Rowers: It has been a very good year for CRF and its Member Organizations. CRF and Cleveland Rowing have gained some international notoriety as a result of a very-well run GG9 regatta at which over 175 rowers participated. It was not lost on us locals that the Cleveland Weather Gods were cooperative for a change. The HOTC was also a great event bringing rowers from 42 clubs, 6 states, and Canada. Over the Spring, Summer and Autumn, many Member Organizations participated in “away regattas,” including the Head of the Charles, the Head of the Hooch and others. CRF’s scholastic teams–Shaker Heights, St. Ignatius, St. Joseph’s Academy, and Cleveland Youth Rowing—continue to thrive. The college teams include Case, Cleveland State, and John Carroll, and these teams also continue to grow. The adult club, Western Reserve Rowing, had a record number of participants in its Summer Rowing League.
Boathouse improvements are underway. Plans for a locker room and shower facility will be unveiled at the annual meeting in January, 2015. To make way, a temporary boathouse for singles will be erected in a rarely-used portion of the parking lot. Construction is scheduled to commence in January, but we are hoping for an earlier start date. CRF continues to engage in conversations with its neighbor, the Metroparks, to assist in ensuring that it has adequate parking for its new restaurant, Merwin’s Wharf. The City dedicated the new Crooked River Skatepark (in a blizzard), so rowers should expect to see airborne boarders from time-to-time.
As we batten down the hatches for the season, I would like to thank all of the rowers, staff, coaches/coxswains, volunteers, and parents for working together to help put Cleveland on the rowing map! Please help us celebrate by attending the Bow Ball on February 28, 2015. Hope to see you there!
Have a safe, happy holiday season.
CRF Board Chair