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MRRA Rowing Scholarships for High School students Print E-mail

The Merrimac River Rowing Association is offering two (2) $250 scholarships to class of 2018 graduating high school seniors who have supported and/or participated in rowing programs at the Bellegarde Boathouse. The scholarship award also includes a fee waived summer student membership in the MRRA for the upcoming season.

Download the PDF for more information and a copy of the Application.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 21:35
Textile River Regatta, Sunday 30 Sep 2018 Print E-mail

Textile River Regatta is coming soon - Sunday September 30, 2018.

For 2017 results, visit


Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 21:29
2018 National Learn To Row Day Print E-mail

Free Introduction to Rowing on the Merrimac River

Saturday, June 02, 2018, 9:00am to Noon

Tour the Boathouse, Row on our Barge, Try an Erg. For additional information Download the Flyer or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:59
MRRA Scholarship Winners Print E-mail

The Merrimac River Rowing Assoc. Board of Directors is happy to announce our two 2017 scholarship winners!

Congratulations to Lourenco Martins and Brittany Sollinger!! We commend you both on your accomplishments and wish you a bright & promising future. Thank you for your commitment and volunteer efforts.

2017 MRRA Scholarship Recipients Package:

  • $250.00 payable to recipient
  • A waived student membership fee
  • A waived student logbook off-peak program fee

Note:Student must sign up as an MRRA member on the website, complete all the necessary paperwork and pass the boat captains test in order to take out a scull boat.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 May 2017 09:59
Learn to Row and Learn to Sweep - Sign Up Now Print E-mail

Learn to Row with the MRRA.   Sign up during April for our popular Sweep and Sculling classes.  Visit for more information.  We expect to be on the water soon so please send us a note with your interest!

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 18:21
MRRA Annual Meeting and Polcari Donation Print E-mail
We strongly encourage live voting at the Annual meeting on Tuesday December 13th. 
Location:  American Legion Hall, 90 Groton Rd (Rte 40) in North Chelmsford.
starting at 6:30pm for cocktails and then meeting from 7 - 7:30pm;  dinner and social time after that. 
We need a quorum of 1/3 of the voting membership at the meeting and as an incentive, will have a drawing for the basic membership (value $150) to a member present who is also eligible to vote.  If you have any questions about whether you are eligible to vote, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For those who cannot make the annual meeting, you can vote by absentee ballot, and this is found on the website, see Nominations tab on the left.  This must be in the hands of the secretary before the meeting.  The current Secretary is Dottie Semonian.  She tries to get to the PO box before the meeting but in case of a delay, I suggest you make sure your ballot arrives at the PO box by Monday Dec 12th. 
Address is Merrimac River Rowing Assoc, PO Box 1909, Lowell MA 01853.  Please be sure your name is on the ballot so that Dottie can check it with the records.  Absentee ballots are counted in the election,  but do not count for the quorum.

Donate to the Polcari Children Educational Fund

We will be accepting CHECKS at the annual meeting for donations to the Polcari Children Educational Fund.  You can write the check out to the MRRA and note in the memo section is for Polcari Fund. You can also make a donation via Paypal using the link below.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Dec 13th at the American Legion Hall, North Chelmsford MA

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 17:04
Pulling for Polcari - a Success and Annual Meeting Print E-mail

The fundraiser for our friend Jim Polcari was a tremendous success!  Thank you to those who attended, donated and continues to pray for Jim and  his family.  There were about 130 people at the event and we raised a lot  of money for Jim and his family as the continue to battle his lung cancer.

Reminder that the annual  meeting is Tuesday December 8th - cocktails at 6pm and meeting starts at 7pm. This is an important meeting to attend since we elect officers for 2016 and review 2015 programs, regattas and finances.  Location is  The American Legion, 90 Groton  Rd, North Chelmsford MA (rte 40 at Freeman Lake).  We usually  accept donations for a local charity and this year we are suggesting a donation for the Pulling for Polcari Fund.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 16:39
Pulling for Polcari - Nov 21st at 7pm Print E-mail

Our dear friend Jim Polcari is battling serious lung cancer and needs our emotional and more importantly financial support. Please plan to join us on November 21st at a fundraiser for Jim and his young family. Follow the link below to the MRRA website where you can buy tickets or make a donation. If you have an auction or raffle item to donate, please contact Peg Landry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information and to RSVP or make a donation, please visit

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 15:43
MRRA Competes in Head of the Charles Regatta Print E-mail

Good luck to our rowers who will be competing in the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta on October 17th and 18th.  Please come cheer on your teammates - pick a bridge or a nice embankment and give them your encouragement!

On Saturday, we have rowers in Events 3, 5, 13, 16, 17, 21 and 23. For possibly the first time ever, we have just as many sweep boats competing as scullers!

On Sunday we have event 32a in Mens Club 1X.


