Old Lyme Rowing Association

Home of Blood Street Sculls and Lyme Old Lyme High School Rowing

Welcome to OLRA

Old Lyme Rowing Association (OLRA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is the parent organization of Lyme-Old Lyme High School Rowing (LOLHS) and Blood Street Sculls. OLRA supports the high school rowing team via fundraising and the purchase of rowing shells, oars and other equipment. OLRA also offers competitive and recreational rowing opportunities for juniors and adults across southeastern Connecticut throughout the rowing season under the banner of Blood Street Sculls.

Old Lyme certainly has deep roots in the sport of rowing. Thanks in a great part to Mr. Fred Emerson who enthusiastically donated many hours and financial support to the development of the Blood Street Sculls back in the 1970's.  Our current boathouse in Hains Park is named after him, and the original boathouse still stands on Blood Street.

New Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Project

The Town of Old Lyme was awarded a CT Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant for a new boathouse in Hains Park and plans are swiftly taking shape.
Check here for news and information regarding progress on this very exciting project!

Programs – Come Row With Us!

OLRA is pleased to offer rowing programs for athletes of all ages, experience and ability.  Rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and for good reason! For decades, OLRA/Blood Street Sculls has been hosting rowing programs on Rogers Lake in Old Lyme, CT.

For information about the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Spring Season, please click here or use the link above. For Blood Street Sculls programs from Learn-to-Row to junior and masters competitive programs, see the new registration tab to the right which will allow you to sign-up online.

Highlights of the Blood Street Sculls programs are provided below:

Blood Street Sculls Spring Junior Program

This program is open to junior athletes (grades 9-12 only) with prior rowing experience who do not have crew available at their high schools. The program is limited to 15 athletes. The 2014 spring session begins on Wednesday April 2 and runs through the end of May. Practices will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning at 5pm. Rowers will have the opportunity to train and compete in sweep and sculling boats.

Junior Rowing (after the high school season)

Summer rowing

Our summer juniors actively train and race for a six week period, starting towards the end of June. Coached practice is Monday through Friday from 6:00-8:00AM to keep our athletes' work interruptions to a minimum and take advantage of the best lake conditions!  The focus is on development towards competitive excellence on the water and off, from equipment care and rigging to adherence to a race plan. Rowers will have the opportunity to train and race in a combination of sweep and sculling boats.

Fall Rowing

In the fall, both competitive and development programs are offered for junior rowers, starting in early September. Both programs are open to young athletes interested in improving their rowing technique and fitness. Athletes committed to training and racing at a high level, including the Head of the Charles may elect the Competitive program. The Development program is designed for those rowers not wishing to make the time commitment required for the Competitive team. Afternoon practice for crews enrolled in the Competitive program is five days/week and for the Development group is three days/week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday). Rowers will have the opportunity to train and race in a combination of sweep and sculling boats.

Masters Rowing

Competitive and recreational rowing for adults of all abilities is available from March through November.  Rowers have the opportunity to train and to race in sweep or sculling boats.  Practice is Tuesday/Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM and Saturday/Sunday from 7:00-9:00AM.  Open rowing is also available from 6:00-7:30AM weekdays. Registration is open!

Learn-to-Row (LTR)

Middle School LTR

Open to students entering 6th-9th grade who are interested in learning to row.  Young athletes are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the sport through active participation.  Three 2-week sessions are offered in the summer.  Practice is Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8:15-10:15 AM. 
See registration tabs for session dates and times.

High School/Adult LTR

Open to adults and high school students who are interested in learning to row.  Athletes are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the sport through active participation.  Three 2-week sessions are offered in the summer.  Practice is Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 6:00-8:00PM.

USRowing National Learn-to-Row Day

On the first Saturday in June, as part of an annual nation-wide program, the boathouse is open to any and all who have ever thought they would like to see what the sport of rowing is all about…and to get an opportunity to (gently) step in a shell and row on Rogers Lake!  After that you will want to sign-up for a LTR program above; you will be hooked!