Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association High School Team Holds Registration Day

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2017 team photo with coaches
2017 team photo with coaches

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Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association

Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association High School Team is holding a Registration Day February 26, 2018, 5:30PM at Rehabilitation Specialists, 774 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown. Registration is for the 2018 competitive spring season. Preregistration is preferred but is not mandatory.

CLRA was incorporated in December 2005. The high school team has been existence for about ten years and is set up as a club team. Athletes from several local schools comprise the team including Jamestown, Southwestern, Maple Grove, Panama, and Chautauqua Lake. Athletes from Frewsburg, Eisenhower, and Warren high schools have been a part of the team in the past. Additional schools would certainly be welcome including Falconer, Randolph, Cassadaga Valley, or any schools willing to travel to practices.

Rowing is the ultimate team sport relying on everyone in the boat to be in sync to make the boat go fast. In rowing, there are no individual stars: the boat as a team wins or loses the race. Additionally, rowing is a tremendous cross training sport that uses all the major muscle groups in the body. Rowing (or crew) is also a non-contact sport with significantly reduced risk of head injury compared to other sports. CLRA high school rowers utilize either 4 or 8-person boats with one additional person known as the steersman. While the rowers provide the power in the shell, the steersman is the leader of the boat steering and encouraging as needed. The steersman is typically a person of small stature.

The team competes in regattas (races) in Erie, PA, and Buffalo, Pittsford, Ithaca, and Saratoga Springs, NY. Indoor practices start on Tuesday, February 27 running from 5:30PM-7:30PM, Monday – Friday. Outdoor practices, dependent upon weather, begin March 19 at the boathouse 18 Jones and Gifford, Jamestown. Practices outdoors follow the same schedule as indoor sessions. For more information on the team, see CLRA’s web site at http://www.rowchautauqua.org/highschool. Contact information for three of the team’s coaches is also provided there.