High School Racing in May - Rowing Restrictions Print E-mail
The following dates in May have rowing restrictions due to Lowell High School hosted regattas. 
The agreement is that MRRA boats are requested to be off the water and docks by the time boats are being launched (roughly 45 min before racing starts).  If you do still want to row, you must present yourself to Jess Hayes Murray who is the regatta director for the LHS races and let her know you would like to go for a row. Then, you are to check in with the Dockmaster and get the OK to launch and proceed upriver and past the power lines for your row.  When you return, you must stop at the DCR ramp or wherever the Sstarting Marshall is located and ask permission to return to the boathouse. When the starter says you may proceed, you row on the extreme starboard shore (South side of river) all the way to the end of the 2K course and cross the river after the race course (so at the Pavilion), and proceed back to the boathouse and docks.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 
** If you have time and would like to help with any of these regattas, please contact Jess directly - help is always appreciated.
May 9th and 10th- Lowell Invitational. On Saturday racing starts at 8am, so off docks by 7am;  on Sunday off docks by 7:30am. Racing ends at 2pm on Sunday.
May 16th and 17th- US Rowing Junior Regional's.  Launch times TBD - expect off water by 6:30am.   
May 24th- MPSRA.  Racing starts at 8am so off docks by 7:15am 
Thank you for your cooperation.  Remember that you can still row, we just have to be very respectful and deferential to the races.
- Karen Scammell, MRRA President
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:20
MRRA Supports BOSTON 2024 and Olympic Rowing in Lowell Print E-mail

The Merrimac River Rowing Association has approved the support of BOSTON 2024 and Olympic Rowing in Lowell on the Merrimack River. 

We are proud of our beautiful river, fabulous spectator viewing area and plentiful parking.  We look forward to working with the USOC, USRowing and the local BOSTON 2024 organizing committee to ensure that the rowing venue is the best in the world!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:04
Gear Up - MRRA Clothing for Sale Print E-mail

To place your order:  Use the PRINT icon above to print this page.  Then write your order on the back of the page; include your Name, Item(s), Size(s) and Quantities. Include a check with the page and leave it at the desk for Bronwyn or Dottie.   Quantities may be limited.

Vest.  Atlantic Blue shown- Also Available in Black
Vests: Ladies S-M-L- XL
Men's S-M-L-XL $60

Long Sleeve Performance. Silver: $19.50
Men's or Women's

Back view on top, front view below.
  • Blue Lagoon Fitness Tee $30.00 these are thick with Poly
  • Blue Lagoon and Lime Shock cotton $18.00
Sizing: Men's and Women's S-M-L-XL
MRRA Hats. $15
Bumper Stickers. $ 2

Unisex Jacket. S-M-L-XL $55.00


Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 02:21
Masters Rowing Programs Summer 2014 Print E-mail

The Merrimac River Rowing Association will be running several programs this summer -- please sign up on the left under Membership Application and also Programs & Fees:      Learn to Scull will start at the end of May and run for 4 weeks (2 rows/week) and Learn to Row Sweep will start mid-June and run for 4 weeks.  The Learn to Row Sweep is a special introductory price of $99 !!   Come row with us on Saturday June 7th for National Learn to Row day and sign up then!!

MRRA Winter Club Meetings Print E-mail

MRRA regular club meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

During the winter, we will be meeting at the Chelmsford Police Station, training room.

* please do not park in the visitor spaces; park along the street and in the cul de sac

* winter meetings are Jan 14th, Feb 11th, March 11th


Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 15:49
From seat 34A Print E-mail

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 November 2013 12:01
From the Coswain's seat Print E-mail

Photo by Danny Boy from the cox seat in the msweep 8+ tonight.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 23:59
MRRA at Henley Print E-mail

From Mike Poreba and the MRRA Thoroughbreds

The Merrimac River Rowing Association is a nationally competitive club located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Always looking for new challenges, we decided to send our top 4+ (four with coxswain) to the Royal Henley Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. This world-renowned regatta is famous for its world-class competition and well-dressed attendees. The MRRA crew is a true club team made up of Michael Poreba (UNH 2008), Rich Connell (Franklin Pierce 2007), Jon Dwyer (UNH 2012), Tim Cotreau (UMass 2006), and coxwain Sarah Ivey (UMass 2010), all holding jobs in engineering, education, and coaching fields.
As a tune-up race MRRA competed at the nearby Reading Town Regatta, winning the open 4+ event. We were awarded with pewter tankards, perfect for enjoying the local favourite Pimm's Cup beverage. After the race we rowed the 13 kilometers of the curvy Thames river back to Henley, passing through three locks before arriving. 
A few days later the Henley racing began. Based on prior racing experience, we were not required to race at the qualification regatta and were seeded top five in the Britannia Cup Challenge. The race format has only two crews racing at a time, sudden death elimination. MRRA advanced the first day, defeating City of Bristol. The next day we found ourselves in the race of our lives in the quarterfinals. It was a hard fight against the very evenly matched Taurus Boat Club crew. The race was an exciting one, both crews trading places for the lead and making effective moves against one another. In the end we couldn't match Taurus' speed and lost by a narrow 3/4 of a boat length. The rest of the week was spent watching incredible racing, notably including the Grand Challenge Cup where the Great Britain National Team narrowly beat the University of Washington. 

