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The MRRA is hosting the following regattas:

Festival Regatta

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  • Saturday, 03 Oct 2015

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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
 
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 www.lowell-community-rowing.org 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 Rowing Scholarships for High School students Print E-mail

The Merrimac River Rowing Association is offering two (2) $250 scholarships to class of 2016 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 Saturday, 16 January 2016 20:08
 
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. 

http://www.merrimackrowing.org/pulling-for-polcari

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
 
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.

 

 
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
S-M-L-XL

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
Dear MRRA
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!!

 
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