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MRRA Programs - SIGN UP TODAY Print E-mail

Masters Sculling: Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 5:30 - 7am. Limit 8. Contact Linas Alinskas ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). PROGRAM DESCRIPTION. : Program start May 1st (Wed).  Coached by Jack Frackleton until May 20th, when Colleen Irby will coach.  Cost is $175/6 weeks. This is in addition to base membership ($125) and Logbook Sculling ($250)

See the links on the left (PROGRAMS AND FEES) for Masters Sweep, Learn to Sweep, Learn to Scull and Junior Sweep Camp.

Plus our competitive Open Sweep is also looking for serious sweep rowers.

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FULL: Advanced Sculling: Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 7am. Limit 6. contact Karen Scammell to sign up.  Coached by Jack Frackleton. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 14:27
Welcome Coaches - Colleen Irby and Jack Frackleton Print E-mail

Colleen Irby Welcome Coach Colleen Irbyof Andover, MA, was a Division I rower at the University of Texas for four years. Coached by Carie Graves, she helped the Longhorns win Big XII Conference Championships in 2009 and 2010. In 2008, she attended a U-23 Development in Boston and competed in a double. Last year, Colleen was a volunteer coach at MIT, assisting the open-weight women. She was chosen for the Joy of Sculling Apprenticeship program, which allowed her mentorship opportunities with Volker Nolte, Al Morrow, and others this winter. Currently, Colleen is the Varsity Assistant Coach at Smith College, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Studies.  




Jack Frackleton altbegan rowing at UMass Amherst, where he sat in stroke seat of the heavyweight eight all four years. In his sophomore through senior years, he led his crews to a JV gold medal (1979), a varsity gold medal (1980), and a varsity bronze (1981) at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA.

After graduation, Jack switched from sweep rowing to sculling. In 1982, he made the National Rowing Team for the first time (in the quadruple sculls), and subsequently made the team three more times throughout the 1980s, finishing off his racing career sitting in two-seat of the quad at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

After a bit if a hiatus from the sport, Jack volunteered as an assistant coach for Merrimack College's Women's Crew in their inaugural season. Last year, he helped coach the team to a silver medal showing in the Women's Novice Four at the New England Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA.
Jack looks forward to sharing his passion for the sport with novices and seasoned masters alike: "No matter how fit you are, no matter how well you row, there are always things to work on - there's always room for refinement!"



Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 21:50
New for 2013 - the MRRA Online Logbook Print E-mail

altStarting this year, the MRRA Logbook has gone paperless.  When you arrive at the boathouse to row, look for the magic electric box otherwise known as the laptop computer at the MRRA desk. Login, choose your boat and your crew, and go row.  When you return from your row, login and close out your rowing event.   It's fast and easy, and just like those commercials with the cute kids, Faster is Better.

The new Logbook means better data quality for the Equipment Committee,  the ability to make boat reservations away from the boathouse, and a consolidated view of everyone on the water on one simple screen.  Best of all, we no longer need to try and read your handwriting.

The Logbook is permanently located here:

TRY IT OUT:  Up until Tuesday night at the next MRRA meeting, the Logbook is in a test mode that lets you login and row a boat from anywhere, or make a reservation.  Certain features are limited for now, but please feel free to give it a try;  we'll clear out the test data sometime next week.

Learn more about the MRRA Logbook by clicking on "MRRA Logbook How-To" in the Members Menu.   You must be logged into the website to access the articles.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:02
April Meeting: Boathouse 4/9 at 7pm Print E-mail

Please plan to attend the April meeting.    Safety video will be shown around 6:20pm.  Meeting starts at 7pm.  Primary agenda item is to approve the budget for 2013.  See the presentation under the March meeting minutes and be prepared, since this will not be reveiwed again.   Other items as needed. 

February Meeting - Tues 2/12 at 7pm Print E-mail

We hope to show the safety video beforehand at 6:30 - stay tuned for confirmation of that. 

Location for this meeting only: Innovation Academy Charter School

72 Tyng Road, Tyngsboro (off Rte 3A, road along river on Chelmsford side).  Upriver from rocks and downriver from 3rd power lines.  Go to Middle School lobby and look for sign directing us to a room.