What an amazing trip!

> Watch the official trip video

Editor's Note: The members of the MRRA Open Sweep team racked up significant costs to make this trip and compete at the Royal Henley Regatta as a true club entry under the MRRA name.   Please consider making a donation by check or PayPal to help relieve some of the financial burden.  For PayPal, use the link below. And thank you.


Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 08:31
Lowell High May Racing Schedule and Call for HELP Print E-mail
It's that time of year... calling all rowers, alumni, parents, and friends to volunteer at the Lowell Rowing Regatta series. Any time you can come help out will be greatly appreciated! Dates are below, just shoot me a msg or text with the times you   can volunteer.                                                                                       
May 11th and 12th- Lowell Invitational from 8am- 6pm. MRRA off the docks by 7:30am.  Otherwise, rowing by permission of Jess Murray.    
May 18th and 19th- Regional's from 7am- 6pm.
May 26th- MPSRA from 8am-4pm.
Jessica Murray
Lowell High School
Head Rowing Coach/ Boys Varsity Coach
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(978) 551- 3272 
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 20:11
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.

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

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
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!!

Textile River Regatta - Sunday October 6th - 8am to 4pm Print E-mail

All details are on the TRR website at

The event this year has more competitors than ever - more parking, more volunteers and more fun for all.  We look forward to see you on the Merrimack River on Sunday October 6th, 2013


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:27
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
Open Sweep wins Gold Gold Bronze at Club Nationals Print E-mail

Congratulations to the MRRA Open Sweep (fondly referred to as the Thoroughbreds) for winning Gold in the 2- and 4- and also Bronze in the 4+.  Commentary from Mike below, and link to their blog

4- ::  We were neck and neck the whole way down the course with the USRowing Dev Camp Wisconsin boat, and the rest of the field was not far behind. In the final strokes we put together a sprint to take gold. The racing was tight in the heats too, we had to fight our way out of the straight 4 heat to make it into the final after a bad start. We all agreed the 4- heat and final were the best races we've ever been in.

Pair gold came just an hour and a half after the 4- final, we got ahead and stayed ahead beating some fresh guys as well as some pairs from the 4- race. We felt solidly in control the whole time, a handful of bursts kept our bow out front the whole way.
The coxed 4 heat was no easy cruise either. Coxed 4 final was a battle, but Washington and Wisconsin got the jump on us in the start and stayed ahead. We were able to secure bronze.
Unofficial/preliminary/comically edited video posted on
Junior Sweep Camp Starts June 26th Print E-mail

Junior Sweep Camp for rising High School age students starts June 26th.  if you have trouble registering on the website, please just go to the boathouse at 7:45am to register. The program runs from 8am to 10am Tues - Wed - Thurs each week.  No rowing week of July 2nd.  contact Denise Bergeron for more info at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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. 


Masters Sweep - Starting Monday May 7th, 5:30pm Print E-mail

The MRRA Masters Sweep program will start up on Monday afternoon, May 7th at 5:30pm.   We will run Mondays/Wednesdays at that time for 8 weeks and a total of 16 sessions.   Coach Dan Hershey will guide us for the first week or two, then Coach James Gilchrest will take over for the duration of the season into the fall.   Boat class is yet to be determined;  we'll know better after we see how many have signed up.   Ideally, we'll have sufficient numbers to run an 8 and a 4+, and we also have a 2- available for the program.

The MSWEEP season is broken into three programs, each costs $160 for 16 sessions.

Here's how to sign up for "MSWEEP":

  • If you are a returning member from last year, log in to your MRRA account, go to My Membership, then "choices" and choose "MSWEEP1".   You can optionally sign up for MSWEEP2 and MSWEEP3 if you know you want to be part of all three programs this season, but you don't need to pay for all three at once.
  • If you are not yet a member, create a Membership Application.   After you submit your application, you can then login to your account and make your program choices.
  • NOTE:  You must be a member to be part of MSWEEP, so when making your choices, be sure to choose "MEMBERSHIP" in addition to MSWEEP1.
  • NOTE:  If you are eligible to scull with the MRRA (you have passed the boat captain's test), you are eligible to sign up for "off peak sculling" for $100 which allows you to take out singles and doubles during off-peak hours.   Choose the "LOGBOOKOS" option for $100.  (For unrestricted sculling, you can choose the standard LOGBOOK program for $250).

Finally, complete your paperwork.   Bring a check and your paperwork to the first session on Monday May 7th, and do your administrator a favor by enclosing all of your paperwork in a single envelope with your name on it.  Checks should be made out to "MRRA".   At minimum, you will need to e-sign your membership application online, have a valid Swim Certificate on file, and complete the UML boathouse application.  For the complete list of required paperwork, visit the "billing" tab from My Membership.

Visit the MRRA Masters Sweep web page for more information.  If you have any questions, please write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

See you on the 7th at the boathouse at 5:30pm sharp.  

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 April 2012 10:03
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
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
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