Welcome to OLRA

Learn-to-Row Day

Was a huge success! We had kids of all ages from 8 to 70 years come to the lake to give rowing a try. We had great help from our existing program members to teach and get everyone into boat. We hope that many of you who enjoyed it will sign up for an adult or junior Learn-To-Row program. You can do that HERE. (even if you weren’t there)

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.