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MRRA Regattas

The MRRA is hosting the following regattas:

Festival Regatta

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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
Festival Regatta - Welcome! Print E-mail


  • Saturday June 28th, the MRRA will host the USRowing Regional Masters Regatta

  • Sunday June 29, 2014 is Festival Regatta. 

Plan to join us for 2 days of rowing on the lovely Merrimack River!

Bookmark this page for both regattas; many updates coming soon.

Festival 2013 - Sunday, June 23rd

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Welcome to the home page for the Festival Regatta brought to you by the members of the Merrimac River Rowing Association. The MRRA is very proud of this fun day of 6-lane sprint racing on the scenic and historic Merrimac River in Lowell, Massachusetts. This regatta features about 30+ events for the full range of age and boat classes.


Latest Info:

Thanks to all for making today a fun Festival day. Congratulations to all the medalists!  Pictures will be posted early this week.


Download the Regatta Packet - four pages of useful information for race day, including race course, rules and regulations.

Waivers are required for all rowers at Registration/Check-in.   Click here for waiver.

Coaches and Coxswains Meeting - Yes, 7am on race day.

Parking - across the street at Regatta Field - $5.   Breakdown lane okay for trailers downstream of boathouse; upstream of trailer lot.  Lot adjacent to the boathouse is for trailers only.   Passenger vehicles in Regatta Field only.  DO Not park in Dunkin Donuts lot - you will not get a free donut to go with your free tow.

If you have any questions or feedback, please write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks for playing!

Race Directors:  Karen Scammell and Jon Dwyer

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:48
Row With Us! Print E-mail

During this month, the MRRA is starting up several different rowing programs for all skill levels - and there are still seats available.rowinghamsters

  • Learn To Scull - the June program has started, but there are still openings in the July program.  No experience required - you'll be introduced to the art of sculling using our fleet of stable boats and receive professional coaching to advance your skills as far as you like. 
  • Learn To Sweep - for the more team-oriented person, you'll learn to row the "big boats" - fours and eights - with professional coaching to teach you the basics and advance your skills during this six week program.  No experience necessary.  If you're a college or high school coxswain and want to hone your boat management skills, this would be an excellent way to stay engaged with the sport before you start back up in the fall.  Starts June 20th.
  • Masters Sweep - for the rower with previous experience, this sweep program is open to anyone 18 or older.   Perhaps you rowed in college, or you've graduated but want to stay engaged in the sport.  In this program, we'll be doing more drills and longer pieces, providing a team atmosphere that is more focused on boat speed.  Depending on the turnout, we may train one or two boats for some racing in the early fall.  Starts June 20th.
  • Open Sweep - the competitive MRRA sweep boats are pretty full at this point.   But if you're a collegiate or masters rower and want to keep the level of your competitive training high, contact us to see if there may be short-term openings, or it's possible a new boat will be forming.

One way or another, if you want to row and live in the Lowell, MA area, the MRRA has a program for you.  Visit the program pages linked above for more information, or write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions.

To register for any program, login with your account, go to My Membership and update your program Choices.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 00:04
Welcome to the MRRA

The Merrimack River Rowing Association (MRRA) is a private rowing club that operates out of the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA. We are a non-profit entity offering rowing instruction and competitive programs for all skill levels, including community access to the sport of rowing through our various programs.

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Open Sweep

Learn more about the MRRA competitive Open Sweep program, a year-round team environment with the goal of racing in many regional regattas.