Agenda will include:

* Merrimack River Watershed - request for additional support; overview of their activities

*  Committee updates - Membership/Programs , Equipment, Safety

* other agenda items as required

In Memoriam Print E-mail

Dear MRRA,

it is with great sadness that I learned that our friend and fellow dedicated rower, Paul Wenger, lost his battle with brain cancer on Wednesday and passed away.

For those who knew Paul, he was a person who exemplified the spirit of the MRRA - he started with us in Learn to Row and soldiered through learning to scull before we had the Zephyrs (which was quite a feat). He was one of a group of men rowers with the moniker "the Good Guys" who rowed in the Quad and then rowed Sweep, competing in the Head of the Charles under the MRRA banner summer 2011. Several amazing notes about Paul: he competed in a 2X with Ginny at Masters Nationals last summer, during a haitus in his treatment! he was always available as a volunteer for any job or need and actually apologized to Jay that he could not help at the TRR this year due to his waning strength! Paul always has a big smile, big hands to help and we know about his big size 14 feet too!

Please keep Paul's family in your hearts and prayers - they have also been strong supporters of the MRRA and volunteers at the TRR!

Peace to all,

Karen Scammell


SERVICES: Calling hours are Wednesday (12/26) from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (12/27) at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford, NH. Private burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Needham, MA.

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory
1799 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03104


Paul's website


Paul H. Wenger, 60, of Amherst, NH died December 19, 2012 at Ridgewood Center in Bedford, NH after a valiant yearlong battle with brain cancer.

He was born in Boston, MA on May 1, 1952 to Paul C. and Ruth (Harrington) Wenger. He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester, NH and Boston College. He also earned master’s degrees from Northeastern University and Western New England College.
Paul worked at Kalwall Corporation in Manchester, NH for many years. He also worked in western Massachusetts and the Buffalo, NY area. He served as Director of Public Transportation for the state of New Hampshire from 1978 to 1981.
He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford, NH. He was an avid rower and a member of the Merrimac River Rowing Association. Three months before his cancer diagnosis he rowed in the Head of the Charles races in Cambridge, MA. He was also an avid cyclist, cross country skier and supporter of Boston College athletics.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
The family includes his wife of 34 years, Lorraine (Shannahan) Wenger of Amherst, NH; three children, Elizabeth L. Wenger of Brookline, MA, Paul S. Wenger and his wife, Elizabeth, of West Henrietta, NY and Johanna H. Wenger of Amherst, NH; a granddaughter, Molly E. Wenger; his father, Paul C. Wenger of Bedford, NH; seven siblings, Jeanne Wenger of Andover, MA, Kenneth Wenger and his wife, Deborah, of Cambridge, MA, Gregory Wenger and his wife, Lisa, of Hampton Falls, NH, Macrina Cassidy and her husband, Donald, of Manchester, NH, Mary-Beth Elliott and her husband, Christopher, of Hopkinton, MA, Margaret Hano and her husband, Randy, of Winnetka, IL and David Wenger and his wife, Kristin, of Manchester, NH; his mother in law, Helen Shannahan of Holliston, MA; four brothers and sisters in law, John and Suzanne Shannahan, Mary-Caryl and James Ferdenzi and Megan and Ronald Hovsepian all of Holliston, MA and James and Ellen Shannahan of Milford, MA; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at, or to the National Brain Tumor Society at



Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2012 02:28
2012 Annual meeting presentation and minutes posted Print E-mail

To find these documents, go to Members Menu -> MRRA Committees -> Board Documents

item #3 Annual Meeting Dec 2012


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:45
2012 Annual Meeting and Ballot Print E-mail

Please Log In as a member to view the ballot and rules for absentee voting. 

Annual Meeting is Tues Dec 11th at Aprile's European, North Chelsmford MA.

cocktails at 6:30pm;  meeting to start at 7pm


Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 13:21
Annual Meeting Tuesday Dec 11th Print E-mail

Please see attached flyer on the location and time of the annual meeting:  MRRA Annual Meeting flyer

Aprile's European, North Chelmsford

Cocktails at 6:30pm  (first drink on the MRRA!)

Business meeting at 7pm

Social hour to follow

** Special Incentive -- we will be raffling off Two base MRRA memberships ($125) ;  Must be present to win !


Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 13:47
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