Fall Crew

The Fall season is made up of long head races instead of short sprints. This gives rowers endurance while also teaching them mental discipline.


Rowers are typically in 8th - 12th grade. No experience is necessary!


Fall Crew usually runs from the end of August through mid November.


Practice is at the WYRA Boathouse, 500 E. Front St, Wilm, DE 19801. Regattas are usually in the tri-state area.


Varsity & Novice practice Tuesday through Friday 3:45 PM - 6 PM and Saturday 8:30 Am - 11AM.


Regattas are on the weekends. Typically we compete in 3 or 4 regattas in the fall.


WYRA will provide t-shirts to all Novice rowers, but Varsity/JV rowers will need to purchase a uni to race in unless they already have a uni. Unis cost approximately $95 but only need to be purchased once.


The standard cost of Varsity/JV rowers is $1750 and $1550 for Novices (beginners). WYRA Offers an Early Bird Special discount if registered before the start of the first day of practice. WYRA offers Financial Scholarships.

usra membership info

ALL WYRA competitive rowers need to be members of the US Rowing Association.

The requirement is mandatory and assures all WYRA members are covered under our Club’s liability insurance policy with USRowing.

To join or renew your USRowing membership, go to their membership page and follow the prompts for Individual Membership, Administration Fee and Waiver. You will need to repeat this process for each family member competing with WYRA.

Our club code is QRSBH.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where does WYRA race?

WYRA crews have competed all over the US, though most of the racing is in DE, MD, PA and NJ though some championships or national regattas can be held anywhere in the US. We have competed in the Head of the Charles in Boston for over 20 years.

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 at least two 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. We are a co-ed composite program with students from public, private, parochial and home schools. There are no “bench warmers” in WYRA, everyone gets to row and compete. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

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.

Fall Crew 2024

Payment is due upon the completion of registration. E-checks are accepted with no additional fee. Debit and credit cards can be used with an added 2% processing fee. If paying by e-check, please have your bank details handy as you will not be able to save your registration.

Please note that WYRA offers financial aid for families.

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