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Textile River Regatta

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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
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
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
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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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.