Cleveland's Premier Adult Rowing Club
Established 1989

Masters Competitive Rowing

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 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 which are conducted throughout the season. Week 1 consists 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. 

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. * The Masters Head Coach has discretion to accept additional rowers later in the season if they meet team benchmarks and maintains team cohesiveness and optimum practice size.


  • For general WRRA questions, please review our FAQ.

  • Contact the Masters Head Coach Kirk Lang at if you would like more information on about the program, team benchmarks or joining the team. 

  • Contact for general program information.

Program Days and Dates

  • Coached practices are scheduled between May 15 - November 6
    • Women: 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: Tuesday 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
    • Note: All members must also follow the Shell Cleaning Procedures after each practice.

Team Achievements

Medaled in over 75 events!

  • Independence Day Regatta: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze 
  • RowOntario Masters Sprints: 7 Gold, 6 Silver, 7 Bronze. Ranked #1 of 30 teams
  • Royal Canadian Henley Masters Regatta: 4 Gold. Efficiency Trophy #2 of 53 teams 
  • Head of the Cuyahoga: Team Points Trophy #1 of 52 teams
  • Head of the Ohio: 13 medals. Fastest Men’s and Women’s 8+ and 4+ 
  • Head of the Charles: Men's Senior Master 8+ 14th of 63 boats. Women’s Master’s 4+ 6th of 24 boats
  • Head of the Hooch: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze. Placed 1st of 83 Masters Teams. Maintained all 14 bids for 2019

Program Cost

The Masters Competitive program fees include equipment, coaching and 122 coxswains, approximately 4.5 coxswains per week, for both men’s and women’s crews throughout the season. The Masters Competitive team is responsible for funding coxswains above and beyond this amount. 

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.

  • Masters Competitive program package $1,117

(includes WRRA membership, masters program, sweeps fee, and CRF annual facility assessment). Cost includes WRRA refundable volunteer deposit.

  • Masters Competitive Program and Sweeps fee: $625

(applicable only to scullers who have paid the WRRA membership, annual facility assessment and volunteer deposit)