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Competitive Crew

Below is everything you need to know about WYRA's competitive program, but if all you need to do is sign up for the upcoming season (this is for returning rowers, too), then please go to our sign up page.

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WYRA will be On The Water 

WYRA will begin its Spring 2021 program on Monday, March 1st.

Until then, our coaches and staff are at the WYRA Boathouse from 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday for tours, or by appointment. Please feel free to stop by for a tour, get in our indoor tanks, or get on the water.

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Spring COVID UPDATE

The pandemic is an ongoing struggle and we are still months from true normalcy. This means the spring competitive rowing season may once again be altered to reduce the threat COVID-19 poses to our community. We simply don't know what 2021's spring season will look like regarding live competition. However, I should note that US Rowing is moving ahead with plans for inperson competitive regionals and youth nationals.

Therefore, as of now, we plan on offering training much the same as we did for Fall 2020. We are also running our Early Bird Special from January 25th to February 22nd , during which registration for all programs will cost $1025. After the special, our fees will revert to the same pricing as Fall 2020, with JV and Varsity costing $1150 and New Novices staying at $1025. As always, we are accepting applications for financial aid. Please reach out to Lou Salvadori at Louis@wyra,org for additional information or the aid application.

Prices

Our Early Bird discount is running now through February 22nd. If you sign up now it's one payment of $1025 or three payments of $342. After that time, prices will go up to $1150.

The obvious issue then becomes what to do if live competition is deemed safe. The short, honest answer is, please prepare for potential additional costs. The Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 registration fees are only enough to cover our in-house training programs and currently do not account for all the varied increases in spending associated with regattas. We don't have an estimate on what those additional costs might be, nor do we know which regattas would be reinstated. Once we have those details, we'll pass them along to you. Please know that we are doing our very best to keep costs down.

Limited scholarships are available.

FALL SEASON

September 9th- Mid November; Varsity & Novice practice Tuesday through Friday 3:30-6pm, Saturday 8:30-11am. 

As all fall 2020 regattas have been cancelled, WYRA is planning one team vs. another scrimmages,

Fall racing is comprised of time-trial style races of distances ranging from 4000-5000 meters in length.  WYRA hosts the first race of the season, The Head of the Christina Regatta, right from our boathouse.  With races being longer in length, the team focuses not only on technique, but establishing a strong base level of fitness and creating a desire to compete against some of the nations top level rowing programs.


WINTER CREW

December - February; Varsity & Novice practice Monday through Friday 3:30-6pm

The winter rowing season consists of cardio and weight training at our boathouse. 

WYRA is home to over 20 top of the line ergometers (rowing machines), a full weight room, and indoor rowing tanks.  Each day, the emphasis of every workout is to improve on your personal fitness level and racing mindset.  The primary goal of winter training is to enhance your level of endurance and power to a new standard, providing the best chance for success in the upcoming spring racing season.  Every winter, WYRA travels to various Indoor Rowing Races to put our athletes up against other teams in 2000 meter erg races.


SPRING SEASON

March 1st - First week of June. This is dependant on USRowing Regional and the National Championships; Both the Men's and Women's teams practice Monday through Friday 3:30-6, and Saturday 8:30-11am.  

The spring racing format differs from the fall.  In the spring, athletes will be racing not against the clock as with the fall, but rather lining up next to other crews in a 2000 meter sprint style race.  Once athletes hit the water, coaches will work on the fundamentals established the previous season to create boats in various categories which possess the best possible chance for success.  

Be sure to check the calendar for the complete race schedule.

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WYRA Competitive Crew FAQ

Where does WYRA race?
WYRA crews have competed up and down the East Coast and even Henley, England. Most of the racing, however, is in DE, PA and NJ though some championship or national regattas can be held as far away as California or Florida.

 

Do I have to join for the whole year or can I choose my seasons?
You can row in whichever season works for you. Though most kids row in both seasons, we have lots that have other sports they’ve already committed to and therefore only join WYRA for one season a year.

Who can race with WYRA?
Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 can row for WYRA, but we do not take seniors as novice rowers. There are no “benchwarmers” in WYRA crew, everyone gets to row and compete. Though WYRA is a co-ed program, the boats are never mixed. Land training, however, can be co-ed.

Does everyone compete in every regatta?
The answer is mostly yes. Most regattas WYRA participates in are general regattas that accept novices through varsity, both boys and girls, though sometimes we’ll take crews to more specific regattas, such as the Junior Nationals, where crews have to qualify in order to compete. These types of races, however, are usually after the main season has ended. WYRA never ‘cuts’ kids. Anyone who joins will practice with the team and race with the team. We do organize boats so everyone in the boat will be at the same approximate skill level, making that boat as competitive as possible.

To learn even more about WYRA, take a look at our About Us page. We explain our mission statement as well as give a list of the schools and colleges our rowers have attended and how WYRA helps your child get into college.

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Any questions, please contact: Lou Salvadori at Louis@wyra.org.

Lou Salvadori

Executive Director

Phone: 302-777-4533