Annual Moonlight Row - Saturday July 7*

 2017 will be the 14th anniversary of our first Moonlight Row. 

The Moonlight row will be the evening of Friday July 7, 2017 at  7:30PM.  
Come row with us!

Anyone with basic rowing experience (and a $25 donation for the row & dinner) is invited - you do NOT have to be a CPRA member.  It will be an easy row up to the bridge where we will stop and watch the moon rise and then a quiet row back on glasslike water under the moonlight. A dinner will greet us upon our return.  Non-rowers are invited to join us at dinner for $10.   T-Shirts are $19.00

Place your reservation to row / meals / t-shirts here: https://goo.gl/forms/BZTVqrJ9Fqmyj5J43

T-Shirt Orders due June 19th*

All of the profits from this event go to our equipment fund.  Help CPRA maintain and acquire equipment to make your rowing experience better! 

Questions? Please email: moonlight@rowpa.org

*Note Date Changes!

Youth Learn-to-Row and Experienced Rowing
Registration now available!

Youth (13-18 y/o) Interested in rowing? Come join us in an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of rowing and get out on the water!

Our Youth Learn-to-Row program will run from June 12 through June 23 on Monday through Friday from 8-10:30 am.  

Click below to Register on our Youth Rowing Page:
Youth Learn-to-Row Registration
Youth Experienced Rowing Program Registration

Cardboard Boat Regatta

The Cardboard Boat Race will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 during the Sunbury River Festival.

If you are interested in creating a cardboard boat and racing, please see our Cardboard Boat Race page for Construction Rules and Tips. No need to pre-register, just show up on August 19 between 1-4pm to register and then you'll be able to race! 

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the event or have any questions, please email cbregatta@rowpa.org

Even if you don't race, come for the fun and excitement of watching the event and cheering for the best boat... or the best SUNK boat! 

Putting the Spotlight on a CPRA Member! 

Each month we are going to highlight a member.

This month, for the start of our 2017 Youth Program, we’re putting the Spotlight on a CPRA Youth Learn-to-Row Graduate, Perie Howard! 

In addition to learning to row with CPRA, Perie now coxes for the University of Louisville, and during her summers she helps coach the CPRA Youth program and cox for the Adult Learn to Row program.

Perie started rowing 4 years ago, between her junior and senior years in high school. Perie signed up for LTR with her mom and grandmother, not realizing they were different groups, for something to do in the summer together.

 She says she keeps coming back because, “I really just love the sport, I enjoy being on the water, and I like how it takes everyone giving all they can to be successful.”

 Her favorite CPRA Event is the Moonlight Row (This year on Friday, July 7). “Rowing early in the morning I spend plenty of time in a boat in the dark, but there is something fun about it being at night.”

"There are just so many benefits to rowing, the obvious one is that it's a full body workout. But also you make so many new friends you get very close with, you get to be on the water, keeps you very adaptable always trying to work around mother nature, and you develop a strong trust to the person next to you. As a coxswain you learn to react quickly, learn to get the best out of everyone, and be confident in the choices you make."

  Favorite Rowing Story: 

When I first started rowing the assistant coach at the time told a good friend of mine there was no way I would make it in the sport. To his defense I am only 5 feet tall and don't really have the build to be collegiate rower. Turns out I was much more determined than he thought, and he then "steered" me towards coxing. We are really good friends now and it's just a big joke between us that we can laugh about.

With Louisville, she has participated in the following regattas: Head of the Hooch, Cardinal Invite, Big 10/ACC double dual, Clemson Invite, Michigan Scrimmage, ACC Championship (are some of the races she participated in this year).

Perie coxing for CPRA's Youth Program 

Perie rowing in the Crying Towel Regatta (Perie in 2 seat)

Perie rowing in the Crying Towel Regatta (Perie in 2 seat, her mom in 3 seat)

2017 CPRA Membership Information
Hi Everyone!
It is soon time for rowing season to start!  And we have a new boat house!

I imagine most of you have heard about the dam repair project scheduled for this summer.  Right now the dam or a portion of the dam will be lowered August 19th.  This does NOT mean we will have to stop rowing the 19th.  This may or may not shorten our season, it just depends on how much the water level goes down and how much rain we have this summer.  Just incase, we have decided to start the season a bit earlier this year, April 17th.  For the first two weeks of the morning and evening programs we will have coached rows twice a week, then starting May 1, we will have 3 coached rows for the morning and evening programs.  Details are in the attached membership form.

If our season is shortened, we may not be able to have as many coached rows or as much time on the water.  I am encouraging everyone to maintain their previous level of membership (though a higher level of membership is great too) as out fixed costs, insurance, rent, storage fees, launch maintenance fees etc., will remain the same with a shortened or full season.

Dagny-Membership Chair

Click to Download the 2017 CPRA Membership Form

The Link to complete the USRowing Waiver: https://membership.usrowing.org/

Upcoming CPRA Events! Mark your Calendar...

  • April 17            2017 ROWING SEASON BEGINS!!
  • April 23             Opening Day Picnic and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! 
  • May 1 - June 1 Learn-to-Row
  • May 29             NO Evening Rowing (Memorial Day)
  • June 3              Saturday morning (8am) coached row for Learn-to-Row and regular members. Stick around for boat washing and other clean up 
  • TBD                  Learn-to-Row Graduation Social
  • June 9              Moonlight Row  (moved to July 8)
  • June 12            Youth Learn-to-Row and Experienced Programs
  • July 7                Moonlight Row 
  • July 20             Crying Towel Regatta 
  • August 19        Cardboard Boat Regatta 
  • September       Closing Social at Skeeter’s 
  • December        Annual Dinner


Why Row?

Because rowing is FUN! But rowing offers more than fun: It is a full-body fitness sport—a complete physical and mental conditioning program. And rowing complements other exercises that you may be doing, since it works both lower and upper body muscles. You are never too old to learn to row, a sport that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. If you don’t know how to row, we have great instructors on staff to teach you. Each season we offer Learn-to-Row sessions for adults and for youth.

As you row, you can renew your spirit, "far from the madding crowd," savoring the fresh air, the ever-changing water, and wildlife along the shore of the beautiful Susquehanna River. Rowing is also a great way to meet new people. CPRA members range from their 20s to their 60s, come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and have all sorts of interests and life experiences—but they all love rowing.

Whether you’re looking for great exercise, a way to enjoy the beautiful Susquehanna River scenery, a chance to test your mettle in all-out racing, or some wonderful new friends, CPRA is the place for you. Rowing is in our name and fun is our game! We are the Central Pennsylvania Rowing AssociationC’mon—join the fun!

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