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  • 10 Aug 2014 2:38 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)
    The largest regatta ever held in Michigan is coming to Grand Rapids. The 2014 USRowing Masters Nationals Championship Regatta is bringing thousands of rowers to Riverside Park for four days of competition. Over 1,400 boats will be racing in 200 events. 120 rowing clubs are traveling from as far as the District of Columbia, San Diego and Alaska. Masters rowers are classified in age categories from 21 to 80 and older.

    When: August 14 to 17, races start every 4 minutes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
    Where: Riverside Park
    Admission: Free
    Parking: There is no parking for athletes and spectators at Riverside Park. A free shuttle bus from downtown Grand Rapids to Riverside Park.

    The Masters Nationals Championship Regatta is hosted by the Grand Rapids Rowing Association, the West Michigan Sports Commission and USRowing.

    Regatta Event: http://2014nationals.us
    Regatta Event Mobile (parking): http://m.2014nationals.us
  • 22 Jul 2014 10:16 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    With the 2014 US Rowing Masters National Championships rapidly approaching, Grand Rapids Rowing Association takes a moment to sweep back in time.

    In March of 1921, The Grand Rapids Progress, published by the Grand Rapids Association of Commerce, announces a big rowing regatta to be hosted by the city of Grand Rapids.

    Shown on page 2 in the following article.

    Grand Rapids Secures Big Rowing Regatta

    The Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club and the Grand Rapids Association of Commerce joined in extending an invitation to the Central States Rowing Association to hold its 1921 regatta in this city this summer.

    Rowing teams from Grand Rapids have participated in these annual regattas during the past several years, winning several trophies and as the river north of the Boat and Canoe Club house is on of the best rowing courses in the United States a successful regatta is assured if held at Grand Rapids.

    The invitation was taken to St. Louis personally by president Clare Fox of the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club and Herbert S. Conlon of the Grand Rapids Press and a former medal winner in the Central States regattas.

    Chairman Conlon being an older timer with the blades and knowing the necessary requirements for a regatta went to the St. Louis meeting armed with photographs showing the course from every conceivable angle, the club house and its surroundings and as a result competing cities threw up their hands and joined in the unanimous vote that Grand Rapids will be honored with the 1921 regattas.

    President Hadwiger of the Central States Rowing Association, who recently visited Grand Rapids, presented a report of his visit in which he commended the local club very highly. As a result, Grand Rapids will be the center of on of the biggest and most interesting sporting events to take place this summer in this section or throughout the country for that manner and must assume her full responsibility toward making the Central States Rowing Association fell that the Grand Rapids sponsors were not over enthusiastic as to Grand Rapids right to have the regatta held here.

    Click to download article pdf.

    The August, 1921 Club News would later recap the event on pages 2-6 of its magazine.

    The Central States Amateur Rowing Association’s Annual Regatta was held under the auspices of the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club on the Grand River at Grand Rapids, Michigan Friday and Saturday, July 8th and 9th, 1921.

    It was the best regatta in the history of the Association. The weather was fine, the entries were big, the crews were of high class, the races were keenly contested and the attendance was large. 94 crews rowed, 45 on Junior Day and 49 on Senior Day. It is stated that this is the largest rowing regatta held in the United States since the war…

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    It is a great time to remember Grand Rapids lengthy rowing history as the USRowing Masters National Championships prepare to roll into town on August 14-17. By honoring the clubs that have come before us, we gain an appreciation for the hard work, dedication and passion for those who choose to set a boat.

    Whether it’s almost a century ago or current day, the river will forever remember, as should we, that Grand Rapids will always put on a great show.

  • 20 Jul 2014 9:50 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Jennifer, Alana, Val, and Erin hit the water for the first time in this week's Get Fit with the Grand Rapids Rowing Association!

    Story and video at WZZM.

  • 19 Jul 2014 9:47 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Four WZZM 13 team members have taken on a new Get Fit challenge. They are giving rowing a try, but there's a competitive element to this particular activity.

    Story and video at WZZM.

  • 13 Jul 2014 9:18 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's week one so Jennifer, Val, Alana, and Erin are learning the basics of rowing from the Grand Rapids Rowing Association.

    They talked with Elizabeth Embick, a Learn to Row Coach, about what classes are available, the equipment they would be using, and how much work has to be put into rowing.

    See video at WZZM.


  • 04 Jul 2014 9:39 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)
    “The sport grabbed me from the start. I loved everything about it — being outside, enjoying nature, being on the water, the sense of teamwork, the camaraderie,” – Deb Suttner

    It was the first Boats, Brews and Burgers celebration that is held after each four week Learn to Row class. Members of the Grand Rapids Rowing Association and the new rowers mixed together to have an informal race on the Grand River, simply for fun. When everyone got off the water and stood on the dock clapping for each other, president Landon Bartley was flooded with joy. After all the years of struggling to accelerate the association, at that moment he was baffled.

    “Holy cow. This is actually working. People actually love this,” he thought.

    Continued at Women's Lifestyle.

  • 22 Jun 2014 1:51 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    An Alaskan corporate challenge is what put Brian Donnelly into his first shell.

    The 60-year-old sculler joined Deb Suttner, 50 a member of the Grand Rapids Rowing

    Association, at the 27th annual Grand Regatta on Saturday at Riverside Park in a quest to medal and prepare for the USRowing Masters National Championships in August.

    "(My company) put four inexperienced rowers in a boat and I liked it," Donnelly said.

    Rowing on the Grand River provides outlet for competitive drive

    Rowing photos 17 through 29 of 73.

  • 02 Jun 2014 3:24 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)

    The Summer 2014 session for Junior rowers starts on June 9th. Registration is now open.

  • 19 Apr 2014 1:07 PM | Rob Shea (Administrator)
    The Spring season for Adult Masters Competitive rowing, Adult Recreation rowing and Junior rowing has begun. Sign-ups are open for Learn to Row classes. Join us on the water!

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