Welcome to OLRA

Time for Juniors to Register for Winter Training

Training will begin Tuesday December 1 and run to Friday February 26. Practice will be from approximately 2:30 to 4:15 and there will be a 3 day and 5 day option for registration. Although it is expected that the 3 day will be MWF we can be flexible on this if arranged in advance. We will only run the program on days when school is in session and during the January exam period workouts will be shortened. It is not required that you be a student at LOLHS, this program is run by Old Lyme Rowing Association. The program will include running outdoors, ergometer, core exercises and weight training. The head coach will again be Paul Fuchs. If there are any questions please contact him

Registration can be done HERE. We will be limited to about 25 athletes.

Fall Program

We had a great season serving approximately 50 juniors and many Masters rowers.


Notes from the Summer Program

This summer OLRA/Blood Street Sculls served 158 individual Junior rowers (Middle School and High School) in the Competitive and Learn-to-Row programs over our 7 week summer season. Our Masters Program and Adult Learn-to-Row had another 90 participants!  We raced at three regattas with great success and introduced many to the sport.

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, select the appropriate season under the Programs tab.

Highlights of the Blood Street Sculls programs are provided below:

Junior Rowing


Seven weeks of training and racing for those entering 9th grade through recent graduates


Competitive and Development programs for High School students Sept-Oct.

Masters Rowing

Competitive and recreational rowing for adults of all abilities is available from March through November.

Learn-to-Row (LTR)


Open to students entering 6th-9th grade who are interested in learning to row.  Young athletes are provided with a comprehensive


Open to adults and high school students who are interested in learning to row.

USRowing National Learn-to-Row Day

First Saturday in June.