Community wellness through rowing

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  • 02 Mar 2016 11:31 PM | Julie Bennett (Administrator)

    Click and check out the GRRA apparel. The store closes on March 12, so make your selections today! Boathouse apparel would be a great gift for yourself or your favorite rower. For more information, please contact Amy West or Tracy Shea.

  • 23 Feb 2016 10:43 PM | Julie Bennett (Administrator)

    Grand Rapids Rowing Association is pleased to announce our line up of Learn to Row classes for 2016. Classes are available for anyone with little or no prior rowing experience as well as seasoned rowers seeking to improve their technique.

    Our popular introductory class, Learn to Row Beginning Sweep Rowing (LTR 100), has been expanded to include morning classes, in addition to our regular evening classes. Intermediate Sweep Rowing (LTR 200) focuses on regatta competition. Each LTR 200 class will compete at an official regatta in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor or Lansing. Many LTR 200 graduates go on to join our Masters adult competitive team. For those interested in sculling, rowing in smaller boats with two oars, LTR 300 and 400 focus on sculling.

    This year, we are expanding our Learn to Coxswain class schedule. The coxswain (pronounced cox-in), who navigates as well as provides instructions to rowers, is a critical member of the rowing team. This one day class prepares you to navigate a 60 foot rowing shell on the water!

    For details on any of our class offerings, see Adult Classes. Classes are open to anyone aged 13 or older. Students in 8th to 12th grade are encouraged to explore our Junior Novice program, which runs in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  • 11 Feb 2016 11:22 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, February 10, the Grand Rapids Rowing Association held its annual membership meeting. Attendance tripled over last year's membership meeting. The Board of Directors election was finalized. Here are your 2016 GRRA Board of Directors.

    • President, Rob Shea
    • Vice President, Greg Momber
    • Past President, Landon Bartley
    • Treasurer, Caitlin Quantock
    • Secretary, Laurel Johnson
    • Boathouse Director, Walt Alexander
    • Communications Director, Julie Bennett
    • Membership Director, Amy West
    • Safety Director, Dr. Steve Lasater

    The board is looking forward to a prosperous year as we promote the sport of rowing to the Grand Rapids community.

  • 15 Jan 2016 11:05 AM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    Rowing on the ergometer is a great way to stay in shape, practice the rowing stroke, and keep at the top of your game during the winter months. “Erging" is also great for learning the rowing stroke before rowing on the water. Personalized instruction is provided in each session, which is good for beginners, intermediate or advanced rowers. No prior experience is required.

    Classes are available to the public, you do not need to be a Grand Rapids Rowing member or 8th Day Gym member to participate.

    Class details and registration


  • 15 Jan 2016 10:28 AM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    The schedule for our 2016 Junior rowing program is now available. This year, the spring program will be starting in March and indoors, to better prepare for the water. We will transition to the water in early April, after dock in. The summer and fall details are tentative, since not all regatta dates for the year have been posted.

    The novice program will continue to be free in the spring and fall sessions.

    Junior Novice program


    Junior Varsity program
  • 07 Jul 2015 11:48 AM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    Saturday, July 11, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    The club has seen tremendous growth this year. From membership, to learn to row classes, and the junior program, participation is up this year. While this is a great trend, it puts more pressure on our equipment for rowing and coaching. In order to support this growth, GRRA is hosting an important fundraiser on Saturday, July 11, Rowapolooza!

    Rowapolooza features live music from several local bands playing everything from jazz to country music.  There will also be a beer tent, grilled food to purchase, family activities and a 50/50 raffle. We have partnered with a few other local non-profit organizations that will be featured during the event, such as Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue that will have adoptable dogs.

    This event is open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a great evening of food, drink and entertainment with your friends and family. $10.00 parking donation is requested.

    Grand Rapids Rowing Association Boathouse
    291 North Park St NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49544


  • 03 Feb 2015 5:47 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    We were pleased to bring back our popular Learn to Row classes this spring and summer! In 2015, we will offer eight beginning rowing courses, as well as intermediate level classes for those with a little bit of experience, including sculling and advanced sweep rowing technique.

    Note: Member rates for classes will be available 4/6/15.

  • 03 Feb 2015 5:45 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    We are offering a virtual rowing competition as part of the 2015 Winter Games. You can row your race anytime until Feb 22. Instructions here. Register here.

  • 05 Sep 2014 10:52 AM | Rob Shea (Administrator)
    The team apparel store is open and accepting orders until September 12, 2014 at 11:30pm. Visit http://grrowing.org/store to view clothes and place an order.
  • 19 Aug 2014 12:17 AM | Rob Shea (Administrator)
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. undefined Boaters and rowers alike filled the Grand River this weekend for the 2014 USRowing Masters National Championship Regatta.

    It’s the first year Grand Rapids has hosted the event, and organizers said that more than 1,500 participants came from far and wide, ready to spend money in Beer City, USA.

    Organizers said that the City of Grand Rapids has been the perfect host.

    Story and video at Fox17.

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