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MRRA Regattas

The MRRA is hosting the following regattas:

Festival Regatta

Textile River Regatta

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The Merrimac* River Rowing Association (MRRA) is a non-profit rowing club affiliated with the US Rowing Association. Membership is open to the public and there are currently about 100 members. The Association's objective is to encourage the amateur sport of rowing, both in its competitive and recreational forms, through active rowing, training, regattas, social and organizational participation.


The MRRA rents space from UMass Lowell in the Bellegarde Boathouse, located in Lowell Heritage State Park at 500 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA. The MRRA shares these facilities, including a large boat bay, docks, an ergometer room and showers, with the UMass-Lowell crew.

The MRRA has a range of Association-owned single, double sculls and one quadruple scull available for use by any Association member who has demonstrated knowledge of proper boat handling and safety. Some members own private boats, for which limited rack storage is available for rent. Members may row any time weather permits after signing out in the Association log book. Some members make arrangements to row with others, and some members are willing to provide informal coaching on request. The MRRA owns a launch that is available for coaching sessions. For a small number of occasions during the year, the boathouse is unavailable due to conflicting public events. .

During the summer the MRRA conducts two sessions of introductory sculling classes and also Learn to Row in the big sweep boats for the general public. We also offer rowing instructions and competitive rowing for High School age students called Junior Sweep Camp starting late June through early August. 

In June, the club hosts the Festival Regatta (sprints), and in October assists in hosting the Textile River Regatta (head race). All members are expected to assist in Association programs and events..

In order to row with the MRRA, either recreationally or competitively, you must provide proof of swimming ability. Swim tests are offered by the Lowell YMCA (454-7825) for a small fee..

* The club takes it name Merrrimac (without the "k") from the traditional spelling of the river.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 12:25