8, 2018
RowOntario Masters Championship - Welland, Ontario July 14-15, 2018
The 135th Royal Canadian Henley - St. Catharines, Ontario August 4-5, 2018

 Fall Season "Head Race" 

Head of the Cuyahoga - Cleveland, OH Sept 15, 2018
Head of the Welland - Welland, Ontario Sept 22, 2018
Head of the Charles - Boston, MA Oct 21-22, 2018
Head of the Schuylkill - Philadelphia, PA Oct 27, 2018 (TBD)
Head of the Hooch - Chattanooga, TN Nov 3-4, 2018 

* = Select Boats Only
If you have any questions or are interested in participating in away Regattas contact: Head Coach, Kirk Lang at

Program Cost

2017 Masters Competitive program package, with WRRA general membership, annual facility assessment + General Sweeps fee: $925

Masters COMP fees + general sweeps only (for rowers in other programs who have paid WRRA general membership & annual facility assessment: $507 

Note:  Sales tax (8%) along with a convenience fee of $1.25 will be added to each transaction.  Other registration service provider (ActiveNet) fees are included in the program cost.

Payment plan and refund information

Note: Registration for the Masters COMP program automatically includes enrollment in General Sweeps, which is required in order to participate in the program.

Regatta fees will be assessed separately on a race by race basis. 

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