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November and December meetings Print E-mail

Thank you to the approx 25 people who helped on Sat Nov 10th at the Boatwash and Boathouse cleanup (and special shout out to Roland for doing fabulous prep work so all groups were kept busy and tasks got done in record time). The  boathouse and grounds look excellent, the boats are inventoried and clean and all is put away for the winter.

Docks come out Tues Nov 13th. 

Monthly Meeting Tues Nov 13th at 7pm at the boathouse conference room. Agenda has been circulated to membership.  Key is nominations for offices and timeline for abentee voting. 

Annual Meeting and Elections Tues Dec 11th at 7pm (may change start time to 6:30pm) at Aprile's European in North Chelmsford (the old Bainbridges).  Key agenda items are election of officers and review of 2012 rowing season. 

As a special incentive for attendance for a quorum, in addition to 1 free drink and cocktail food, there will be a raffle of 2 MRRA memberships ($125 value)- must be present to win!

Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 13:21
Smackdown - Cancelled: BOAT WASH IS ON for Nov 10th Print E-mail
Due to the storm, the docks were pulled far up the tarmac and there is no chance to get the UML front loader to the boathouse to push the docks back before the Smackdown this weekend.
Additonally, the flow rate is high and the debris floating down the river is large and numerous.
Therefore, we regret that the Smackdown (also known as Row Down) must be cancelled this year.
Please plan to be at the boathouse at 9am on Saturday November 10th for our annual Boat Wash and to pull the remaining docks up to the winter storage spot. Your support at the boatwash is greatly appreciated since we need to put the boats away in good condition for the winter.
Any further postings for rowing advisories during the week will be posted by the Boatcaptain.  
November Boathouse Activities Print E-mail

Bellegarde Boathouse Smackdown Saturday November 3rd at 8am

Here is the way this works:  UML, LHS, MRRA and some other programs along our river (Westford, Independence, maybe some from Greater Lawrence) are invited to put together boats to compete in a 20K race. So plan on rowing your own boat, a club boat, or put together a double or a quad or a sweep boat and put this into the reservation book.  For sweep boats, you will need to coordinate with UML and LHS to find out what boats are available for us to use this day.

Plan to be at the Finish Line of the 2K/TRR course no later than 8am on Saturday November 3rd.  Race up river to and around the Tyngsboro bridge and back to the boathouse. Finish line is the boathouse.

Plan to bring something for the potluck breakfast at the boathouse afterwards.  This has been a great time in the past few years and tremendous fun to see all those boats stretched out along the river. 

Questions:  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Docks Removed and Boat Wash Saturday November 10th at 8-9am

 Please keep in mind that the date for pulling the docks might change if it looks like the weather is turning and snow is forecasted, we might send out an SOS looking for volunteers to help with pulling docks before this date.  All members are expected to help this day with the docks or boatwash / boat bay cleaning.  We want to leave things nice and tidy over the winter!!

MRRA Notices from September monthly meeting Print E-mail


Important information from MRRA September 11 monthly meeting:
One item from the Boathouse user group meeting is that on Tues and Thurs mornings both UML and LHS have morning practice at 5:30am. 
So on Tues-Thurs it is going to be very busy at the boathouse and on the docks. 
It is critical that all rowers get on and off the docks within 90 seconds.  We may also need to use the inside of the docks for launch/return. 
Remember to be wearing white lights facing the stern and the bow lights on the bow when launching in the dark, or if the evening, when it will be dark while you are on the water. 
TRR Notice:   Entry deadline for MRRA members is midnight on Monday, September 17.   Registration will not accept any late entries from MRRA members.   So if you plan to race, get your entry submitted to Regatta Central this week.
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 October 2012 17:34
MRRA at Masters Nationals Print E-mail

The MRRA sent over a dozen rowers to Masters Nationals this week down on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester - Thursday August 9th through through Sunday 12th. 

Check the final results over at USRowing.

See some pictures from Thursday morning.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 August 2012 00:09
Opportunities for All Print E-mail

1.  Coach Dave D will be running two FREE sessions for any current member and prior Learn To Scull member to get you Back On The Water.  He will be there to help you remember how to bring the boat down, put the oars in and get back to rowing!!  We warmly welcome former members to take advantage of either/both of these classes to get the confidence to rejoin the MRRA.

Saturday May 26 from 8am to 9:30am

Tuesday May 29th from 6pm to 7:30pm

2.  CPR /1st aid class - scheduled for Saturday June 9th. From 9am to 4pm at the UML Rec Center.  Cost to members is $36.  Need a few more members to run this class. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Thursday May 17th. 

3.  Learn to Row Day:  need volunteers in the 11am - 2pm time slots. Volunteer for one hour or two. This is held together wtih UML kayak center and called Water Sports Day.  need to have 5 people on-hand when this is being run. 


MRRA logo wear for sale! Print E-mail

Please see the link to pictures of some quick-dry fabric shirts being sold by the Social Committee with MRRA logos on them.  See example MRRA shirts

  1. Long Sleeve Silver (or White). Mens sizes but suitable for women, too (just remember are Mens sizes).  XS through XXL  selling for $18
  2. Short sleeve Mens Tropic Blue (MRRA teal)  sizes S - XXL  selling for $16.00
  3. Short sleeve Womens cut Lagoon Blue (MRRA teal) or Dayglo Green  sizes S - XL  $28.00 (is a better quality fabric than Mens above).  selling for $28.00
  4. Nike Dry Cap - beige color;  deep for large heads and adjustable band.  does have the baseball cap button on the top.  cost is $25
  5. MRRA bumper stickers $2 example MRRA bumper sticker

to order, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

An order will be placed in a few weeks, once folks have had a chance to consider this.  We have sample sizes available to try, just email Stephanie above to set up a time to see them. We will also have these at the April meeting. 

thank you!

The Social Committee

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2012 13:10
Your Social Committee - always welcoming new members! Print E-mail

Inquiring minds want to know who is on the social committee and how one can get involved!

The Social Committee is always open to new members/ program participants to join the committee

Committee co-chairs are : Jody Decarolis and Stephanie Birchenough

Members:  Karen Scammell (board liaison), Kevin Hancock, Dorothy Semonian, Martha McLure, Barbara Sherman, Denise Bergeron and Mary Gail Jaggers

Our charter:  To provide opportunities for club members to get together for fun, share and encourage the sport of rowing and to foster camaraderie and sportsmanship in the MRRA. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 March 2012 23:01
MRRA Men's pair at Pan AM Trials Print E-mail

pornell_panamMRRA men’s pair, Mike Poreba and Rich Connell, did an outstanding job at the Pan Am Trials.

They had an extremely good showing at the Trials, starting off a bit slow in the heats and gathering tremendous momentum as the Trials progressed.  They posted the fastest time in the reps while also posting their best time yet of 6: 49.

In the finals race, which was streamed live, Oklahoma City Training Center boat shot out in the lead and the guys fought it out with the OKCTC B for second place.  While OKCTC A stayed in the lead, our guys fought bravely as it turned into a 3 boat brawl for second place.  In the end, our guys finished fourth, having posted yet another personal best time of 6:47!

These guys truly represented MRRA well and deserve recognition for their outstanding job.  And as Vee said, "I couldn’t be more proud to be called their coach!"

Go to for all of the results, etc.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 August 2011 01:29
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