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Rowing News

Racing this Saturday, April 26th Print E-mail

Souhegan Crew, Hollis-Brookline Crew and and Great Bay Rowing on the Merrimack River this Saturday April 26th.  The races are scheduled to run from 9:30-11:30, and between the three clubs only about 12 boats are involved in racing and are being run on 30 minute centers, so it will be pretty spread out and shouldn't interrupt the traffic flow any more than a practice would.

Please let folks know they can direct any questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If anyone feels up for driving a launch, we could always use an extra hand or two.  
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 Rowing Scholarships for High School students Print E-mail

The Merrimac River Rowing Association is offering two (2) $250 scholarships to class of 2013 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, 17 March 2014 19:09
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
Annual Meeting and Party - Tuesday December 10th Print E-mail

The Annual Meeting and election of Officers will take place on Tuesday December 10th at the Fletcher Club, 11 Brookside Road Westford (   Doors open and first cocktails at 6:30pm (2 drinks paid for by MRRA for members) and business meeting at 7pm.   Guests are indeed invited!!    The social committe is planning a delicious buffet meal to follow the business meeting (and we aim to keep that part short).  Be sure to put your nominations for officers in by Nov 22nd since the ballot will be prepared for absentee voting.  Absentee ballots  must be in the hand of the secretary, Dottie or PO box by Monday Dec 9th close of business.           ALSO:  Remember your Toys for Tots Donation. There will be a Marine to accept the donations.  Special focus on gifts for Teens!! 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 13:33
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
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 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
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