We believe rowing is an ideal activity that one can pursue at any age, building character and community.
We support the creation of a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable rowing community for the people of Cape Cod. To do so, we provide the resources and support to make rowing possible. Our core programs for youth and masters encourage participation for people of all ages and skills.
It all started with a youth program
Our organization was born to address the real needs of what was then called "Cape Cod Youth Rowing." The idea was simple: to create a non-profit (called "Cape and Islands Rowing Association, Inc.") to support this program and grow rowing on the Cape. At the heart of this endeavor was, and remains, a core belief that we can find ways to thrive by working together and building a community with shared resources.
Over the past decade, we have focused our efforts on the development of two primary programs:
Youth Rowing is available to kids throughout the Cape and provides Learn-to-Row and competitive opportunities for Middle and High School aged students.
Masters Rowing ignites interest, builds skills, and promotes camaraderie for adults in the region. This program evolved from an initial Learn-to-Row program into a full-fledged masters program.
It's a Brand New Season: One Club, One Community, One Name
As our club has grown, we felt it was time to better reflect our club with a new name: Cape Cod Community Rowing! This update reflects feedback from our members and accomplishes a number of important things:
- Clarity! Our entire organization is under one simple name!
- Continuity in naming across all programs, uniting youth and masters in one club.
- A name that reflects how we show up on the beach every day as an encouraging and welcoming community.
- A sense of belonging: when our youth went to Regattas, instead of seeing their team name “Cape Cod Youth Rowing” in the lineup, they were listed under our umbrella non-profit organization “Cape and Islands Rowing Association (CIRA)," as required by USRowing and Regatta Central. Needless to say, this was confusing. Now, we are all one, and when they row, they will see their familiar club name.
- And yet another reason to claim some of our *snazzy* club merchandise!
The 2023 Spring season marks the start of this evolution as we change our name on our communications, merchandise, equipment, and, ultimately, on Regatta Central and US Rowing.
Our Board of Directors
We are an all-volunteer 501c3 board, passionately committed to the vibrancy and health of our community. We maintain committees with oversight for ongoing management of programs and other potential initiatives, reporting directly to the board.
We welcome hearing from you. Please email us or use the convenient contact form.