6:00pm 6:00pm

Schuylkill Navy Annual Party

2016 is a wrap, and what a year it was for our amazing Boathouse Row & Beyond community ! As we do each year, we'll gather as a community to look back, celebrate, and look ahead... and, of course, dance the night away! POST-OLYMPIC YEAR BONUS ? It's back to our traditional "progressive" style party which brings everyone into the clubs of Boathouse Row at different stages of the event. Can't wait to see you there and celebrate together!


6:45 Awards Program at Vesper Boat Club (#10 Boathouse Row)
7:15 Additional Registration Opens, Sedgeley Club Lighthouse
7:30-10:30 Boathouse Row Block Party throughout all of Boathouse Row
10:30-Midnight After-Party at End of The Row

More information and tickets can be found here.

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8:00am 8:00am

Masters Potluck Brunch

Row:  A few of the clubs will host composite boats.  Launch will be approximately 8AM.  In the signup sheet, please indicate if you would like to participate in the composite row, experience level and contact information.  Otherwise, feel free to row with you club and join us for the food around 9:30-10am.

Brunch:   Pot luck format.  Blenders and ingredients for making smoothies will be provided.  Please bring your favorite breakfast staples.


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Wharton Hammer

Wharton will be holding their annual double elimination 500m erging tournament on Saturday 2/25 at 10 AM at the boathouse, and would like to open the event up to any FRA members who want to compete. They will be adjusting raw times based on weight and age. Each person gets at least 10 minutes of rest between 500m rounds. Prizes will be awarded based on overall champ, 2nd place, 1st place woman, and fastest raw time.

Wharton will be providing food to grill and we ask that FRA members who want to compete contribute 10$.

If you're interested in competing contact me at with name, age, and fastest 500m time for seeding.

Looking forward to a good competition!

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9:00am 9:00am

Schuylkill River Launch Pilot Certification Class

Come one, come all ! This (FREE!) session is open to all rowers, rowing fans and friends, (Yes, that includes parents and friends who have never rowed!), and river enthusiasts who wish to join the awesome teams who enjoy the "best seats in the house" on race day ! 

Pre-registration is required and ends 2/2/17. While the class is FREE, you can register by clicking the "TICKET" link above.

DETAILS (additional info available on Registration link):

The 2/11/17 class at the Conshohocken Rowing Center will include a 2-hour instructor-led workshop, covering all you need to know. Following the class, we'll give tips and suggestions for next steps to get you hands-on driving experience before the spring and summer rowing and paddling races.

SPECIAL BONUS: For those who desire, a follow-up session (Date TBD) with Schuylkill Navy QuarterMaster Jack Lees will allow you to receive a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission boating license.

Hosted collaboratively by The Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association and Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia (as the representative governing bodies for all clubs and scholastic teams on the Schuylkill), volunteers from the paddling community and other regattas are also most welcome!

SPECIAL THANKS: A very appreciative "Thank You" goes to the Conshohocken Rowing Center and its tenant programs Malvern Prep and The Haverford School for lending their space for this session

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Schuylkill Navy Annual Safety Meeting

Join us for this important annual Safety Meeting for all Masters, Collegiate, Scholastic, and Junior Programs that row from SN Clubs.

ALL coaches , coxswains, and bowpersons are encouraged to attend (and non-SN PSRA programs are also welcome). 

Please note that the meeting is mandatory for ALL head and new coaches, new coxies, and new bowpersons within SN clubs (with attendance taken and shared). 

The safety of our rowers and other river users is our single most important priority as a community. Please join us in supporting this priority and sharing your commitment for a safe 2017!

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3:00pm 3:00pm

Blessing of the Waters

On Sunday, January 22nd the Schuylkill River will be blessed for the new year. The "Blessing of the Waters" will be conducted by the clergy of the Orthodox Brotherhood of Philadelphia, accompanied by a choir. There will be a reception to follow. The Blessing begins at 3pm at Fairmount Rowing Association.

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6:30pm 6:30pm

Toys for Tots

Fairmount Rowing Association and Rob Hneleski will be hosting a Toys for Tots party. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps.  All guests are asked to bring a new un-wrapped toy!


Plus live music, beer and wine.

If you are planning to attend please RSVP by November 25th.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Event for the Irish

Former FRA members Edna Bracken and Sean Drea along with seven other senior athletes from Old Collegians Boat Club in Dublin, Ireland will be in Philly to row in the 2016 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

A reception will be held at FRA on Friday, October 28th beginning at 6:00pm.  This will include a catererd dinner from Cosmic Cafe at 7:00pm - all are welcome to attend. A contribution of $25 per person is asked to help to cover costs.

Please let us know if you will be attending.  Hope to see you there!

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6:00pm 6:00pm

William "Bill" Arthur Stowe Memorial Celebration

Vesper Boat Club is pleased to announce a memorial celebration and reception to honor William “Bill” Arthur Stowe.  (March 23, 1940 – February 8, 2016)

Date: Friday, October 28, 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Vesper Boat Club, 10 Kelly Drive
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Alexis Franklin

Bill Stowe... 
Oarsman, Olympian, Coach, Mentor, Friend

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Bob Kaehler Training Session

At the training session ,Coach Bob Kaehler talks about rowing injuries, how to prevent them, and holds a class demonstration with the use of his Body Band-it device for core strengthening and injury prevention.

You can check out some more on Coach Kaehler here:

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8:00am 8:00am

Quaker City Regatta

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The Fairmount Rowing Association is proud to host the Schuylkill River’s favorite master’s rowing regatta.  All events are 1000m.  Race as many times as you like for a single fee.  Following the races, join us at the best regatta after party of the year at #2 Boathouse Row

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Schuylkill Navy Regatta

The Schuylkill Navy is an association of amateur rowing clubs of Philadelphia. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the United States. The member clubs are all located on the Schuylkill River where it flows through Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, with most of the clubs being located on the historic Boathouse Row.
By charter, the Schuylkill Navy’s object is “to secure united action among the several Clubs and to promote amateurism on the Schuylkill River.”
At its founding there were nine clubs with approximately 300 members, all located along a stretch of the Schuylkill River which runs through Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Clubs represented at the founding included America, Camilla, Chebucto, Falcon, Independent, Keystone, Neptune, Pennsylvania, and University Barge Club. Current member clubs include Fairmount Rowing Association, Crescent Boat Club, Bachelors Barge Club, University Barge Club, Malta Boat Club, Vesper Boat Club,College Boat Club, Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association (Penn AC), Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club (PGRC), Gillin Boat Club and St. Joseph’s University and St. Joseph’s Prep. At least 23 other clubs have belonged to the Navy at various times.
Many of the clubs in the Navy have a rich history, and have produced a large number of Olympic and World class competitors.

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